Dream Home now on display at Merchandise Mart

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Inside the Dream Home at the Merchandise Mart, six top design firms tackle six rooms and have put together a home most people could only imagine living in.

It is 4,000 square feet of expert imagination.

The dreamy entry room in a quiet, white gold approach includes vinyl wall coverings amd accents designed to wow.

From the bubbly chandler and matching sconce to the shell textured armoire and desk, each piece – found in the Merchandise Mart design center – has its own personality.

Designer Janet Blutter Shiff made sure to focus on the area often forgotten: The center.

“In a home, it’s always nice to have a wonderful central table where you can have wonderful flowers or you can have favors or anything you’d want to put on the table,” she says.  “But it also creates a good traffic flow because people can walk any direction into a home.”

The dining room and the library are both rich in warm colors and interesting accents.  Although each is designed separately, the textures flow into the cozy bedroom.

Large scale pieces catch the eyes coupled with natural cozy bedding and lots of texture.  It’s a collected and undecorated look pulled together with brown walls.

“Selecting paint is really a process that’s important,” Janet says.  “And this one gives you a lot of warmth and that’s what I was looking for because it’s kind of a minimal look and it’s graphic.  I didn’t want it to be harsh or cold.”

From dark to light, the sunroom next door is an ode to less complicated times.

Starting with black and white walls, the neutral colors are the foundation for layers of color and are found in accent furniture, lampshades and art work which brighten up the space.

And the experts say don’t shy away from a bold neutral, like the graphic wall coverings.

“We were very inspired by the 50’s & 60’s in the Hamptons and the carefree elegance of those areas,” Janet says.  “We just wanted a room that’s happy and joyful and that would bring a lot of smiles to peoples faces.”

More information:

Dream Home - Merchandise Mart

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza

1st Floor

Mon – Sat. 10am-3pm

Free Admission/Donations Welcome





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