June 25, 2010

Happenings: SG Grand / Buckingham ID Grand Openings

Remember last Friday when I mentioned I was headed to a showroom grand opening? Well, it was just too much fun not share the photos and experience with all of you! Chicago designer Debra Phillips celebrated her new store, SG Grand opening in a joint event with the unveiling of Buckingham Interior Design's new studio! Both spaces are to die for gorgeous and conveniently located next door to each other.
Jess and Alaina accompanied me to the stylish affair. The three of us have been having so much fun lately -- from attending a Nate Berkus Show pre-taping to co- hosting a Chicago blogger soiree -- so glad blogging has brought us together!
Upon arriving to SG Grand, we instantly fell in love with this bubble light fixture.
The showroom is full of gorgeous finds, from elemental furniture and statement wall art, to beautifully upholstered pieces that will make your heart swoon.
Debra (in green) with Alaina, Jess, and Adrienne, was the most gracious of hosts.
One of the reasons I love attending these events so much is because of the new friendships I make. Marija (on the right) with Alaina is one of those people you meet and immediately feel is your new BFF! As Alaina put it, an insta-friend. ;)
We were so lucky to have Jaithan and Eddie in town from New York! Despite their national success as experts in lifestyle and entertaining they were the sweetest, most down to earth guys! I had so much fun getting to know them and hearing about all the exciting things they have on the horizon!
Next we headed next door to Buckingham Interior Design's new office space! It's one of those spaces where you gasp at its beauty when you first walk in. Julia Edelmann (second from the left), founder and principal at BID, is a master at mixing modern with antiques and bringing a wow factor to every space she creates. She's also just about the nicest person I've ever met.
This area was my favorite moment in the entire space and makes quite the impression when you first walk in. The modern table with the bellini and Eames molded plastic side chairs and medieval chandeliers? I could stare at this forever!
Between taking in the space, we enjoyed cupcakes...
mingled and posed...
ate sushi off a gorgeous table with DWR chairs...
and Kate admired her old chair in Julia's new office! There's a fun story behind this chair that I'm sure either of them would be happy to share ;)
Beautiful places, wonderful people, new friends -- it was a lovely evening to say the least. And just for fun...
Shoe shots!

Happy Friday, see you next week....with some exciting news!!!



Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

very cool! - mouth is watering for a cupcake!!!

i'm haven' a party - stop by!!!
*kiss kiss*
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Karena said...

Crystal, how fun, I was in a great workshop with Eddie and Jaithan here in Kansas City with some blogger friends aren't they the best!! We had such a blast!
Visit soon!

Art by Karena

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

it looks like you ladies had a ball! eddie ross, you lucky duck! i love marija's blog :) have a great weekend — i'll see YOU next week!!!

Averill said...

What a wonderful event! I wish I were in Chi-town so I could've joined in on the fun!

Marija said...

Both of these events were truly so much fun and both Debra and Julia were the perfect hosts - something tells me we'll be seeing so much more of each of these ladies! I have to agree, one of the best parts was meeting such talented people. I'm totally honored to be your insta-friend and mostly relieved you guys felt the same way ;)

How fun is Chicago with all this great design talent?!

And put me on the list for the next blogger soiree. I just know you girls throw a fabulous party!

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

So fun! It looks like it was a fabulous event! I love Eddie and Marija is a sweetheart. I hope to meet you all sooner than later!

LindsB said...

What a fun event!! Meeting blog friends in real life is the best!

kendall k. said...

Sounds like a great time! Isn't the blog world so great?!

Have a good weekend.


this free bird said...

you are seriously adorable and that showroom has a swoon factor of about a million. what fun!

Debra Phillips said...

thanks for the post about my shop!

you chic women made the party look uber cool ;-) and please keep in touch, want to be on the blogger soiree list too

Sarah Klassen said...

Crystal, this looks like so much fun! And might I add, your outfit is so chic—is that a dress or romper? It's very elegant and I adore the belt with it... how amazing it must have been to meet these lovely people!

Can't wait for the news next week!
Wishing you a fantastic weekend :)


Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Just and movin' and a shakin'. How fun for you to be with such lovely people. Clearly, you all had a wonderful time getting to know one another better. Isn't blogging just the best way to cement friendships. Wish I was closer to Chicago!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

You ladies look gorgeous!! Glad you had such a great time

SogniSorrisi said...

You Chicago girls seem to be having such a great time! Nothing better than meeting an "insta-friend"!

stacey kelly said...

this looks like so much fun!! and omg... the showroom... <3 <3 <3



Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

@Sarah: you're right, it does look like a romper (never noticed that before)! But it's actually a dress :)

Sarah said...

what a fantastic time. you and your friends are adorable and adorably dressed as well. I am new to your blog and lovin it. Have a great weekend.

La Feem said...

What a great story and good time. The cupcakes look yummy and I love Jaithan! The So Cal SD bloggers are uniting as well having a blast, it's so fun to meet such talented, fun and wonderful women.

escapade said...

Fun, fun, fun - looks like an all round fabulous evening!

(Love the shirt dress Crystal! - lookin good! ;) )


Cristin said...

just reading this after hearing about Marija's death. my heart breaks for her husband and young children.

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