Picture This!

Just left Chicago Home + Garden’s Picture This event at the Merchandise Mart Chopping Block. Amazing venue! Spacious and welcoming, this premier cooking school really showed off its assets as the perfect multipurpose hostess with the most-est. Added bonus: amazing food prepared in house with a lovely complimentary wine bar.

Great advice from ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) designers. I tagged along with my friend Layney who “speed dated” with several designers, moving among tables that seated one or more designers open for casual consultation, showing photos and talking through her own den/guest room design dilemma.

I had a great time eavesdropping on her conversations with designers from Jessica Lagrange Interiors and Susan Fredman Design Group. In attendance were several reps from different firms throughout Chicago (you can find the full list here).

All in all I give the event a 4 out of 5 – there were, unfortunately too few designers to really facilitate the “speed dating” format very well, but the designers who were in attendance were gracious and good humored.

Definitely an event to look out for the next time CH+G hosts one – and let’s hope they do. My parting gift was a great goodie bag too, with the latest issue of the mag, and chocolate! (along with the requisite adverts and designer flyers).

HUGE thanks to Layney for telling me all about it in the first place – CH+G is lucky to have such a loyal fan.



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