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SPRING FEVER: MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS {SPRING 2013 COLLECTION}…

Warning***** The following images may result in obsession. In fact, their viewing may result in you never quite looking at your furniture and decor the same way again. Bouts of depression may occur when looking at your tired old sofa and chairs. May be overcome with desire to throw out everything in your home and totally start over.

Okay, there it is, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Wednesday night’s soiree at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams‘ stellar Lincoln Park location was certainly a feast for sore eyes. With weather in the 30′s it was so refreshing to walk into a store absolutely shrouded in spring. To my delight, one of my very favorite colors, chartreuse, was taking center stage in the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring 2013 collection along with countless other amazing fabrics and colors. Some pieces were even covered in fun graphic 70′s inspired prints. They have great art for the home as well and several options are displayed throughout my images…

Here I am with the brains behind this amazingly chic collection, Bob Williams  and Mitchell Gold

Here is the St. Jean sofa in luxurious leather paired with iconic mid-century modern Major chairs in Pantone’s 2013 color of the year, emerald. I love lush velvet and the patinaed satin-brass frames are to die for. {many other fabrics and finishes available, of course} I am also diggin’ the horse.

A close-up of the “I can’t get them out of my mind” gorgeous Major chairs

Seriously chic style

If neutrals are more your taste, how about this gorgeous grouping with little pops of color and various textures to add interest?

The Emory sofa in a fresh diamond-tile pewter print {look closely}. I personally think this print is fab. It just adds that little extra “something something” to be interesting but certainly is subtle enough that you don’t run the risk of possibly regretting it down the road.

Charlotte sectional {great for some serious TV watching!}, Avery chair in aubergine leather and the Rocco ottoman {the ottoman is perfectly styled with a chic tray, I might add}

Bring it! I love the Ashby chair in bold chartreuse leather. Seriously, doesn’t this room just make you happy??

I am a complete sucker for great linens. I seriously think the new Bliss Collection hotel-style bedding is MAHJOR! I think monograms in the master bedroom look oh so chic and this is such a subtle way to do it. {Many choices of colors and monogram styles}. The color-blocked Winston bench in front of the bed was actually inspired by a woman’s dress in Hong Kong per Mitchell Gold. Hey, proof you never know where you are going to be inspired!

Another great view of the Mitchell Gold + Bob WIlliams Spring 2013 collection

So what do you think of the Spring collection? Are you lovin’ it? To check out everything that is available, just click here. Furniture aside, I also am so impressed with the company itself. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams have built their business on the idea that you should treat your employees the way you would want to be treated and they truly walk the walk.

Case in point, at their North Carolina plant you will find an indoor-walking track, in-house quality healthcare and a gourmet cafeteria. In addition, they founded the on-site “Lulu’s Child Enrichment Center” for their employee’s children. What?? {read the full article here}. They pride themselves on excellent customer service and in fact, provide 98% on-time deliveries of their merchandise. Amazing. I mean have you ever waited and waited and waited for a piece of furniture to arrive?? Believe me, it is no fun. Well, I don’t know about you, but I will gladly support a company that offers great quality merchandise, consistently delivers it on time and treats its employees great to boot. This “Who We Are” page from Mitchell Gold and Bob William’s website pretty much sums it up…

Isn’t that great? Makes me all warm and fuzzy! Remember to follow me on Twitter @Chic_Glamorous for my live tweets during the Oscars this Sunday. I will be walking my own carpet {albeit orange} at Nellcote’s Oscar Party. Bon weekend everyone! So CHIC!

all images are the property of CHIC + GLAMOROUS unless otherwise noted

LOVIN’ LANVIN…

The Lanvin boutique is located at 116 E. Oak Street

(2013 goal: improve my photography skills!)

After much waiting and anticipation, Lanvin has officially opened its doors on Chicago’s famed Oak Street. What a fabulous addition to this legendary street. French shoe designer Christian Louboutin also recently opened on Oak Street so now we can add yet another fabulous french addition with the opening of Lanvin. Merci beaucoup! Lanvin’s designer, Alber Elbaz, recently celebrated his first decade at the helm of this french design house. Alber Elbaz is known for his use of feminine fabrics, signature peplums, ruffles, and Grecian style. Lanvin is a favorite of celebrities, maybe you will recognize a few of these gorgeous Lanvin dresses from the red carpet of year’s past…

 

 Natalie Portman in Lanvin’s Grecian dress, image via

 Emma Stone in purple and fuschia, image via Pop Sugar

The always gorgeous Charlize Theron in Lanvin, image via Entertainista

Jennifer Lopez looking stunning in Lanvin, image via Glamour

Who can forget a pregnant Beyonce in this gorgeous Lanvin gown?

image via Fashion Bomb Daily

So what does Alber Elbaz’s next decade have in store for Lanvin? If the Spring 2013 show is any indication, Alber Elbaz is ushering in a brand new era. Gone are last year’s peplums. For spring it was all about boxy shapes and structure. He showed lots of black and also some gorgeous jewel tones, especially blue and purple. He presented a fresh and modern interpretation of tuxedo jackets {le smoking jacket} and the LBD. Here is a peek from the runway…

I can totally see Gwyneth Paltrow rockin’ this on the red carpet.

 A leather pantsuit, gotta love it. Can totally see Gwen Stefani in this!

Spring 2013 also showed many Japanese influences.

Now this is sexy!

Lanvin’s designer, Alber Elbaz

Let’s look a little closer at some of the fantastic details for Spring 2013:

These heels are fabulous!

One thing is for sure, it just got a little more dangerous for me to take a walk down Oak Street! I just don’t know if I can resist all of the temptation. Between Lanvin, Louboutin and all of the other gorgeous boutiques, it will really be tough for anyone with a weakness for shoes or fabulous fashion to not cave in! I surely look forward to some great afternoons spent window shopping {and dreaming} on Oak Street with my friends before we grab some lunch, ideally at Jellyfish on Rush St. I have been dying to try this hot new restaurant nestled on the 2nd floor above Ted Baker London and SCOOP NYC. Sounds like a plan! I will add it to my long list of things I hope to do this year. Hope 2013 is off to a great start for all of you! Bon weekend everyone!

all Lanvin Spring 2013 runway images via Style Bistro

EFFORTLESS CHIC {EMMANUELLE ALT}…

Now here’s someone who truly has a signature style… Meet Emmanuelle Alt,  Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris since 2011. Seems no one else can quite rock the skinny jeans, sexy heels, blazer and tee quite like this Parisian can. It is such effortless chic, you just gotta love it. I know I am not alone as there are entire websites dedicated to this woman and her style {One appropriately named I want to be an Alt}. I think this woman looks gorg! She looks great without all of the fuss. I love her minimal make-up and sense of ease with herself. Turns out, this six-foot stunner loathes exercise, has never been to a gym, and dismisses massages and facials {per an interview with Fashion Telegraph}.

Seems this is one stylin’ family, Emmanuelle is the mother of two and married to Franck Durand, the Founder and Creative Director of Atelier Franck Durand, an art direction company that shapes images and advertising for fashion companies. He works for several brands including Isabel Marant, Balmain and Giuseppe Zanotti. Seems she is also a huge Bowie fan and has also consistently mentioned her love for TopShop denim in many interviews. Now we know where she gets her great skinny jeans. So CHIC!

via Fashion Telegraph

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CLASSIC BLACK & WHITE {CHIC IN COPENHAGEN}…

With all the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays, it surely will come as no surprise that I just recently sat down to pore over my December issue of Lonny, the uber stylish online home decor magazine. I was completely mesmerized by the sophisticated home in a beachside community just outside of Copenhagen and kinda wished it was mine {full article here}.

No surprise that it is owned by the stylish husband and wife duo who head up Day Birger et Mikkelsen, an international fashion-and-home label now sold in 25 countries and known for it’s boho chic vibe. Per the company’s website, the DAY brand is defined by modern, classic and ethnic designs, expressed in a sexy, stylish way. Like it.

As the founder Keld describes it, ” DAY BIRGER ET MIKKELSEN is a fusion between near and far. Local and global. The sophistication of a jet setter mixed with the free spirit of a modern gypsy.”

Seems this philosophy is evident in their gorgeous home. Step inside and see why I think black and white with a touch of metal {and a sprinkling of global/bohemian} is a great formula for a chic and glamorous living space…

I love the artful arrangement of frames on the mantel.

Yet another angle. Here you can see the owners own collection of guitars, love the vibe!

The vintage stack of suitcases in the background is such a great addition to complete this room.

Chic floors, elegant dining chairs. Hmmm, something tells me they host great dinner parties!

Fab gallery wall

 I am really beginning to fall for the look of an all black kitchen.

This all white bedroom is dreamy.

Classic bathroom. So crisp and clean, I adore the antique chest.

images via Lonny

And now some apparel looks from Day Birger et Mikkelsen

DAY Autumn/Winter 2012 via Clothes Whisperer

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So what do you think of this chic little beachside home? Can you see similarities in their apparel designs and home decor choices? Hoping everyone is getting some much needed rest and relaxation.

Bon weekend everybody!

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