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A few weeks ago, we took you inside our favorite new spot for major home inspiration: Buckingham Interiors + Design. Wanting to meet the woman behind it all, we recently grilled Julia Buckingham Edelmann on her style, her inspiration, and her movie-night picks. Read on to feel right at home with one of Chicago's very own design stars.
Describe your signature aesthetic in three words.
I really only need the one word that I coined to describe my aesthetic: Modernique, the unique combination of antiques and modern design.
If you had to compare your interior-design style to the work of a fashion designer, who would it be and why?
I love color and pattern, and I love fashion so: Missoni for fun pattern, Michael Kors because he understands women, and Chanel because it's Chanel.
What is your favorite room in a home?
The kitchen. It's where we all gather when all the kids come home, and where we can relax.
Which movies showcase the best interior design?
Gone With the Wind, for historic wonder and over-the-top grandeur. And
It's Complicated for a warm and fuzzy California fusion of family and food.
Where is the most unusual place you've ever found inspiration?
In a revolutionary war cemetery!
What about your job makes you giddy?
Installation day. It's like your favorite holiday repeated and relived again and again, without ever feeling repetitious.
Finally, which boutiques/stores in Chicago have the best interior design?
Jayson Home + Garden, Z Gallerie, and hopefully my studio!