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The VARA Team’s Favorite Recipes

VARA Design provides a unique connection to the hospitality/restaurant design industry as we have a seasoned chef on our team.  Chef Jess's background translates well in the design community while consulting on residential and commercial kitchen design.  Having her expertise on our design team allows us to provide a more sophisticated dynamic when considering work [...]

By | July 1st, 2015|Gourmet Design|Comments Off on The VARA Team’s Favorite Recipes

NeoCon 2015- Intriguing Inspirations

Last week, the entire VARA Design team was very excited to experience NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in North America. Taking up over 1 million square feet of display space, NeoCon introduces thousands of the latest products and covers a wide variety of markets including Workplace, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Education, Public Spaces, and Government. [...]

By | June 29th, 2015|Events|Comments Off on NeoCon 2015- Intriguing Inspirations

Le Corbusier

The French-Swiss architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, or more commonly known as Le Corbusier, was one of the pioneers of modern architecture. He was born in 1887, in Switzerland, and eventually moved to France where he practiced architecture for a span of 5 decades. Many of his buildings can be found in France, as well as across Europe, [...]

By | December 22nd, 2014|Past and Present|Comments Off on Le Corbusier

Art Deco

Art Deco is an artistic movement that originated in the 20’s and grew in popularity in the 30’s and 40’s. This style, characterized by symmetrical clean lines and angular geometrical forms, is evident in all types of visual art including fine art, interiors and architecture, industrial and product design, graphic arts, and even fashion and [...]

By | November 19th, 2014|Past and Present|Comments Off on Art Deco

Client Project-Industrial Farmhouse

A client, who recently purchased a new home, came to us looking to renovate the Kitchen to be an updated farmhouse aesthetic with industrial features. Here's a look at the before photo: To accommodate this new look, we first changed out the current cabinetry to a simple white shaker style door. White beadboard covers both [...]

By | November 11th, 2014|Finished Projects|Comments Off on Client Project-Industrial Farmhouse

En Vogue at VARA – September 2014

As the seasons are starting to change, check out our En Vogue findings for September! Soho House is a private club and hotel in West Loop, located in a former Chicago Belting Factory warehouse.  The interiors are artsy, with an eclectic mix of bohemian, modern, and urban pieces, while remaining elegant with an edgy flair.  It's definitely [...]

By | October 1st, 2014|En Vogue at VARA|Comments Off on En Vogue at VARA – September 2014

Client Project-Posh Parlor

When approached with the task of creating a cozy environment in the front room of the house for a fun, fashionable client, we were delighted to help update the room while making it a very comfortable space. In order to accomplish this, we introduced soft textiles and warm colors into the room. Our client requested [...]

By | September 18th, 2014|Finished Projects|Comments Off on Client Project-Posh Parlor

Brass Accents

Brass accents have come back into style in a big way. Contemporary nickel hardware and fixtures are being replaced by simple clean-lined brass pieces that compliment furnishings and add a warm luxurious touch. Brass, a metal alloy made of copper and zinc, has been used since prehistoric times through the ancient Roman Empire and Medieval period as currency, for [...]

By | September 12th, 2014|Past and Present|Comments Off on Brass Accents

En Vogue at VARA – August 2014

The VARA Design team has definitely been busy taking advantage of the warm weather lately and entertaining summer events. Here are our En Vogue findings while we've been out enjoying everything this season has to offer! This summer, our friends at Artemisia on Grand hosted a reception for artist Corinna Button. Her "Idol" series that was [...]

By | September 2nd, 2014|En Vogue at VARA|Comments Off on En Vogue at VARA – August 2014

First Friday – August 2014

Once again, the VARA team opened our doors to friends, family and neighbors as we participated in a First Friday event. Our gallery reception this month showcased works from artists April Dippy and Jen Evans. It also just so happened to fall on Dana’s birthday, so we had an extra reason to celebrate. A spread [...]

By | August 14th, 2014|Behind the Scenes, Events|Comments Off on First Friday – August 2014