Need inspiration for your home build or remodel, then visit the Merchandise Mart – LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home
Here’s my truth. I love looking at home design. Walking through showrooms, looking at magazines and of course, my addiction to HGTV episodes. If I could redecorate every room in my home, I would do that. I think that is such a cool part of the job of an interior designer. They don’t just have one room in a house to design but have lots of clients who each have their own style that they need to consider. I am fascinated by the talent that designers have to take a blank space and create the environment that reflects someone’s personal taste. How do they do that?!
Well, one way they get ideas is by using resources made easily available to them and to us as consumers. In Chicago, you may have heard about the Merchandise Mart. An enormous building filled with commercial office space, restaurants, retail and businesses. On the first floor, is an area called LuxeHome. It is a collection of 30 high-end boutiques that provide builders, designers and consumers with a wealth of expertise on subjects relating to the industry. Some categories that you will find talented professionals include:
- Kitchen Design
- Kitchen Remodeling
- Pantry Design
- Sustainable Design
- Bathroom Design
- Customer Bathroom Vanities
- Custom Cabinet Doors
While I have been to many of the showrooms in my constant desire to improve my design knowledge (and home!), I recently had the opportunity to be educated on a number of the showrooms by the brands themselves. I was even invited when a global multi brand appliance showroom was launching. Kitchen design is seriously a happy place for me!
Here are some of the showrooms that I was able to spend time at:
Pella Crafted LuxuryWindows are just windows, right? No! I was amazed at all I learned in how windows are made, how they can be a part of the design elements in a room, how shape is possible, innovative locations for windows (seriously, why did I never think of this before!) and how technology plays a part in window operation.
Walk through this showroom and you will see European stylings that just reflect luxury. The finest handmade cabinetry made in the United States. The details, service and design are personal, elegant and beautiful.
A multi-award-winning designer flooring company that showcases high end flooring and custom wood finishes.
Premier European kitchen design brand for every kitchen style.
The leader in luxury cooking and an iconic American brand showcases new innovations in cooling and cooking.
Manufacturing elite luxury home appliances and known as the innovative leader in design and technology.
Ann SacksA showroom filled with art that takes its form in tiles made of various materials by artists with a quality and craftsmanship that is totally apparent. Like walking through a gallery, you will see tiles that will fill you with inspiration for projects not yet defined.
Premier wide plank flooring custom made for your home of the widest, longest and center-cut plank floors. Designs with varied width planks create a style all your own.
Miele German manufactured premium appliances known for performance and quality. Powerful vacuums along with cooking equipment.
Scavolini Stunning and sleek Italian cabinetry for kitchen and bath, innovation and design is gorgeous. Tempered glass doors, drawer fronts and fixtures make a statement. Hidden appliances and tables. Lit shelves in cabinets. Creative storage options.
A brand that started in the commercial refrigeration field and adjusted to meet customer requests for residential products. Made in the USA with the power of commercial and the attention to detail that you want in your home.
LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home
With 30 boutiques and a Design Resource Center in the LuxeHome family, you will be well taken care of as you search for the design that makes your house a home. Whether you are building from the ground up or taking on a remodel, you will find so much inspiration and have comfort knowing you are working with brands/designers/manufacturers that represent only the best in their respective industries.
LuxeHome is open Monday through Friday from 9-5 and Saturday 10-3. Getting to the Mart is not difficult. Parking lots surround the Merchandise Mart and the CTA (brown line trains) stop adjacent to the building. For more information on the showrooms located in LuxeHome and the Merchandise Mart, please visit here.