We found ourselves with a little time between the end of work and a 7pm meeting one night this week, so Bob and I decided to grab a little inspiration courtesy of downtown Chicago. The surrounding area of Merchandise Mart - as well as the Mart itself - is home to countless modern design stores. Most of which foster furniture with prices that won't allow the pieces to come home with us anytime soon, but getting an eye for new trends and what we like is priceless. There are even some surprised along the way when some pieces are more reasonably priced than one might assume.
We hit up Orange Skin on Erie Street and immediately fell in love with this table. Called Big Irony by Maurizio Peregalli, it is a sheet steel with a black phosphatized finish. This means the table changes over time as the elements play together. A quick glance at the grainy top makes you think of wood, but the industrial look fits in perfectly with the image we want to create. This link contains a more detailed description. How great would a pop of orange look on this table?
Next up was Poliform. A chair in the window caught our eye and we headed inside to get a better look. The Camilla Chair - pictures of two of these nestled together in front of a fireplace danced in my head. Finding this photo online just reinforces that. We are looking for equal parts comfy reading chair and sophisticated conversation corner. I think we might have hit the nail on the head here.
And although we weren't quite as bowled over by individual pieces we found at Ligne Roset on Wells St., you have to hand it to them for some eye-catching design. Like this bookshelf called Lines by Peter Maly.
We also got the message loud and clear: shag rugs are where its at. I am going to try my hand at making one courtesy some Pinterest Inspiration (Pinspiration), but the unique Pebble Chamois caught our eye at Mobili Mobel on Wells. A bit on the strange to look at, but one of the softest rugs I have ever stepped foot on. You can also pick these up as pillows.
You can bet that I've already been pinning a few items to my New Home Inspiration Board. Counting down the days until we can start filling up a place!