Editor's note: Today I am wearing AG jeans, a sweater by Free People, and shoes by JCrew.
Happy Friday! We have three weekends of Christmas to enjoy—lets make the most of them! At least we finally have cold weather to go along with the Christmas decorations and music. And it even snowed yesterday! You had to turn your head just right and concentrate- but it was there! Now that would put anyone in the mood! I for one have a weekend of wrapping packages ahead of me. I became a master wrapper when I worked at The Market because we wrapped presents constantly. I learned how to make my “party hat” bows as my friends and family call them. They truly do stand up in the air and are quite fluffy. I also add small ornaments or bits of flowers or jingle bells. My best friend in New York saves my bows to reuse-now that is a compliment!
Today’s article I found in Elle Décor. This apartment in Chicago designed by Steven Gambrel is unbelievable; and the building has a cool history as well. It was originally the headquarters of Colgate- Palmolive- then in the 1960’s had a brief moment as the home of Hugh Hefner’s first Playboy club. In the early 2000’s it was turned into condos. The article was fascinating to me to the extent that Steven Gambrel went to getting exactly what he wanted. The slab in the master bath are only found in one place…Capri, Italy-and only one in 20 blocks has the veining that Steven was seeking. Now that is perfection plus! Enjoy and feel the magic of Christmas this weekend!
One of Steven’s visions for this apartment was to embody the “Chicago-ness” of Chicago. Working with architect Philip Liedenback he certainly created a masterpiece. Here in the “salon” my first impression is the WOW factor of the chandelier. How fabulous is this vintage Dahlia chandelier! The custom mantel by Jamb has such unique columns and is the perfect color of grey. I love the lacquered ceiling and the reflection it gives from the molding on the wall. Just beautiful.
As many beautiful qualities there are to this living room-the showstopper is the 1930’s French orange lacquer, and the shagreen sideboard. Now that is STUNNING! The venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray. What a perfect backdrop. The fabrics from JAB, Dedan, and Arabel all shine in this setting. What a fabulous cocktail table-incredible lines!
Another corner of the salon. I love the details on the custom sectional covered in a Zinc fabric. The adjustable lights mounted to the front of the bookcase are so cool!
This butler’s pantry makes such a statement! The cabinets painted in a custom high-glass lacquer to match pantone’s Mallard Green are breathtaking. What attention to detail!
Steven certainly executes stunning furnishings in this apartment, but his architectural details are beyond impressive.
The dining room table is a work of art. The custom table is by Dune and has a rosewood base with an eglomise mirrored top. The dining chairs are from Paris. Pairing the light wood of the dining chairs with the rosewood table shows how everything does not have to match to be perfection.
The dressing room is gorgeous. I love the window treatments using both cafe curtains and Romans. The lantern is American from the 1930's.
A beautiful shot of the master bedroom. The 1930's English mantel is from Westland London-so chic. The way the art is displayed next to the fireplace is unusual and cool. The chest next to the bed is a Tommi Parzinger from the 1950's. Using a low profile settee instead of a bench at the foot of the bed is genius.
What lucky guests to get to stay in this room. The custom bed is done in a Zummie & Rohde fabric. The bedding is so elegant! The 1950’s sconces are from Ignazio Gardella. I love the tiny bookcases built into the wall next to the bed. What a dreamy setting!
This entire apartment is a work of art in my opinion- but this marble from Carpi, Italy I think takes the cake! The water works sinks paired with the Barber Wilsons & Co brass fittings and the incredible Belgian Black marble floor with bronze inlay add the crowning touch. Perfection!
This was the inaugural competition for Fort Worth Home. I was so honored to be a finalist in the "Best Bedroom" category, and thrilled that I won! Thank you, Fort Worth Home, for a lovely evening!
Last night I wore a dress by Theory and shoes by Coach.
I'm ready guys!!
This is so true!
Dinner last night was catered by Capitol Grill. So delicious!
Love this song!!!