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

Wallcoverings: A Brief History to Today

Sometimes people are frightened hearing the term “wallpaper” thinking back to their grandmother’s floral patterns from the mid 20th century. Wallcoverings have come a long way since the mass-produced patterns in the 50’s and 60’s and even beyond that to their inception as decorated rice paper made by the Chinese thousands of years ago. During [...]

By | July 30th, 2014|Past and Present|Comments Off on Wallcoverings: A Brief History to Today

En Vogue at VARA – June 2014

Here's what is En Vogue at VARA for the month of June: One of the trends I noticed while at NeoCon this year was commercial furnishings are starting to have more of a residential look. We are at work most of our time spent awake, after all, why not give it a homey feel? A fun pop [...]

By | July 10th, 2014|En Vogue at VARA|Comments Off on En Vogue at VARA – June 2014

NeoCon 2014 – Innovation in Commercial Furniture Design

As the corporate world is continuously evolving, it is necessary for interior and industrial design to adapt to fit the needs of the modern day employee. With companies focusing on providing a multitude of work environments for their staff, design of corporate interiors must accommodate these desires by bringing workers out of their cubicles and desks and [...]

By | June 25th, 2014|Events, Trends|Comments Off on NeoCon 2014 – Innovation in Commercial Furniture Design

A Video Testimonial

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By | June 20th, 2014|Video Testimonials|Comments Off on A Video Testimonial

An Image Testimonial

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By | June 19th, 2014|Image Testimonials|Comments Off on An Image Testimonial

Capital Day

This spring, I had the opportunity to participate in the IIDC Capital Day event. Members from the Illinois Interior Design Coalition, as well as the International Interior Design Association met in Springfield to promote legislation for our professional field, and others in the design-build industry. Interior design professionals and students spent the day in the [...]

By | June 13th, 2014|Events, Travels|Comments Off on Capital Day

En Vogue at VARA – May 2014

The month of May consisted of travels to San Francisco and Vegas for some VARA designers, as well as plenty of time spent venturing around the charming city we call home, Chicago. Check out the finds we've made in the past month. Wallcoverings have greatly evolved the past few decades from florals printed on a paper product, which many people think of [...]

By | June 5th, 2014|En Vogue at VARA|1 Comment