April 4, 2014

This month’s Designer Spotlight features Chicago based Modern Urban Woods. Founded in 2012 by brothers Adam and Devin Long, Modern Urban Woods fills a very unique void in the realm of sustainable design. They provide not only reclaimed wood from barns located in the Midwest, but also each barn’s history, thus providing their clients with a connection to the wood itself. They also encourage clients to visit their warehouse to select their own material. This approach sparks creativity and ensures that their clients always get exactly the reclaimed wood they had envisioned. Modern Urban Woods’ pr...

March 28, 2014

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded every year to a living architect who has contributed significantly to society with his or her built works. The prestigious honor is widely considered to be the highest prize in architecture. It was founded in 1978 and is sponsored by the Pritzker family, who are native Chicagoans. This year’s winner is Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Born in Tokyo in 1957, Ban dreamed of being a carpenter. Soon that goal evolved into becoming an architect, and Ban received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union in New York City in 1984. Ban’s work is varied; h...

March 12, 2014

A favorite artist of mine is the incredibly accomplished glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. He was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, and began his career in the arts with a degree in Interior Design from the University of Washington. Chihuly also received Masters Degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the Rhode Island School of Design. Perhaps his most influential studies took place in Venice, where he worked at a glass factory while on a Fulbright Fellowship. Chihuly was blinded in his left eye following a car accident in 1976 but continued to blow glass. His sculptures are at once fantasti...

March 7, 2014

This month in our Designer Spotlight series we are featuring the insanely talented Erin Bodnar. She formed her design firm, EEB Interiors, in 2008 and has been improving residential and corporate interiors nationwide ever since. When asked about her design style, Erin said, “Honestly, it is specifically suited to each client. The modern design I create for a client in a downtown high rise looks vastly different from the more traditional style I incorporate into a client's home in the North Shore Suburbs. I want each project to have its own unique voice that is a combination of EEB Interiors an...

February 28, 2014

Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, a vibrant mix of purple, pink and fuchsia. Perhaps if we start dressing and designing in this gorgeous color, Mother Nature will come to her senses and spring will soon follow?

 

Photo Credit: Alexander Parker

February 13, 2014

I recently took a trip to Kohler, Wisconsin, to celebrate an anniversary. Although it wasn’t on the agenda, my husband and I made a visit to the design center located in the quaint town. What an unexpected surprise to stumble into such an amazing space! The main floor of the center features thousands of Kohler products, from sinks to showers to toilets. The second floor is a series of design vignettes and has the feel of walking through an incredibly designed dollhouse. We moved from kitchen to kitchen and bathroom to bathroom, taking note of the best ideas. (My favorite was an exhaust hood ov...

February 5, 2014

We will now be featuring a fellow designer in the first blog post of each month! To kick off our Designer Spotlight, we have the very talented Cari Smulyan, who formed the jewelry line Bubby’s Vintage in 2010. Cari scours flea markets and vintage shops to unearth treasures, which she then creatively re-purposes into beautiful jewelry. Pictured here is one of her most special pieces, a necklace created from an Eisenberg brooch. Eisenberg & Sons was formed in Chicago in 1914 and originally sold only clothing. To boost sales, costume jewelry was added to the dresses, but the pieces were so sought...

February 1, 2014

Sometimes on a frigid day, one must take a mental trip elsewhere. On this particular frigid day, I went to the desert. These beautiful cacti and succulents immediately warmed the house and reminded me that warmer days are indeed ahead.

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