I love Chicago. The people are friendly, the food is world class, the architecture is influential and the design world is humble but completely cutting edge.
I was honored to be given a sneak peek of Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors, by Jan Parr and the Editors of Chicago Home + Garden magazine, a beautiful coffee table book that does more than just look pretty. Jan Parr and her team provide insider tips into the Chicago interior design world in a well-organized and thoughtful book which includes a brilliant index of where to shop for the home in the windy city and detailed accounts of how the homeowners, architects and interior designers brought the homes to life.
I pulled some of my favorite photographs from the book for you to enjoy and I’ve already placed my order… Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors is the perfect holiday gift for my design loving friends.
Jan Parr was also kind enough to provide CECY j readers with a few insider recommendations for your next visit to Chicago (below).
Photos reprinted with permission from Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors, by Jan Parr and the editors of Chicago Home + Garden, Agate Surrey, October 2011.
Jan Parr’s Insider Chicago Tips
Shop for unique home accessories?
“I love these locally owned shops…”
2. Post 27
6. Sprout Home
13. Morlen Sinoway
15. Haymaker Shop
Enjoy the architecture?
Meet for drinks?
10. Ralph Lauren
Buy fresh flowers?
12. “Few people realize that Crate & Barrel’s North and Clybourn store sells fresh flowers. They’re always unusual and wonderful, and Michelle Salazar, who manages the department, can give tips for arranging.”
Shop for a winter coat?
8. Helen Yi
Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous? Ready to make your place a space that you adore? I’d love to help make your house a home. cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects. Let’s chat firstname.lastname@example.org