Apr 27, 2012

~ inspired home... wilma

As soon as I booked my ticket to Chicago, to attend the Chicago Botanic Antiques and Garden Fair, I was thinking of an important email I had to send. A few months ago, I had lunch with a friend who claimed she knew of a perfect inspired home possibility in Chicago. 
I remembered.
The email was sent, the plans were made, and I'm happy to present this fabulous inspired home full of collections!


In my last post, I shared the picturesque entrance ... 

Wilma greeted me with a smile and a hug, and a Chloe. (I'll explain.)
I knew pretty quick this was going to be good. And when I say pretty quick, I mean the second I walked in the door. Do you see what I see? Orange. Oh yes, Wilma and I were going to get along just fine. Please look at the french doors leading to the living room... beauty.


This my friends, is a Chloe. I'm not sure I've ever seen a more precious soul. She was very excited to meet me, and I believe it's safe to say, she adored me with all her heart.

I often don't include room shots, am more of a close-up kind of gal, but with the light streaming in the windows, I couldn't resist sharing the warm and sunny feel of the room... 




Now we'll move in for some close-ups...















Check out this magnificent view!

Meow.

On to the dining room...

Such a cheerful color!





Through the butler's pantry to the kitchen/family room.


Love the sun pouring through the living room window looking back through the dining room...


The family room houses a blue and white collection...


Collecting is definitely a hobby!



 A charming guest room...

Loved that sweet spring green fabric!





Wilma's love of pink and green continues in her master bedroom...



As does her amazing collection of collections...







Just as I was about to leave, Wilma remembered another hidden collection...


A charming powder room...


Back to the front door... 




This poster is by the elevator and is also owned by Wilma's friend, my friend in Omaha. 

Now, let me tell you how adorable Wilma is, and why we were destined to be friends:
1. She loves orange. (I love orange.)
2. She loves collections and beautiful things. (I do too, duh.)
3. She invited me, a complete stranger into her home, to take photos on a Sunday morning with very short notice, and greeted me with a hug. SO NICE! (I happen to adore nice people.)
4. She has a website called ChicksFlicks.com (I have a blog and I love movies.)


ChicksFlicks.com is a site for women where symbols are used to rate movies. There's a romance rating, a chick rating, a comedy rating, a tear rating, you get the idea. Wilma is the "Chief Chick" which is about the cutest thing I've ever heard. You can visit the website here. It's seriously adorable and smart.

Thank you to my new friend Wilma! What a treat to be able to share such a special home right in the heart of downtown Chicago! 

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12 comments:

bingata744 said...

I love this home!! How beautiful is it -- really?!?!?! The colors throughout are absolutely beautiful and warm and welcoming. Thank you so much for sharing and thank you Wilma for letting us all into your lovely home.

The enchanted home said...

Collections galore! Those bangles! All that gorgeous Herend! All the blue and white....so beautiful. A lovely and elegant home with a gorgeous view to boot, thanks for sharing! Looks like a really fun time Jan.

Victoria said...

All I can say is WOW. Wilma has a beautiful home, filled with treasures galore. The boxes, bakelite bracelets, silver-topped jars, leather-bound books, antiques quilts and porcelain are so beautiful, I could spend hours admiring it all. It was so generous of her to share it with us.
Best...Victoria

Jacki said...

This is awesome! Love her collections, her orange, pink and green - love it all! Definitely worth the wait for this inspired home. Thanks to you and Wilma.

Princess FingersGluedTogether said...

Just lovely. Thank you so much. (I like your banner today too.)

Leslie said...

Jan,

Wow! Talk about color and textures! I like all of her collections. The plates, the quilts, and even bangles ~ very impressive. Her pup is adorable too!

leslie

BRASWELL said...

Stunning images + will trot over to Wilma's(new besty)website for a peek. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Wilma's home is stunning!! Eye candy galore! Thanks for sharing it with us!

'LUSH' said...

Collections tell so much about the one who does the collecting! It's no secret, she has great taste! She loves the finer things, however, her quilt collection evokes a warm and simpler disposition. What a lovely home, view, and collection(s). What an incredible experience it must have been for you.

Pat said...

Wonderful quilts....a chick after my own heart!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi Jan - Oh my gosh, what an incredible home! I want those tea caddies...all of them :-) Again, beautiful home with fantastic collections.

So glad I found you, Jan. Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog. I love the design and layout of yours. It's so professional and stylish. I need to go back and tweak mine, now.

Wonderful to find you!
Loi
Tone on Tone

Renée Finberg said...

i love the bunny vases.
and all the Bakelite displayed.

great place

xx ;0