Still Counting: Inspired Interiors Marks a Movement at SOFA CHICAGO

I am endlessly inspired by the power and passion of women working together. It’s why, as an entrepreneur and a mother of three, I founded Inspired Interiors as a place where work-life balance takes precedence and women feel supported to succeed. 

Over my career, I have helped coordinate and have contributed my work to several exhibitions focused on women’s empowerment, an endeavor I find most rewarding in my work. This week, I will have the incredible opportunity to showcase an assemblage of works by 21 influential female artists, all representing indelible moments in the fight for women’s equality, at SOFA CHICAGO, the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. The exhibition has an opening-night preview on Thursday, Oct. 31 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 3 at Navy Pier.

Honoring the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote, “Still Counting” brings together personal, powerful works provoked by the number of years it has taken to receive equal rights in a list of categories essential to living in true gender equity (think everything from Supreme Court appointments and Presidential nominations to the right to economic identity). Each art piece is showcased in a vignette designed by Inspired Interiors and is paired with a bold red number representing the length of the fight. 

As part of the exhibition, I have gathered a group of thought leaders to participate in a compelling panel discussion from noon-1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. I am honored to join these esteemed professionals to deliberate on our personal experiences and goals for our industries in this era of unprecedented change. The conversation will be moderated by Sally Lou Loveman, former audience producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show, and will feature Audarshia Townsend, a food and culture writer, editor and on-air personality; Shaylyn Cullen, founder and president of Cullen Construction Management; Anuja Gupta, a physician and real estate developer; and Michelle Rivas, a Latina healthcare writer and adjunct professor at DePaul University’s College of Communication.

Each of the thought-provoking pieces from the “Still Counting” exhibition will be auctioned off via an online art auction site, open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, with 50 percent of proceeds benefiting a women’s rights organization. A live onsite painting during the event will blur the lines between artist and attendee, with silhouettes of guests continuously layered over another, illustrating how we’re all connected in this ongoing quest for equality. 

Dare to Live: Unique Interior Design Touches

Your home speaks volumes about you — it should be a true reflection of your life lived, presenting pieces that highlight your personal history and your passions. Are you a music lover, art aficionado or wine connoisseur? Showcase your collections with a scene-stealing display worthy of your treasures. Do you have a family heirloom that holds a special place in your heart? Make it a centerpiece for your surroundings, as well, so that you can appreciate it every day. By infusing your abode with items that are distinctly, 100 percent you, you’ll feel more at home than ever.

Think outside the box with spaces that may go underused in your home; they can become the ideal backdrop for flaunting unique touches. This front living room gets a new lease on life with an homage to the homeowners’ love of reading (note the intriguing sculpture made of manuscripts), plus the pièce de résistance: a log-burning fireplace that blazes brightly every day of the cold season. This sitting room now knows a greater purpose as the perfect place to curl up with a good book.

Vintage Pierre Cardin dining chairs reupholstered in plush peacock teal velvet? Check. Roomy heirloom dining table designed for collecting a crowd? Check. Whimsical bicycle sculpture that sparks conversation? Bien sûr! Make every meal more memorable and every occasion even more special by creating a purposeful dining room you and your family with want to return to time and time again.

A hand-sewn kimono hanging in a breakfast room? Why not, we say! Celebrate your heritage by purposely placing heartfelt objects throughout your home. By displaying this exceptional item as a cherished piece of art in a conspicuous place, this family gets a beautiful reminder of who they are every day they gather for their morning meal.

Imagine walking past a formal dining room table and your eye catches an intriguing vignette. A sculptural worship piece, flickering candles and a bright fresh floral impart an intentional design that enchants everyone who enters your home, even in a space you don’t utilize every day.

The Inspired Interiors team revels in helping you discover and display pieces throughout your home that will bring you joy throughout the years. Get in touch to learn how we can help transform your surroundings into a space that truly tells the tale of you.