RNDD Looks Back on 2020

A Year in Review

2020 was an incredibly trying year for the River North Design District (RNDD) and our Members, as it was for the rest of the world. We experienced a pandemic and a social injustice movement. Our neighborhood showrooms were vandalized and damaged and had to rebuild. We had to cancel all of our in person events and meetings and learned to operate in a new way. And many of our members are feeling the strain of being a small business in our world today.

Yet we are pushing through.

Thank you to our members for sticking by us and thank you to everyone who supported small businesses this year. Your support did not go unnoticed. It’s been a difficult year, but we look forward to what 2021 has in store, including the resurgence of our Fall Gallery Walk!

Join us as we look back on some of the moments that made 2020 a memorable year for RNDD and we wish you nothing but health and happiness in the New Year!

We Gained New Members

Despite the strain on the economy, we were able to welcome 14 new Members to RNDD in 2020 including these Showrooms and Affiliate Members: Komandor Chicago, ARMAZEM.design, Daltile, Cambria, Maureen Claffy Fine Art, Encore Gallery, and Barrett Technology Solutions.

As well as these Interior Design Firms: Jessica Lagrange Interiors, dSPACE Studio, Elizabeth Scott Design Group, Yamini Designs, Sarah Montgomery Design, Kahler Slater, and Studio 6F.

Thank you for supporting our not-for-profit!

We Held our First Digital Events

When the pandemic took hold in March, we had to shut down our in person events including our member meetings, panel discussions and our beloved events such as Dreaming of Design and the Fall Gallery Walk.

We had to pivot to a digital platform as a way to engage our Members and continue to provide them with valuable information. We held bi-monthly Zoom meetings as a way to connect with one another and we held our first ever webinar on how to market your creative business during uncertain times. You can view the recap of that webinar here.

We also announced a new partnership with Intersect Chicago, a virtual event held in November 2020. RNDD hosted DESIGN DAY during the event complete with digital panel discussions, virtual studio tours from local artists and an online viewing room where 14 of our designers members selected their favorite pieces on exhibit at Intersect Chicago. 

We Persevered

The River North Design District is comprised of 70 businesses, 17 which are storefront showrooms. COVID-19 affected our showrooms greatly this year, some businesses in the area may never recover. The May 30th devastation in the area, as a result of the citywide riots, further brought on significant hardships for our businesses. We are so proud of our showrooms and the way they have rebuilt themselves and persevered through incredibly trying situations this year. Thank you to all of you who supported our businesses through donations or shopping local this year. We appreciate you!

Thank you to everyone who supported The River North Design District and our members this year and thank you to our dedicated members for sticking with us. It’s because of you that we continue to grow year after year. 

Be sure to check out our events page to see what we have in store for the new year or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out. Cheers to a healthy and successful 2021!

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2020 RNDD High-Design Holiday Gift Guide

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Tis the season for gift giving! This year more than ever, we encourage you to shop local for everyone on your list. The River North Design District (RNDD) showrooms carry everything from rugs to lighting to design accessories. We’ve compiled a list of gift ideas for the luxury lovers and design enthusiasts on your list to help with your holiday shopping.

Need more ideas? Shop our full list of design showrooms here. Happy Holidays!

For the Hygge Lover: The Cent Pour Cent Throw Blanket from Ligne Roset

It’s been a long and stressful year for everyone and we could all use an extra dose of cozy in our lives. That’s why the Cent Pour Cent throw blanket from Ligne Roset is the perfect gift for the Hygge Lover on your list. This soft and luxurious blanket has beautiful cover stitch detailing. Available in 3 colors, Chic Grey, Curry, and Pearl Grey. Shop it online here.

For the Design Aficionado: The Exo Tray from ARMAZEM.design

Looking for a unique Holiday gift? Look no further, ARMAZEM.design has the perfect gift, even for that one person who has everything, the Exo tray! This flexible tray fits on most sofas and armchairs, offering a functional flat surface that can be used to place a drink or hold an object. Inspired by insects’ exoskeletons, the Exo Tray is composed by an initial layer of leather and then fitted with wooden diamonds. With six finishes to choose from, a great gift for $295. Learn more here.

For the Cocktail Lover: Fiona Decanters from Casa Bella

The Arteriors Home, Fiona Decanters, available through Casa Bella are the perfect gift for the cocktail lover on your list. Whether it’s whiskey or wine, embrace your love for spirits with this set of 3 decanters. The free-form, organic shapes of the smoked glass bodies are offset with a simple antique brass stopper that caps its spout. A great set to deliver a little luster to your home or office. Watertight and food safe. MSRP $520.00. Learn more here.

For the Snugglebug: Camden Throw from Room & Board

Room & Board brings it when it comes to great gifts. The Camden Throw is made of fine merino wool for exceptional softness, our throw blankets bring a layer of luxury and warmth to your home. Camden’s rich colors and intricate design bridges traditional and modern.

For the Homeowner: Luxury Furniture from Theodore Alexander

Theodore Alexander makes gift giving easy and thoughtful. With coordinating pieces from their TA Studio Brand, you can make your loved one really feel special. All items pictured are in-stock and ready for immediate shipment. Get ahead of the gift giving game and get them something they’ll never forget! Start shopping here.

Another idea- the Josep Accent Drinks Table, in stock and ready to ship just in time for the holidays. We love this perfectly scaled drinks table with it’s warm polished brass inset cubed top and subtle brown finish on its quartered oak pierced pyramid supports. It is sculptural, functional, and really a thing of beauty. Now available at the Theodore Alexander Chicago Showroom at 371 W Ontario Street, 3rd Floor.

For the Person Who Has Everything: A Unique Piece of Art from Samuel Lynne Galleries

A piece of art makes for an excellent holiday gift. It shows thought, effort and is definitely unique. This fine art piece by Brandon Boyd, available through Samuel Lynne Galleries, is an abstract painting that will go well in any room. Boyd is famously recognized as the vocalist and front man of Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band, Incubus. This piece is signed by the artist which makes the gift to that special person even more amazing. View more of his works here.

Gossamer, 2019
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 × 36 in

For the Person Who Has Had a Tough Year: Luxurious Faux Fur Throw Blankets from Chicago Luxury Beds

Experience the soothing warmth of a fur that exudes comfort, peace, and tranquility. Understandably Chicago Luxury Beds‘ best-selling throws thanks to a whisper-soft touch, Ivory Mink has a fluid, supple hand as well. An effortless way to add luxurious ambiance and create a cozy spot near the fireplace! The perfect balance of luxury AND function, these luxurious throws are velvet-lined and conveniently machine wash/line dry. $349 for a 60” x 72” blanket. Shop online here.

For the Hostess: The Drink’Tray from Ligne Roset

The Ligne Roset Drink’Tray designed by Martino D’Esposito is the perfect way to serve at every family gathering or social event. A non-traditional drink tray designed to stop spillages and make anybody the perfect host. Molded-in 100% PPC. Available in 4 colors, White, Terra Cotta, Forest Green, and Black. Shop it here.

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7 Ways to Warm Up Your Home with Textiles this Winter

It’s starting to seem like we will be spending more time in our homes this Winter than in previous years. So let’s embrace this time at home and start getting into that hygge state of mind. Now is the time to give your home a bit of a design facelift to make it warmer and cozier for the cold months ahead. 

With the help of Chicago’s best interior designers and design showrooms, we have eight simple ways you can warm up your home for the Winter using textiles. So grab a cup of hot tea and some cozy slippers settle in for some textile inspiration that will help you turn your home into a place so relaxing, you won’t mind hibernating all Winter long. 

Customize Your Upholstery For the Season

Theodore Alexander always gives you the look you want with their Custom Made to Measure Upholstery Program, but now with their new Quick Ship Fabric Program you have the ability to get custom upholstery in just 4-5 weeks! Just in time to add a bit of warmth & color as fall ends and winter begins!

Contact David Hatfield, Theodore Alexander Chicago Showroom Manager for more details – (312) 877-5834 dhatfield@theodorealexander.com

Pair Unexpected Textiles

While this Highland Park Client opted for cooler tones in her home, it’s the deliberate application of textiles that undeniably warmed this cozy sitting room. Designed by Staci Munic Interiors, the vision was to create a serene, coastal-feeling space, one where the client could relax and feel as if they were away on vacation, yet still convey their bold sense of personality through pops of color and added elements. Staci and her team were immediately attracted to this rich and sumptuous Peacock colored cotton velvet and decided to anchor the room with this oversized tufted ottoman. To convey the ultimate cozy and relaxed feel it was paired with a charcoal slip-covered linen-blend skirted sofa. A pair of lively custom charcoal and white flame stitch chairs flanked the ottoman to add a pop of unexpected fun, and also a nod to the past.

While the majority of the details in this room are noticeably apparent, there were many conscious textile choices made in layering this room that may be hidden upon first glance. Mainly, adding a Metallic Sateen Drapery helped bring a whimsical glow to the window and accentuate the richness and depth of the quiet woven wall-covering. Then, softening the room with elements like fur, sequins and oversized throw pillows helped connect each piece to the gorgeous Satin Brass Chandelier and side tables while not competing with the natural sisal rug.

These elements combined allowed us to allude a coastal atmosphere and tell a story unique to our client and give her a truly charming and refined sanctuary. See more here.

Switch Up Your Throw Pillows

The easiest way to make any space in your home better for lounging? Add some throw pillows. Rich cotton velvet pillows from Jaipur Living help create an inviting space.  Soft and structured, their Nouveau collection blends Art Deco details and texture-building embroidery that is easy to mix and match with any style. Add geometric textures and earthy colors to create warmth. 

The Nouveau Collection available through Casa Bella.  MSRP is $89.00 – $127.00 in your choice of cozy down filled or non-allergenic polyfill.

Bring In Luxurious Textures Everywhere

This living space designed by Centaur Interiors (CI) is full of amazing textures from the floor to the ceiling.

The custom hair-on-hide rug brings a unique pattern, color and texture to add warmth and bridge the cool greys with the warm taupe tones in the room. Blue Velvet swivel arm chairs to bring softness and sheen to the room with added color. Large, custom-made terra-cotta pillows in various colors and textures tie everything together and allow for added color.

The neutral ripple-fold wool gaberdine curtains soften the window mullions and help with acoustics. A fur throw blanket draped over the ottoman invites you to cozy up on the sofa. CI brought in more texture in the lamp shades, with cream-colored silk. See more here.

Dress Your Bed in Layers

What’s most important about linens is the way they feel to you — light and crisp or soft and luxuriously weighty. The right choice comes down to your personal preference – never mind thread count.  

Dress your bed like you dress yourself. Layers are your friend. Dressing in lightweight, high quality layers allows you ultimate flexibility to adjust your temperature to suit the environment. The same approach applies to your bed; layering a just-right mix of sheets, blankets and comforter allows you complete control over your temperature as you sleep. 

Just let your sense of touch lead the way as you try linens from around the world at Chicago Luxury Beds including the brands Sferra, HästensChristian Fischbacher, Amalia and Mari Ann Silk. Start shopping here.

Hästens Satin Pure Shown in Beige and White 

Mix Color and Pattern

This historic home on Chicago’s north shore was in need of all new furnishings. Sarah Montgomery of Sarah Montgomery Design used patterns and colors in textiles to add layers and warmth and to mix styles. It was important that this home reflected some of its history, while mixing in modern functionality. Textiles help to bring these elements together for a space that feels collected over time rather than furnished from scratch over the course of a year. You can see how Sarah treated both the formal living room and family room differently, but they both have that mix of color and pattern that goes well with the mix of new and old. See more here.

Photo by Margaret Rajic
Photo by Margaret Rajic

Throw Down Some Tartan

Designed by Constance Frapolli for Ligne Roset, the Fergus Rug and Throw instantly adds warmth and texture to any room through it’s Autumn color palette and tartan pattern. “Fergus” references the popular Scottish clan name Ferguson. The Ferguson clan is known for helping to popularize tartan. Tartan is described as a wool-based material with a pattern of crisscrossed horizontal and vertical lines in a range of colors.

Shop the throw blanket here and the rug here.

Add Some Luxe with Leather

Created by acclaimed Brazilian designer Rejane Leite, and inspired by an equestrian saddle, The Jockey Armchair is inviting, comfortable and boasts personality. The leather not only adds warmth and texture, but it’s also part of the chair’s structure. For $2,700, choose from 3 different wood options and 5 leather options to make it your own. Add some warmth and texture to your home, brought to you by ARMAZEM.design. Visit their website here to learn more.

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Ligne Roset Chicago Now Under Corporate Ownership

Ligne Roset Chicago has been a part of the River North Design District (RNDD) for many years now, but this year they have made some exciting changes.

The high-end French furniture and lifestyle brand announced this year that their Chicago location is now under new corporate ownership as the second Flagship location in the USA.

“We look forward to welcoming the Chicago design community to our strengthened store. Our commitment is to provide our customers with the highest level of service and to positively impact Chicagoland’s rich history of beautiful design.”

— Simone Vingerhoets-Ziesman, Managing Director Americas

Read the full press release here.

Visit the New Flagship Store in the River North Design District

You can visit the Chicago store at 440 N. Wells Street (the corner of Wells and Hubbard), Monday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on Sundays from noon to 5pm. They are also offering home visits and virtual consultations right now. The Ligne Roset Chicago team can be reached by email at lignerosetchicago@rosetusa.com or by phone at 312-846-1080. They are excited to work with you on your next project!

About Ligne Roset

Known for its artful collaboration with both established and up-and-coming talents in contemporary design, Ligne Roset offers clients an entire lifestyle in which to live both boldly and beautifully via its furniture collections and complimentary decorative accessories, lighting, rugs, textiles and occasional items. ligne-roset.com

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The Ultimate List of 10 Must-Have’s When it Comes to Designing Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s the place where everyone comes together for meals, special occasions, and everyday tasks. There’s no doubt that this room deserves special attention.

Whether you are looking to update your kitchen design or do a full renovation, our River North Design District (RNDD) Members have shared with us their “must-haves” when it comes to designing your dream kitchen. Regardless of your design style or the size of your kitchen, these design ideas are sure to spark inspiration for your own kitchen design. And when you are ready to get started, be sure to visit our RNDD showrooms for everything from cabinets to faucets, and if you want to enlist an expert, we’ve got the best designers in Chicago here.

Blending the Indoors and Outdoors

This major renovation and expansion of a small, 1920s lakeside stone cottage in central Wisconsin was the work of Michael del Piero Good Design.  Each space re-imagined, working in collaboration with architect Michael Abraham, to perfectly capture the light and beautiful views of the lake.  The home’s revised kitchen is a prime example of these two goals in practice.  Even with its impressive fifteen foot marble island, the design is still minimal, unadorned and encourages focus out onto to the lake.  The palate is light and fresh, incorporating natural materials at every opportunity, to bridge the gap between indoors and out – no matter the season. See more here.

Mix Up the Elements for Cool Combinations

This Austin residence, designed by PROjECT. interiors sits high above the city. With incredible views from every window, everything within needed to sparkle too. The PROjECT tribe saved a special moment for reflection; a mirrored tile backsplash in the kitchen sets the tone for glamour that feels timeless. This project is a perfect example of how PROjECT. likes to mix things up- something sparkly, something polished, something organic. And the largest hidden trash bin you’ve ever seen – these folks know how to throw a party! See more here.

Photos by Aimée Mazzenga

Room For All

Kadlec Architecture + Design designed this gracious family home in Connecticut to accommodate the growing family’s needs, as well as provide ample space for entertaining. When it came to the kitchen, they kept the design simple and spacious with enough room to freely move around the island. The large island comfortably seats 5 and provides a gathering place with ample counter space for entertaining. The soft color palette gives the room a light an airy feel making the room seem even bigger. Integrating the architectural details with a contemporary family gathering space creates a timeless kitchen design and the hub of the home. See more here.

Don’t Have a Kitchen Island? Try a Freestanding Island.

Eat, drink, prep, store and more with Room & Board‘s new Booker kitchen island. Made of solid wood, steel and quartz—materials that look right at home in any kitchen. Use this kitchen island’s large durable top for extra prep space or as a counter-height table for a quick meal. Booker is perfect for small spaces where you need prep, dining and storage space all in one. Shop Booker.

A Countertop That Expands

MOTION by eggersmann is a countertop rolling system that transforms your space to make it work for you. Slide or hide your countertop to create a kitchen island with seating or make your sink and cooktop disappear for additional prep space. Learn more here.

Multifunctional Appliances

Staci Munic Interiors chose this Monogram induction cook top for her Palm Springs Kitchen. The Monogram Advantium oven serves not only as an oven, but also as a microwave, toaster oven, warming drawer, and speed cooking oven, all in one under-counter appliance. This not only makes the kitchen more efficient, but allows for uncluttered counter space as well. The sink also serves double (quadruple!?) duty. Staci chose a Kohler Prolific sink with integrated colander, drying rack, cutting board, and storage bin.

Lastly, Staci added open shelving at one end of the kitchen. Not only do these shelves provide a space to display artwork and glassware, but they are also incredibly functional, ensuring a wine glass for that 5 o’clock drink is always within arms reach! See more here.

A Floor Plan that Functions

When Yamini Designs set out to design this kitchen, the goal was to create a highly functional and modern space with clean lines and high style. The busy clients requested a chic, streamlined, easy to maintain kitchen with plenty of room for their family of five and for entertaining.

The first step was crating flow and function in the floorplan. The large island in the center of the room acts as the hub of the family space with seating for six. Placing the range within the island and facing the family room enable the adults to interact with their children and guests while preparing meals. On the periphery of the space, separate zones were created for wine storage, food prep, and a coffee bar, further enhancing the flow of the floorplan. See more here.

Custom Cabinets and Drawers

Having custom-made cabinets for your kitchen will improve the design and functionality of your kitchen tremendously. Unlike pre-made cabinets, the custom option will be made to fit the unique dimensions and angles of your room and will allow you to design your kitchen according to your lifestyle and not the other way around. In this Lincoln Park kitchen, designed by Dresner Design in collaboration with Suzan Hadaway Design, custom white cabinetry from Dresner Design’s private label line with De Angelis was used which allowed them to accommodate enough space for the La Cournue range. They even had custom interior drawers made in solid oak with Wenge stain to keep everything organized and within reach. See more here.

Photos by Jim Tschetter

Unexpected Storage

The client of this kitchen, designed by Milieu, considers himself an avid chef and wanted a specific Thermador range oven and Zephyr Hood in his small kitchen, along with ample storage for his cooking supplies and spices. Milieu balanced the space with open shelving and full height pantry storage to keep everything spacious and clean. Since this home lacked closet space, they also created a hidden coat closet in the pantry as a bit of a surprise. See more here.

Photos by Michael Kaskel

A Space for Entertaining

This Streeterville kitchen, designed by Centaur Interiors (CI), features many of the elements that make up a dream kitchen: storage, stainless steel appliances, and smart lighting. But it’s the entertainment components that really make this kitchen stand out.

The open concept kitchen includes seating for four at the kitchen island and the space spills into the dining room to accommodate additional guests at the table. There’s a large wine fridge to keep bottles at the ready and at the perfect temperature. The fully stocked wet bar has built-in lights on the shelves to spotlight display pieces and gorgeous glassware. And who can ignore the large windows that bathe the entire kitchen in natural light throughout the day and provide an incredible city backdrop for evening cocktail hours. See more here.

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RNDD Welcomes Encore Gallery

RNDD Showrooms are the Ultimate Destination for Design

The River North Design District (RNDD) is comprised of the best showrooms in the area that carry everything from lighting, plumbing, rugs, kitchens to furnishings- everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind haven. 

One additional element you need for your one-of-a-kind home? Tiles and Wall Panels. Which is why we are excited to welcome Encore Gallery to our organization, helping to expand the product offerings of the RNDD so you can find everything you need.

European Tiles & Panels. World-Class Design.

Encore Gallery is a showroom and exclusive distributor of modern European porcelain tiles by Tubadzin as well as commercially adopted decorative gypsum wall panels by 3Decorative Solutions.

Their state of the art 6,000 sq. ft. showroom, located in Berkeley, IL, showcases their product offerings in life size designer vignettes.

Meet The Tubądzin Group

The Tubądzin Group is one of the leading Polish manufacturers of ceramic tiles, a leader of innovation. Since its formation, it has been consistently developing its product offering, skillfully adapting it to the needs of various customer groups. Each product of the company meets the most stringent European standards.

The Tubądzin brand is a proposal for those who seek out unique solutions. It is a real interior designer, creating space which genuinely stands out. The brand has five product lines: Tubądzin, Colour – large format tiles with deep colours, Pastele – created for investment project applications, meeting many additional standards, Majolika – inspired by the Mediterranean ceramics and a proprietary sub-brand called Tubądzin – Maciej Zień creation, prepared by this famous fashion designer.

Why Wall Panels?

3D Wall Panels are an exciting range of decorative, textured wall panels with patterns carved into their surface. A feature wall in 3D Wall Panels creates a huge impact, lending an architectural feel to the room at relatively little cost.

3D Decorative Large Scale Wall Panels can be used without a special surface directly on the wall, wood, stone, plaster, coat or all painted or unpainted surface. All edges and joints interlock for quick, accurate alignment and superior joint stability. Borrowing from the idea of drywall, the seams are blended with a fortified filler, allowing the creation of a seamless, sculpted surface or 3-dimensional wall of nearly any size.

Encore Gallery’s range of 3D Wall Panels Are Monolithic and Seamless Compositions Which Brings Beauty And Elegance To Any Interior

Our Range of 3D Wall Panels Are Monolithic and Seamless Compositions Which Brings Beauty And Elegance To Any Interior

– Encore Gallery

Now you can create a feature wall in your home or business using these 3D gypsum wall panels from Encore Gallery.

Welcome to RNDD, Encore Gallery!

Visit their showroom to check out the latest range of ceramic tiles, 3D panels, showers, bathtubs, tiles options, flooring samples, fittings, and fixtures, or check them out online at encoregallery.us. Finding something that matches your taste and fits within your budget has never been simpler!

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The Power of Art in Design

Art can truly make or break the design of a space.

When it comes to designing a room in the home, selecting the art is often one of the most personal choices you make whether you are working with an interior designer or doing it on your own. In a perfect world, you choose a piece of art for your space that you connect with and it just so happens to also perfectly fit the color scheme and design style of the room. But we know that’s not always the way it works. A good combination of meaningful pieces and pieces selected to compliment the design is what you should strive for.

We turned to some of our RNDD Members – Chicago’s top interior designers and local River North Chicago design showrooms – for some tips on selecting artwork for your home and how that art can enhance the interior design of a room.

Invest in Artwork

Sarah Montgomery of Sarah Montgomery Design is a big believer in investing in artwork if the client is open to it. It doesn’t have to be anything terribly expensive for fancy, just collecting pieces that truly resonate with you. As a designer, she is always willing to find a way to incorporate a piece you love into her designs. In this client’s living room, Sarah had a ton of wall space and an awkward window to work around. She chose to make a wallpapered focal point for a large framed print so it felt more layered and dynamic. Sarah then added to the clients collection of vintage Fornasetti plates for a plate display which creates texture and plays off the black and white of the wallpaper. Two original prints from the client’s travels add color and interest in the spot below the window. This is a great example of balancing different types of art in a space.

Photos by Gene Yoon

In this design project, Sarah was faced with the challenge of sourcing art that combined both of her client’s taste. The husband and wife for this project had differing tastes in art. The husband preferred more traditional, formal art while the wife likes to support outsider artists. Sarah came across this piece at an antique store, by Gerald Nees, an Indiana man who was paralyzed and painted with his mouth. This is a more traditional scenic painting by an outsider artist AND it happens to be of the Chicago river! It was a win-win for both parties.

Get more tips for filling your blank walls with art from Sarah Montgomery here.

Photo by Margaret Rajic

Use Art in Unexpected Places

Materials Marketing is now offering an amazing series from Adex of hand painted Salvador Dali tiles. The hand painted tiles clearly show the style, flavor and brilliant colors that Salvador brought to his artwork. With each tile serving as a piece of artwork, you could use these in unexpected places in your kitchen or bathroom. Learn more here.

Create Original Artwork that Tells Your Story

Artist Maureen Claffy paints love stories of joy and celebration. This painting titled “In the Flow”, is a mother’s love story for her family. Maureen prides herself on her collectors feeling safe enough to tell her their stories. She then spins, with fluid acrylic or watercolor on canvas or paper or birchwood board, a narrative that is personal and private to their heart.

For this piece, Maureen visited the client monthly, making sketches and listened to the client’s stories. Maureen also visited with the interior designer on the project regularly so they could collaborate closely on the size, color and placement of the piece. Together, the artist, designer and client took her work to a new place of sensitivity in color and technique. A painting that represents a story made stronger through listening. See more of Maureen’s work here.

Go Beyond the Walls: Furniture As Art

Hästens has teamed up with world renowned master designer Ferris Rafauli to launch an exclusive collaboration – Grand Vividus, which represents a new level of comfort, craftsmanship and luxury, drawing on expertise gained since 1852. Rafauli, known in the design world for his innovative projects and luxury home creation for elite clients around the world, took inspiration from Hästens’ heritage and long history as bed and saddle-makers to create the Grand Vividus. The result is a continental bed combining a timeless and classic design with Rafauli’s unique style.

The Grand Vividus exudes luxury, quality and design without compromise to become a work of art for the bedroom. Entirely built by hand by Hästens´ most esteemed craftsmen, in the manufacturing facility in Köping, Sweden. Chicago Luxury Beds is the original Midwest retailer of Hästens offering 15+ years of expertise in the brand. Learn more here.

Find Pieces that Speak to You

Art speaks to you. When you see something that whispers to your heart and touches your senses. When it brings you joy, a sense of nostalgia, or a sense of calm and wonder. Neuroaesthetics is powerful, real, and personal. In this elegant yet modern living room, Staci Munic of Staci Munic Interiors found a way to incorporate her client’s favorite piece from Steven Rudin with photographs of Tina Turner and make them feel like they belong together. And the images seem to actually pop off the stark white walls infusing a tangible energy into the room. As long as the pieces you select speak to you, you can find a way to make them work together and actually enhance the space. See more of Staci’s work here.

Photo by Lance Gerber

With Large Walls, Scale is Everything

When it comes to selecting the right piece of art for a room, size does matter. Whether it is a one-of-a-kind painting, unique installation, bold canvas art, or fine art photography, choosing wall art for large open spaces can be daunting. These pieces will often become an eye catching focal point, so they should be impactful. Scale is crucial when filling a large wall. The art should be just as grand! Purchasing such a large piece can be an investment and should be something you know you will love for years to come. Choosing the right style and color is extremely important in areas that are open to multiple lines of sight. It needs to work from all angles. Don’t be afraid to make a statement when you have a large canvas to work with. Centaur Interiors, with the help of Samuel Lynne Galleries, used just one piece of art in the room shown below. But because they got the scale right for the space, the art becomes the focal point of the room and truly takes the interior design to another level. See more spaces from Centaur Interiors here.

Mirrors As Art

Mirrors can be a great alternative to traditional artwork. And they are functional. They can make a space look and feel larger, and they reflect light. If you are thinking of adding a mirror to your space, try using one that has a more interesting shape. It will bring a new feel to your space.

The Vlad Hexagonal Mirror, from the Alexa Hampton Collection by Theodore Alexander, is like a 3-dimensional abstract piece of art. And like abstract art, this piece does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of visual reality, but rather uses geometric forms and lines to emphasize and reflect the view in a kaleidoscope of special effects, toying with shape and light to distort and dissect the view around us.  The Vlad Mirror can be hung horizontally or vertically and is available in a number of unique finish options. Learn more here.

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Timeless Tile Designs that Aren’t Subway Tile

Everyone loves Subway Tile. And listen, we get it. We like it too. It’s classic, versatile and works well with any style of kitchen design. But if you are looking to break out of the norm and do something unique, our River North Design District (RNDD) Members have some alternatives to subway tile for your next home remodel. And don’t worry, these alternate tile designs are just as versatile and timeless as the old classic.

Classic with a Modern Twist

A foyer floor was brought back to the original James Means archived design plans for the entryway. The “stand out” element of the foyer is the custom pattern of the antiqued black and white marble tile from Renaissance Tile & Bath, resulting in a 3-D effect. This classic black and white tile combination is one that can stand the test of time.

Visit the Renaissance Tile & Bath showroom at 555 N. Franklin St. or online here. Their design professionals are ready to expertly guide you through our showroom environment, discovering materials, and design options that capture the essence of your vision.

Design: Renaissance Tile & Bath
Builder: Ladisic Fine Homes


Photo by Galina Photography

Marble is Forever

Made in the USA, the Calacatta Lincoln from Calia Stone Boutique never goes out of style. A clean white stone with soft grey veining, this marble keeps the vibe classic and timeless. The Calacatta Lincoln is featured here in this new build home in Lincoln Park. See more of the marble available through Calia Stone here.

Interior Designer: Elizabeth Krueger Design
Builder: Barrett Homes Chicago
Calia Stone Stylist: Meghan Sargent


Vintage Never Goes Out of Style

When it came to this bathroom design, the biggest challenge for Staci Munic Interiors was how to make the bathroom feel expansive. Staci selected a large format, vintage inspired porcelain tile, and installed it across the entire wall in the shower and behind the toilet. The light cove was designed with Kiersten Hoiland Studios and washes the entire wall in a soft glow. The grey cement inspired porcelain tile on the shower control wall compliments the patterned wall tile and the terrazzo floor becoming the bridge for the three surfaces. See more here.

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Photo by Lance Gerber

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Photo by Lance Gerber

Putting You Best Face(ted) Forward

In the kitchen of the Centaur Interiors (CI) Showroom, CI used a beautiful geometric-shaped faceted Calcutta marble from Artistic Tile as opposed to the traditional subway tile. The under-cabinet routed lighting highlights the structure and beauty of the tile, and by pairing the tile with an electric plug mold meant that no cuts are made to the backsplash. As clients and prospective clients enter the showroom, it is imperative for the Kitchen/Meeting space to possess a timeless appearance that many can appreciate, and this elegant backsplash achieved just that. See more here.


European Elegance

Leaving behind a traditional home in the suburbs of Chicago, this couple wanted a home that was a reflection of their modern and edgy style, so they turned to the best: Donna Mondi Interior Design. The master bath is a standout with custom floor tiles from Renaissance Tile & Bath, in River North, composed of four different Nero Marquina stone marble in neutral colors punctuated with polished brass inlays. The look is reminiscent of the splendor of an old European palazzo and adds to the elegant look of this master bath. The marble floor pattern blends well against all custom black cabinetry from O’Brien Harris and balances the modern freestanding bathtub. The Brutalist style gold chandelier, in addition to the aged brass vanity sconces, creates a dramatic look that is timeless. See more of this beautiful bathroom here.

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Photos by Werner Straube

Geometric Tile that Packs a Punch

The design team at Milieu created a custom metal hood for this kitchen with copper accents that carries throughout the space. They worked with the client’s existing subzero refrigerator creating custom panels to give it a fully integrated look. But the real stand-out design detail is the geometric Sarri Blanco tile from Artistic Tile, which they used as the backsplash, taking it all the way up to the ceiling in some areas. This antique-patterned tile is composed of triangles and circles in a soft, neutral color palette making it the perfect compliment to a modern or traditional kitchen style. See more here.


Photo by Tony Soluri


Photo by Tony Soluri

A Modern Take on an Old Classic

This family kitchen, designed by Dresner Design, is located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The project was a gut renovation and resulted in this beautiful all-white kitchen that mixes modern and traditional elements. When it came to the tile, Dresner Design took a new twist on the classic subway tile with these elongated, white, hexagon Pratt & Larson tiles from Artistic Tile. By taking the tile all the way up to the top of the wall, it provides an interesting backdrop for the open shelving and custom hood. See more here.


Photo by Jim Tschetter

Show-Stopping Tile Used Sparingly 

In this master bath renovation, Yamini Designs was asked to create a serene sanctuary for a client whose style was traditional and who was looking for an updated bath that also echoed her love for organic motifs.

The client was especially inspired by a distinctive, leaf-patterned, glazed ceramic tile that she had long coveted. Since the client had a tight budget, Yamini used this higher end tile sparingly as a focal point, creating a design that maximizes its eye-catching effect while minimizing its overall use to reduce cost and avoid lengthy installation times. With smart choices and a focus on detail, this tile was used to design a classic bath that evoked a fresh, verdant oasis with all the amenities of a modern bath. The patterned tile and marble countertops are from Tithof Tile & Marble, and the cream floor tile and shower wall tile was from Studio41. See more here.

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RNDD Welcomes Studio 6F to Our River North Chicago Design Community

Start with a Blank Slate

When it comes to starting a design project, starting with a blank slate or an empty space is often ideal. It gives clients and designers a fresh start to work from with no preconceptions or expectations which is why our newest River North Design District (RNDD) Member, Studio 6F chose their firm name based on the hex code color converter for white: #ffffff.

When you work with Studio 6F, you get a white space for artistic solutions, giving people aesthetic experiences that they can live with every day. And we are so excited to have them a part of the RNDD community.

“We offer solutions – not without ideas, mind you – just without opinions so heavy that they might cloud the creative solution.”



A Luxury Creative Design Company in Chicago

Studio 6F is a luxury creative design company focusing on high end residential and boutique hospitality interior design.

Studio 6F’s domestic and international projects have been recognized for an unapologetic approach to integrating eras and styles into an eclectic yet harmonious point of view. A commitment to disciplined business practices, alongside an abundantly creative and individualized approach has quickly given Studio 6F an elite position within the interior design community.


Why Choose Studio 6F For Your Next Chicago Interior Design Project?

  • Unrivaled access to inspiring, relevant and unique collections from around the globe.
  • Creative artwork solutions for any space, aesthetic, and budget.
  • Network of trusted resources.
  • Cross-pollinated art aficionados, entrepreneurs, creatives and business experiences.


BESPOKE Furniture

Operating out of its award-winning design gallery and showroom in Chicago, the firm represents Founder and Principal Gil Melott’s eponymous furniture brand Gil Melott BESPOKE.

This mature and contemplative collection rose out of a necessity to find classically shaped forms with a modern twist – in a scale appropriate for use within many of Melott’s city homes. Using materials and ideas familiar to his youth — refined bronze and metal fabrication, solid traditional woodworking and joinery, and fabrics that have a distinct heritage.  The elements are elevated and translated into sophisticated and urbanely rustic pieces of bespoke furniture.

Additionally, they showcase highly sought-after vintage furniture, American contemporary makers and artists representing a variety of mediums such as Steven Haulenbeek, Matthew McCormick, Vincent Pocsik, Ovuud, AKMD, New Format, Modern Industry Design, Laylo Studio, Colt Seager, Michelle Peterson, Michael Dowling and David T. Kim.


Please help us in welcoming Studio 6F to the RNDD Design Community! To learn more about their firm and their work visit their website here.

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10 Beautiful Bathroom Designs that Will Make You Never Want to Leave the Tub

We all know that the number one rule when it comes to designing a bathroom is that it needs to be functional. But it doesn’t have to be all about function. Creating a beautiful bathroom design with a calming aesthetic that helps you jumpstart your morning or unwind from the day is just as important.

We’ve compiled some of the most beautiful bathroom designs from our RNDD Members to spark some ideas when it comes to creating your own spa-like oasis at home. From a small, city bathroom to spacious master bathrooms, these are some of the best designed bathrooms for every design style and need.

If you are ready to start your own bathroom remodel, our RNDD Designers are taking virtual consultations now. Find a list of Chicago interior designers here.

Historic Master Bathroom Renovation

This Master Bathroom Renovation was done by Sarah Montgomery Design in a historic Lakeview, Chicago condo. Sarah chose classic finishes and added in some architectural detailing to make this brand new bathroom align with the character of the rest of the home. A barely-there pink on the walls, mix of metal finishes and colorful, eclectic accessories complete the space. See more here.

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

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Photography by Margaret Rajic

A Spa-Inspired Bathroom Design

When her clients requested a “fresh, new spa-inspired master bath” for their dated 20 year old home, Yamini Designs rose to the challenge. Her clients had a wonderful sense of style and a dire need for function, but also had a very limited budget and time frame to get the project completed. Despite the narrow footprint of the overall space and with the elimination of a partition wall within the space, Yamini was able to give them all the amenities of a larger bath. And with the selection of high end materials mixed with affordable ones, this master bath retreat gave them function and an updated style all within their tight budget. This master bath was awarded 1st Place in Bath Design in the ASID Design Excellence Awards. See more here.


A Bathroom With a View

This master bathroom designed by Scott Dresner of Dresner Design is located in a penthouse in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. In order to maximize views, Scott designed the layout of the bathroom so the shower faces the glass curtain wall. The shower, made of glass on two sides, allows for unobstructed views. Even though this penthouse soars above the other buildings in the area, Scott used a frosted glass film over the shower door from chest height down to create a sense of privacy without blocking the view. This bathroom is small for a penthouse of this scale so storage was a challenge given an entire wall is glass. Scott created a variety of storage solutions including oversized drawers in the floating vanity and built-in medicine cabinets. See more here.


Photograpy by Jim Tschetter


Photography by Jim Tschetter

Creating a Sense of Zen in the Bathroom

When it came to this contemporary bathroom design by the design duo at Milieu, they set out to create a bright and peaceful oasis for their clients. They used Trove wallcovering from Holly Hunt in the water closet, floating his/hers Kohler vanities and wave tile from Porcelanosa to achieve the ultimate zen feel. See more here.

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Photography by Brett Bulthus

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Photography by Brett Bulthus

Black and White and Chic All Over

This sleek and sophisticated master bath remodel was done by James Demarco of FCK Studios in collaboration with Emily Roberts of Studio41. The focal point of the bathroom design is the Victoria & Albert Vetralla tub with a matte black painted exterior, and a Newport Brass Kirsi tub filler in matte black. The shower features the Brizo Jason Wu collection, and a Kohler shower drain with Ann Sacks tile. The stark contrast of the matte black against the white backdrop create a bold yet calm atmosphere, making this master bathroom design the perfect place to relax after a long day. See more products from Studio41 here.


Modern Sophistication in the Bathroom

Designing for a single mom with a passion for haute couture and an appreciation for quality materials provided the perfect foundation for a design by Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID) focused on drama alongside classical elements. With a shared love of black and white, the client quickly embraced the graphic marble floor pattern. White Thassos marble pairs perfectly with Nero Marquina on the floor and is repeated on the countertop in a hones finish. The biggest challenge presented by this space was the blank wall behind the freestanding bathtub. It needed something unique and special to distract from the lack of a window. DMID sourced a decorative art panel with an image of a woman floating in water; the resin finish of the panel being the perfect solution for water-resistance. See more here.


Dustin Halleck Photography

Bringing an Island Feel to the Master Bathroom

This Mia Rao Design island inspired bathroom, is the perfect in-home get away during our current global situation. The client wanted to bring a little part of their Belize vacation home with them. From the feel of pebbles under your feet, to the deep aquatic blue-green shower tile, every detail creates an image of a far-away place. Rich carved custom mahogany doors and screens, as well as the gorgeous teak vanity complete picture. Simple, but luxurious.  The perfect place to start or end your day. See more here.


Photography by Tyler Mallory

Function and Elegance in the Bathroom

CI was commissioned to design, renovate, and furnish the interior and exterior of this Millennium Park residence. The CI team generated a custom tailored program to create a seamless process for the owner, where they could determine their level of project involvement. Although this is a historic landmarked building, the master bath was transformed into a modern oasis with functionality and elegance. The freestanding tub and filler strategically positioned beneath the unique element of the arched shape window, allows stunning city views. In order to draw attention to the details of the space, this master bathroom design was highlighted with Fantini fixtures to complete the sleek design. See more here.

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Beautiful Bathrooms from the Ultimate Design Duo

dSPACE Studio and PROjECT. interiors teamed up to create these two beautiful master baths! First, a zen space, flooded with natural light, captures panoramic water views beyond—creating a full home-spa experience. See more here.


In this showstopper bath, metallic Midas gold is glowing under natural light from the skylight above. See more here.


A Mid-Century Modern Bathroom with a Touch of Edge

Mid century modern meets rock and roll with a nod to the old west in this Palm Springs ranch restoration designed by Staci Munic Interiors.  This master bath received a complete renovation, as the client wished to have every surface new.  A custom walnut vanity and mirror, black bath tub with black stone accent wall, along with the satin brass hardware and plumbing fixtures create a harmonious pallet of materials that are simultaneously edgy, while being soothing and luxurious. See more here.

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