Innovative Design and Durability: Cambria Quartz Countertops

Cambria Joins the River North Design District

The River North Design District (RNDD) is excited to welcome our newest member to our design community: Cambria.

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Cambria quartz countertops combine innovative design and durability for a lifetime of beauty. Headquartered in Minnesota, Cambria is sold through an exclusive North American network of premium, independent retail and trade partners. Cambria is a stain resistant, nonporous, natural quartz stone surface that is harder, safer and easier to care for than other stone surfaces. Its nonabsorbent nature protects against more than just stains – it’s also extremely hygienic. Cambria’s industry-leading design palette has captured the attention of the industry and the imagination of the client. Cambria continues to push the envelope of innovation by developing additional designs to meet the demands of the most discerning designers, architects and specifiers.

Cambria formed the Design Channel in April of 2019.

The mission of the Design Channel is to ensure that Cambria is at the helm of the world for stone in Design, Craftsmanship, & Innovation.

The Design Channel will influence the A & D community to become loyal specifiers, and furthermore, will leverage the prominence and prestige of Residential Designers to influence the global market. This advocacy will be accomplished through the published work of the Residential Designer in both Shelter & National publications influencing the market, as well as through social platforms celebrating, endorsing and promoting Cambria.

The Design Channel will create a luxury experience for the Residential Designer, enabling them to specify and purchase in the way they are accustomed. We will also create a luxury experience of unparalleled service throughout the sales cycle from conception to installation, guaranteeing retention on specification, and create a seamless journey at every interactive touchpoint with Cambria.

Who’s Behind the Design Channel

The Design Channel’s initiative is to create a National Sales Team that is vested in and passionate about Design, Architecture, the A & D community, and they are ambassadors for the Trade in the Stone World. This Team understands how the A & D community transacts in business and can speak their vernacular to maintain existing relationships, as well as cultivating new relationships. Through this understanding the Design Channel will act as a support to the Community, not only for their project needs, but additionally by giving back through their volunteer efforts, trade organization and initiative participation, sponsorships, as well as being a conduit of information and a liaison of connectivity within the A & D community.

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Courtney Genovese, V.P. of Sales –  Design Channel

Picture1Courtney Genovese joined Cambria as V.P. of Sales of the Design Channel in April of 2019. Her vast industry knowledge and experience makes her the ‘taste maker’ behind the Design Channel concept, strategy, and mission. Her career has been entirely design centric and focused exclusively on the A & D community. Throughout her career she has worked for companies that are solely to the Trade, such as The Rug Company, Luxury Living Group, & Sherle Wagner. Courtney has served on the Board of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the LaCienega Design Quarter, and is also a member of the Design Leadership Network. Courtney also has taken an active role in spearheading the Paris Soiree, which takes place annually every year during Deco-Off in January in Paris and this year Cambria partnered with Jiun Ho Inc., Sandra Jordan Prime Alpaca, & Lance Woven to host the Third Annual Paris Soiree at Versailles. Courtney’s objective is to create a Trade focused company within Cambria and this year she will build a Team consisting of fourteen Sales Directors throughout the Nation who will facilitate a luxury level of white glove service and experience from concept to installation to support the A & D community. Additionally, Cambria through The Design Channel will support a plethora of other initiatives by sponsoring local Showhouses, such as Kips Bay Dallas & the Lake Forest Showhouse, supporting local organizations, such as Saving Iconic Architecture & Designs For Dignity, and creating a Trade program which will allow Designers to specify and purchase in the way in which they are accustomed.

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Favorite Design: Rose Bay, Matte

Ryan Morris, Regional Director Design Channel

Picture3Ryan Morris joined Cambria in November of 2019 as the Regional Director of The Design Channel based out of Chicago. Ryan has a background in Interior Design and Interior Architecture with a degree from University of Houston and The Interior Design Institute in San Francisco, lending him to be a true design aficionado. Ryan has a sincere passion for all things design. Starting his career as a Designer and having an extremely creative, yet analytical mind, he slowly transitioned his career to Trade Sales working for luxury manufacturers, such as House of Rohl & Materials Marketing. Ryan prides himself on being a connector in the Industry and a resource for all creatives. He currently serves his community in acting as Co-Chair for Designs For Dignity’s Associate Board, Board Member of Power House Smart, Member of River North Design District, Member of ASID Illinois Chapter, and Member of IIDA Illinois Chapter. Ryan will continue to partner with and support the A & D community throughout the Midwest in his capacity as Regional Director for the Design Channel at Cambria.

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Favorite Design: Bridport, Matte

The Design Channel Palette

Since the founding of Cambria 187 designs have launched and never has a single design been retired. The Design Channel has curated a specific palette consistent of light and dark solids, as well as bold & subtle veining, to be relevant to the residential designers we work with in reference to what they typically would specify for their clients and also to what we feel lends itself to the aesthetic of a firm’s brand. Condensing the Design Channel palette down to 43 designs from 187 makes the specification process more efficient and distinctly curated to the A & D community, as opposed to the appeal of the mass market. All of our designs come in two finishes, polished and matte, as seen below.

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This California kitchen belongs to the prominent Interior Designer, Julia Wong of Julia Wong Designs. Here Julia specified Ironsbridge for an organic, durable aesthetic. Ironsbridge has similar attributes that can be seen in limestone without the maintenance component as Cambria is extremely hard, completely non-porous, and stain resistant.

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Design: Ironsbridge, Matte

Our stones are designed with versatility in mind. Clairidge’ graceful striations of tan, walnut-brown, cream, black, and gray flow in parallel layers with dark veins that cut across the grain. This design as you see here is perfect for a feature in your minimalistic kitchen design, drawing in and connecting all of the elements in the space.

Charlestown is a part of our 2020 Design Launch, comprised of 20 new designs for our 20th anniversary. It’s smooth charcoal tonality creates the perfect canvas for the subtle grey and white veins rippling throughout this beautiful stone. This stone reflects the beauty and depth of a Soapstone, without the worry of etching and staining.

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Also a part of our 2020 Design Launch is Bridport and it’s incredibly organic vein variation wisps across our Jumbo size slab size: 11’ x 5’.5’’ or 132’’ x 65.5’’. This installation showcases our product not only as a vanity top, but an additional application as well as large format wall cladding.

Rose Bay reflects an aesthetic commonly seen in Italian marble, such as Arabescato. This bathroom show stopper is complemented by French brass faucets and dimensional chevron subway tile.

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In addition to our residential projects an ever growing part of our business is Yacht & Aviation design. We have perfected our technology to meet the varying requirements for weight & thickness for these types of applications, manufacturing our product down to as thin as 3MM for aviation applications & 6MM for yacht design.

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Counter Surface: Ella, Polished
Floor Surface: Brittanicca, Matte

This champagne bar was designed by Kitchen Designer, Jim Dove of The Dove Design Studio, for the 2019 New York Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Myddleton is one of three of Cambria’s designs that can be backlit in either 1CM or 2CM. Additionally, Baybridge and New Brighton are our other designs that can be backlit as well taking into consideration the kelvin temperature and lumen output to prevent distorting the overall aesthetic and any hot spots. We typically recommend our Designers use Tresco Lighting.

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Design: Myddleton, Matte | Photo Credit: Nickolas Sargent

A sedate, cream background intermixed with splashes of pale blue, navy, and gray is accented with a brush of tan and taupe throughout.

Peaceful, neutral and simple, Devon is unmistakably the new black.

Left: Mayfair, Matte | Right: Devon, Polished

2020 marks our 20th anniversary upon which we launched 20 new designs for our 20th design launch at the beginning of the year at KBIS, which is the most significant design launch in the history of Cambria!

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Please join us in welcoming Cambria to the RNDD Community!

Posted in Cambria, RNDD Members, Stone

How to Design Your Dream Closet

We’ve all been home for over a month now, working, cleaning and doing our part to stay safe and healthy. Be honest, you’ve already done a major closet clean-out haven’t you? Or maybe you’ve started changing out your wardrobe for the upcoming warmer weather. Either way, we’ve all spent some extra time evaluating our closets and what’s working and what is not. You might need extra storage or maybe the current storage combinations are not working for you. Maybe your lighting isn’t bright enough or things seem to be constantly out of sight, or out of reach.

Now is the time to take your closet design to the next level by creating an ultra-organized yet beautiful space. From choosing the perfect lighting and accessories to planning the perfect combination of storage components, designing your dream closet can be a very rewarding project.

We checked in with some of our RNDD Showrooms and Interior Designers to get some tips on how to design a closet that is both beautiful and functional.

Short on Space? Go Vertical

It seems like we never have enough storage. With small homes and city homes especially, you have to get creative and use every inch of space you have. When it comes to the closet, the easiest way to increase your storage is by going vertical. In this attic-turned-closet designed by Dresner Design, Scott Dresner built up shelving from floor to ceiling to store items like shoes and hand bags. See more here.

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Add a Touch of Glamour to Your Closet

Elevate the glamour in your dream closet with stunning lighting from Arteriors, available through Casa Bella.  The Nessa Collection is constructed of a brass frame and is adorned with clear fluted glass rods, all individually attached, adding the design’s glam quotient.  MSRP ranges from $1975.00 – $3770.00. Learn more here.

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No Walk-In Closet? Try a Modular Storage System

Ethan is a modular storage system from Ligne Roset featuring a choice of three heights and single or double-width bays. With an enriched aesthetic, Ethan is available with a satin white or pearl gray lacquered door and brushed smoked-effect anodized aluminum frame and handles. Added to the usual interior fittings are dividing chests, jewelry chests, vertical LED lighting, hangers, anthracite leather-look fabric boxes, and new gunmetal-lacquered rectangular hanging rails. Learn more here.

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A Room for More than Just Dressing

This closet, designed by Luca Lanzetta Group/ Molteni&C, was for a special client who had some very specific requests for the perfect combination of storage, beautiful display and actual work space. It is so helpful when clients have specific wants and needs and a list of priorities for their closet from the start. This closet is the perfect combination of glass, metal, wood and eco skin leather which Molteni does best. In this way the designers at Molteni&C can make your closet feel like your favorite room in the house and a room you can actually spend time in or work in and never want to leave. Learn more here.

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Add Extra Storage with a Chest of Drawers

Whether in your bedroom or in a closet, the Bosworth Tall Chest from the TA Studio Collection at Theodore Alexander combines the beauty of Cherry Wood in an almond finish with Brushed Pyrite metal edging detail. It boasts a modern, clean aesthetic, while providing ample storage with its five soft closing drawers. The Bosworth Tall Chest is also available in a darker Ossian finish with gunmetal edging detail. Both options, as well as many other styles, are in-stock and ready to ship at your convenience. Learn more here.

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A Concealed Wardrobe that WOWS

This stunning closet exists in a 1400 sq. ft museum park condominium. Designed and engineered by Michael Miller, principal of Centaur Interiors, the goal was to maximize the space, while making it feel more of a living area, rather than just a closet by making everything concealed.  The high gloss white lacquer cabinetry is contrasted by dark cherry architectural millwork ceiling panels. Accessorized by a black glass chandelier and indirect lighting, plush seating area, and a statement piece “Prada Popcorn” by Tyler Shields. This closet is not just for storing a shoe collection, but an entire concealed wardrobe with hidden bells and whistles. When designing your closet, the best advice is to take inventory of your belongings, utilize all the space, and make sure you have some extra room for more shopping! See more here.

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Closet Design Tips from Centaur Interiors:

  1. Make room for tall boot storage.
  2. Inventory the number of handbags prior to design. Plan for “retail” storage where things are displayed, or more concealed storage.
  3. Always keep in mind reach and the height of the individuals using the closet.
  4. Plan proper lighting and protect clothing from natural light with UV film or window treatments.

Ample Storage with Luxe Details

Poliform and dSPACE Studio collaborated to reimagine an outdated master suite which resulted in custom floor-to-ceiling steel and glass doors which frame the smoked wood cabinetry in this spacious and dramatic master closet.  The clients added luxe details including LED lighting throughout, glass shelving, handbag display, an abundance of shoe shelving, and a glass-top island with technoleather that showcases jewelry and accessories perfectly. With a chic island and illuminated shelving, this Poliform dream closet resembles an upscale boutique. Learn more about Poliform’s offerings here, and read more about the design of the project here.

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Minimal Look, Maximum Function

The Orto System from Komandor is a designer walk-in wardrobe with an open feel. Its main constructional element is the aluminum profile. This walk-in wardrobe is the perfect solution for someone who appreciates the minimalistic look and original solutions. Its spacious and functional purpose is created with shelving, hanging rods and drawers, which can be arranged to suit the customers needs. The Orto system is a perfect, functional and practical solution for a corner zone as it enables easy access to every part of the walk-in. Learn more here.

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Posted in Casa Bella, centaur interiors, closet design, dresner design, dSPACE Studio, Komandor Chicago, Ligne Roset, Molteni&C, Poliform, theodore alexander

RNDD Welcomes Sarah Montgomery Design

Since our founding in 2013, The River North Design District (RNDD) has grown from just a small group of showrooms and interior designers to now over 70 members and growing! Our newest member to join RNDD is Sarah Montgomery of Sarah Montgomery Design, a Chicago based designer and stylist who creates rich interiors blending new design and vintage finds with a tailored use of color and pattern.

Sarah is also going to be one of the featured designers in our RNDD Fall Gallery Walk so stay tuned to see more work from her!

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Sarah’s dynamic style and unique approach to interiors comes from her background in textiles and her diverse career path. Sarah also brings to the table over seven years of experience in the product design and manufacturing of bedding, window treatments and soft home furnishings for high end bedding company, Eastern Accents. Over the past 10 years her range of work has also included display artist for Anthropologie, props and set designer for quirky theatre and spectacle art, and teaching artist at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

To learn more about Sarah, we asked her a few questions to get to know more about her  background in the industry and what inspires her.

When did you start your firm and what do you love most about being a designer?

“I started my firm in the summer of 2017, but continued to work full time as a product designer for local, high-end bedding manufacturer, Eastern Accents until March 2019. There are so many things I love about being a designer- solving problems- in design and business, forming new relationships with clients and vendors, and just the overall challenge of being an entrepreneur.”

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

Where do you draw inspiration from?

“I have a background in textiles, so I usually start the design process thinking about how I want to incorporate color and pattern into the space.”

What are some of your favorite spaces to design?

“I love doing formal living and dining rooms. I feel like in these spaces clients are more willing to take risks aesthetically and worry a tiny bit less about durability.”

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

How are you changing the way you do business during the moment due to shelter in place?

“I’ve been trying to be as present, thoughtful and helpful as I can. I’ve started offering virtual consultations and E-Design services and I’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to the Gates Foundation, Combatting COVID-19 Fund.”

Sarah Montgomery Design is still continuing her work with full service clients to the extent that she can while remote, and she is also able to onboard new full service design clients at this time. Visit her website here to learn more about her virtual design consultations for clients in Chicago and beyond.

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

We are so excited to have Sarah Montgomery Design a part of the RNDD Community! To learn more about Sarah and her work, or to schedule a complimentary discovery call with her, visit her website here.

Posted in chicago interior design, chicago interior designers, RNDD Members, Sarah Montgomery Design

Webinar Recap: Marketing Your Creative Business During Uncertain Times

On Wednesday, April 15th, The River North Design District (RNDD) held a webinar on “Marketing Your Creative Business During Uncertain Times,” led by Jill Maremont, CEO of ISc, a marketing and PR firm specializing in art & design, and Founder & Director of RNDD.

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We understand you may be dealing with sick family members, trying to homeschool while juggling saving your business as entrepreneurs.  We hope the content from this webinar gives you ideas and direction as to what to do to market your creative business during this time.

Marketing Your Business During Uncertain Times

Marketing is the oxygen of our businesses.   While we shelter in place our customers are looking for content now more than ever.  They are also looking at their homes with a critical eye.  How can we position ourselves and our brands to come out of this?

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Thank You!

Thank you to Chicago Gallery News for supporting our event today- make sure you are checking their website often for funding notices as well as virtual tours and lists of digital offerings from area spaces.  Also, thank you to Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago for supporting the event today.  If you would like more information on how to join The River North Design District or how to engage with our community, please contact Jill or Jenny.

Reference List:

Chicago Gallery News: funding notices as well as virtual tours and lists of digital offerings from area spaces.

IGTV and Facebook Live Examples:

Interview Cindy Allen (Interior Design Magazine) did with artist Windy Chien

Kelly Wearstler showing how to refresh your styling

Jonathan Adler is doing an IGTV series called An Object A Day with JA

Applications/Tools Mentioned:

Square Space

WordPress

Photoshop & Illustrator

Hootsuite

Planoly

Canva

Issuu

Art Logic Online viewing rooms

Helpful Articles & Links: 

6 Ways to Experience Design and Art From Home

Social Media Management In Times of Crisis

AD: How is Coronavirus affecting your Business

Interior Design Magazine: Designers share strategies for the new normal

AD: How design companies are handling their brand messaging right now

AD: How designers are keeping their businesses running amid an outbreak

AD: Ways for support the design community during coronavirus

How Previous Epidemics Impacted Home Design

Chicago Gallery News Note from the Publisher

Lehmann Maupin Online viewing rooms

Business of Home Podcast Episode: The design industry reacts to COVID-19

The Best Art Podcasts You Should be Listening to in 2019

COVID-19 and Freelance Artist Resources

MOMA Coloring Project

Interior Design Magazine Shares Strategies for the New Normal

Canva Creating a Brand Kit

WSJ: Emails from companies may not be calming to customers

Artist Relief

Allan McCollum’s Ongoing Collection of Reassurance | Magazine | MoMA

Luxe Gold List

Luxe RED Awards

AD Top 100

Posted in art, chicago interior design, chicago interior designers, design trends, Marketing, river north design district

Working From Home in Style: Home Office Design Inspiration

Now that we are all working from home, it can often be difficult to avoid distractions. Whether it’s children, the television, or the refrigerator, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to get to work. Having a dedicated work space in the home helps set aside those distractions and focus on your ever-increasing to-do list.

We’ve compiled ten home office designs and desks from our RNDD Members that are sure to boost creativity and inspire productivity. We hope they inspire you to design your own workspace at home. Whether you have an entire office to yourself, or even if all you can spare is a small corner, we’ve got inspiration for you.

A Multi-Functional Space

A working mother required a multi functional space to study, work and accommodate her two daughters reading addiction. Taking advantage of the main walls large span, the design team at Milieu created a mid-century modern library with a contemporary twist. See more here.

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Photography by Michael Kaskelion

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Photography by Michael Kaskelion

The Perfect Desk for Small Spaces

Roll is a compact and feminine desk, deigned by Mario Ferrarini for Ligne Roset, boasting both broad and fine strokes. Constructed from natural varnished walnut-veneered multi-ply, its base is in Epoxy satin black lacquered steel. A cable port at the rear allows passage for cables. See more here.

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Custom Built-Ins with a Touch of Luxury

This was a labor of love for a favorite client and mom of two grown daughters. It also happens to be the one room that interior designer, Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID), won’t forget. DMID was given full latitude on the design and when it came to creating this home office space – they went all out on combining lush texture and bright colors to make it comfortable, cozy and functional— but with an edge. DMID partnered with Paoli Woodworking to create the built-in custom cabinetry that beautifully frames the room. To further enhance the space, the cabinetry was painted the same color as the walls in #homburggray by Sherwin Williams. This gorgeous blue-green teal shade helps give the built-ins a seamless connection to the room.

This home office space with a reading nook, built-in bookcases, and a cozy corner with a comfortable chair or chaise lounge is the perfect place to relax, read or get a little work done. See more here.

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Photography: Werner Straube

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Photography: Werner Straube

Elevate Your Home Office Style

Who said home offices have to be predictable and boring? The trendy Bloc Desk, and many more from Theodore Alexander, are in-stock and ready to ship! See more here.

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A Modern Home Office with a Hidden Entrance

This luxury office, designed by Centaur Interiors, is a space built for work and for play. The main entrance includes sliding pocket doors that blend in with the wall design. In addition, there is a hidden side entrance with illuminating shelves displaying sports memorabilia. The work area is elevated to give the illusion of floor to ceiling windows, which provides a unique architectural perspective. On the opposite side you have a seamless built in entertainment system. Whether you are on the clock or off, this home office is anything but ordinary. See more here.

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Maximize Space and Creativity

Home office doesn’t have to be boring. Komandor Chicago has perfectly fitting desks, dark chocolate bookshelves with an accent of modern and unique quilted glass. Komandor Chicago can help you maximize space and creativity. See more here.

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High Design, High Function

These flexible spaces designed by dSPACE Studio serve double duty—seamlessly integrating office space into everyday living while remaining highly functional.

This mid-century modern residence features a single-sourced walnut veneer from a supplier to Bentley Motors, used to build floating shelves and a custom desk with knife-edge pencil drawers—accented by integrated lighting. Learn more about this residence here.

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Photography by Tony Soluri

This home office, also designed by dSPACE Studio, is flooded with natural light and features sculptural walls that complement the 14-ft ceilings. The design is clean and minimal while allowing ample storage in a curved custom steel bookshelf and integrated drawers—creating an uncluttered space that sparks creativity. Read more about this home here.

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Photography by Tony Soluri

A Double Duty Home Office

When Scott Dresner of Dresner Design remodeled his Gold Coast Townhome, he decided to design a large home office on the first floor to run his business from. He wanted the office to also serve as a showroom of sorts to showcase a variety of cabinet styles he could demonstrate for clients. He incorporated file drawers made of Wenge veneer and upper cabinets designed with stainless trim and 3m acrylic inlays. A large, solid wood, white pickled oak unit houses Scott’s cabinetry samples, and the pop-art wallpaper infuses extra color and energy into the space helping to fuel Scott’s creativity on a daily basis. See more here.

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Photography by Jim Tschetter

Home Offices Tailored to Your Needs

Inspired by your active lifestyle, eggersmann office and study environments are focused on your individual needs. If you want that tranquil fortress of solitude, a comfy book lovers’ paradise, or a down-to-business executive suite, eggersmann listens and custom designs to your needs. Learn more here.

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A Home Office that Sparks Joy

When it comes to advice on designing a home office, Staci Munic of Staci Munic Interiors feels that it’s not just about making the space beautiful, it’s also about providing yourself with an environment that brings you a sense of calm and joy. Surround yourself with objects, photos and art that bring you happiness, evoke positive memories, and create a space where you genuinely like to be. In this elegant home office, Staci incorporated a variety of beautiful lighting , including her client’s Nana’s antique chandelier, that can be softened when you need a moment of peace, as well as beautiful and comfortable seating, that once belonged to her parents, now upholstered in a mushroom velvet,  and, of course, ample storage.

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Posted in centaur interiors, Desk, Donna Mondi Interior Design, dresner design, dSPACE Studio, eggersmann USA, Home Office Design, Komandor Chicago, Ligne Roset, MILIEU Design, Office Design, Staci Munic Interiors, theodore alexander

Yamini Designs: Interior Design for the Way You Live

Yamini Designs Joins RNDD

The River North Design District (RNDD) had the pleasure of working with Yamini Designs for the first time during the 2019 RNDD Fall Gallery Walk. Owner and Principal Yamini Hingorani, and her team, created a bold and beautiful ‘60s homage to old Hollywood in the Casa Spazio showroom that captured first place for best vignette in the Gallery Walk. So we couldn’t be more excited to have Yamini Designs officially join our community as a member of RNDD.

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Interior Design for the Way You Live

Yamini Designs is a full-service interior design studio based in Evanston, IL. The firm approaches each interior design challenge with careful analysis and a problem-solving approach. The Yamini Designs team works closely with clients to meet individual design requirements, budgetary goals and schedule. Whether they are building a new home, renovating or just looking to freshen their space, Yamini Designs provides creative, thoughtful custom designs tailored to the way clients live, work and play.

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Award-Winning Designer

Yamini Hingorani is a certified interior design professional by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Throughout her 20 years of experience in hospitality and residential interior design, she has won multiple awards, including Best of Houzz and Excellence in Design from ASID.

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Services Provided

Yamini Designs provides interior design services for new construction, renovations, and space makeovers. Services include:

  • On-site consultations
  • Space planning
  • Kitchen and bath design
  • Finish, fixture and material selections
  • Furniture, art and accessory selections
  • Window treatment design and selection
  • Millwork design
  • Design management

Welcome to the River North Design District

Please join us in welcoming Yamini Designs to our Chicago interior design community. For more information on Yamini and her work, please visit www.yaminidesigns.com.

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Posted in chicago interior design, chicago interior designers, interior designers, RNDD Members, Yamini Designs

What to Expect from the Chicago Real Estate Market this Spring from Two Real Experts

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused massive global uncertainty including how it will affect the US Housing Market. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) anticipates at the very least, the coronavirus could cause some people to put home sales on hold.

While the full impact on the Real Estate Industry in particular is still yet unknown, if you are planning to Buy or Sell a Home in Chicago this year, it is important to educate yourself so that you can take thoughtful and intentional next steps for your future. We enlisted two experts — top producing broker, Janet Owen of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago and Millie Rosenbloom, a top realtor with Baird & Warner — to share their thoughts and predictions on the Chicago Real Estate Market this year.

An Article by Realtor Janet Owen

When asked to discuss the spring real estate market, I decided to talk about HOME and what our homes mean to us.

Home has never meant so much as it does now during this unprecedented time as we self-quarantine and follow the directives of “Shelter at Home” from the governor of our state.

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There are so many hundreds of sayings about Home… “Home sweet home”, “Home is where the heart is”, “Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home”…  even E.T. said “E.T. phone home”  and Dorothy clicked her Ruby Slippers and said “There’s no place like home”… Home is truly where everyone wants to be.

Of course, this is a time for great opportunities for both buyers and sellers. If you are a buyer, I would highly suggest you contact a lender and become qualified and approved, and take advantage of the all-time low interest rates and, in some neighborhoods, high inventory. It’s a good time for sellers as well because potential buyers are staying home and looking for properties on the internet.  As a result of the stock market, many people may decide to put their assets into a new home.  I believe there will be pent up demand and buyers will be out in droves when this is over. While searching the internet, buyers can also take advantage of virtual tours. All of my listings are on all sites and have beautiful virtual tours and floor plans. You can always contact me directly for additional information.

When this is over, we will all emerge from our homes better and stronger.  The real estate industry will go on as it always has after challenges in the past.  Buyers will come out again and homes will sell.  But for now, we need to follow the “Shelter at Home”, try to be comfortable, maybe take on a project and if possible, check on your neighbors and people who are home alone.  Be kind, think of others, especially our first responders, but please just stay home.

Make the most of your time at home.  It really is true, there is “no place like home”.

Learn more about Janet Owen here.

Beautiful Chicago Home for Sale: 999 N Lake Shore Drive #2A

Here’s a peek at one of Janet Owen’s beautiful listings, 999 North Lake Shore Drive, Residence 2A.  It is a lovely home which is available now and able to view through the virtual tour link.  Have a look… it truly feels like home!

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A home which combines tasteful refined elegance and up to date functionality…
There are lots of places in this home to curl up and get comfortable…

A beautiful completely renovated Kitchen/Family Room, the “Heart of the Home” with an Office and Dine-in area…

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And brand new, up to date amenities to enjoy. Indeed a wonderful place to call home!
See link to property: https://tour.vht.com/433851294

A Note from Realtor Millie Rosenbloom

As of this moment, I am mostly anticipating that some sellers may be less likely to list their homes as planned, which could impact inventory levels this Spring. That said, it is important to remember that continued low rates and rising home values still create considerable opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Interest rates have hit new lows, at an average of 3.29% on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Important fundamentals like the job market and income levels are still strong.

Learn more about Millie Rosenbloom here.

Millie’s advice to current sellers amidst the pandemic:

  • “Temp Off Market Status:” There are a few different status options for properties on the market (“Active,” “Sold,” “Pending” being the most common), and “Temp Off Market” means exactly what it sounds like: the property is temporarily unavailable. The benefit of this status is that the property stops accumulating market time. The downside is that you obviously lose out on potentially interested buyers. My current advice is it is too soon to make the change to “Temp Off Market.” I would recommend waiting until we have more information.

  • Stay the course: We are very much still getting deals done. Because real estate is an “essential service,” per the Governor’s “Stay-at-Home Order,” all of the moving pieces of closing deals are still in motion.

Millie’s advice to future sellers:

  • Home features list: Spend some time making a thorough list of the highlights and upgrades you have made to your home. This will come in very handy when it is finally time to put together marketing.

  • Paint and caulk: Spend your free time at home, freshening up any imperfections on your walls with paint and/or caulk.

  • Declutter and rearrange: After spending so many additional hours at home, do you see new and better ways to arrange your furniture? Try it out! Sometimes simply moving a few pieces of furniture can make a room look larger! Also: declutter! Go through drawers and closets and get rid of anything non-essential. What better time, but now?

  • Yard work: With the weather turning warmer, enjoy some time outside and clear out leaves and old debris to get ready for exterior photos.

Millie’s advice to current and future buyers: 

  • Get pre-approved: Once the market picks back up, having a pre-approval ready to go will be a total necessity. So interview a few lenders, find one you like, and get the paperwork out of the way now.

  • Take virtual tours: Many listings have virtual tours available already. If not, have your broker contact the listing broker and see what they have. Videos are a great way to get a feel for a property.

  • Neighborhood information: Baird & Warner has tons of great resources about all of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Read, watch videos and really figure out exactly where you want to head next.

Live in Luxury at 4 E. Elm, Unit 12S

Live in luxury at the less than 5-year-old intimate 4 E Elm building! This incredible unit offers a private elevator entry, expansive living and dining areas with beautiful floor to ceiling windows, 10 ft ceilings and gorgeous high-end finishes throughout. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a powder room, with a large private balcony off the living and dining room with southwest city views. It offers 3 exposures throughout, west, south, and east! The building includes an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sun deck, fitness center, screening room, & clubhouse lounge.

Millie Rosenbloom is the official listing broker for this luxury condo. For more information, or to contact Millie directly, visit her website here.

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Incorporating Technology into Your High-Design Media Room

The Perfect Media Room Design

Given the current condition, we all are spending more time at home than we ever thought possible.  And while we busy ourselves cooking and organizing we now have more time to spend in our media rooms discovering our favorite new series and escaping the day to day monotony of the self quarantine.  We thought it quite fitting to provide you a little inspiration for the perfect media room and when the dust settles- we hope you’ll call our experts so they can help you make some upgrades.

The perfect media room design is made up of several key components: comfortable seating (and a lot of it!), large coffee tables or side tables for a great snack spread, a casual yet cozy atmosphere, and, of course, state-of-the-art technology — a large TV or projector and screen, surround sound, home automation and the right lighting. When it comes to the technology aspect, working with experts like SilverGate Technology will allow your space to function well even as technology evolves.

Whether it’s a full home theater set up with theater style seating or a more low-key design with a large sectional sofa, the media room is the perfect place for entertaining or for quiet family movie nights.

Here’s a few of our favorite Media Room Designs from our RNDD Members.

Modern Media Room with Digital Art

This Gold Coast Residence, designed by Centaur Interiors, includes integrated lighting, TV/media, and calming fire feature. The adjacent wall boasts a one of a kind art titled “Torpedo” by Tyler Shields which dominates in scale at  5’ by 9’. The photograph is surrounded by a custom frame we designed to showcase the work and seamlessly integrate into the surrounding architecture. A modern floating tread staircase was designed to provide an open view from the moment you enter the residence. The final statement of this home is the apollo digital fine art system which ascends the stairs. The client enjoys using his proprietary mobile app to seamlessly change the artwork at will for a different mood in the home.  

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A Hidden Television in a Wine Rack

The interior of this Millennium Park residence, also designed by Centaur Interiors, features a motorized TV which seamlessly vanishes into a room dividing millwork wine feature. A distressed leather wrapped floating credenza & millwork wall panels showcase a beautiful piece of custom art which anchors the living room seating grouping. All interior furnishings & décor were implemented by the Centaur Interiors design team.

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Customized Media Room Storage

The modular 505 system, one of the “blockbusters” of the Molteni&C collection, is the perfect solution for today’s media rooms. With its innovative features that refresh and broaden its infinite uses, the 505 offers the flexibility and design to meet the needs of any client looking to create that statement media room. See more here.

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Integrated LED Lighting

The Grid, designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni&C, opens a new chapter in what we know today as modular wall-systems. The Grid aims to achieve a flexible open system based on a modular grid, integrating LED lighting throughout. LED lighting can be installed, both in the central part and at the top, all the way down, along with various connections linked to sounds and images and hi-tech equipment making this wall-system perfect for your next media room. See more here.

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Sleek and Savvy Stereo Storage

Dresner Design created this modern yet inviting Media Room in their Gold Coast Townhome. The design features a beautiful white oak veneer focal wall (which perfectly matches the floors) that holds the TV and a 12” ventless fireplace. Behind the couch, Scott Dresner created a custom window seat which serves dual purposes: a place for the dog to curl up in the sun as well as a place to house the stereo equipment. Out of sight, but not out of mind.

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High-End Specialists to Automate Your Media Room & Beyond

SilverGate Technology is a full service technology firm specializing in low voltage design and automation installation/programming services for luxury residential and commercial projects. They sit down with the client/architect/designer/builder and come up with a technology plan for infrastructure and all the equipment needed to complete a project, then procure the equipment, install it, and deploy for the end users. Their team can service union and non-union projects for pulling infrastructure and installing equipment. Projects requiring motorized window treatments, smart lighting, human-centric lighting, environmental, network, audio, video, cinema, and security are all in SilverGate’s wheelhouse.

If you are looking to upgrade your media room — or the rest of your home — check out SilverGate Technology today at www.silvergtech.com.

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Posted in centaur interiors, dresner design, Molteni&C, SilverGate Technology, Technology

Introducing the Design Insider Podcast with SilverGate Technology and RNDD

We are so excited to introduce to you the “Design Insider” Podcast from SilverGate Technology and RNDD!

Each episode of this new podcast will feature local Designers, Builders, Suppliers, and Solution Providers to lift the hood on the design industry and see how it works from the INSIDER’s point of view.

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The introductory episode features Tyler Warble of SilverGate Technology, RNDD’s Jill Maremont and Kelli Zaremba of Dornbracht, the current VP of RNDD.

Listen to the introductory episode here.

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In Episode 1 of “Design Insider,” Tyler Warble of SilverGate Technology chats with EJ Silver of Studio41 Home Design Showroom and Melinda Lafrey of Wike LaFrey. They talk all things fancy toilets, running a design firm, odd requests from clients and Tyler’s perspective on the perception of the smart home industry.

Listen to Episode 1 here.

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Kelli Zaremba of Dornbracht and Scott Dresner of Dresner Design join Tyler for Episode 2. In this episode we do things a bit differently. We began by talking about Curb your Enthusiasm then curtailed into an artistic kitchen on a sidewalk, and finished the conversation with the current state of the construction industry.

Listen to Episode 2 here.

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A special Thank You to SilverGate Technology for making all of this possible and to Studio41 for letting us use your River North showroom as our podcast studio for these 3 episodes. Visit them at 225 W Hubbard or shop online at www.shopstudio41.com.

Stay tuned for more Design Insider!

Posted in Design Insider Podcast, dornbracht, dresner design, Podcast, SilverGate Technology, studio 41, Wike LaFrey

Timeless, Beautiful Interior Design: Elizabeth Scott Design Group

Elizabeth Scott Design Group Joins RNDD

The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to welcome the Elizabeth Scott Design Group to our design community.

Elizabeth Scott Design Group creates homes that evoke feelings of peace and calmness infused with luxurious details.

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Meet Elizabeth Scott

After receiving her Bachelors in Design from Western Illinois University, Elizabeth Scott moved to Asia. While working there, her appreciation for design expanded as she experienced the historic architecture of ancient temples and busy street markets. At the same time the mixture of new structures with aged architecture led to her appreciation of proportions. Upon her return to Chicago, Elizabeth’s talent and passion for creating nuturing environments caught the attention of many clients throughout the area, reaching as far as the west coast.

Elizabeth’s passion for bringing her clients the best look with the finest quality is her goal. She loves mixing colors and textures with timeless pieces to create a fresh look that never goes out of style.

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Timeless, Beautiful Interior Design

Creating beautiful, timeless, homes with an unexpected twist is the approach at Elizabeth Scott Design Group.

Your interiors should capture the essence of you, your family, and how you want to live. Elizabeth Scott Design Group takes great pride in creating a home that is not only stylish but also one that functions beautifully, giving your home a sense of ease with luxurious details.

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The Design Process

When you work with Elizabeth Scott Design Group, your projects include beginning at the initial stage of building a home to renovating and refreshing a space. Their full service team is intimately involved in every part of the project serving you world-class design and management at every stage of the design process while maintaining budgets and timing.

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Award-Winning Designs All Over the Country

A decade and a half in business has given them the opportunity to work on many notable projects in and around Chicago, as well as projects from California to Florida throughout the years. Their award-winning designs can be found in many local and nationwide magazines, but our best compliments come from their fabulous clients.

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We are so excited to have the Elizabeth Scott Design Group a part of our community here at the River North Design District. Welcome! To learn more about their firm and their work, visit escottdesigngroup.com.

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