I am in recovery from the second annual HGTV Star Mini Reunion in Chicago. Do y’all remember that crazy reality television I did last year? Well,
some of us we are still friends and try to get together every year in Chicago where Tiffany, the winner (b!tch) lives to remise and stir up trouble. It’s way, way way too much fun and yes, there will be another video to share soon.
We really are all passionate designers off camera, so it’s not all day drinking and shit talking. We compare notes and learn a lot from each other. The most inspiring part of this recent trip was visiting the Merchandise Mart Design Center of Chicago. Living in St. Louis is fabulous, but I can’t source everything locally. For the majority of my purchases, I take to the internet, so it was an invaluable experience to visit showrooms in person.
Upon entering the Mart you are first greeted by taking a tour of the Dream Home. It’s a show house designed with six different rooms designed by six different designers using all product and materials from The Merchandise Mart. All fantastic and tasteful, here are a few peeks of my favorite moments. After taking in the loveliness, I had to get to sourcing. I’m starting on a custom home and selecting ALL the finishes . I found so many good products, but I was most in awe of the magnificent tile selections. I wish I had a use for all of them.
This is tile, not wallpaper, behind the sink.I’m not going to tell you how many people I would kill to have a slap of black marble in my shower.This is a mirrored, leopard print tile. That is all.Saw some good lighting but didn’t get to scope as much as I would have liked.
But of course, I spent the majority of the time scoping furniture. I couldn’t wrap my mind around all of the deliciousness to taste so I just focused on my main loves.
Donghia was great.I especially loved these faceted side tables clustered together. I have recently opened an account with Bradley and their showroom did not disappoint. I am DYING for their series of photographs of paper art inspired by Marie Antoinette. I would love to use them in a little girls nursery. Or my apartment. 🙂A fringed chair!!!! I also visited more legendary brands such as, Century.
Holly Hunt offers so many styles, but the urban and glamorous entrance was my favorite. And my absolute faaaaaaaavorite showroom, Jean de Merry. It is sexy to the next level. And we have the same initials, so obvious we are design soul mates, no? This dresser is EVERYTHING. Lacquered with crystal beaded knobs. All over. I’d love to use this in a nightstand version. Omgah.Pretty safe to say, I was in design nirvana.I’m dying to apply some of my inspiration to a new client project. If you are interested in working with me, please reach out. I’d love to hear from you -> email@example.com