Kara Mann {for Goop in Chicago}

June 18, 2015

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Next week I'll finally get to spend some time
in the home we're buying to gain a
clearer sense of a design/style direction.
Feeling all kinds of nerves about
so many decisions to make
and stretching the tight budget
I have granted myself.

above: Ward Bennett chairs-Modern Drama; Atelier Jouvence fireplace; AGA stove; Jayson Home Drapers table

stairs at new house

For example, the house has an open stringer staircase
you typically see in modern design
paired with cheap looking traditional balusters.
I'm trying to think of it as 'beachy.'
I could easily blow the whole budget
just re-doing those stairs!
*insert G.W. Bush accent* NAH GUN DO IT.

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Tanya Aguiñiga wall hanging; shearling lounge chair and Paul Evans stool from Wright Now

Back to pleasantville!
While busy/insane with the move, Gwyneth Paltrow
came to town for a Goop pop-up shop thing at
my favorite Chicago hotel, the Waldorf Astoria.

The incredible Kara Mann styled it,
and the mix was thrillingly interesting
with its minimalistic sophistication
and unexpected artworks.

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A simple monochromatic shelf installation
like the above could be applied in all sorts of spaces.

Hall Display

Kallista tub; floral wallpaper by Ellie Cashman

Isn't the bold floral a gorgeous surprise?

Sitting Area
ILOT ILOV Berlin knitted hanging lamps and Rick Owens stag T stool 

There is something so fresh about combining urban
rustic elements with organic ones to achieve a
very modern airy feel, and even though this is a
styled space for GOOP, I am seeing this
 Scandi-flavored mix reflected all over
the place in current kitchen design.

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Good gracious, I love the tone of this table!

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Heritage Bicycles


kara mann and gwyneth paltrow

Gwynie and Goop have flown the coop, but
if you find yourself in the Windy City,
you must pop into the Waldorf...where I am
headed soon to visit the Elysian Spa!

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. I am trying to look at the B word as an opportunity to become more creative. ;)
    The B word can cramp our style, but it will never get us down!! I know you will do wonderful things in your new home. One step at a time, just like I am in our new home. How lucky are we to experience yet another new journey in our lives? xoxo

    1. very fortunate! esp since our men have agreed to go for the ride! xox

  2. Hi Michele,
    So happy to hear that the new house is soon going to have you inspiring it. I know what ever you do to it , it will be amazing. Just remember to let the house tell you what it wants to become, don't fight its vibe :)

    Love all that natural washed woods, and shop.
    Looking forward to more of what's to come of your cottage nestled in overgrowth beauty.


    1. merci, dore. and thx for making our fixer upper sound romantic!

  3. This is so exciting Michele! It will all come together.. one decision, and then another. Spinning at this point is all part of the process:)

    LOVE ALL the goodies that Gwen is showing here. I like her simplistic design esthetic and approach to health and wellness:)

    1. oh how i wish i had been able to shop that shop! thanks for the encouragement, friend.

  4. Michele, I'm on your guest list when your cottage home is all remodeled..... I hope you do another video with You dancing about in the new home.

    1. ha!
      you are welcome anytime, sweet dore. and the video will be dedicated to you.

  5. Wow. I just can't take my eyes off that beautifully styled table. The colors. The shapes. loooove it. And as far as those stairs go I can definitely relate. Although yours are no comparison to the gothic style metal thingees with the cheap wood on top --those would be our stair railings--never fail, I slathered mine in white paint and I look away whenever I walk up stairs hahaha Who said denial doesn't work?
    has escrow closed already? sounds like congratulations are in order!

    1. the competition is on for ugly stairs, leslie! but does your gothic iron take center stage in your fixer upper? we close in a week so i'm trying to rest up for the long journey. thank you so much, friend.

  6. Love. I live in Chicago and appreciate all the work you lovely designers do!

    Jane x

    1. it's always a pleasure to hear from a fellow chicago girl! peace to you, blondie.

  7. Wish I could join you for a spa day at the Waldorf! Looks a fun time but mostly, a big congrats on buying a home! How exciting and how fun to start anew....a whole new chapter that you get to write:) I cannot wait to follow along and hear more, best of luck and hope you have a great weekend!

    1. i am so ready for the waldorf! just a couple more days and that lemon in the rough will be fully ours. i hope i don't lose my mind, tina! it certainly won't be boring. peace.

  8. Oh my yes, how gorgeous is this relaxed and serene palate. Michele I just know your new home will be surrounded in rustic appreciation and newly appreciated joys.

    1. thanks for your support, vera. i will try to remember your words as i am toiling outdoors in the jungle of weeds. :)

  9. Love everything about it, Michele. Just gorgeous! I have to have that farm table.

  10. I want the bike!!! The pictures present my idea of perfect interior design.


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