INSPIRATION: DreamHome 2014 at the Chicago Merchandise Mart

A lot of you know, last week I traveled back to the Windy City (the city that holds my heart) for NeoCon. It was an amazing trip filled with great time with friends and catching up with some of my favorite industry partners. I felt right back at home with all the fabulous design happenings and goodies to newly discover.

During my visit, I was able to pop in to the DreamHome 2014 at the Merchandise Mart.  It's the 10th year that they have put together this beautiful collaboration of designers for one "home" display. Every year it results in jaw dropping luxury, but for some reason, this year I really liked it, just a tad bit more than usual! 

Here is a little tour of the space:

FOYER: I went completely gaga over the Candy Apple Red handcrafted wallpaper from Maya Romanoff. This space had such a classic appeal to it that I was really enjoying. 

STUDY: Okay, so this study is totally right up my personal decor alley. I am obviously partial to the navy blue walls since that is the color I have in my kitchen, but I also love the all over feel. My favorite thing in this room --- that stellar chandelier! 

MASTER BEDROOM: This room is so serene and calming, once again I love the lighting fixture the designer selected, but I really love the fur ottoman from Holly Hunt, super chic!

DINING ROOM: This dining room is so elegant and has a certain glowing quality to it. I could picture myself dining with family and friends for hours! I was so happy to see the designer selected the wall sconces from Bradley Hughes, they have been one of my favorite items for some time now.

LIVING ROOM: Alrighty, so the living room and the study are pretty close in the running for me. There is something about deeply colored walls covered in collections of art that get me every single time! There is so much beautiful texture going on in this room. I really adore the screen with Asian influenced waves adorning it. 

OUTDOOR DINING: Well, with a space like this, I could be outdoors for days... and never want to come inside again. Ever. I loved how urban and upscale this environment was. I was very impressed with the designers use of texture an lighting. 

Bravo to all the talented designers that participated in the DreamHome this year, you did an amazing job! DreamHome continues through December 7,2014. So if you get the opportunity, surely go see it!

So what are your thoughts? Which room calls your name? 

PRESS: ABC's The List Around Tampa Bay "Color of the Year

Recently, we had a great time chatting it up with Jake Peterson of ABC's The List, we talked about... you guessed Pantone's Color of the year! "Radiant Orchid" For more info on the interview visit their website here

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INSPIRATION: 2014 Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid

Well, the new year has come and gone and in the hustle and bustle of the holidays Pantone released the 2014 Color of the Year...

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An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.
— Pantone

Now, I have to be honest. At first I wasn't that thrilled about the announcement, not nearly as much as last years with Emerald. However, the color has definitely grown on me, and hopefully after seeing some of these images it will grow on you too. 


To me Radiant Orchid is just that, radiant. I feel if I were to use this color I would want to be just bang up in it, not regrets and full of life...

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Subtle colors with a radiant pop. I love the mix of modern and traditional in this image...

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Don't feel overwhelmed with this color, tone it down with grays, creams and wood tones and throw it on the floor. Show Radiant Orchid who's boss and keep it minimal in a rug pattern, however I promise that it will be a beautiful conversation piece...

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Paired with aquas and greens make a lovely combination...

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This is a nice casual pairing, I love how relaxed it feels...


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Are you now craving more Radiant Orchid? Check out this segment, Lisa was featured on ABC's "The List" talking about the Color of the Year. For even more inspiration to get your radiant creative juices flowing, follow our Pinterest Board, where we have started pinning away!