Dream Décor

The inspiration behind the design at DreamHome 2008.

Megan Yeiter

Give nine of Chicago's most elite and respected interior designers a blank palette and free reign to create their fantasy spaces, and you're bound to have dreamy results. That's the reasoning behind The Merchandise Mart's DreamHome 2008: Fashion At Home design exhibition. Partnering with Elle Decor magazine, they invited top Chicago designers to create a house's worth of fashion-forward living spaces, using furnishings from The Mart's own wealth of designer showrooms. We selected four of our favorite rooms and asked the designers to share their inspirations. Dream on! 



"As a Chicagoan living in the city, I drew my inspiration from the urban landscape. Taking an architectural approach to the space, I created a penthouse terrace atop one of the many new luxury buildings." Laura Barnett, founder, Laura Barnett Designs, Inc.

The Filsinger Chicago table adds additional interest and texture with its fossil  stone top (there are natural fish fossils embedded in the top) and iron base."

"The four Azimuth lounge chairs from JANUS et Cie have metal frames finished for outdoor use, but the quality is so spectacular, you could consider them for indoors as well. The upholstery is weather resistant, but feels like fabric, not plastic."

"The pair of Yoda chairs (named for the Greek letter, not the Star Wars character!) is constructed of natural bamboo, which is bent into shape and lacquered red  (also available in a natural finish). Not only are they fabulous art forms, but  they are truly comfortable."

"The bulkhead lights from Urban Archeology descending from the overhang are completely waterproof. They are beautifully engineered so that both the protective cage and the glass shade easily screw off to replace the bulb and provide a tight fit  to keep out the elements."


Fossil Coffee Table Stone Top, Filsinger Chicago, Suite 1870

Azimuth Linear Lounge Chairs + Yoda Chairs, JANUS et Cie, Suite 1876

Bulkhead Pendant Hanging Lights, Urban Archaeology, Suite 108

Click below to download PDF of entire article.