Monday, December 20, 2010

STUDY Presents: Zombie Hunter


Just because there are only five days left until Christmas doesn't mean that here at STUDY we don't have Halloween on the brain 24/7. Hence the latest entry in our gift guide series: Zombie Hunter. Whether you're living through your own personal zombie apocalypse or just pining away for the next season of AMC's The Walking Dead, here are the gifts that'll help you and yours survive.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

STUDY Presents: Bibliophile Boyfriend


It may seem like this year the only gift option for the bookish among us is an e-reader, but here at STUDY we're old school and still like the experience of flipping pages and closing a book every once in a while to admire the cover. Actually, we think reading is about the whole experience - so for the man in your life whose home is bordering on library, here are a few options to help round the place out.

Monday, December 13, 2010

STUDY Presents: Modern Woodsman


We've got less than two weeks until the big stress-inducing holiday known as Christmas hits us all in the face, but fear not loyal readers! STUDY is here with gift guides to help you figure out what exactly you should be buying for the favorite man in your life. We figured archetypes were the best way to go, but forget about all this "Hero/Warrior" talk. First up? The Modern Woodsman.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Vintage Bazaar Pops It Like It's Hot


The Vintage Bazaar pop-up shop happened this past weekend and then disappeared as fast as it came. It was sort of like Brigadoon only with more dancing and drinking. There were a ton of advantages to being in one spot for three days versus doing a one day event (read: I don't feel like I just ran a marathon) but Andrew and I both agree that the best part this time around is that we actually got to hang out with our fellow vendors and had a blast the entire time. Selfish? Maybe, but we also managed to sell some beautiful vintage pieces just in time for the holidays.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Win a Color & Design Consultation from STUDY


Yesterday's opening night party for The Vintage Bazaar went off without a hitch and now we're ready to head out to offer two more days of vintage finds for the holidays. For our "Black Friday" promo we offered last night's attendees the chance to win a free color and design consultation from STUDY and now we're opening it up to everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TVB Preview: The Eagle Has Landed


As the next Vintage Bazaar fast approaches this coming weekend, we're hunkered down here at STUDY HQ polishing, sanding, lacquering... doing everything we can to bring you some truly unique vintage gifts for the holidays. One of our favorites so far is a monumental neoclassical lamp found at an estate sale in Skokie. That's right - neoclassical and Skokie - bet you never thought you'd see those two words written in the same sentence. More on this lamp's humble origins after the jump.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New but Nice: Midas Glassware

Midas Glassware by Front Design
via DWR

We spend a lot of time around these parts talking about the benefits of buying vintage, but every once in a while you come across a product that can't be passed up just because it wasn't around in 1965. Today's find is the Midas Collection from Swedish design collective Front. Simple, sophisticated, modern - we can't say enough about these golden gods. Get your holiday table spreads ready, 'cause here comes Midas.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Forget Mad Men

Johnson Publishing Interiors - Ebony - Jet Magazine
The funkiest test kitchen you'll ever see.
via Ebony

News came yesterday that the historic Johnson Publishing Company building was sold to Columbia College. Located at 820 South Michigan Avenue, the home to Ebony and Jet wasn't just a powerful symbol of how far the civil rights movement had come... it was an awesome example of early-seventies interior design. Pictures please...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just the facts, Sir

Vintage Industrial Setup for The Vintage Bazaar

Short post today since we want you to check our interview over at The Vintage Bazaar's website! It's all part of TVB's ongoing vendor profile series and we were more than happy to do our part. In case you didn't already know, there are five of us this time around, offering a host of vintage furnishings to suit every taste. Thanks to Libby and Katherine for the post and don't forget to purchase your tickets to Friday night's Vintage Bazaar preview event!

STUDY Interview @ The Vintage Bazaar

Friday, November 26th - Opening Night Party ($10) - 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, November 27th - TVB Pop-up Boutique (FREE) - 11am - 6pm
Sunday, November 28th - TVB Pop-up Boutique (FREE) - 11am - 5pm

And for even more previews of what we'll be offering, check out our post The Midas Touch.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bronze Required, Leather Optional

Screen shot 2010-11-08 at 11.01.54 PM
via 1stdibs

1stdibs never ceases to amaze me. This time it's not because of some ridiculously overpriced but must-have sideboard. No, I'm talking about Peter Marino: Architectural Digest profilee, retail-starchitect and now, apparently, leather daddy with a penchant for petite bronzes. He's a man of many colors no doubt, but with the Huntington's new exhibition, Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes, Peter shows us how much he can liven things up at a staid old library and gardens.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

TVB Preview: The Midas Touch

STUDY Vintage Bazaar Preview

We're in high gear for the next Vintage Bazaar - what, you didn't see yesterday's post - so that means lots of trips to estate sales, garage sales, the Salvation Army, the Brown Elephant... you know the drill. We've also had a spate of completely awesome finds of late and couldn't wait to share the wealth. Pardon the nighttime photos... but gold and yellow still read pretty well in low light.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Three Times a Charm

The Vintage Bazaar Logo

The good news? The mystery of the Nightwood chairs has been solved. The bad news? They're not vintage. But I suppose that's okay since they're a. still available, and b. still comfortable and gorgeous as all get out. Just wait twenty or so years and then you can drop the vintage moniker on anything, right? Coke cans, rolls of tape, Ziploc bags... just know that you won't find ANY of the aforementioned items when STUDY shows up at the next Vintage Bazaar, November 26 - 28 in Logan Square. That's right! Three days of vintage shopping bliss. Details after the jump.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Chair Story

Nightwood Restaurant Sign Chicago
via MacQ

Although we ate at The Publican last night for Andrew's birthday - I will only eat at well-designed restaurants from here on out! - today we're gonna talk about another stunner in Pilsen: Nightwood. Interiors blog, My Little Apartment, had a post today about being on the hunt for Nightwood's signature orange swivel chairs. Finally... someone understands our plight. We've been searching for these bad boys ever since Nightwood opened in May of 2009. A blast from the past and, maybe, another piece of the puzzle after the jump.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

STUDY Goes to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Limestone Logo

Today we've got a couple of reasons to be excited: We're celebrating Andrew's birthday AND we're guest-posting over at Brooklyn Limestone! They were kind enough to showcase our Halloween party from last year, but it's kind of a double-edged sword since we're bummed about not throwing one this year (it was going to be a haunted gypsy caravan theme). Save your tears though - this gives us more time to focus on next year. More Brooklyn Limestone love after the jump...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You Light Up My Life

Black Halloween Chandelier
We're pretty sure this isn't what Debby Boone had in mind...

Last year we threw a Halloween party. It had a mad scientist theme. And mad scientists keep Gothic, nature-inspired chandeliers in their sunrooms, right? At least, we think they do. So after buying a seriously messed up brass chandelier at the Salvation Army, spray painting it and some twigs flat black, then piecing them all together - well there you have one mad scientist chandelier made-to-order.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Horrifyingly Beautiful Interiors: Psycho

Gus Van Sant's Psycho Interiors 1998

Today in Horrifyingly Beautiful Interiors, let's take a look at Gus Van Sant's much-derided 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Van Sant famously chose to do a shot-for-shot remake of the 1960 original that differed only in sets, costumes, actors, and the fact that it was in color. Well lucky us, since Psycho '98 turned out to be a popped-out ode to all things mid-century.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


New STUDY Website
Welcome to the new digs.

If you've been to STUDY's website in the last few days, you may have noticed that things look a little different around there. As promised, we've launched a proper website at where you'll be able to learn more about past projects, view our services and eventually, shop our site. It's all a work in progress, but we were too excited to keep things under wraps for much longer.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Horrifyingly Beautiful Interiors: Cat People

Cat People 1982 Interiors

Say the words "cat people" and you either conjure up images of the show Hoarders or Paul Schrader's sexed-up 1982 feature film of the same name. Lucky for you, though, this post won't focus on any packed-to-the-gills interiors seen on cable TV. Instead, let's give Schrader's remake of the 1942 original a second chance since it's chock-full of some beautifully composed shots of interiors. Set in New Orleans, Cat People follows Irena, one of the last of an ancient race of panther-human hybrids left to figure out how to negotiate her animal instinct with her modern-girl need for love. In other words, completely relatable.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Evolution of Style

The Evolution of Style
STUDY can now hunt as well as throw rocks.

That's right ladies and gentlemen, STUDY now has an official facebook page which you can become a fan of right here! It's all part of our plan for world domination recommitment to making STUDY the absolute best it can be and consistently bringing you our work as well as design that gets our engines revved. We're also excited to share with you a project that's been in the works for a while, but will be making its official debut within the next month.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chris and Brad - Repurposed

Chris and Brad - Repurposed Mid-Century Furniture
via Chris and Brad - Repurposed

At a party in Edgewater last weekend, STUDY's good friend Jason turned us onto the case piece stylings of furniture rehabers, Chris and Brad - Repurposed. Jason just moved to Edgewater and in his search for the perfect dresser, he came across Chris and Brad's work through your average Craigslist search. Low and behold, these guys are also regularly featured on Apartment Therapy's weekly Scavenger roundups and offer most pieces sub-$300. Sold!

More Chris and Brad rehabs after the jump.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Horrifyingly Beautiful Interiors: Les Yeux Sans Visage

Eyes Without a Face - Les Yeux Sans Visage Interiors

It being October and all, I'm ready to get into the Halloween spirit by resurrecting a series this blog hasn't visited in a while: Horrifyingly Beautiful Interiors. This is an ode to two things worth celebrating: beautifully designed spaces and downright creepy movies. If you can marry the two, then you've pretty much achieved perfection. Today's entry is Georges Franju's 1959 film Les Yeux Sans Visage—or as Billy Idol might have called it, Eyes Without a Face.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A-chateau of nothing

Chateau 20x200 Print by Jeremy Kohm
via 20x200

The Kubrick-worthy photo you see right there is called Chataeu by photographer Jeremy Kohm. It was originally sold by 20x200, a site offering limited edition art by emerging and established photographers and artists. 20x200's tiered pricing makes it a great option for those just starting out a collection, but the real reason I'm posting this is because I bought this particular archival pigment inked print on 100% cotton rag paper with a luster finish approximately a month ago and now it's being featured by USA Network's Character Approved blog. In case you're wondering, yes, it's that USA Network of World Wrestling Federation and Psych fame. So basically this purchase has been ruined.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We're Obsessed: Four for Fall

Fall 2010 Design Books

Fall is here and so are a heap of lust-inducing design books. As happens every year, they're weighty, they're pricey... but boy are they gorgeous. To help you sift through the riff-raff, we've picked four favorites that will soon be gracing the shelves of STUDY's, er, study.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Les Bons Temps...

Lafayette Square, New Orleans

This past weekend while Andrew was busy serving as a house captain for the Pleasant Home house walk in Oak Park, I had the privilege of attending my dear friends, Erin and Cree's wedding at the Degas House in New Orleans. Regardless of how the state of Louisiana codifies marriage, these two ladies put on a beautiful ceremony, and gave me a great excuse to check out NOLA design and history for a few days.

Friday, October 1, 2010

O Captain! My House Captain!

In 2005 I had the pleasure of working as a design consultant to the construction firm responsible for rehabbing the amazing John L. Simmons House in Oak Park, IL. It had been used as a parsonage for a local church for over 50 years, and had gone into extreme disrepair. The contractor hired me to do interior and exterior paint colors and select lighting and finishes (fixtures, granite, tile, and stain) for the remodel, which included adding a modern kitchen and baths, but also restoring details such as the terra cotta roof, terra cotta foyer tiles, art glass, and masonry. Details on how you can see it in person after the jump!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Henpecked Design

Nogg Modern Chicken Coop
via Contemporist

House walks are one thing, but let's take it to the next level now, shall we? It's all about chicken coops this weekend during Hen-apalooza, a free, self-guided tour of 15 coop locations throughout Chicago. This Sunday from 10am to 3pm you'll be able to take in the latest and greatest in Chicagoans taking sustainable breakfast to the next level.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Sweet and Bungalow-down

Greetings From Berwyn, IL Postcard

This weekend the Berwyn Historical Society held its 4th Bungalow Tour after taking un pouqito siesta in 2009. This year's house walk, Bungalows and More, gave attendees a nice chance to see the other face of Berwyn - it's more than spindles, bungalows and Svengoolie people - by opening up the playing field to Victorians and one significant Prairie school home.

Friday, September 24, 2010

In Which Katherine Raz Schools STUDY

Revision Home Chicago Bronze Camel Sculpture
Bronze Camel - $100
Available from Revision Home

Sometimes it pays to do things on the fly. So instead of my planned vegetation in front of Bravo last night, I high-tailed on over to Revision Home for TVB-co-creatrix, Katherine Raz's presentation 10 Places You Wouldn't Expect to Find Great Home Decor. The event is part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's new At Home series and - in my opinion - it's long overdue. Katherine did a bang up job at schooling us on navigating the often murky waters of sourcing furniture and home decor (read: ebay is the devil) and there was lots of cheese and cocktails (read: the perfect evening).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

All That Glitters

Agent Gallery Chicago Brass Curtain
via Agent Gallery Chicago

In case you hadn't noticed, we're still in that brand-new-love phase with our wheat sheaf coffee table. What I should say is that when Lady Sheafy's number pops up on my phone, I still get nervous, and sitting on the couch next to her is just like sitting next to your crush in 10th grade geometry - except that Lady Sheafy probably took geometry in 9th grade and now she's busy with thespian society or AP Art or something.

But that doesn't mean all is well in the living room. One picture from the last post in particular may have given you a huge clue as to what exactly's rotten in the state of STUDY's living room.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

We're Obsessed: Wheat Sheaf

Wheat Sheaf Table

If a coffee table reduces you to lying on the floor for hours at a time just so you can check out its sheaf-y, golden, sexiness... then maybe it's not such a good coffee table. But for better or worse, that's all we've been able to do at Casa STUDY. It all started with a Craigslist search last week for a "gold sheaf table" and next thing we knew, Andrew and I were road-tripping it up to Madison just so we could pick up a decades-old grain-inspired piece of coffee table perfection.

Friday, September 17, 2010

My Booth, Myself

Renegade 2003
Renegade Craft Fair as an infant.
via faythelevine

The Renegade Craft Fair hit Chicago last weekend and - ever the supporter of local retailing events - STUDY was there in full force. Actually, we weren't selling anything so I guess I should say Andrew and John were there sans our vintage retailer disguises. Can you believe its been EIGHT years that this thing's been happening (photographic evidence of Renegade's humble beginnings above) and that it's now in FIVE cities? Opinions aside about the Renegade "brand" - this one little festival has done a lot of the heavy lifting when its come to advancing the DIY, entrepreneurial spirit that's taken hold in the last decade.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Sale of a Lifetime by Amazing Space, Inc.

Peter's furniture 113
Along shady tree-lined Lenox Street, in the notable Chicago suburb of Oak Park, lived a modern woman of considerable style. European by birth, she favored contemporary Scandinavian furniture and the cutting edge designers of Herman Miller, notably Charles and Raye Eames and George Nelson. With this modern sensibility she built a home unlike any other, with a collection of furniture straight out of a modern design textbook.

Next Saturday, September 18th, the perfectly preserved contents of her home – a gorgeous assemblage of mid-century – will be available for sale. The collection could take the mid-century connoisseur's breath away – Bertoia, Eames, Nelson, Risom, Dansk – not to mention art, books, and dishes. More information, including photos, time and location after the jump...

Friday, August 27, 2010

What Becomes a Table Most?

via Joe Doucet Studio

Sustainability! Flat pack furniture is ugly and/or poorly designed you say? Ikea's ruined it for everyone? Nay, nay friends as STUDY discovered when Contemporist tuned us onto the beauty called "ScrewTop" by Joe Docet.  I'd like to pretend that this post is all about being green and earth-friendly, but the fact that this table is sexy beyond belief is infinitely more important than any eco-saving benefits we might run into.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Vintage Bazaar - Summer Edition


We came, we saw, we bazaaaaar-ed. For the second time in 2010 the Vintage Bazaar rolled through Chicago and went off without a hitch thanks to the efforts of our intrepid hosts Katherine Raz and Libby Alexander... and a ton of great volunteers/staff who were more than willing to clean up the beer cans leftover on the Congress Theater floor from Friday night's DMX show. STUDY isn't really into DMX per se, but what we are into is making people happy through vintage (P.S. unsold lots after the jump!)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vintage Bazaar Preview Day

White vinyl Hollywood Regency chair, water buffalo horn, Carrera marble lamp, blue bowl.  Nesting tables upholstered in vintage fabric.

Why hello, and welcome to my basement.

Last night John and I started the dry run for booth setup at the Vintage Bazaar, Second Edition.  Surprisingly, there were very few tears and only a couple of fistfights.  We were unusually polite to each other, even during tense moments of epic importance when deciding where to place the driftwood, because we both have objects and display elements that we are sooo EXCITED over.

To pique your interest, here are a few teaser pics after the jump:

Monday, August 16, 2010

STUDY at the Vintage Bazaar II

Its been a hot, sticky, busy summer here at STUDY, namely due to our new home, excessive pets, and intrusive day jobs.  Fortunately we use every spare minute of our lunch breaks and weekends acquiring shiny and unique objects that we want you to buy.  Do not be fooled by the tired old photo headlining this post–– we literally have amassed a cellar full of THINGS. Currently the worker bees of STUDY are cataloging, pricing, and polishing the contents of our new basement warehouse in anticipation for the second Vintage Bazaar, happening this Sunday at the Congress Theater from noon to 7 PM.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pot Crazed

Being that it's Spring, I once again have grand illusions of becoming a master gardener. So about a week ago when we here at STUDY received a postcard from City Escape advertising Guy Wolff's upcoming presentation on pot making, I knew that the planets had aligned. We had every intention of going, then forgot about it, then made other plans, but somehow we made it to what ended up being an incredibly satisfying demo.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Want a House

via tomodea

I want a house.
Built of old wood.
You can paint it any color you like.
Just so long as I can live with you.
- Twin Sister - I Want a House (mp3)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March Finds

Amidst a flurry of STUDY-related projects including an influx of design work, one would assume our buying activity would have come to a screeching halt.  Fortunately our materialistic nature prevails.  As we await the official announcement for the next Vintage Bazaar, we're gathering quite the collection of gorgeous little things. Recent acquisitions from the storeroom of {shop} STUDY after the jump:

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Peach Moves in Oak Park

Via Careful Peach

Yesterday STUDY had the opportunity to visit with one of our favorite proprietors, Karen Morava of The Careful Peach in Oak Park, just as she was putting the final touches on the build-out of her store's new location at 1024 North Boulevard. We've been longtime fans of Karen's store that celebrates the art of European living, but we can't wait for what's sure to be an even bigger, better Peach...

Monday, March 8, 2010

{shop} STUDY

We told you last week that big things were afoot here at STUDY, but even we didn't realize the amount of time it was going to take to get our shop up and running. Never mind though, since we're now ready to offer everyone a chance to {shop} STUDY.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Remains of the DANK

STUDY's Vintage Bazaar Booth

STUDY is exhausted after an exhilarating, inspiring and all too brief afternoon at the DANK Haus in Lincoln Square. The turnout was unbelievable; beyond anything we'd ever imagined. Would you believe there were literally lines around the block? Shocking truth after the jump...

Friday, February 26, 2010

DANK Your Lucky Stars

The Vintage Bazaar - Chicago - Dank Haus

If we've said it once, we've said it twice... the Vintage Bazaar is coming to a DANK Haus near you and STUDY is chompin' at the bit to get things underway. We hope you can make it this Saturday, February 27 from noon to 5. In any event, we'd like to make things as easy as possible.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blue Is the Color of My True Love's Sofa

Paul McCobb Planner Advertisement
via Straylight.Wandering

STUDY is in the final stages of compiling colors, photos and swatches for a client mood board. We'd like to say that we're being completely selfless in this endeavor... then along came the Hutton.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Papyrus Is a Plant, Not a Font

Papyrus Plant
via Tapir Girl

There's a salon on Lawrence - not far from the Dank Haus - that we pass each time we're headed out to the 'burbs for an estate sale or some other event that would require otherwise sane people to dredge through weekend traffic in Albany Park. It's not the most charming neighborhood, but we sort of look forward to/cringe each time we pass Janecy, or Janacey, or Some-Such-Madness Salon. You see, they've committed the biggest sin known in all sole proprietorship-dom: Creating a sign with Papyrus font.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Good Times Tuesday: STUDY at the Vintage Bazaar

The Vintage Bazaar is a mere four days away which means it's GO time here at STUDY HQ. Okay, so what that really means is that we've lost the use of our sunroom to all variety of vintage home furnishing ephemera since it's been designated an official staging zone for the better part of two weeks now.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Farm Dinner

Lula Cafe's Button Wall - Chicago
Via buck82

STUDY didn't go out on Valentine's Day. We purposely skipped all those "special" menus and waited to take in Lula Cafe's standing Monday night prix fixe farm dinner. Sure there's been a lot of resto talk around here lately, but our Chicago favorite deserves a mention.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Prune Restaurant - Lower East Side - New York City
Via shanamaidel

When we set out on this here design blog we never imagined that restaurant reviews would be included in the mix, but when a culinary experience wows you so thoroughly you can't help but take note.  We've long been fans of Chicago brunch spots like Lula Cafe, Nightwood and Harmony Grill, and were on the hunt for a similar experience during our recent trip to New York. Enter Prune.  

Friday, February 5, 2010

Brooklyn Flea Findings

Brooklyn Flea Market - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

STUDY's been eager to check out the Brooklyn Flea since it's inception in 2008 and our trip to NYC last weekend provided just the opportunity. After a Sunday morning stroll across the Brooklyn bridge we headed up to Fort Greene to check out not only the market, but also it's gorgeous Winter digs in the historic Williamsburgh Bank Building.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New York we love you, and you're not bringing us down.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower Gate Detail

As with everything that is righteous and awesome in the universe, our trip to New York was all too brief. We did manage, however, to fit in time with friends, a flea market or two and plenty of picture-taking.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weekend Plans

East German Robotron 202 Typewriter from the DDR Museum
East German Typewriter - DDR Museum
via Nate Hofer

Katherine over at BackGarage has a great post up about her recent trip to Berlin and a stop at the storefront Deutsche Demokratische Republik Museum. The DDR's focus isn't on exposing crimes committed behind the Iron Curtain, but showing how everyday East Berliners lived, or should we say lived without. It really highlights the emotional attachments we sometimes make to objects and simultaneously makes STUDY a little uncomfortable since we'll be spending this weekend in the capitol of conspicuous consumption.