Wow! What a busy, fun weekend! Friday night I joined Jess and Crystal in attending the openings of the new shop, SG Grand, and a Chicago designer's showroom in Chicago's West Town. There I soaked up my beautiful surroundings, drank more chardonnay than I should have, and met more fabulous, creative, chic people (aka the main reason I love the design world). Have a look!
1822 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Il 60622
SG Grand is a mix of antiques and new pieces created by artists shop owner Debra Phillips has met and worked with. I have a new obsession with lighting fixtures, and this shop was filled with lighting eye candy.
So much to take in in this eclectic store.
Loved the industrial, salvaged look of these shelves.
This is a perfect solution for small spaces: use 2 to 3 petite end tables in lieu of a larger coffee table.
A bubble chandelier like I've never seen before.
This beautiful pink and white flower arrangement was a perfect accent to the shop's home goods.
Us gals with shop owner Debra Phillips (in green) who I have to say is one of the nicest, most genuine people I've met in a long time. She also owns a store, Scentimental Garden, in Geneva, Illinois.
Of all the exciting events that occurred on Friday night, nothing was as exciting as being recognized as the blogger behind LCY for the first time in my life. Former lawyer turned design blogger/ridiculously chic mother/resident of my childhood neighborhood, Marija of Holding Court, said she knew me and started reading my blog after I stole her comment at the Nate Berkus show. (Back story: audience members were asked where'd they want to take Nate given the chance, and I said the New York flea market. She said she'd been wanting to say the same thing had she been called on.) She and her husband were so much fun, and I hope to meet them again soon!
Right next door was another party for the new showroom of Chicago designer, Julia Buckingham Edelmann! Win, win.
1820 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Il 60622
Now that's a conference table.
The chairs are Eames and Bellini. But let's be honest, the two chandeliers make it. They remind me of a Medieval English castle. In a good way.
Could not take my eyes of the red chandelier in the entryway.
Julia's office complete with sawhorse desk and colorful accents. The painting reminds me of this colorful piece I saw forever ago in a Horchow catalogue and fell in love with.
Delish sushi. Chairs are from DWR, lanterns were made of recycled cardboard, and the candlesticks are the legs from an old table!
Can you imagine if everyone's "cube" looked like this, complete with bubble chandelier in place of icky florescent lighting? Employee satisfaction would be significantly higher.
left to right: yours truly, Eddie Ross, Crystal, designer and hostess Julia Buckingham Edelmann, Jaithan Kochar, and Jess Constable
OH! And to top it all off, did I mention who else I met on Friday?! The one and only. Or I should say the two and only because what is one without his partner in crime? Eddie and Jaithan! If you do not know who they are, I urge you to crawl out from under your rock and click over to see their beautiful home in the premiere issue of Lonny on page 56.
And finally, because I love shoes.
Can you figure out what shoes belong to which person?
Just doing my blogger duty to help you kill ten minutes at work.
Be sure to check out my "STYLE FILES" over on Cinched at the Waist today!! I was so honored to be asked by the style maven, Annina, to share my choices for summer fashion and best places to shop. : )