CHICAGO ATHLETIC HOTEL
A beautiful place to have a glass of wine, as I did in between meetings, and drool over the stunning Venetian Gothic architecture. The Chicago Athletic Hotel proved to be a magnificent study for my Utah project. The Drawing Room evoked wonder and comfort. It was hard to even get past the grandeur lobby!
THE ARMOUR HOUSE AT LAKE FOREST ACADEMY
If you are looking for a respite outside of the city, head north to Lake Forest – an enclave of lush greenery and the finest-appointed homes. Full of history and grace, The Armour House was completed in 1908. Sitting on a 1200-acre property, Italianate mansion is constructed of huge marble slabs, bronze stair railings, and hand-carved panels. Many of the house’s mantle pieces and the paneling of the library reading room were imported from Paris, Vienna, and London. Today, The Armour House serves as a stunning wedding, social and corporate event venue. And we were lucky enough to be hosted by this glorious place for the Design Social Pop-Up! All of the contemporary textiles on display looked oh so fabulous against all the heavy traditional moldings – the most beautiful combination, in our eyes.