Adventures in Seattle

As in every creative field, taking the chance to break away from the daily routine to recharge one’s innovative energies is necessary. Traveling is a great outlet to find inspiration in what’s fresh and current in the world around us. A few weeks back I took a trip to visit my friend Amanda in Seattle. She moved out [...]

By | May 20th, 2014|Travels|Comments Off on Adventures in Seattle

En Vogue at VARA – April 2014

It is that time of the month that we share with you our En Vogue at VARA! We're constantly drawing inspiration from experiences, environments, and products around us, and we love sharing our favorite findings with you. Our team is a diverse and dynamic group of ladies who love life and hope you enjoy learning [...]

By | May 1st, 2014|En Vogue at VARA|Comments Off on En Vogue at VARA – April 2014

First Friday-April 2014

Downtown Aurora is a community rich with culture and creativity. The strong artistic presence of the people in this city make First Friday's a major event in which we love participating. The first Friday of each month, businesses and art galleries in the downtown area open their doors inviting friends and guests to view featured art [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|Behind the Scenes, Events|Comments Off on First Friday-April 2014

IIDA RED Awards 2014

The second annual RED Awards, hosted by the IIDA Illinois chapter, brought together a tremendous group of talented designers to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on Thursday, April 3rd. Participants of the RED Awards, an acronym for "Recognizing Exemplary Design", truly showcase excellent interior design in the state of Illinois. Categories for awards include: Contract Office-Large, Contract [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|Events|Comments Off on IIDA RED Awards 2014

VARA Design Night In

Last week we had our first VARA Design Night In. We're planning on getting the team together one Friday a month to do some team building and getting to know you games, all while enjoying a nice glass of wine. Light bites were artfully arranged by our resident Chef Jessica, with a fun selection of [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|Behind the Scenes|Comments Off on VARA Design Night In

Romantic Interiors

Happy Valentine's Day! How are you spending this special day with that special someone? Or more importantly where? A romantic interior can be the perfect setting for a romantic night. In the spirit of Valentine's Day we've collected some images of rooms that have created very romantic interiors through colors, accents, and lighting. Gold, gold, [...]

By | February 14th, 2014|Trends|Comments Off on Romantic Interiors

Staying Organized in 2014

As January is coming to a close, have you kept up with your New Years resolutions? Whether it's striving for better health, focusing more energy into one's career, or trying to break an old habit, resolutions can greatly improve our lives (when we stick to them of course). One resolution that can effortlessly ease anyone's [...]

By | January 23rd, 2014|Behind the Scenes|Comments Off on Staying Organized in 2014

Sherwin Williams Colormix

Color choice is one of the most important elements when designing a room. It has a huge psychological effect and plays a very influential role whether someone likes a space or not. It also is one of the deciding factors when choosing furnishings and fabrics. Color trends change with time just as fashion trends do. [...]

By | October 30th, 2013|Events, Trends|Comments Off on Sherwin Williams Colormix

Open House Chicago

The third annual Open House Chicago event, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation occurred this past weekend. Over 150 buildings were open for public viewing including architectural offices, contemporary hotels, private clubs and foundations, monumental theaters, historic mansions and much more.  After grabbing lunch at Bistrot Zinc, a friend and I perused the various buildings [...]

By | October 25th, 2013|Events|Comments Off on Open House Chicago