Carson Pirie Scott's Fall Trendevous

September 19, 2009– Carson Pirie Scott’s Yorktown store welcomed 200 guests to revel in fall fashion. Guests enjoyed breakfast treats and a coffee bar. The runway presentation was hosted by Chicago magazine’s Stacy Wallace-Albert. After the show, guests indulged in private shopping with international designer Victor Alfaro, who debuted his fall collection.

Weekend Photos: 'The Hills' Season 6 Premiere Party with Justin Bobby @ Lumen

When it comes to The Hills—the MTV reality show launching its sixth season Tuesday, September 29th at 9 p.m.—some things change (L. C. is out; Kristin Cavallari is in), and some things stay the same: Justin Bobby is hot. The show’s bad boy was in town Friday night for a season premiere party at Lumen, where he sipped Absolut and Fuze cocktails until close. Our photographer was on the scene, along with oodles of adoring fans. We’re not sure what prompted Justin’s oh-so-casual over-the-shoulder tie look, but the ladies didn’t seem to mind…

Wood-Mode Color Event

September 16, 2009– Chicago Home + Garden partnered with the Benjamin Moore showroom to host the Wood-Mode Color Presentation in the Merchandise Mart. Editor of Chicago Home + Garden, Jan Parr, introduced John Troxell Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry’s design director, who discussed color as it interacts with design. The event showcased the evolution of cabinetry finishes and style, along with insight on color trends for 2010.

Silk Trading Co. Blowout

A colleague who was over at the 900 N. Shops last week spotted a terrific sale at Silk Trading Co.. Lampshades are 90 percent off (lots of pastels and florals but also some bold patterns and neutrals; cool shapes, some pleated, all different sizes). Everything in the store is on sale, including small tables/furniture, lamps, pillows, and tons of silk drapes and blinds. The catch? You’ve got to get over there fast, because the sale ends Wednesday. A spokeswoman at the store says that tons of new merch will be arriving end of the week. Stay tuned for details.

Flickr Winner!

Thanks to all who posted cool images to our Flickr page! Our staff loved this fun and sophisticated kid’s room posted by

Soiled and Spoiled

I’m sure Cambodia’s got fascinating history and stunning sites and lovely people, but man, we have a shitload of laundry to contend with. And though I love my daughter fiercely, she has pooped on 90 percent of the stuff we brought with us and we got to get the stank out. Sorry, poo trumps history…

Win Free Tiks!


Want a pair of tickets to the Darryl Carter keynote at the Antiques Fair, and a signed copy of his book? Enter our contest. Carter, designer and author of The New Traditional, will deliver the keynote address at the Merchandise Mart’s International Antiques Fair at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 2. Regular readers of this blog know that we’re the best source for design news in the area. Be the first to tell us the names of three design businesses that have opened since June 1, and you’ll get the tiks and the book. Email answers to chomeresearch@chicagomag.com. Include your full name and mailing address. We’ll announce the winner on this blog.

Photograph (portrait): Simon Upton

Nine Questions for the New Chaser

Nightlifers, meet Amalie Drury (less like “ah-ma-LEE,” the fictional Frenchie; more like “Emily,” with a Kentucky accent). Once you’ve mastered the Southernese, say hello if you see our new girl-about-town—a Louisville native and longtime CS vet—on the scene. She’ll be scouting the city’s best spots to drink and people watch, not necessarily in that order, then reporting on it Thursdays here in The Chaser. We asked Amalie a few questions to break the ice…