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House Beautiful is all about green as the March 2012 Spring Color issue gives readers dozens of easy ways to bring the hue into their homes. From decorators’ favorite shades to fantastic rooms that will make you green with envy, the magazine shows readers why they should be keen for green.

“As the pages of our March issue attest, there is an astonishing spectrum in green, from citrus to aquamarine,” says House Beautiful Editor in Chief Newell Turner. “Green has many moods—romantic, happy, calming, mysterious—and there is no other color more natural. Before spring arrives, I find myself starved for color, especially all the greens. Who isn’t amazed when trees explode in every shade imaginable?”
Housebeautiful.com will help readers get in the swing of all things green beginning this week, when the site will feature photos of 40 green rooms, advice from bloggers about decorating with green, green products under $50, exclusive videos, and earth-friendly tips for going green.

The March issue of House Beautiful is available February 15. Highlights include:
Color: Favorite Greens (page 22): Twelve major players in design, including Bunny Williams, Michael S. Smith, and Barbara Barry share the shade they love the most.




A Mix of Greens Is Lush and Natural (page 60): A verdant abundance that takes its cues from nature.  Interior design by Meg Braff.

Minty Green Is Fresh (page 72): Interior design by Fawn Galli.

The Green Album (page 80): Ten rooms that make us green with envy, with interiors by Steven Gambrel, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Katie Ridder, Amelia Handegan and more.

50 Ways to Bring Green Home (page 98): From rugs and benches to tea cups, toasters, and trays, House Beautiful offers myriad ways to go green.

Readers are encouraged to look for special blue smartphone icons that appear on select features throughout the issue.  By scanning the items or pages with the Digimarc Discover app—a free download from the iTunes store or Android Market—readers can unlock behind-the-scenes videos and special additional content.


{scene} THREE can't-miss EVENTS - week of 2/26/12

Who says winter is a time to hibernate? (Ok, I did, a few weeks ago...and on TV, no less). But you wouldn't know it from all the wonderful charity events taking place in the next week. Will I see you out and about?


REMIX II: Tuned Up
benefiting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's outreach programs
Friday, March 2, 2012. 7-9p VIP Pre-Party, 9p-1a General Admission
Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood
$115 General Admission (contact me for a special discount on the VIP price)
Purchase Tickets

Alright, as a member of the planning committee I'm a wee bit biased, but this is one glam party. The evening starts off with a jazzy tone, but by 1am we'll be dancing to DJ Madrid's high energy beats (Funny story: he was the DJ at the now-defunct Virgin Record store and I used to pester him with "Hey! What song was just playing?" questions. Small world.)

Can't attend? Sign up for Make It Better magazine's wonderful email newsletter and the Symphony will receive a $5 donation for every subscription. Win-win!


Oscar Night® America - Chicago
benefiting the philanthropic outreach of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Sunday, Feb 26, 2012. 6p-12a

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State
Purchase Tickets

Guests will experience Hollywood glamour first-hand with a red-carpet hosted by Amanda Puck. Enjoy a delicious dinner generously donated by MJ Catering and watch an HD broadcast of the Oscars. Several raffle drawings will be held throughout the night. Peep pictures from years past on the Siskel Film Center's Facebook page.



Go Red For Women
benefiting the American Heart Association
Wednesday, February 29, 2012. 7p-10p
Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph
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This event includes a fashion show, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, shopping, complimentary beauty services, over $2,000 in raffle prizes, swag bags and more! Bring a gently worn handbag or professional shoes to support Dress for Success, and receive a complimentary raffle ticket.



Earlier this week, the corner of State and Walton in the Gold Coast was abuzz with brides to be and lovers of lovely things when BHLDN ("Beholden") opened the doors for a preview party of their second brick-and-mortar store.

The gorgeous 3,600 square foot shop resembles a 19th century European townhouse with 15-foot ceilings, grand windows and a spiral staircase.


BHLDN partnered with Martha Stewart Weddings to host the party, with Editorial Director Darcy Miller Nussbaum in attendance!


Over 300 guests ooh'd and ahh'd over the gorgeous items.


The aforementioned staircase...


...with this lovely gown near the top. Look at the detailing!


While the first floor is for bridesmaids and occasion dresses, the second floor holds wedding gowns, accessories, and day-of decor. Angel wings adorn the coffered ceiling of the main accessory room.

And those blue walls! Stunning.


BHLDN is part of the Anthrologie/Urban Outfitters family. While there are touches of influence from both (the vintage style of Anthro and the whimsy of UO) its style is uniquely BHLDN.

These luxe shrugs definitely caught my eye. They work for the bride or for black tie.


As the evening went on, Truffleberry Market provided sustenance, along with some clever ideas for passed hors d'oeuvre displays. Below, a hat box filled with rice gives tuna cones a boost, while paper pinwheels adorn a tray of truffle pinwheels.

And yes, the sea salt peanut butter chocolate cups were as delicious as they sound.


You might be wondering if there's anything at BHLDN for the gents. Why of course! Look, they get a whole bookcase all to themselves!  :)


In the decor room I briefly chatted with Darcy Miller (pic to come!) while trying not to dart my eyes around at all the gorgeous things. Don't you just love that delicate confetti in the first picture?


In the lingerie room (yes, there's a lingerie room) I found these vases which pull double-duty as charming table markers.


Also in the lingerie room, paper artist Ruth Monsell was busy making silhouettes. I got mine done just in time...when I was finished, I looked up to see that the line had grown to huge proportions! BHLDN was certainly the place to be that night.


Back in the accessory room, I found some fabulous shoes and vintage rings...


...and lots of fascinators. The royal wedding really gave state-side milliners a boost, I think.


BHLDN's visual merchandisers deserve a round of applause. It's very easy to look at the items, thanks to museum cases such as this one.

But what about wedding dresses? Isn't this a bridal store?


Behold, the wedding gown room!


Some of my favorites are below. I'm seeing shades of Pippa in the first one.

BHLDN is at 8 East Walton in Chicago and is definitely worth a visit...even if you're not a bride!


Winter gear storage SOLUTIONS for your HALLWAY

Even during a relatively mild Chicago winter, there is still the inevitable cache of winter gear to wrangle this time of year. If not managed, scarves, gloves and hats can turn a once pristine entryway into a soggy mess. But there's no need to stash all your winter gear in a plastic bin in the closet. Keep it handy in your entryway--and stylishly contained--with these 10 bins, furnishings, hooks and racks.


 Vintage steel furniture purveyor Twenty Gauge  is a great source for sturdy, industrial storage solutions (among other one-of-a-kind finds), including these basket lockers, which doubles as a entry-way console.  I’m smitten with Brooklyn-based Wintercheck Factory’s clever home goods and apparel, including this Arthur Coat Rack, which provides storage for shoes, hats, gloves (not to mention phone, keys and the like).
From Z Gallerie -- a cute, inexpensive solution for stashing wet umbrellas.

I’ve long been a fan of Jill Rosenwald’s pottery. On a entryway table, this large Ikat bee bowl is a pretty vessel for gloves, keys and other small items.


An alternative to the boot tray, these Inside Out concrete tiles by Toma (check out the brand’s other winter gear storage solutions) will stylishly protect your floor from wet boots.

The best part of these Dove Stacking Baskets by andries & hiroko van onck for magis (available at Unica Home)? Roll them into the closet (if you really must).


Stilleben Wall Hooks in punchy colors are cheerful enough to adorn your wall sans winter wear.

This Ribbon Coat Rack from Headsprung is an elegant solution for hanging coats and scarves. When the weather turns warm, it makes for a chic wall sculpture.

For a more affordable bench-storage option, opt for Target’s ikat-patterned bench.

Known for practical basics with minimalist style, Muji makes containers like this tin bucket that can store your goods without breaking the bank.


Interior Decorating and Design by Christine Sisson
Part of the Second City Soiree Contributor Series. Christine is on Twitter @WordsOnStyle. Read her full bio here.


Winter BRUNCH tips from my WGN segment

Do you feel like hibernating this time of year? I know, me too. Instead of hiding under the duvet and dreaming of summer, carpe frigus diem and have a few friends over for a cozy winter brunch.

Last week I shared recipe, decor, and drink tips for just such a soiree on WGN's "Midday Fix"...watch it at WGNtv.com and then invite your friends in from out of the cold!

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