Nicole and Madeline.

At the end of my trip, I was able to squeeze in some time to hang out in Wheaton with James, Nicole and Madeline! It was a quick evening and half-day together but so wonderful to catch up and see how big Madeline is getting!

belated 1 year birthday gift!

she was more interested in the wrapping paper-ha!

love this lady!

such a big girl!

I got to ride the train back into Chicago from Wheaton and boy did I love every minute of it! Public transportation rocks!

cool glass wall in the metro station.
Thanks for taking a bit of time off Nicole to hang out! What a blessing to see you all!

Picasso and Chicago

During my recent work trip to Chicago, I planned in an afternoon to myself at the Art Institute of Chicago! 
I was thrilled to be there specifically because there was a stunning "Picasso and Chicago" exhibit. 

Picasso has a long history with the city of Chicago.
  "A century ago, in 1913, the Art Institute of Chicago became the first art museum in the country to present the work of a young Spaniard who would become the preeminent artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. This February the museum celebrates the special 100-year relationship between Picasso and Chicago by bringing together over 250 of the finest examples of the artist's paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and ceramics from private collections in the city, as well as from the museum's collection, for the first large-scale Picasso exhibition organized by the museum in almost 30 years."

This was such a neat experience because I had never really understood Picasso or his art, despite studying him in art history classes throughout college. The exhibit did a fantastic job portraying his life, his pioneering efforts in the Cubist Movement and his career. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces! You can see the progression in his art towards the Cubism in the latter part of his career.
 "In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context."

The Art Institute itself is such a gorgeous building!

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit and finally making it to the Art Institute was a real pleasure!

Visual Summit in Chicago!

I recently got to fly to Chicago for work! Our company decided to fly four of us Visuals in for a few days of training and relationship building. We all have two years or less experience at Room & Board and we convened at the Chicago market because there are three showrooms there: Chicago, Skokie and Oakbrook. 

One of the great things about our role is the creative freedom we have. They certainly provide guidelines for us to follow staying consistent with the Room & Board brand and the modern aesthetic but the way I merchandise in Denver will look different from how Tisha does it in Minneapolis. Being able to see three showrooms gave us a good variety of ideas. 

They put us up on a stunning hotel called Public. It was beautiful, modern and lovely. I stole a few photos from their website because mine didn't do it justice. This hotel is located in the Gold Coast Historic District, surrounded by the kind of brownstones you see in movies. Just amazing.

Photo credit: Public Chicago
Photo credit: Public Chicago
Photo credit: Public Chicago
Photo credit: Public Chicago
Photo credit: Public Chicago
Photo credit: Public Chicago

Here we are: Me (Denver), Julianne (Seattle), Rachael (San Francisco) and Paul (our mentor!)

 My room was gorgeous!

It ended up snowing 10-12" while we were there, and we missed out on one of the showrooms but we made the best of it and still had a great time!  

 Such a blessing to work for a company willing to invest in their people. This was a priceless experience!