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!