Interior Design Inspiration: Dream HOME Chicago

I reallllllly wanted to title this post

Why I Went Straight Home

and Blew Up My House,”

but that sounded too

shallow and ungrateful even for me.

We were in Chicago celebrating

our anniversary (no. 24) over the weekend

and toured the Dream HOME

(the design house at the merchandise mart)

which runs through Dec. 9.

I snapped these photos quickly,

and honestly there was beauty at every turn.

(above foyer – Julia Buckingham Edelmann)

I’ll share more room by room

specifics shortly but wanted to

give you a taste right away.

home office – Michael del Piero

(Hopefully there will be a collaboration with

Michael very soon on an article for print

about her design…woo hoo!)

bedroom – Michael Abrams

kitchen – Shawna Dillon

Loved this kitchen and the cute guy in it.

Shhhhhh. Took him back to my hotel.

Back at the Elysian Hotel…view from our balcony.

**all photos mine**

It was a great urban getaway

to the city and back

to my new favorite

hotel, the Elysian.

We ate way too much good food,

walked the streets forever,

and experienced a few ‘Chicago moments’

we’ll be laughing about for awhile.

Stay tuned for more dream HOME

scoop straight from the source!

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. August 17, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    Wow.. I can't wait to see more of this place, M!

    It's stunning! I really like the colors.
    Have a great day and save some macaroons for me next time! 😉


    Luciane at

  2. August 17, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    Made me laugh, glad you didn't blow up your house. Oh my goodness, i can see why you were lusting these beautiful rooms…


  3. August 17, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    This home is spectacular! I think we all have wanted to blow up our homes at one point or another and start from scratch! I always feel that way after seeing a stunner such as this one. Happy Anniversay!

  4. August 18, 2011 / 12:18 am

    WOW, that house is gorgeous!! Happy anniversary to you, we are celebrating our 15 year today! 🙂
    We wanted to come to Chicago but just couldn't find the time, hopefully another weekend will open up. I am definitely looking up your hotel, it is beautiful! I am so glad that you had a great time!

  5. August 18, 2011 / 10:08 am

    Aw, Happy Anniversary Michele! Love this home too but with my men I would never be able to keep it clean. I hope you had a wonderful time in the big city!

  6. August 19, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    we had a great whirlwind of a time, and it would be impossible to not feel romantic or blessed in that hotel! i can't wait to get back to the merch mart!


  7. August 21, 2011 / 1:08 am

    Happy belated anniversary, Michele!
    Just got back from a night with my daughter in the city school shopping with a day on the beach.
    Will post on it tomorrow.

    Looks like a beautiful stay.
    Have yet to get to the Elysian.
    Heard it is awesome… especially the bars and restaurants.


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