When you move away from a city that is as fantastic as San Francisco, you think a lot about the things you will miss. For me there are many, many things – from the beauty of the city itself, to the amazing restaurants that we love, to the design shops I had become so familiar with over the years.
Rather than focus on what I love (and miss) about San Francisco, I have been trying to spend time discovering the things that I will love about Chicago. One thing that surprised me is that three of my favorite on-line design resources have brick and mortar stores in Chicago. Those three are none other than Jayson Home, Circa Lighting and Made Goods.
First, one of my favorite things about the location of my new home is its proximity to Jayson Home. I am literally within walking distance. After my first trip I realized, however, that walking was not advisable if I actually planned to purchase anything. Lesson learned.
Images courtesy of Jayson Home.
One of my favorite things about visiting Jayson Home in person is the garden area. It has a wonderful nursery that you really cannot appreciate on the website. And, even better, the staff is very knowledgable (which is important if you have a thumb as brown as mine).
While not really walkable, the Circa Lighting and Made Goods showrooms are only a short L ride away. If you know me at all you know that I am obsessed with lighting so having Circa close by is a real treat. I was looking at table lamps during my last trip and cannot wait for another excuse to go back.
Exterior image courtesy of Circa Lighting
Made Goods’ showroom is located in the Merchandise Mart, just a hop, skip and a jump away from Circa Lighting. In addition to having the opportunity to see all of the Made Goods products in real life, the showroom also has a fair number of the Pigeon & Poodle offerings. Made Goods is one of my absolute favorite sources for unique furniture and decor and being able to see the products before ordering is a real treat.
While I still miss the things I love about San Francisco, I am realizing that Chicago has much to offer. Something tells me this is just the tip of the iceberg.