Monday, December 14, 2009

Something's In The Air...

Remember back in October when STUDY turned a bathroom into a mad scientist's aviary? Well imagine our surprise when we happened upon a not-so-little blog called Martha Moments to find the following, shocking image after the jump.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mark Your Calendars: STUDY at The Vintage Bazaar

Via Zol87

Strap on your lederhosen and join STUDY at the historic DANK Haus in Lincoln Square for The Vintage Bazaar on February 27, 2010. Over 50 vendors will be present for this modern, pop-up vintage market featuring reasonably priced vintage decor, furniture, clothing, and accessories.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Very Moser Christmas

STUDY got an invite from Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers' Chicago showroom to participate in their holiday decorating party this past Saturday. While embracing our assigned role as guest designer, we chatted with customers about holiday decorating, tied a few bows, and drank some cider.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Thanksgiving In Uptown

Table Set for Thanksgiving Dinner

Aside from a few meltdowns of near-epic proportion leading up to the big day, this year's Thanksgiving feast at STUDY H.Q. was a rousing success. Thanks to delegating dishes, some gastronomically-inclined guests and the help of Nigella Lawson, everything went off without a hitch... unless you count our after-dinner movie of choice of Meet Me In St. Louis.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Trip Report: Minneapolis

Gold Medal Mill Sign

A few weeks ago STUDY took a break from a city on the make in favor of spending some time in a city of lakes. Minneapolis is where one half of STUDY calls home, so in between catching up with friends and family, we had an chance to take in a few sites, capture a few pictures, and - lucky for you - even see a drag show or two.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Everyday Is Halloween

Glowing Specimen Jars on Mad Scientist's Mantle

The holiday season may just be beginning, but STUDY's favorite one has already come and gone. This year Halloween was devoted to turning our home into a mad scientist's laboratory where, incidentally, we were throwing a party too. To say that this venture wasn't all-consuming, laborious and at times crazed would be a lie - but it was also a lot of fun.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Horrifyingly Beautiful Interiors: Salò

Sometimes you see a movie that is so coldly violent and emotionally brutal that you find yourself asking why, exactly, you're drawn to it. Then you realize that for all of its lack of redeeming moral value... it had an amazing production designer. Salò is one such movie that we've seen here at STUDY a handful of times, or to be more accurate, we've watched in it's entirety once and have come back to on multiple occasions just so we could fast-forward to the expertly framed interior shots of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Something Wicked This Way Comes or A Mad Scientist Takes Over Our Home

Girl 1: People invite us to parties because they know we have a good time. We're mad.
Girl 2: Pah-ty, pah-ty, pah-ty.
- Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Glowing Apothecary Jar - Halloween Decorations

Designers are notorious for blathering on about how they take inspiration from nature and infuse it into their work. In preparation for Halloween, STUDY decided to go one better last week when we just started taking nature from the sidewalk and making it our work.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

On Drama

La Renommée de l'Agriculture Statue
La Renommée de l'Agriculture - Gustave Frederic Michel

As anyone who’s read a design blog in the past decade knows, there is a strong and verbal crowd out there that voraciously suckles at the teat of Mid-Century Modernism. And while STUDY loves Mid-Century in all its incarnations - be it Brutalist, New Formalist or even Googie - we're more than a little pleased that Mid-Century is finally loosening its choke hold on the design community... or that the masses have finally stopped sucking.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A New Way to STUDY

Here at STUDY we try to be all things to all people very specifically true to ourselves. We've come to find that this is a pretty solid motto to live by and translates to all facets of life, not least of all, design. Simply put, going with what you know/love and not getting bamboozled by trends lays the groundwork for homes, spaces and art that stand the test of time. This is a design philosophy we've tried to exemplify here and one that we hope will translate into our new online venture: STUDY, by way of tumblr.

Friday, August 28, 2009

SOLD to the impeccably dressed gentlemen in the front...

Auction time! Nothing like a vintage nude and retro clock to dress up the drab corner of your dining room.
During a Midwestern childhood, STUDY's first exposure to an auction was rather unimpressive. It was in fact, a farm auction, where a fast talking man née auctioneer sold off everything from John Deer tractors to porch rockers. There was a sad undercurrent as men in overalls perused the relics of their failed (dead?) farming comrade. Wives in printed blouses and ugly slacks sold barbecue on white buns, scooped out of crock pots.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

STUDY goes Davenport

Study needs a new sofa. Currently we lounge upon a French mid-century teak version, clad in cream canvas purchased at Toomey Gallery (shown above left, in a past apartment). Though this sofa is very STUDY, it was originally intended for the sun room of a past life, and was never destined for every day use. Its loose cushions tend to rapidly shift over an extended period of TV watching, and the color and fabric are rather unforgiving. Martha Stewart only allows the consumption of red wine in one room at her Bedford farm. Study, though impressed, cannot condone this practice in a 1000 square foot apartment, as we would be confining guests to enjoy their shiraz while bent over the bathtub. And, considering the routines of the apartment's inhabitants (two six-foot-plus gentlemen with dirty shoes, and their five pound Beaglier puppy) , the new couch needs to be less dainty all around.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Big House in the Little Woods

Here at STUDY we tend to think of ourselves as urban creatures. Big box stores give us hives, and the sight of a mini-van barreling down a two lane city street has us, well, feeling empty inside. That's not to say there isn't more to the world than skyscrapers and readily available public transportation. STUDY was reminded of this last weekend when we took an impromptu trip to Michigan. Saugatuck and Douglas to be exact.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Paper Habit

Via Printeresting

STUDY has been bucket-deep in Benjamin Moore paint lately, the fruits of which we hope to share with you here in the coming weeks, but in the meantime - and in an effort to remind us that there are alternative wall coverings out there - we thought we'd take the time showcase some wallpapers that are inspiring us right now.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Joie de Peach

Photo courtesy The Careful Peach

STUDY prides itself on a clean-lined classic aesthetic, but upon occasion our craving for the plush and ornate takes over. When faced with this urge, one must open a bottle of chilled muscat, soak in a warm bath anointed with various flora, then dry oneself with vintage linens (preferably monogrammed with some other lady's initials). Or, we could just head to the Careful Peach Boutique located in Oak Park's Harrison Street Arts district.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Modern Meandering Through South Oak Park

Artichokes in Orange Heath Ceramic Bowl

Oak Park may have found it's claim to fame as the setting where Frank Lloyd Wright set up shop and developed what would become to be known as the Prairie style, and while there's an abundance of "prairie" here, by and large, there's very little what you might call "modern" going on in Chicago's first suburb these days. Not unless of course you peel back the façades of some of Oak Park's residences where adventurous homeowners have decided to break out of the confines of Art & Crafts and Victorian aesthetics in favor of something a little more timely and livable.

Saturday, June 20, 2009