We work incredibly hard, every single day, to create beauty.
Honestly, that’s what we’re all about.
But perhaps most importantly, authentic beauty.
Which is why we are beyond excited to share our Real Love Stories, inside The Bank on Broadway.
Eva, our beautiful bride, married her incredible groom, Darius, a few years ago at the lovely Cuneo Mansion.
Eva loves all things French, European, elegant, historic.
Working with them planning, styling and designing their wedding was so much fun, we were blue as can be when the big day was over and done.
So creating their wedding all over again for a shoot was literally a dream come true and beyond.
Especially when we learned we not only got to spend the day hanging out with them again – BUT their brand new bouncing baby boy too!
The thought of a chic, stunning bride + her baby in a gorgeous gown, it’s oh so Vogue, non?
This incredible circle of creating a new life together, creating a new family, creating a new life with baby Kaius, certainly calls for a magnum of champagne.
I had 100 favorite moments at the shoot.
My first was Eva, in tears, thanking us for recreating her wedding day all over again – like she was living a dream.
My second, was Darius, all nervous, waiting to see his beautiful bride come out from the dressing room, all over again. He couldn’t believe those emotions and nerves were back – again!
The third, was this cashmere covered baby – whom I snagged away at every chance I could to hold myself, bounce myself, love on myself – he is delicious.
Bravo bravo to you Eva + Darius – can’t wait to celebrate your incredible family all over again, again soon.
photos Roots of Life Photography
wedding gowns Victoria Sdoukos Custom Couture
hair makeup Kate Johnson Artistry
florals, styling A Perfect Event
We have been working, quietly, hopefully, since September on a truly amazing new project.
The story goes like this…
In 1920, the automobile had just been introduced, and buying a car was an incredible luxury.
The experience of shopping for a car was the ultimate lavish experience – you were to be transported into a whole new world of beauty and wealth as you entered into a “showroom”.
In Chicago, on North Broadway, at the end of Lake Shore Drive, Automobile Row was built.
To show off it’s glorious new autos, Chrysler designed an amazing French and Italian Gothic architectural palace, composed of two massive ballrooms, carved columns and columnettes, curved wrought iron staircases, fountains, crested fireplaces, juliet balconies and more.
It’s like a mini French Chateau.
Smack dab in the middle of a beautiful, leafy, tree filled residential neighborhood.
In Chicago all I could compare this to is The Drake Hotel’s Gold Coast Room.
Then, the stock market crashed, 1929. The Great Depression lasted ten long years, and buying a car fell by the wayside.
Here’s a sneak peek of the original terrazzo floors we’ve been restoring – they were covered in commercial carpet, layers and layers of glue. It took two weeks just to remove the glue – talk about a human mouse trap – our shoes are still sticky.
After Chrysler closed the dealership, this beautiful building then became a furniture store, an antique store complete with a full size carousel, an art gallery.
The carved limestone and terracotta facade is incredible.
I could sit and stare at all these beautiful almost 100 year old “Putti Head” faces, Egg and Dart and Bead and Reel carvings for hours.
And, I have.
The exterior is – literally – wait for it – rose quartz – the official Pantone color of 2016.
So, here’s what happened next.
The neighborhood alderman is a genius.
As the building sat, vacant, with many national retail chains wanting to turn it into the next Walgreens or CVS, the alderman thought about how to properly bring this original 1920s Chicago gem back to life.
And, through a stroke of pure luck, he thought of us.
Lil’ old A Perfect Event.
He called, he asked us to meet him and help him with a new neighborhood project.
That’s all we knew.
No other info.
We were intrigued.
We looked at our calendar, and thought – ugggh – do we really have time to drive ALL to the end of Lake Shore Drive to help an alderman with a pet project, not even inside our Lakeview community?
But, to know me, is to know how much I love projects.
So, we pulled up, we walked in, and we fell in love.
Our jaws dropped, even with commercial carpeting and old furniture scattered all about, blck drapes in windows.
All we saw – in our heads – was this.
The beauty we could create in this building.
The architecture and grand details that we could restore, step by step, to bring this landmark back to life.
In the 70s, the building became a bank – and in fact the vaults are still intact.
We’ll be finishing up restoration this month – and then – watch out – we’re launching this gorgeous space to share with community, Chicago, and celebrations to infinity.
Photos – Roots of Life Photography
Florals – A Perfect Event
Join us this Wednesday at Bloomingdales Old Orchard, as we share our favorite wedding and party trends for spring and summer.
We’re styling up brand new Kate Spade, Juliska, Rosenthal, The Festive Frog and more onto seven luxurious tabletops.
Plus we’re toasting to the season with Pure Kitchen Catering, Emily Wheeler Custom Cakes, and more!
See you then – can’t wait to celebrate together – in style!
Two more days until one of our favorite parties of the year – our Bloomies Pre Wedding Party.
We’re styling up nine – gulp – nine different trend vignette “looks” to inspire you and yours, with Bloomingdales Bridal Registry china, MM Special Events and Private Label Linens, from florals to custom menus, favors, and more including:
Kate Spade Picnic Party
Moroccan Garden Party
Kiss the Bride Engagement
Vietri Chic Sweets Shower
Kate Spade Bon Voyage Brunch
Kate Spade Emerald Mod Luxe
Plus vintage setting trends with our favorite china gals, The Festive Frog.
But wait – there’s more…
We’re sharing how to demo table tips, tricks and trends: How to set the table, How to set a tea party, and How to fold napkins. Everything you need to be ontop your spring summer party game.
And as always, we’ll be serving up and sipping along with Pure Kitchen Catering, Elysia Root Cakes, Bittersweet, Chicago Cupcake, Spin Spun Cotton Candy, Garrett Popcorn, and more!
See you this Wednesday, downtown inside Bloomingdales Home, from 6 – 8 pm.
Here’s a peek at our glorious DIY Decadence party last Sunday, inside our studio.
It was just so much fun – sharing new fall trends, linens, tabletop decor, and toasting to friends old and new.
These silver trophy vases and mercury glass votives are my new favorite item in our store – they instantly dress up the table or mantle even when empty.
The gold beaded chargers are new in our Debi Lilly Design for Safeway collection – and are a must for setting the table, bien sur.
French grey zebra cloth from BBJLinen.
Silverware and pink goblets, Halls Rental.
Floral cupcakes, Maddiebird Bakery.
Photos: Tamara Gruner Photography
Cheers to a fabulous fall!
Sneak peek inside today’s DIYDecadence party inside A Perfect Event…
We’re tickled pink with all of our new, fabulous party trends fresh from Paris.
These lovely little irredescent cameo vases we sourced at Maison Objet – ooh la la!
The silver sequin BBJLinen is the perfect look for everything holiday – coming up quickly this fall winter, non?
Just you wait to see all of our delicious brunch for a bunch cocktails, menu, sweets and more!
Thanks to Pure Kitchen Catering, Hot Chicago Chicago, Mindy Segal, BBJLinen, Shutterbooth Chicago, Tamara Gruner Photography, Real Russian Vodka, Martin Miller’s Gin and more!