BRINGING IT HOME
The Mart's DreamHome is packed with ideas
When gray paint is good, it's great. When it's wrong, it's glum or oppressive or any number of adjectives that you didn't have in mind when you picked that once-alluring shade of "Sudden Fog."
In the Merchandise Mart’s 2012 DreamHome--a collection of nine rooms each outfitted by a different Chicago designer, opening tomorrow on the first floor of the Mart--we saw a shade of gray that’s worth remembering. (Hint: See the living room by RJA Design.)
We also saw a dining room (SemelSnow Interior Design) bold enough to boast two tables, ethereal, flowered teal wallpaper in a bedroom (Vincere) and a hyper-organized closet (Smartrooms) we’d probably commit a crime to call our own.
This year’s DreamHome is a breed apart from its earlier incarnations; the layout of the project in the Mart’s north lobby has been reconfigured, and the 2012 home includes a new game room (Gray & Walter). Participating designers view the project as a chance to exercise creative carte blanche, so rather than touring the rooms with an eye toward replication, we suggest honing in on an idea here, an idea there--then making it your own.
For instance: We want that teal wallpaper. Wouldn’t it look lovely in a breakfast nook?
Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza; 800-677-6278 or merchandisemartdesigncenter.com