Oriental Rug from Ten Thousand Villages
Turk-ish Delights

It’s safe to assume that Chicago Art Source Gallery is fond of the figurative and abstract work of local artist Francine Turk—it has devoted a permanent section of the space to an ongoing exhibition of her work, and is celebrating with an opening reception this Friday, September 18 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Turk provided artwork for the 2006 film The Break-Up, which was filmed in Chicago and starred tiresomely unlucky-in-love Jennifer Aniston. In related Chicago Art Source/Jayson Home & Garden/Artists Frame Service news, (nice hat trick, owner Jay Goltz—you definitely make fighting Clybourn Avenue traffic well worth the effort!) Jayson is having a 20-percent-off sale on all in-stock and custom upholstery, through October 12. View the offerings here.

Table of Contents

If you’re shopping the Gold Coast or the North Shore this month, stop by Material Possessions and check out the fun French-inspired tablescapes designed by Bill Heffernan of Heffernan Morgan Events. Heffernan is a renowned event and floral designer for celebrities and socialites, and he’s created some wow factor at Material Possessions with bales of hay, baguettes, and pewter and copper tableware. And a tippy-top-table chair that’s perfect if Cirque du Soleil is coming over for taco night. These periodic tables that Material Possessions puts together are a great source of entertain-spiration, especially with the top talent they are signing up. And you can expect discounts off featured items—in this case, ten percent off the pewter pieces through September.

The September Issue

Nope, I’m not talking about the R.J. Cutler documentary on the heroic closing of Vogue’s 2007 fall issue (although that is a must-see as well, especially if you’re into fashion, the magazine biz, and over-the-top type A characters like Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley—I caught a screening of it this year at the Sundance Film Festival and it’s a fluffy fun time. The devil wore a down vest, never took off her sunglasses, and only took pre-approved questions from people she knew during the Q&A session). But I digress…I am sharing some love for the new September/October issue of Chicago Home + Garden that just came out. It’s all about color—how to use strong tones to make bold statements, and what pitfalls to avoid at the paint store. There are also some really lovely living spaces, including Lightology owner Greg Kay’s fantastically glammed out backyard pool and an insider’s look at George Arduser’s Marquette Park bungalow (He owns one of my favorite Andersonville shops, George Lowell. Pick up a copy today, or get a subscription here. Remember—we speak to where you live!

Hejfina Finale

We’ve extolled the virtues of Wicker Park’s Hejfina[www.hejfina.com]  lifestyle boutique in our blog, and showcased owner Heiji Cloy Black’s quirky-cool loft home in the magazine, so it is with sincere sadness that I have to tell you she’s closing shop at the end of the month, after five years. This was such a cerebral, interesting, forward-thinking boutique, and an asset to the Chicago retail scene. This season’s merchandise has been reduced 20 to 50 percents, other stuff is up to 90 percent off, through September 27.

Magnolia Meandering

They say Magnolia Glen, I say Andersonville; others say Lakewood Balmoral, still others say Edgewater. Tomato, tomatoh—whatever you want to call the residential neighborhood, they are most assuredly having a home tour this Sunday, from noon to four, kicking off at the Bethany Lutheran Church at 1244 W. Thorndale Avenue. This is the 21st annual home jaunt put on by the Edgewater Historical Society, and it’s a goodie—there are docents to guide you through the 5-7 homes and pass on a little neighborhood history along with the decorating ideas you’ll no doubt pick up. It’s $25 per person, payable by cash or check only. If the ambling works up your appetite, I recommend La Fonda on Broadway—the empanadas are terrific (ask for extra chimichurri sauce).

Divine Consign

(With apologies to Lewis Carroll)
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To shop for many things:
For rugs and lamps and ceiling fans,
For cabbage prints on chairs with wings.
All consignment sales quite burning hot,
With prices that don’t sting.”
In other words, Oak Park’s Divine Consign upscale home resale shop is having a grand opening celebration this weekend, and offering 10% off already reduced prices on Friday and Saturday, from 11:00–6:00 p.m.  We blogged about Kellie Scott’s new venture here, and are excited to see the space. Scott also offers home staging and furniture rentals.