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The #LoveYourThings Shoot with Scotchgard Brand at the Randolph Street Market

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A few months back, Scotchgard Brand invited me to Chicago’s Randolph Street Market to hang out at their booth, chat with visitors, and take part in a video about things we love and how to protect them. There are always amazing vintage and antique pieces at the show — you might find your new favorite chair or rug, suitcases to stand in as storage, or maybe an old textile that has been (or can be) made into pillows.

Vintage Furniture and Rugs #LoveYourThings #Scotchgard

Vintage Toy Cars #LoveYourThings #Scotchgard

Vintage Kantha Quilts #LoveYourThings #Scotchgard

Vintage Luggage #LoveYourThings #Scotchgard

Vintage Rugs and a Hammock at Randolph Street Market #LoveYourThings #Scotchgard

The antidote to the all-white interiors trend, eh?

OK, but then you get your finds back home — these things that have already had a long life — and you don’t want to be the one to ruin them. And that goes for our new things too, of course. You know the pair of armchairs in our living room? Someone once spilled orange soda all over them when we were having a party. The person felt awful about it, and luckily the spill came right up, but if it hadn’t… yikes. Either we would have had to reupholster (two chairs, in this case, because they should match), live with a very strategically placed blanket, or ignore the stain. I use Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector on them now so nothing like that will happen again, because I don’t think we would have been so lucky had it been a drink like red wine. Once you see how it works, which is what we showed people at the Randolph Street Market, you realize what a good idea it is to protect the things you love with it. It repels liquids and blocks stains and can be used to protect your linens, furniture, rugs, clothes, car interiors and more.

Here are a couple of behind the scenes shots from our shoot.

Behind the Scenes, Shooting the #LoveYourThings Video with #Scotchgard at the Randolph Street Antiques Flea Market

The #Scotchgard Brand #LoveYourThings Display at Chicago's Randolph Street Market

The #Scotchgard Brand #LoveYourThings Display at Chicago's Randolph Street Market

Behind the Scenes, Shooting the #LoveYourThings Video with #Scotchgard at the Randolph Street Antiques Flea Market

And here’s the video.

I’ve used Scotchgard Protectors for a bunch of our things now. A purse, a couple of chairs, and yes, the crazy floral floor model chair I’m talking about above. I’ll show you how easy it is in an upcoming post. What are some things you love and want to protect?

Kane County Flea Market

I met up with a friend yesterday and we took Calvin with us to the Kane County Flea Market. It was kind of a bust shopping-wise, but the company was great, and there were plenty of cute things that I snapped photos of to share!

Hello, adorable old radios.

Vintage Radios at the Kane County Flea Market

I liked the leather tufting on these, but not the arms and legs. Too simple.

Vintage Chairs at the Kane County Flea Market

Darling old sink, though I think the flowers had a lot to do with its charm (if not its practicality). Also, a papier-mâché lady! I liked her.

Fun Finds at the Kane County Flea Market

These always look so amazing when grouped together, but when you only take one home, it’s a disappointment.

Vintage Thermos at the Kane County Flea Market

I do kind of wish I’d picked up this set of dinnerware. I could have added it to the kids’ play kitchen and replaced the mish-mash they have going on now, but that’s me imposing my taste on them. They’re perfectly happy with their assortment.

Retro Dinnerware at the Kane County Flea Market

Doing my thing. “Baby in one hand, camera in the other.”

Vintage Lockers at the Kane County Flea Market

Diminutive camping furniture. I have no use for it, but I liked it.

Camp Furniture at the Kane County Flea Market

I think I’m over mid-century dressers. Antique dressers have more interesting details and shapes.

Antique Dressers at the Kane County Flea Market

This whole work table was nice, but the best part of it was the clamp. And aren’t those old circus drums fantastic? They looked more suited to display than play though.

Industrial Meets Circus at the Kane County Flea Market

Baskets, basket, baskets.

Baskets at the Kane County Flea Market

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, and I didn’t find anything there that I absolutely had to have. Still a good way to spend the day though!

Inspiration from the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, 2015

Not only did I tour a bunch of Frank Lloyd Wright and other historical homes this past weekend, I also went with my mom to see the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. The tickets sold for the home tour benefit the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, and this year they presented the former home of the late John W. Hughes, Jr.

Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, 2015, Exterior

My mom and I are both house looky-loos, and we love John Hughes movies (The Breakfast Club is a favorite for both of us), so I bought tickets for us as a Mother’s Day present. I figured we’d spend the morning touring the house, have lunch and enjoy the day, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from the home itself. I’ve been to a handful of showhouses before and while they’re always beautiful, they can be a bit stuffy and too traditional to pull practical inspiration from. Not the case this time!

In front of the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, 2015

Again, photography was not permitted, but I was able to obtain photos to share of the interiors this time (hooray!). This was my favorite room: the butler’s pantry, with its original cabinetry receiving a fresh coat of paint (Farrow & Ball’s ‘Drawing Room Blue’) along with other updates by Wily Designs LLC.

Butler's Pantry, Wiley Designs LLC, Photography by Werner Straube

My mom’s favorite space was the living room designed by Alessandra Branca. The designer posted several shots of it on Instagram.

Designed by Alessandra Branca for the Lake Forest Showhouse, 2015

My mom also absolutely loved this girls’ bedroom, designed by Jeannie Balsam. A great layout, a window seat, and patterns upon patterns!

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Teen Bedroom by Jeannie Balsam for the Lake Forest Showhouse 2015

Some of what I took away was simply giving myself permission to be more bold. I find myself pulling back a bit in my house sometimes, deferring to the house’s style and history, but yawn. The showhouse was a multi-million dollar historical home, and they painted original dark wood, wallpapered the heck out of it, remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms, took apart and opened up built-in closets, and on and on. There was respect for the home, but it was also fun. The kind of place you could actually see a family living in and enjoying themselves. I mean, how could you not enjoy the type of house that has a hallway with monkeys all over the place (by Sarah Whit Interior Design)?

Back Stairs, Sarah Whit Interior Design Copyright © 2015 Janet Mesic Mackie

And behold, a nursery by Steve + Filip Design, drawing inspiration from The Grand Budapest Hotel. Those diapers. Ha!

Nursery Inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel, Steve and Filip Design, Photograph by Wittefini
Nursery Inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel, Steve and Filip Design, Photograph by Wittefini

There were many other rooms I wish I could share with you, but the Showhouse didn’t have photos available of every space. There was a garden room with a pink settee (be still, my heart!). A master bath and “women’s reprieve” (former closet) with the most amazing antique furniture. A killer redesigned kitchen by Christopher Peacock Home — not too large — that had me wishing for its pair of built-in fridges with a black interiors. My mom and I both walked out of the home feeling inspired, and we had so much fun touring it! I’ll end here with a floor plan. And hey, feel free to put an offer in on the place. It will be available in June, “price upon request”.

Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, 2015, Floor Plans
Photo credits: JS Eckert Photography, Nicole Balch, Werner Straube Photography, Alessandra Branca, Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, Janet Mesic-Mackie, Wittefini

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