LuxeHome® Designers Highlight Favorite Luxury Home Products for Quick Updates

CHICAGO, IL (December 10, 2015) – This season, LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart, is helping designers and homeowners discover the latest in kitchen, bath and building innovations. Whether designing a luxurious spa bath, hosting a breathtaking holiday dinner experience or creating a relaxing guest bedroom retreat, LuxeHome showroom designers offer their suggestions to quickly transform a home to start 2016 on a warm and stylish note.

 

Welcoming Guests Home – Creating a Guest Retreat
Make an elegant and last-minute update for the home before holiday guests arrive. Ian Gibbs, Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Shade Store, suggests starting in the dining room by changing up the drapery. “It is a great way to add softness to a space – and drama (the good kind!) to your dinner party.” Hand-stitched inverted pleats of Pinch Pleat Drapery create a relaxed style and a humble elegance. In modern and traditional settings, drapery to fit any style is available in 400+ exclusive materials and in wide range of privacy levels at The Shade Store. And, it ships in 10 days or less, so the guest room or dining room will look as put together as you are, just in time for the holidays. Shown in black Suit Stripe; prices from $333.

 

 

 

 

New Year, New You – Resolve to Pamper Yourself
Gift houseguests – or yourself – with a luxury spa experience, featuring the Razor Shower Head, $928 – $1,068, by Cooper & Graham. “Pamper and luxuriate your guests, or yourself, during the holidays,” says Warren Pearl, Founder of Cooper & Graham. “It is the perfect antidote to holiday stress.” The Razor Shower, found exclusively at the newest addition to the LuxeHome collection of boutiques, Lefroy Brooks and Cooper & Graham, features at 12” square brass rain shower head and is offered in Polished Chrome and Polished Nickel.

Complete your spa retreat transformation with Blue Note Circles by Artistic Tile. Featuring Pantone’s 2016 color of the year, Serenity, the Jazz Glass mosaic pattern is fresh but with a classic feel. And it’s a favorite of Chicago showroom manager, Lisa Rotunno: “Blue Note Circles takes a classic geometric pattern from antiquity and transforms it into a more modern rendition perfect for any aesthetic. Shades of blue, gray and white are popular, yet classic making this colorway timeless.” With elements of classic tesserae mosaic, this beautifully detailed glass pattern is serene and sophisticated, sure to set a soothing, cool mood in your guest bath. List $45 per square foot.

 

 

 

 

 

Home Is Where the Heart Is – Out of the Kitchen & onto the Table
The kitchen is the heart of any home. And where else but during the holidays does this epicenter invite guests to enter, imbibe and participate in holiday dinner preparations? Before the table is set, hosts and hostesses need to rely on appliances that quickly and efficiently prepare the menu. Tracy Parks, Experience Center Consultant at the Chicago Miele Center, says the Combi-Steam Oven DGC6800, $3,899 UMRP, is her go-to for all holiday meal preparations. “It is a very versatile appliance. It can work as a regular oven; with a baking element, a broiler, and a true European convection baking element. It can also work as a true steam oven. In fact, it can combine both the oven operations with the steam for amazing results!”

Need menu ideas well into the New Year? Tracy offers some examples of what can be made in the CombiSteam oven: par-boil, then broil BBQ ribs; steam, then broil salmon; steam grains and pastas; can jams and jellies; and even proof and bake breads. And leftovers? “Possibly my absolute favorite function of the Combi-steam oven is the “Reheat” function,” says Parks. “Simply place a plate of leftovers in the oven, and using the reheat button, the oven will use a low heating element along with medium steam to gently reheat and reenergize the meal. It tastes the same as it did the first time that it was made!”

Organizing your kitchen and table accessories ahead of time will take the added stress out of organizing and setting up for dinner parties all year long. The walnut and stainless steel plate holder drawer insert, $96 MSRP from Wood-Mode, is a lifesaver for Nancy Cooper, Associate at the Wood-Mode Lifestyle Design Center: “This product adds the perfect luxe element when hosting this holiday season and ultimately makes a dinner party look effortless.”

Stop in to LuxeHome, in the heart of downtown Chicago, to explore its 35 boutiques for more inspiration to update and transform a home this holiday season.

 

About LuxeHome
LuxeHome is the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. With more than 125,000 square feet of showroom space featured in over 35 boutiques, LuxeHome is host to the finest products for home building and renovation from the most recognized and respected manufacturers worldwide.

LuxeHome offers discerning homeowners and trade professionals one-stop shopping convenience with access to the finest kitchen, bath, tile, lighting, cabinetry, appliances, countertops and much more. LuxeHome displays the widest selection of products to suit all upscale design styles, from modern European to classic American to traditional English. In addition to the extensive lineup of premier brands, each boutique offers knowledgeable designers who are available to assist with all phases of each design project. LuxeHome’s boutiques are open for shopping Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.luxehome.com. Follow LuxeHome on Facebook, Houzz, Instagram and Twitter.

Vornado Realty Trust, owner of the Merchandise Mart, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO. www.vno.com

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