RNDD Welcomes Creative Visions

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The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest Affiliate Member to our group, Creative Visions!

Since 1993, Creative Visions has assembled an exciting mix of upscale products and luxury brands to the home furnishings and decorative gift and accessory industry. Creative Visions is a full service sales representative agency designed to service the needs of lifestyle and specialty stores, interior designers, interior design firms, furniture stores and gift stores.

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Their professional sales team covers a 12 state Midwest territory. Field sales associates make regular in store visits and provide accounts with excellent product knowledge and superior customer service.

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Creative Visions takes pride in partnering with their vendors and customers, forging lasting relationships, resulting in mutual growth and success for all.

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Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD community!

For more information on Creative Visions, visit their website here: creativevisionsmidwest.com

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Dreaming of Design 2017

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RNDD Member Nora Schneider’s beautiful Dreaming of Design vignette.

On Thursday, May 4th, the River North Design District (RNDD), Chicago Luxury Beds, and Luxe Interiors + Design hosted the third annual Dreaming of Design event in Chicago Luxury Beds’ River North showroom in Chicago.

Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne as they preview bedroom vignettes from Chicago’s top designers including RNDD Member Nora Schneider along with Gary Lee Partners, Alison Victoria, Ilene Chase, Jeannie Balsam, Jessica Lagrange, Brynn Olson, Sarah Kuchar, George Lowell, Hunter Kaiser, and Cathy Bruni Norris.

The vignettes are on display for the entire month of May at the Chicago Luxury Beds showroom.  A portion of proceeds from Chicago Luxury Beds during the month of May will be donated to Designs for Dignity.

Thanks to everyone who came out this year, it was am amazing turnout! Be sure to stop by Chicago Luxury Beds to view the vignettes while you still can.

All photos by RNDD Member Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography.

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Michael Del Piero Brings these 4 Rooms to Life with the Help of Farrow & Ball

Spring is all about new life, growth and color. With Spring now upon us in Chicago, we enlisted the help of River North Design District (RNDD) member and talented interior designer, Michael Del Piero of Michael Del Piero Good Design, to demonstrate how color can help transform a room and infuse new life into the space. She used paint colors from fellow RNDD member Farrow & Ball, located at 449 N Wells, to bring these 4 rooms to life.

Michael was one of the 27 interior designers chosen to be a part of the 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse. She designed the living room in this year’s home.  Michael used Farrow & Ball’s Wevet with a brown glaze by Paul Minnihan painting. Photo by Janet Mesic Mackie.

“We wanted a European feel. The paint needed to give the impression of plaster walls with age and patina.” – Michael Del Piero 

Wevet is a delicate white with a hint of grey. This white has a barely there, almost translucent feel to it, and so shares its name with the old English term for a spider’s web. The shade is clean, understated and incredibly easy to live with. With its hint of grey, this hushed tone can be used as a wall colour for a neutral contemporary space or on ceilings and woodwork when combined with cooler greys, as seen in Michael’s space.

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With this next space, Michael used Farrow & Ball’s Off -Black No 57 which brings a certain warmth to a black wall and works in this more traditional space.

“This shade of black has a depth most black paints lack. It’s almost midnight navy however, it’s not blue at all!” – Michael Del Piero

Off-Black is soft black and is one of the original Farrow & Ball colours – an uncomplicated name for a well-loved, classic hue. Off-Black is much more flattering to adjacent colours than stronger blacks because it feels so much milder in tone and has none of the underlying cool blue of Railings or Black Blue.

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For this elegant dining room, Michael chose Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon No 25, which is somewhat difficult to define. It has blue, gray and green shading depending upon where it’s used.

“We selected it for this dining room to enhance the moody feel of the space. A traditional yet sensuous dining room with minimal furnishings needed just the right shade on the walls.” – Michael Del Piero

This cosy and nostalgic blue grey is named after the colour of the bird often sighted around the London landscape, the Pigeon. Softer and bluer than more contemporary grey shades like Mole’s Breath, Pigeon is particularly suited for use in darker spaces like studies, paneled rooms, or to create an intimate, warm space like the one below.

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When this client wanted a neutral color, but not white, Michael searched high and low for the perfect “non white, “non beige”, “non grey” color. She eventually landed on Farrow & Ball’s Stony Ground No 211 as it changes drastically with light, and this living room needed a soft backdrop.

“As with all of our projects, mood is key. Keeping this neutral without becoming a boring space is all about the right shade of paint!” – Michael Del Piero

A classic stone color, Stony Ground has a slight underlying red which adds warmth and creates a soft beige finish. It pairs incredibly well with the lighter Shaded White or stronger Mouse’s Back for a quietly cohesive scheme.

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About Michael Del Piero: Michael Del Piero founded Michael Del Piero Good Design in 2007 based on three simple principals: Strive for balance. Create interiors as current as they are enduring, as sophisticated as they are approachable, and as unusual as they are beautiful. And take care of clients as if they are royalty, serving their needs and lifestyles above all else. A curious soul, a world traveler, and one of the earliest vendors on 1st Dibs, Del Piero is known for her accomplished eye and uncommon knack for a serene and simple mix that bridges generations of style. Her distinct aesthetic fuses rough with luxurious and ancient with modern. Michael’s work has appeared in over 350 interior design blogs as well as national and regional publications such as Traditional Home, House Beautiful, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and 1st Dibs Introspective who declared her work as “truly, one of a kind”. Her projects are also featured in popular interior design books including House Beautiful’s Kitchens, Chicago Spaces and the international publication, Visions of Design.

About Farrow & Ball: At Farrow & Ball, we make unmatchable paints and wallpapers. Ever since we were founded by paint pioneers John Farrow and Richard Ball, their passion for producing paint using only the finest ingredients and age-old production methods has remained at the heart of Farrow & Ball, right through to today. Our sumptuous paint colours are made using high levels of rich pigments to original recipes and our wallpapers are hand crafted using our own paints and traditional printing methods. We make everything at our factory in Dorset, England, home to Farrow & Ball since its beginnings. Each and every batch is subjected to scrupulous testing to ensure that our Elephant’s Breath is no Dead Salmon and our wallpapers retain their uniquely tactile texture. Farrow & Ball products are available from showrooms and stockists around the world and locally through your Farrow & Ball Showroom at 449 N Wells in Chicago, IL.  Visit www.farrow-ball.com for more information or visit the Lake Forrest Showhouse sponsored by F&B to see our extraordinary colours, finishes and wallpapers in situ.

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RNDD at the 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens

On Friday, April 28th, the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens hosted a preview party in this year’s house: an east Lake Forest estate designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.

Since 1985, the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens has featured the talents of area designers to raise more than $3 million for the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. The 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens was decorated by 30 interior and landscape designers, including 4 River North Design District (RNDD) Designer Members: Michael Del Piero Good Design, Donna Mondi Interior DesignSweet Peas Design, and Gray|Walter.

The Lake Forest Showhouse is open to the public for tours through May 21. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $37, and you can purchase them online here: www.lakeforestshowhouse.com/eventtickets.html

Michael Del Piero Good Design designed this year’s Living Room.

Michael Del Piero used texture and scale to dramatically transform the living room. With a rug from fellow RNDD member Oscar Isberian draped over the coffee table, and a stone wall fireplace, she was able to add incredible warmth and beauty to the space. Photo by Janet Mesic Mackie.

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Donna Mondi Interior Design designed this year’s Coach House Back Bedroom.

The Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID) team transformed a coach house bedroom from drab to fab with a stunning lounge space filled with luxurious gold accents.

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Sweet Peas Design designed this year’s Master Bedroom.

Susan Brunstrum created a livable and luxurious space where the bed is the centerpiece of the room. She custom designed the upholstered frame with curved wings at the head and foot, and centered it in the room to facilitate the flow of dreams, ideas and imagination.
Photos by Werner Straube.

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Gray|Walter designed this year’s Second Floor Nook and Landing.

Kenneth Walter took the Nook at the very top of the stairs, and turned it into a quiet respite to read a book or simply rest while the sunshine pours through the window. The Hall contains a fun assortment of furnishings: mid-century furniture, glamorous lighting from Europe, and a small sampling of their world class art collection. The painting at the top of the stair by Miyake is a real show stopper. Details abound: the stunning woodwork, plaster walls glazed with stenciling, and interesting carpets placed randomly.

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Get your tickets to check out the amazing showhouse today! lakeforestshowhouse.com

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Casa Bella at High Point Market

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Celebrating their 20th year in business, Casa Bella is a mid-west sales agency, and a River North Design District (RNDD) member, representing top home decor manufacturers such as Arteriors, Noir, CFC, and Jaipur Rugs. Based in the Chicago area, they service the interior design community, specialty retailers, e-commerce accounts, and large, multi-unit furniture stores in nine mid-western states.

Carol Miller is the Territory Manager for Metro Chicago and the North Shore. Twice a year, she travels to the home furnishings market in High Point, where she previews the new introductions to bring back inspiration to share with her customers.

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This year’s Spring market took place April 22 – 26th. We asked Carol to share her favorite products and trends she saw at High Point with RNDD. Here’s some of the highlights she shared with us.

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Dallas based Arteriors is a premier lighting resource. They accent their lighting collection with upholstered seating, occasional furniture, wall decor, and decorative accessories. Every year, they introduce over 500 new products. Ninety percent of the line is in stock every day and can ship within 72 hours. Perfect for the designer who doesn’t like to wait for long lead times!

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Noir and CFC

Cool and chicly rustic, the Noir and CFC lines are designed in LA. Featured in the photo is the new Masumi Sideboard – equally at home in a dining room, as a media console, or as a dresser. Offered in a Dark Walnut finish with six drawers. its accented by Noir’s new Linden Chandelier along with their table lamps, wall art, and accessories.

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Kate Spade Rugs from Jaipur Living

One of the licensed rug collections at Jaipur Living, the Kate Spade collection is playful and colorful with a touch of whimsy. Other collections range from eco-friendly natural fiber rugs to exquisite hand-knotted wool/silk blends. Jaipur Living supports 1000s of artisans in India who create these works of art for the floor.

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Thanks so much for sharing with us Carol and Casa Bella!

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Our Favorite Design Products for Spring

The River North Design District (RNDD) consists of an amazing group of showrooms, the best in the city. Each showroom brings something beautiful unique to the table. With Spring finally in sight, we’ve rounded-up our favorite Spring products from our RNDD showrooms.  

At The Golden Triangle, they love decorating outdoors and garden areas with Staddle Stones. Variously mis-described as a mushroom, a toadstool and saddle stone, staddle stones are remnants of our agricultural past. Mainly dating from the 17th and 18th centuries they were practical foundation stones, keeping wooden structures from rotting, with the cap also acting as a barrier to vermin trying to gain access to stores. They lost their usefulness as a support for grain stores and hay ricks during the 19th century with the change in farming practices and the way in which agricultural buildings were used, although photographs do show buildings being supported by staddle stones well into the 20th century.

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Christopher Guy from Chicago Luxury Furniture Center is featuring their stunning Dandelion Mirror. Say goodbye to the dreary Winter by adding this golden flower to your home. The hand-carved petals radiate dramatically from the central convex glass of this unique wall mirror with beautiful gold leafing. Sized at 54×61″, it is a true statement piece, perfect for Spring.

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Things are in full bloom at Lightology with the Heracleum Small Big O Pendant (top image). This hanging pendant, designed by Bertjan Pot for Moooi, is a perpetual Spring blossom of new branches with white diffusers and comes in a copper or nickel finish. Ninety LED modules totaling 25 watts are included.

And the Blom Table Lamp (bottom image) by Fontana Arte, literally looks like little Spring flowers and comes in a variety of bright, cheerful colors. It features an opaline diffuser with polycarbonate petals and an aluminum base. The light can be adjusted by moving the delicate petals.

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Add some new life into an entire room with these bright and beautiful rugs from Organic Looms. The 9’1″ x 12’2″ wool/silk “Pink Haze” rug (top image) designed by Mitch Marmorstein, will carpet your floors with abstract pink blossoms. Photo by Studio M Photography.

Or add a splash of Spring green to your floors with the more traditional “Turkish Vintage OLV-227” wool rug (bottom image) measuring 9’6″ x 12’1″. Photo by Sarah Geraci.

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Give your home’s facade a new look this Spring with Custom Mahogany Double Entry Doors in a Walnut Stain from Glenview Haus showcasing Rocky Mountain Metro Series Hardware. Glenview Haus produced these custom modern exterior doors using their advanced European Construction method and technology, ensuring minimal maintenance for this summer home during a wet and windy spring season.

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A new season is the perfect time for a new kitchen. Eggersmann USA introduces a new natural stone, quartzite, to their Unique collection. This silvery-green Beola Nera (top image) has a riverbed texture hailing from the northern region of Italy. Titanium colored Aluminum surround compliments this natural beauty.

Eggersmann has received the very prestigious GOOD DESIGN award for their innovative WORK’s kitchen system (bottom image). The WORK’S is a vision for the modern home kitchen featuring an entire wall that transforms into multi-functioning accessories and storage used for daily cooking and preparation. Designed on the basis of an ergonomically perfect workshop, all tools and utensils in WORK’s kitchen are easily accessible at each work station. With the chaos of everyday life, this kitchen design is a pleasure to prepare and cook meals like a gourmet chef with your loved ones and guests.

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Dornbracht‘s newest series, VAIA, will brighten up your bathroom this Spring. Shown here in vibrant Platinum Matte, the Vaia series incorporates a soft, balanced design language and an attitude that is always receptive to anything new. Its delicate spout picks up a traditional shape and transposes it to a new, more open silhouette. There is a traditional feel to the handles as well – available as cross-handles or levers, they combine geometric shapes and soft contours. The rosettes are tapered, creating an especially smooth transition to the washstand.

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And finally, the 50-Star Stella Chandelier from Moderne Living is the perfect statement piece for your home this season. The billowing luminosity of the Stella chandelier instantly captivates. Delicately suspended to produce clusters of radiance, this lighting piece will create a contemporary aesthetic while infusing your home with cool luster. Available in a choice of 5, 12, 25, 50, 105, or 150 pendant stars in transparent Pyrex glass, and internal bulbs in either halogen lights or LED lighting. Painted glass support in white, black lacquer or mirror finish, and can be customized in various dimensions.

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Happy Spring from all of us at the River North Design District in Chicago!

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Urban Environments Joins RNDD

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The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest Affiliate Member to our group, Urban Environments!

A full scale design atelier with over 18 years of experience, Urban Environments strives to exceed the high standards of their clientele.

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Urban Environments, located in Lincoln Park, is Chicago’s largest source of window treatments and wallpaper. They are full service offering design consultations, along with measure and installation services.

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Their products and services include an offering of the Hunter Douglas line, custom drapery, roman shades, window seat cushions, upholstered headboards and window seat cushions, ottomans, reupholstery, and commercial and residential wallcovering lines.

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Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD community!

For more information on Urban Environments, visit their website here: www.urbanenvironments.com.

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The Vanishing Stepwells of India: North American Book Launch at The Golden Triangle

On April 6th, River North Design District (RNDD) Member, The Golden Triangle held a standing-room-only book signing event at their River North showroom with journalist Victoria Lautman, author of “The Vanishing Stepwells of India.” (Merrell Publishers)

Victoria Lautman is a veteran print and broadcast journalist specializing in arts and culture. She joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum following graduate school in art history, and later pursued a career in journalism.  In Chicago, Lautman created and hosted two long-running radio programs for WBEZ and WFMT, while writing for many national and international publications. During her inaugural visit to India thirty years ago, Lautman saw her first stepwell.

Now launching her book in North America, the author gave a brief presentation of the book which documents the architectural and cultural significance of Indian stepwells – monumental public works that are little known.

Guests at The Golden Triangle enjoyed Indian inspired refreshments and book signing, following the presentation.

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About the Golden Triangle
Focused exclusively on Asian antiques in its early years, The Golden Triangle has evolved into an 18,000 square foot global design resource.  For more than 25 years, owners Douglas Van Tress and Chauwarin Tuntisak have hand-selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the world.  Assembled in curated vignettes, the eclectic mix of Asian and European antiques, artifacts, artwork, lighting, and other accessories prove there are no boundaries or limitations in decorating. From designers and trade professionals, to collectors or simply curious shoppers, The Golden Triangle welcomes all intrigued individuals.  The Golden Triangle hosts exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year.  Please visit goldentriangle.biz to shop our collections and for updates on our special events.

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Join us on May 4th for “Dreaming of Design”

Please join Chicago Luxury Beds and The River North Design District (RNDD) for one of the most anticipated events of the year: the third annual “Dreaming of Design”.

Guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne as they preview bedroom vignettes from Chicago’s top designers including: Gary Lee Partners, Alison Victoria, Ilene Chase, Nora Schneider, Jeannie Balsam, Jessica Lagrange, Brynn Olson, Sarah Kuchar, George Lowell, Hunter Kaiser and Cathy Bruni Norris.  The vignettes will be on display for the entire month of May at the Chicago Luxury Beds showroom.  A portion of proceeds from Chicago Luxury Beds during the month of May will be donated to Designs for Dignity.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Chicago Luxury Beds, 440 North Wells Street, Suite 100N, Chicago, IL 60654 USA

RSVP: David@chicagoluxurybeds.com or 312.527.5337

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RNDD Welcomes M. Grace Designs

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We are excited to welcome our newest designer member, M. Grace Designs, to the River North Design District (RNDD).

M. Grace Designs is an award-winning interior design boutique firm founded by M. Grace Sielaff, recipient of the ASID Design Excellence Award from the American Society of Interior Designers.

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Specializing in Kitchen and Bath Remodeling, M. Grace Designs is dedicated to providing timeless interior design services and restoration of some of the finest homes in Chicago.

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Their team is comprised of project management design professionals, interior designers, and design assistants. Accomplished career histories across a broad spectrum of projects from large-scale and small; to urban mixed-use; corporate to high-end residential. They view sustainability from a broader perspective as an integral part of the design process.

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For more information, visit their website here: mgracedesigns.com.

Welcome to RNDD, M. Grace Designs!

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