August 12, 2011

it’s friday; i’m in love – architectural details

So much of beauty is in the details, isn’t it?

I was in Chicago at the end of July, and I absolutely adored the gorgeous doors of this building adjacent to my hotel.  I find the attention to detail in old buildings to be very inspiring.

And speaking of details, everyone knows that Ralph Lauren is a master.  RL is the restaurant located adjacent to Chicago’s Ralph Lauren flagship.  Photos aren’t allowed (hello, how am I supposed to share the fabulousness with my blogger friends?!?), but add that to your list of places the next time you find yourself in Chicago.

What has inspired you lately?

Top photos by moi.


  • Sheila Zeller
    Aug. 12, 2011
    I can see it's fab through and through! Thank you for sharing :-)
  • jessie
    Aug. 12, 2011
    Sounds like you are always on the are one lucky girl. Do your boys see much of you??
  • Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES)
    Aug. 12, 2011
    Traci Beautiful images. i was just strolling on Warren Street in Hudson, New York and the old doors were amazing. So substantial and detailed. Loretta
  • Diana
    Aug. 12, 2011
    Photos not allowed?! Ralph, shame on you. You are a designer, for goodness' sake and it's not a private club. Thanks for taking the time, Traci, to find some photos we can all enjoy.
  • Cheryl
    Aug. 12, 2011
    so agree, it's all in the details. I order those quatrafoil knobs you posted a while back -- two of them for our console. Love at first sight. And just ordered two more knobs from Anthropologie for nightstands. Those are the kinds of details that I so enjoy researching and adding to our home.
  • Lisa Mende
    Aug. 12, 2011
    love that place! thanks for sharing!
  • Stacy Naquin
    Aug. 13, 2011
    Some girls have all the fun!!!
  • Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    Aug. 13, 2011
    Oh that blue, I love it! I will definitely put RL on my list for Chicago. Take care, Lori
  • eddie ross
    Aug. 14, 2011
    Love these photos!! That restaurant is so amazing! So many handsome details and the food is just divine!! Love it all! xo E + J
  • Pretty Pink Tulips
    Aug. 14, 2011
    Everything RL touches is so full of wonderful details! I love the architecture as well!! Hope you had a wonderful trip!! xo Elizabeth
  • Traci | Aug. 14, 2011
    It does seem like I've been on the go a lot, doesn't it? Fortunately, my trips are usually quick jaunts - so, trust me, my boys get plenty of mommy time! I actually don't even have full-time child care. That being said, the African proverb is true - it does take a village to raise a child! My husband does his fair share, and I've got a super babysitter who fills in the gaps - especially during the summer when preschool is out. I'm also lucky to have family in town. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!
  • Amy Vermillion- Martineau Vermillion Interior Design
    Aug. 15, 2011
    Ahh my home town. Sweet home Chicago. Thanks for the smile today Traci!
  • Laura
    Aug. 15, 2011
    Ohh RL is the best. My cousin lived in Chicago and I went to visit her several years ago and we ate at RL. It was amazing. You are so right about it not feeling like a restaurant. I was so inspired by the interiors. Amazing!

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