Modern Lighting Designs from Grupa

One of our favorite sources for modern style pieces, 2Modern, is carrying the Grupa line of light fixtures from Croatia.

The Grupa design studio was founded in 2012 in Croatia.  They create innovative and versatile lamps for both residential and commercial applications. One of the most popular lighting fixtures from Grupa is the striking Arigato collection of floor lamps, modern table lamps, and wall lights.

Articulating Table Lamp

These simple, clean-lined pieces have graphically minimal profiles with a Mid-Century bent.

The word Arigato means ‘thank you’ in Japanese. Thank you was the inspiration for line designed by Tihana Taraba, Ivana Pavic and Filip Despot. The Grupa team wanted to convey a gesture of humility through its anthropomorphic, minimalist profile.

Each lamp in the Arigato collection is available in black and white.  They feature a wide aluminum shade attached to a slender powder coated steel articulated body. The well designed  joinery won’t wear out and giving you a beautifully lighted space for years to come.

You can view the entire Grupa line at 2Modern

If you’d like to work these light fixtures or any of the other pieces from 2Modern into your home design and decor, please contact us at Hyman Interiors.

xo Jennifer









Sensational New Acrylic Pieces From PWDesign

Are you falling for all of the gorgeous acrylic and lucite furniture being featured in all the design magazines? There are so many beautiful pieces!

We’d love to show you these three sensational new acrylic pieces from Paula Winter at PWDesigns now available at Moderne Living in the Chicago River North Neighborhood.

Criss Cross Tray.  As Shown: 14″ x 14″ x 4″ high

This piece is perfect for your coffee table to hold and organize your magazines, coasters, and even a cute objet d’art that you’ve been eyeing. Acrylic and lucite accessories are perfect for smaller spaces because allow you to focus on the details inside.

Two Tone Tray – As Shown: 18″ x 18″ x 3′ high

Getting and staying organized in the office just got easier with the two tone tray. Acrylic and lucite pieces are great for the office because you can see and find your folders. notebooks,  and other important papers more easily.

Wave Bench – As Shown: 18″ x 18″ x 19″ high

The Wave Bench is super cute on its own and even better in pairs so place them anywhere you need extra seating. Acrylic and lucite furnishing make sense when you don’t want to take up a visual space. We also love this look for the next to the bathtub, at the foot of your bed, or even right by the front door so you can slip in and out your shoes.

Another reason to love acrylic furniture because with proper care it’s durable and easy to clean. It’s an easy choice for homes where furnishings need to be hypoallergenic and it produces no off-gassing. Best of all, acrylic furniture is 100% recyclable!

All pieces are available in custom sizes and color.

If you’d like to work these pieces or some other acrylic or lucite furnishings into your home design and decor, please contact us at Hyman Interiors.

xo Jennifer













California Dreamin’ Sue Firestone Collection

Have you been doing some California Dreamin’? Then let’s visit the A. Rudin showroom to see the new 70’s chic “Sue Firestone Collection”.  It evokes a Malibu Bohemian lifestyle everyone is talking about given it’s inspirational draw on nature, serenity, and organic shapes and forms.

Sue Firestone has designed a beautiful collection that recreates the warmth, livability, and uniquely sophisticated time. During the 1970’s, interior design focused on rustic wood embellishments which would become the epitome of style and grace. Today, this style revival is an interpretation, but with the original mood and mystique of the decade intact.

This 18-piece collection consists of upholstered seating, bold case-goods, and occasional tables.

Each hand built and hand finished piece speaks to utmost quality and brings to life a philosophy of modern living defined by a sense of free-spirited ease and grace.

This upholstered bench with attached sliding table/arm is my favorite and is a “must have” for every foyer design. 

“For this collection, I drew inspiration from my Malibu roots, referencing designers that elicited a sense of feeling for me like the works of Michael Taylor and Steven Chase, who are both known for their quintessential California looks,” explains Sue Firestone. “I found influence through anything that nodded to nature, serenity, and organic shapes and forms.”

In addition to collaborating with their first female designer, this was also A. Rudin’s foray into the world of casegoods.

“We’ve held off on casegoods in the past because we needed to be able to apply the same quality of flawlessness we do to our upholstered goods,” explains Rudin. “In collaborating with Sue Firestone that opportunity presented itself and now we’re creating pieces of art for the home in addition to luxe upholstery.”

What does the 1970’s home look like today?
• Crafts revival and hippiedom (macramé. string art, embroidered wall hangings, afghans in neutral colors)
• Scandinavian teak and pine
• High-tech gadgets and materials
• Bold patterns and prints (flocked wallpaper, flower prints)
• Stacked stone fireplace and stone walls
• Timbered ceiling beams
• Exposed brick walls
• Terracotta tiles and hardwood flooring
• Metal (chrome, polished steel)
• Geometric shapes and lines
• Thick and chunky masculine furniture
• LED lighting
• Bleached wood floors and paneling
• Skylights
• Fireplaces with elevated hearths
• Big windows with energy efficient glass
• Scattered woven rugs with geometric patterns
• Sunken living rooms
• Floating staircases
• Wicker furniture
• Neutral earth tones: softer shades of brick, rust, sand, avocado, harvest gold
• Brightly colored furniture

If  you need help creating a sweet “Hippie Haven” or want to view the new Sue Firestone collection at the A. Rudin showroom, please contact Hyman Interiors for an appointment.

xo Jennifer

New AIKO Modular Outdoor Dining and Lounge Furniture

Modern outdoor patio furniture combines your love for the great outdoors, entertaining, and modern design in one simple and sophisticated package.

So while cold temperatures may have us day dreaming about the sunny skies when we are finally able to spend as much time as possible outside, let’s take a look at these beautiful outdoor dining and lounge furniture pieces from MAMAGREEN.

MAMAGREEN is a premium innovative outdoor furniture brand, renowned for Belgian design excellence.  Architectural inspiration is consistently balanced by nature, orientated to casual lifestyles, where mind and body relax. Constantly evolving design ranges are manufactured to highly exacting standards, for maximum comfort and durability.

AIKO dining and lounge collections matches driftwood teak with water-repellent Sunbrella and High Pressure Laminate (think man-made stone finish) slabs to create stylish, flexible and unique transitional settings.

Highly contemporary, AIKO dining tables offer unique designer flexibility. 3 pre-assembled leg positions are possible, as well as various lengths and heights.

MAMAGREEN furniture has had a progressive, eco-design orientation since commencing design in 2007, carefully recycling hand-picked, used teak wood. Teak is an ancient hardwood, rich in natural oils which makes it perfect for durable outdoor furniture. Ultimately, the revitalized teak becomes an essential part of a creative, sophisticated MAMAGREEN furniture design.

The high pressure laminate table tops look like luxury stone, but wear and care like a dream.

Two-person to eight-person modern outdoor dining sets include tables and chairs that are comfortable for your friends, family, and guests to relax on.

Modern dining sets are some of the most popular outdoor furniture.

Mind and body relax for ultimate designer comfort in outdoor lounging.

Water repellant Sunbrella fabrics means no hassle, easy care cushions and pillows will always look good.

In 2018, MAMAGREEN has gone one step further. The focus is not just reclaiming and recycling, but upcycling; whereby natural and historical value of the teak is acknowledged, and full potential realized. They use reclaimed teak in a very original way, which they call ‘drift-look’.

‘Drift-look teak’ is initially selected from abandoned buildings. Giving extra attention to every single plank (and leaving none behind), both natural and handmade distress marks are showcased. This ‘extra-distressed’, perfectly recycled teak is then finished, either ‘as original’, or in rich espresso.

The result is highly contemporary, texture-rich upcycled wood which they have incorporated in their showcase collections for 2018. In AIKO LOUNGE drift-look teak becomes matrix bases, and in AIKO DINING, the table legs.

Make an appointment to view the Mamagreen AIKO collection today.

xoxo Jennifer

Introducing All New Duralee Furniture Designs For Fall

Duralee has several new upholstery and casegoods furniture pieces that will will surely look perfect in your new home.

With the Fall 2017 collection, Duralee is keeping comfort, style and longevity in mind, by sourcing only the best materials and working closely with artisans to handcraft pieces that are both functional and beautiful.

Our favorite piece is the Suffolk Front Chest. The wood grain is stunning!

Look at the beautiful, and sustainable, crown khaya veneer in a bleached finish to expose all the beautiful pattern!

Take a look at the new  Duralee Upholstery and Duralee Casegoods and let us know which one or ones are your favorites.

xo Jennifer

PS… I’m also completely smitten with these whimsical and charming prints from the newest Thomas Paul book.



Transform Outdoor Spaces With Tile

We’re obsessed with tiled spaces – tile floors, tile walls, tile accents, tile furniture. So when we saw this blog post about using patterned tiles outdoor on Domino we started looking at our outdoor spaces a little bit differently. Hopefully this inspires you to dream of an outdoor tile transformation as well!

Unique Ways to Up Your Outdoor Design Game With Patterned Tile

To say these floors are Pinterest-worthy is an understatement.

Published on July 28, 2017 – 5:00am EDT

Primitive Modern in the House

Aron Fischer talks about his “primitive modern” line of serveware and utensils on the Terrain Blog. Terrain is a source of inspiration for some our favorite exterior spaces as well as interiors.

Founded in 2008, Terrain transforms the local garden center into a celebration of nature. Our lifestyle offerings are inspired by the idea of merging house and garden to create an experience for the senses, catering to our customer with a curated assortment of plants for all seasons, as well as inspired items for the home and garden. 

In the Studio with Facture Goods

Newly arrived in our kitchen, a collection of serveware and utensils from Facture Goods is adding functional beauty to our summer table. Based in a small Missouri town, Facture Goods was founded in 2014 by ceramic and metal artist Aron Fischer. He describes his aesthetic as “primitive modern,” conveying his voice and touch through pieces that are made entirely by hand. Now that his creations are taking center stage on our tabletop, we caught up with Aron to learn more about the collection and his artistic roots.

terrain: How did you get started in ceramics? What inspires you when you’re working on a new design?

Aron: I have a background in art — a BFA in drawing and an MFA in sculpture — so I’ve always worked with different materials. I took some pottery classes as an undergrad, then continued to work with clay during the years that I was a Senior Display Coordinator for Anthropologie in Chicago. In graduate school, I started on my current work. When I started working with clay, it was my escape from other work. But people loved my clay pieces the most, and now they’re my favorites too!

I draw a lot of inspiration from the materials themselves. I try to let the clay speak for itself and become what it wants to be. Clay is great because it takes whatever you give it — it’s used to make everything from a humble cup all the way up to tiles on the International Space Station. It’s limitless in its boundaries.

I’ve also worked with brass for a while, but it’s the newest process for me. For metalworking, I look to other jewelers and metalsmiths for inspiration. I’ve gotten lots of great feedback on the brass pieces so far, especially from food stylists who say they haven’t been able to find designs like this before. The coolest thing about brass is that it’s very temperamental, so I get to switch between working organically with clay to being very precise with metal. I like the balance the two materials offer.

terrain: Can you share a bit of background about the collection for terrain?

Aron: For terrain, I’m making a whole crockery set: a soup crock, loaf pan, pie plate, organically-shaped bowl, woven fruit basket, and some brass pieces. All the shapes in the collection are inspired by utilitarian objects. What I like most about these pieces is that they’re multi-functional. They can be used for serving, as decorative vessels, or in the oven as cookware.

terrain: What is a typical day like in your studio?

Aron: My studio is located about 20 minutes outside of Boonville, Missouri, which is a very small river town with around 8,000 residents. The building was one of the very first structures in the town; it was built in 1850 for flour and grain storage, then went through many incarnations as a bank, food storage space, and humidor for tobacco traded on the river. My studio is at the back of the building and spans the entire block. It’s a beautiful space, with 20-foot ceilings and all the original molding, which works well with my own aesthetic.

Five or six days a week, I come into the studio, turn on some music, make coffee, and dive into my work. I recently made some changes to the way I work, taking on less retail accounts so I can focus more on my own work. That has allowed me to focus less on production, so I can be more relaxed and creative.

terrain: What projects are you most looking forward to this year?

Aron: Along with my work for terrain, I’m really excited about working with stylists and bloggers this year. Right now, I’m working with Tiffani Thiessen on pieces for her upcoming cookbook. Most people know her as an actress, but she’s also an amazing chef and baker! I love working with small and well-known partners alike, from bloggers who are just getting started to Local Milk and Bon Appetit. Finally, I do some collaborations with restaurants; I did one in St. Louis last year, and am currently working on one in San Diego.

We really love these pieces and the depth of character they can bring to your home.  For more beautiful pieces, you can follow Facture Goods on Instagram.

xo Jennifer

Design, Decorate, Style – Let’s Get Started!

Hello! It’s been a very busy last few months and I haven’t written any new blogs entries since August 2016. Rutro! Thankfully I’ve been able to show work on Instagram and making quick posts on Facebook and Twitter.

We’re working on some really fun projects and have new clients coming in and that’s so exciting – design projects make the world go round! This has inspired me to get back into the habit of writing about the work I do. I want to let new clients get to know me, encourage current clients to stay true to the design plan, and for former clients to remember good times we had sipping Moscow Mule cocktails while watching paint dry. All of the topics I cover are inspired by real clients, real situations, and real projects.

Being able to design, decorate, and style your home in a way that is uniquely in harmony with your life and lifestyle can be done on almost any budget. The basis is in a well thought out plan giving consideration to everyone who will use the space and then sticking to that plan and budget. We make that happen with the key basic concepts and approach that I use in every design project to create beautiful spaces.  The blogs in this series will be a new topic each where we’ll talk about everything like choosing a color scheme, window treatments, lighting, and then address the specifics about living areas, bedrooms, the kitchen, and bathrooms.

We’re going to start by discussing the fundamental elements build a basis for the look or style we’re trying to achieve. How do you want to feel in your space? What does this space to say about you? We’ll also go into how the fundamental principles guide us in our relationship and how we experience our space. How do you feel, or how do you want to feel, when you’re in this space?

Sounds like a lot to keep track of, but once you get started and are focused, it gets easier. Each decision you make is the basis for the next decision you’ll make. We’ll go through this process to create a cohesive interior that is uniquely yours and you’ll love it.

HGTV Renovation Raiders
HGTV Renovation Raiders

I’m looking forward to sharing all of this with you and if you’d like to share your projects with me please do so!

xo Jennifer

Mexican Street Corn

Today’s post doesn’t have anything to with interior design. I’m just feeling obsessed with sweet corn and wanted to see if anyone else was too. We picked up some corn at the farmers market on Sunday and I found myself longing for a set of corn on the cob butter dishes just like the ones grandma used to have. I’m from Indiana and corn is part of my DNA. When we moved to Chicago we discovered the joy of Elotes which is Mexican Street Corn and served by vendors at the parks and festivals. The corn is loaded up with butter, paprika, grated cotija cheese, and a touch of fresh squeezed lime juice – YUM. I found a recipe on and am sharing it just in case you don’t want to freestyle this delicious summer treat. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, who is my favorite writer at the website, shares his recipe and his beautiful photos guaranteed to make you drool.

How To Make Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)


This is the best way to serve corn, period.

I know that’s a bold statement, but it’s one I’ve backed up with years of detailed scientific studies into the eating habits of my wife and the occasional friend or neighbor. I’ve calculated to several decimal places exactly how much faster the average ear of corn cooked in this manner disappears from the table and down the gullet of an unsuspecting dinner guest than an ear of corn cooked through other means, cross-referencing and controlling for seasonality, the °Bx of the corn, and the starting appetite of the diner. I’ve conducted blind, double-blind, and even triple blind* taste tests and ran the results through sophisticated analysis algorithms I had specially programmed.

*That’s when even the corn doesn’t know it’s being eaten.

As luck would have it, I’ve since lost all of this data in an unfortunate diving accident (note: never attempt to free dive without rubber pants your size), but believe me when I tell you that I have rigorously proven this corn to be more delicious than any other.

Don’t believe me? Just try out this recipe risk-free. If you are in anyway unsatisfied, I offer a 100 percent, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee.*

*Cost of time, ingredients, internet connection fees, paper, printer ink, gas, coal, cooking equipment, beers, or any other costs with actual monetary value not included.


The basic premise is to start out with really great grilled corn, already unarguably* one of the most delicious things on the face of the planet. There are many ways to grill corn, but in this case, you want to go with fully shucked cobs, cooked directly over very hot coals. If all goes well, the corn should be completely cooked through just as it begins to char, rendering each kernel bursting with sweet juice with a rich, nutty flavor from the toasting.

*To the wiseguy trying to argue with the unarguable right now: you’re fooling no one.


Next up, you’ll want to combine a few more delicious things together. Cotija cheese, crumbled finely (if you can’t find it, a good crumbly feta will do well), Mexican crema (or sour cream), mayonnaise, garlic, cilantro, and powdered chili.

There are those strange folks out there who can’t seem to stomach mayonnaise or mayonnaise-slathered food. To those, I would first suggest attempting to try to start thinking about finding more joy in your life, then immediately follow it up by filling their mouths with deliciously saucy grilled corn before they can begin to argue otherwise.

The most delicious thing about all those delicious ingredients is that they become even more delicious when you combine them all together into a creamy sauce.

Want to know how to take what’s already more delicious and turn it into something that’s more than more delicious? Slather more delicious item A over more delicious item B to create more more delicious item C.


A + B = C, but magically, C > A + B. That’s the magic of synergy in foods, and it comes out in spades in this recipe. The final result is sweet, salty, savory, creamy, nutty, and—with the help of a squeeze of lime—tart. To my mind, it’s the very best way to get a taste of summer. Gloriously drippy, fat-smothered summer.

When I make corn like this, I plan on at least an ear and a half per person, though realistically, it’s better to go with two, it’s that darn delicious.


And if you’re in the mood for something a bit more demure, you can always go the fork-and-plate route by making esquites, a close cousin to this dish, and equally delicious.*

*How can the most delicious way to eat corn be just as delicious as a different way to eat corn? Because they’re both the most delicious way. Just go with it.



Can’t grill your corn? No worries. Grab some sweet savings at Le Creuset and shop the Sweet Corn Set now discounted to just $140.

Fresh Picked Sweet Corn

OhMyGoodness! Those little corn dishes are so cute!

xo Jennifer


About Le Creuset:
For nearly a century, Le Creuset has focused on providing real, compelling experiences in the kitchen. Our mission is simply to produce the world’s finest premium cookware for all those who are passionate about food.
Founded in 1925 in the small town of Fresnoy-Le-Grand in Northern France, Le Creuset continues to produce all enameled cast iron cookware under the same roof in the original foundry. Our artisans employ a 12-step finishing process implemented by 15 different pairs of hands to ensure that our cast iron cookware meets the highest of standards and that it will last a lifetime.
From our original signature enameled cast iron cookware, Le Creuset has grown to offer products across a range of materials and categories including a range of premium stoneware cookware and bakeware products, high performance tri-ply stainless steel and forged hard anodized cookware lines, teakettles, stockpots, and silicone tools and accessories.
Today, Le Creuset is sold in more than 60 countries and is the cookware of choice for all of those who love to cook, from the novice to the most experienced chef.


Decoding Similar Design Motifs: Eclectic vs. Transitional

One of my very first clients took me down the rabbit hole of eclectic design style. Like Alice, she was always off on an adventure, and had spent her life collecting everything from political mementos, childrens trophies, weekends in Benton Harbor, travels across the country, and she saved it all! It was recovered, repurposed, reworked and given a new life. When the time came for she and her husband to downsize from their sprawling suburban home to a chic lakeshore address we had a lot of inventory to go through. We also had to make new furniture purchases because the smaller condo would not accommodate the previous large scale furniture. In order to blend both worlds, we brought in a lot of transitional style items.

In order to make the finishes updates in her new condo, because “builders grade” was not going to work in this space, I turned to the team at ProSource to gather materials together and get the best pricing. From the quirky eclectic to more functional transitional, I was able find the perfect flooring, cabinets, cabinet hardware I needed.

Read below to see how it’s done.


Decoding Similar Design Motifs Eclectic vs Transitional 1

Eclectic style bravely rewrites the rules of design, mixing old and new, inviting bold and subtle elements to live harmoniously side-by-side. If you enjoy browsing antique sales and fall in love with rescue mutts, the eclectic style is for you.

By the same token, transitional style also dares to be different, but in a casual, tailored way that speaks of understated elegance. If you don’t believe in saving your wedding china for special occasions and you’re not afraid to wear opera length pearls with faded jeans, the transitional style is for you.

Before you decide which your preference is, read on to decode the differences in these two popular design trends and get to the bottom of what makes each of them unique.


Eclectic: An eclectic design is based in a neutral backdrop, but uses a surprising pop of color to set the stage for your unique style. Pair bright colors with pale pastels, mix and match shades of the same color, or keep your palette a basic black and white.

Transitional: Transitional style starts with warm neutrals; think cream, taupe, tan, khaki, or gray. Add a touch of a darker shade, such as chocolate or espresso brown, to ground your palette.


Eclectic: Texture is an important element in an eclectic design. And eclectic rooms juxtapose smooth and rough textures harmoniously. But there is no hard and fast rule about which textures or fabrics work best. Choose what appeals to you and let your unique style shine through.

Transitional: The transitional design palette loves coarsely woven fabrics. Natural fibers such as leather, sisal, burlap, chenille and rattan have tactile appeal and will fit in well. Just remember to stick to a limited number of textures so as not to overwhelm your space. Elegance is an essential element of this style.

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Eclectic: Choose a few fundamental pieces to anchor your space, and pick repeatable shapes to carry throughout a room: start with a round ottoman and side tables, then add round mirrors and frames. Throw in a contrasting shape – a modern rectangular desk, for example – for balance. Furniture is another way to tell your unique story; turn an antique ceramic urn into a side table or your great-grandfather’s work cabinet into a modern-day curio.

Transitional: Transitional furnishings have crisp profiles and straightforward style. A mix of gentle curves and rigid lines mix well together in a transitional room and work to create positive energy. Look for updated versions of antique styled furnishings and be sure to keep the scale large enough to feel inviting and the seating comfortable enough to sink into without a second thought.

Cabinets, Countertops And Fixtures

Eclectic: Stick with granite or marble countertops to add elegance, or choose concrete or stainless steel for a trendier look in an eclectic kitchen. A colorful mosaic tile backsplash adds a pop of color. And don’t be afraid to mix cabinet finishes for a modern touch.

Transitional: Blend traditional wood or stone with modern stainless steel, or pair paneled cabinetry with minimalist hardware. Transitional style borrows from other design aesthetics: an apron-front sink from a cottage-style perhaps. What doesn’t work here is ornate millwork or painted tiles. A transitional kitchen relies on more contemporary touches.

The Extras

Eclectic: Eclectic design is all about you. The accessories with which you fill your room should tell your unique story. The wagon wheel you confiscated from your trip down south when you got lost and had to hitchhike your way back to civilization; the signed print a sidewalk artist presented you with in exchange for that novel under your arm when you stopped to ask for directions; the wine caddy-turned-plant stand from your first date. Frame your favorite albums and faded concert posters for a peak into your past.

Transitional: Transitional design lacks ornamentation, preferring instead a simple purity of form. Strong, clean lines rules here. Your artwork is unadorned and your lighting is functional. Less is more in a transitional room, and as a judicious editor of accessories, you place only necessary elements in your space. But that doesn’t mean you can’t show off your own unique style, it’s just a subtler way of doing so.

I’d love to hear about your eclectic and transitional projects! Please comment below or join in the conversation on our Hyman Interiors Facebook page.

xo Jennifer