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Design Dose

September 2008

11 years
ago

 

Design Studio’s New Outlet


 

We just finished writing up an item on the Toms-Price sale this weekend when news came of a sale at Design Studio’s new outlet in Elk Grove Village. Find savings of 50 to 75 percent on Design Studio’s high-end contemporary furniture, as well as on art, furniture, lighting, and rugs. After this weekend, the outlet, which stocks discontinued items, odds and ends, and customer returns, will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment. We’ve shown a bedroom here from Design Studio’s Web site to give you an idea of the sorts of things the store carries; these items aren’t necessarily available at the outlet.

11 years
ago

 

Toms-Price Sale


 

Got a thing for Stickley? Then head to Bloomingdale this weekend for Toms-Price’s annual fall warehouse sale. Sofas, chairs, dining and bedroom furniture, rugs, accent pieces, lamps, and art will be marked down 40 to 70 percent. Delivery available.

11 years
ago

 

Another Sad Goodbye

Svenska Mobler is closing its doors on Wednesday, November 26 (the L . A. location will remain open, and purchases can still be made online). Starting October 1, all items in the River North store will be 30 percent off; in November, they will be 40 percent off. It’s a shame to see yet another world-class dealer shut down in our city. Shopping online is convenient, but it’s just not the same as seeing, touching, experiencing the piece you are buying in person. So sad. Good time to get a deal, though.

11 years
ago

 

Doggone It


 

I walked by Zella Brown the other day and thought to myself: love that window display. So bold and colorful. Hollywood Regency style at its best. And then I saw that dog… Turns out that fake little pooch draws more people in off the street than anything else—and it’s not for sale. Owner Trisha London’s mom bought it for her 10 years ago and she can’t remember where. It’s so real-looking it’s creepy! But London, who has witnessed many people knocking on the glass to “get its attention” maintains that she will always find a way to incorporate the odd dog into her window, no matter what people think of it. The things that drew me in: the tulle-wrapped-metal curlicue chandelier by 2Jane (not too shabby for $409) and the fun papier-mâché birds ($30 each) and stool ($299) from Stray Dog.

11 years
ago

 

LaPorte Lagoon


 

My contractor friend Dave Albin [albin720@aol.com] bought a fixer-upper vacation home in LaPorte, Indiana, has been working on it for a while now, and we drove up to check it out and have some end-of-summer R&R. It’s on a couple acres of land, so he put a lot of thought into landscaping the backyard, and came up with a great alternative to a traditional swimming pool. He researched and built a natural swimming pond, using a phyto-filtration system that apparently is really big in England. The idea is to have a deep area for swimming and surround that with a shallower area that’s planted with special grasses that purify and oxygenate the water, eliminating the need for chemicals. The water is kept circulating by the different water temps, a small waterfall and a solar-powered pump. I love the natural look of it, with all the rocks and waterlilies (and some melodic frogs, and friendly fish as well), and it’s going to be a lot more interesting to look at in the winter than a tarp-topped rectangular hole in the ground.

11 years
ago

 

Show Me

I got an advance look at the Oak Park River Forest Showcase House on Thursday. My favorite rooms: Debbie Weber and Rod Maxwell’s dark chocolate/glam living room, with a wonderful faux grasscloth paint treatment. The fun “ladies’ lounge” on the top floor, created by Marge Ericksen of Oak Park’s Mixed Company, is also coolly glam.  See the home through September 28.

11 years
ago

 

Flower Power

Larkspur, the fabulous Bucktown floral shop, has started selling flowers that its owners are growing from heirloom seeds on their farm in Southwest Michigan. They say they’re the first flower shop in Chicago to grow their own. 

11 years
ago

 

A is for ADLER

I think I have an addiction. OK, I know I do. I’m BML and I am a monogram-aholic. My new fix is the monogramania that just launched at Jonathan Adler. Leave it to Mr. Tastefully Playful, who in all of his spare time (does he ever sleep?) launched a brand spanking new line of custom textiles. Llama rugs are $25 a square foot in any color combination and a variety of edging selections; wool pillows, $98, any way you like, and even a tote for $125 that you can make your very own. All the wool is hand-dyed and comes in the most delicious colors, creating infinite one-of-a-kind combinations we L-O-V-E. Check out the wall of fame at the Chicago store that we snapped. Orders take 10-12 weeks if you can stand to wait!

11 years
ago

 

Koons Alert!

If you were captivated by the Jeff Koons exhibit at the MCA, on view through September 21, and want to own one of his original pieces, the upcoming fine art sale at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is giving you a chance to pick one up. Lot number 49 is a set of three skateboards, painted with monkey faces in acrylics—the same distinctive style he used on these limited-edition beach towels on sale in the MCA giftshop for $60. This untitled, signed piece has an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000, but as Gina discovered in a previous blog adventure, that means bidding can start at $1,500. The auction is Sunday Sept. 7 and Monday Sept. 8; there are loads of terrific paintings and prints among the other 471 lots offered. I love the gutsy bravado of the Chicago imagists and am going to take a shot at some of the Roger Browns, Ed Paschkes, and Karl Wirsums on the block. Wish me luck.

11 years
ago

 

Like a Needle in a…


 

Took a lazy walk through Lakeview to get an old find framed at Four Sided and there, standing before me on the way out the door, stood a six-foot lighted marquee screaming my favorite word of all time…VINTAGE. It called me right in off the street to see what was hiding inside. Low and behold, I’d found Haystack Vintage (2934 N. Broadway, 773.549.1225). It is the cleverest of new shops around, boasting everything old (save for a few hip new T-shirts). The shop is tricked out in retro chairs, old books, drinking glasses, and side tables, as well as cool jewelry, clothing, and, when I was there, a banana-seat Schwinn. A gem from Phil Tadros (who owns several coffee shops in town) along with his former employees/investors John Mokate and Erin Liston. Scoop up what you find because the well-priced offerings change weekly.

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