Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

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Greetings everyone!  Things have been progressing behind the scenes as we continue to design our French inspired home.  As you might have already noticed; we have been on a short break from blog posting. We have been working our way through some unforeseen design obstacles.  The bidding process has again resumed and we too will now pick up our blog postings right where we left off.

Today we want to share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Kohler Store in Glenview, Illinois just outside of Chicago.  For those of you interested in visiting, you can find the Kohler Store at:

The Kohler Store (Chicago Area Locations)
1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

For your added shopping pleasure, you can also visit the Abt showroom right next door!  See our trip to the Abt showroom, home to all appliances and electronics.

Back to The Kohler Store.....

Who is ready to take a loooonnnnngggg soak in this tub?  I think I could sit in this white porcelain Kohler beauty for the rest of the nigh…

French Style Furniture

This past weekend was just made for a road trip.  We drove up to Chicago and stayed with some friends who live downtown.  I don't think we could have asked for better weather. We always enjoy walking up and down Rush Street.  FYI, there is an amazing gelato stand in Mariano Park near all the action.

One of this weekends highlights was searching for French inspired furniture and decor.  We hit the jackpot!  Near the Wicker Park neighborhood, we came across an amazing warehouse that we had driven by at least 50 times and never noticed.  The inside is a treasure chest of French style furniture, French decor, art, you name it.  We decided we would share some of those images today.  If there is something you see let us know and we'll share the store with you, unless of course it's something we plan to go back and buy!

These faux cakes look just as good as the real thing.  There were cake stands all over the place!


Love the French style bookcase and topiary pots with lamps to match.  Artichokes and boxwoods continue to be a theme throughout the entire store.


This rustic outdoor table looks fantastic with these white folding chairs.  The antique French hutch would look great in any home, so long as you have tall ceilings!


I had never seen a topiary with candles.  It would look outstanding on the outdoor table above.


Since there are so many dog lovers out there I thought I would share this great painting.  The green and white serving trays and platters would be great for a Christmas party.


This combination works great together.  The French sideboard is a staple for anyone using French design in their home.


French decor is everywhere!  There were at least 20 large hutches, bookcases, and shelving units.  Some of the antique French hutches were at least 9 feet tall and 6 or 7 feet wide.  Just be prepared to break out the gold credit card for one of those pieces.

If you need a long wood table or a long wood bench this is also the store for you.  In two floors we walked through, I bet there were at least a few hundred chairs.  The majority were French country, but there were also many napoleon style chairs.


Even though they were fake, these flowers still look great, especially on the sideboard with the lamp.  As you can see, more cake stands and matching party supplies fill this table.


One thing we have been looking for is a large round wood table.  This store had at least five round tables that could seat 10 people easily.  The one shown here is actually one of the smaller tables.


This French country wood table is just what we had in mind.


Serving trays, candle sticks, lamps, and books fill the showroom.


More of the tables and benches I mentioned earlier.

If you want more information on this store find let us know!  Most of these treasures are still there, as we had to resist buying on this trip.  We plan to move into a temporary residence during our homes construction, so there just isn't room to store any additional finds.  We also want to get a feel for the new space prior to making any more large purchases.  Since all of these great items are still out there, go get them!

If you are reading our blog for the first time we hope you will add and follow us during our homes construction.  If you are returning we hope you continue to enjoy our posts!

Have a great week!

Rob and Tonya

Do you shop at a similar showroom? Comment and let us know!

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