CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A de Giulio Kitchen; Porcelanosa's Line Crema Wall Tiles; Neff of Chicago's Leather Closet; Clive Christian; The Porsche Design Kitchen; Artistic Tiles
Forget spring cleaning.2010 is all about renovation, so we’re skipping off to LuxeHome, a sprawling home retail center located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart. Spend a day poring over their newest collection—here’s how:
Start at Porcelanosa (Suite 149 on the northwest end; porcelanosa.com), a gorgeous tile, kitchen and bath store new to the Mart. Modern, traditional and European designs intermingle in the 8,000-square-foot space. We’re eyeing their latest offerings, including the chic Neox Faucet (starting at $768) and the sophisticated Line Crema wall tiles (starting at $9.50 per sq. ft.), whose glossy finish mimics the look of glass and instantly boosts a room’s brightness. Next, move over to Neff of Chicago (Suites 144 and 134; neff-of-chicago.com). Known for detailed cabinetry and gorgeous kitchens, Neff recently entered the custom-closet arena (its stunning window display in the Mart opened last year). Its line of Valet wardrobes are perfect for anyone who’s ever run out of shoe space, and the stitched leather hangers, cascading wooden trouser rails and glass doors make hanging your clothes feel indulgent. Closets start at $15,000 and can run to $100,000-plus. Your next stop is Nancy Epstein’s fashion-forward Artistic Tile (Suite 105A), which carries a bounty of decorative stone, glass and marble tile, and even showcases tile-clad mannequins in their windows. Around the corner, you’ll find Clive Christian (Suite 143). Known for crafting the “Rolls-Royce of kitchens,” the store also specializes in statement-making furniture. Just down the hall is the Porsche Design P’7340 Kichen at Poggenpohl (Suite 138), outfitted with a flat-screen TV and sleek cabinets with doors inspired by the famous cars. Finally, move onto Chicago-based de Giulio Kitchen Design (Suite 121), one of the only places you can find famed designer Mick De Giulio’s kitchens outside his Wilmette outpost. For more information, visit luxehome.com.