Sweet Home Chicago

Image via Curbed

Image via Curbed

I was in Lincoln Park the other day with a friend and we drove past the Wrigley Mansion. Of course I found my dream home! Granted it has a 7+ million dollar price tag, but still, a girl can dream! 

My friend pulled up the listing and noted that it has nine bedroom, seven and a half baths, a solarium, etc. and then he said and a ballroom. I mused, what do you do with a ballroom and his response, as we were walking down a crowded street was, "to have balls in Kandy. To have balls in! Right. Of course, what was I thinking. 

For more pictures and to imagine your new ballroom here's the Curbed article

What would you do with a ballroom? 

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How To Buy Vintage

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Image via Poppytalk

This may not be the 'how to' you are looking for, but it is the one lesson after many years of buying vintage that I have learned. 

It isn't about what the piece is worth, or its resale value, it is simply because you want it. It is the fact that right in front of you is the thing that you want at the price you are willing to pay. That's it. For each person it is going to be a different thing and a different price and even different condition. I don't mind if something is a bit scratched or dinged, but you may want it in pristine condition (which will have an impact on the price FYI!). If you adore it/love it/want it/feel like a part of you would cry if you walked away then buy it. 

Image via Design Sponge

Image via Design Sponge

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Image via designlovefest

There are so many ways to mix vintage pieces into your home. Even if it isn't your style, don't worry. Homes are meant to be a mix of pieces acquired over time. I mix Victorian and mid-century modern and it just works. 

So if a piece makes you happy and you can afford it, then buy it. 

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I have this thing for chairs

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Image via Rue Magazine

I'm still in the process of finishing up my dining room. It's been slow going partly because, well, it's summer, and also because I'm on a pretty tight budget. That means when I want to purchase something it either has to be super cheap, or I have to save up to buy what I want. 

I'll admit, that sometimes I stumble across exactly what I want for the price that I want it, but it doesn't always work that way. Part of the reason I buy vintage is because I know that if I keep looking I'll usually find something for the right price. Sometimes though I like to mix things up and bring in more modern pieces. 

My dining room table is a Craigslist find and has a wonderful white oak top with white powder coated legs from CB2. The previous owner stained the wood white, which is exactly what I was looking for. Then I found a set of white Bertoia chairs from the 80s, also on Craigslist. They need to be repainted, but that costs as much as the chairs themselves, so I'm waiting to do that!

Bertoia was an artist and a sculpture. His chairs have a very sculptural quality to them. I also love that they have a low profile and that they don't block the flow when they are around a table.  

When I went to buy the table the gentleman had two La Marie chairs in orange in his storage locker (image at top is a La Marie chair in lime green). They are designed by Philippe Starck and are the precursor to his amazing Ghost chair. I also love that the chair is slightly see through and much like the Bertoia chair it doesn't block the flow. 

I love my La Marie chair, but I'm me and I change things up a lot, it is time to go in a different direction. I wouldn't say that buying the chairs was a mistake, but that I definitely did make an impulse buy. Even interior designer's fall pray to their desires instead of following the design plan.

Image via Domino

Image via Domino

I have been crushing hard on this copper Real Good Chair from Blu Dot. I think I've pinned them more than once! I need to head over to Blu Dot and test them out. I know some people may not find the smudges on the copper appealing, but I think it makes the patina look amazing. Sigh. 

Image via Vertigo Home

Image via Vertigo Home

The next chair I've been craving is the Lucy Side chair from Bend Goods, also in copper. It's definitely a nod to the Bertoia chair and i love the contemporary design. I keep coming back to copper because I want something that has some color to it, but I don't want to pick one color. 

Image via My Domaine

Image via My Domaine

I am also completely head over heels in love with these vintage mid-century Beaubourg chairs that were originally designed for the Centre Pompidou in France by Michael Cadestin. I have to say that the whole dining room is perfection! I'll also take that black Serge Mouille light and the art too!

My final option, that is back in the realm of reality, is this super cool chair that is made right here in Chicago. I'd get the white one of course. Even though that green, which reminds me of the green that was used in 1930s kitchens, has definitely caught my eye. I like how it also has a very sculptural base, low profile and let's some air flow through. 

I've been thinking about chairs for awhile and I think I'm getting closer to picking a chair. Maybe... In the meantime, I'll be over here saving up my pennies for the chairs I want. I would rather wait and save up money and buy exactly what I want of high quality instead of buying a knock off. One reason is because I believe in good design and supporting designers. The other is because they really are better quality and quality beats price any day. 

Does anyone want to buy a pair of orange La Marie chairs? 

 

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I'm craving mustard

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Image via Blog Loving

When I was in my twenties it was popular to figure out what your 'colors' were. They were broken out by Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer and based on your face tone, hair color, eye color, etc. I'm a Fall. I look really good in deep blue green, russet red, plum, orange and mustard yellow. Granted lately I tend to wear a lot of black, but those are the colors I am definitely drawn to. 

I love that I'm seeing those traditional seasonal color palettes be broken up. So instead of mustard yellow and blue/green it is mixed with light blue, pink or light green. 

I can tell when I keep pinning the same thing that I'd like to bring more of that into my life. Lately that is definitely mustard yellow. 

Image via sfgirlbybay

Image via sfgirlbybay

If big bold mustard is too much, then take a look below at some of the other options that have just a hint of mustard mixed in. 

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Image via decor8

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Image via fjeldborg

If you are craving color saturation then the image below will inspire you. I love that mix of green, pink and mustard. It surprisingly works so well together. I think having the one room painted mustard yellow and the adjoining room green and pink works, but then pulling a yellow lamp into the green room makes it perfect. 

If that is too much color for you, then take a look at the picture below. It has a white base and that splash of mustard and a bit of pink peeking out in the picture. 

Anybody inspired to go mix some colors? If you need help, color is my favorite thing to play with, then please contact me

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Navy is the New Black

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Image via The Jungalow

In my last blog post I talked about trying to narrow down a sofa for my client. We finally chose a sofa, went to buy it and womp womp the lead time for the grey velvet couch was two months. My client did not want to wait that long. Thankfully there was another velvet option (texture is key people!) and it was navy blue. My client and I got on the phone and I pointed out that you can treat navy like a neutral. 

The photo above gives an idea of the style my client wanted- a little bit boho and a little bit mid-century modern. Basically crisp furniture with layers of bohemian art and textiles. 

A few years back navy hit the fashion runways and it was heralded as the new black. Well, what goes around comes around and fashion trickles into interiors more often than not. I did a quick search of navy sofas in a boho/modern style and pinterest did not disappoint. 

Image via Simplchique

Image via Simplchique

Image via Devon Rachel

Image via Devon Rachel

Image via Emily Henderson

Image via Emily Henderson

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Image via alt.dk

After looking through these images and chatting on the phone my client agreed to the navy blue sofa. Thankfully when it arrived she liked it even more. 

If you would like some interior design help please feel free to drop me a line

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