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...