Visiting Unison Home Store in Chicago

Some of you already know, but I have 99 problems and pillows might be #1. Just call me Aunt Fossi with the coordination of a T-Rex, dancing drunk on the table with hot pink lipstick…read the old post, I swear it’ll make sense.

Visiting Unison home store in Chicago, IL looking for pillows for my living room. Photo by Laura Rose Davis from Everyday Charming

Anyhoo, back to pillows…mixing all the patterns, colors, shapes, sizes… Frankly it baffles me. Well the gals over at Unison home store heard my pleas for help after reading one of my latest, “I Make Emily Henderson Cry” posts. They sent me a sweet email saying they’d love to help me out and asked if I could stop over. Are you kidding? I’ll be there in 5! TAXI!!!!! Thank gawd for these people! Virtual hugs all around.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Shopping trip to Unison home store. Photo by John Sturdy

First off I have to say, if you’re visiting Chicagoland in the near future, you really need to get your booty into Unison. Yes, they DO have a brick and mortar shop, yes it’s gorgeous, yes it’s in Wicker Park. Don’t live in Chicago? No sweat. They have a beautiful online store and gorgeous snail mail catalog with incredible inspiration. Unison sells beautiful, modern, timeless home goods specializing in textiles and soft goods. Pretty much everything you see has been created by independent artists and designers which gives it a very unique appeal.

Unison-Home-Store-Chicago-Visit-House-Hipsters-9Photo by John Sturdy

Lucky for me, when I arrived, the Fall Pillow Collection was debuting. I beelined for the wall of pillows. I’m crushing hard the Harvest Denim Throw Pillows. It’s abstract yet a bit folksy. The textile is printed with a narrative of a village scene. It also comes in black. We styled it next to the Sailor Charcoal Throw Pillow, and the dark gray stripe was perfect against the blue denim. And please don’t tell…I’m really hoping no one noticed me momentarily curled up in a corner with this little number. It’s so soft! I couldn’t help myself.

Visiting Unison home store in Chicago, IL . New Fall Pillow Collection is displayed.Photo by John Sturdy

Before I left the house, I snapped some pics of the living room to show the team my space and what I had going on. I swear, this room has had more pillows than Taylor Swift has had boyfriends. I needed some serious help. I tried boho textiles in here, but it just wasn’t jiving for me. I really wanted something with clean lines to balance out the copious amounts of rattan that seems to be entering the front door lately…BTDubs, don’t bring up rattan in front of The Boy. He’s slightly touchy on that subject ever since the day bed debacle. Boys, the just don’t understand.

Visiting Unison home store in Chicago, IL . New Fall Pillow Collection is displayed.Photo by John Sturdy

What I love about working with Unison, is that they’ll look at what you have and suggest items based on your needs. Items that work with your home…at no extra charge. Nor will they pressure you to revamp your entire room. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a big box store with photos of my house and asked, “What do you have that goes with this?” Many times I’m told I can meet with a designer, but that charge is extra. Unison will work with your existing look, within your budget…all you have to do is ask. This little cutie patootie is Lisa. She understood what I wanted and took the time to listen to me whine about my 99 pillow problems.  I wanted to hug her before I left.

Visiting Unison home store in Chicago, IL . New Fall Pillow Collection is displayed.Photo by John Sturdy

Not everything was cookies and sweets though. I did have one major problem at the store. It was really difficult to stay focused. I mean yes, the pillows are absolutely gorgeous, but so is everything else! I swear, every time I turned around I was like, “I want that! I want that! And that! And that! And that too! And ooooh, look and that! Shiny!” Vases, kitchenware, bedding, oh my! See that round grid tray behind my head in the picture below…oh ya, that TOTALLY went home with me! You can see it in action here.

Visiting Unison home store in Chicago, IL . Modern cocktail napkins in a black and white grid and  modern barware. Photo by John Sturdy

Visiting Unison home store in Chicago, IL . Modern cocktail napkins in a black and white grid and  modern barware. Photo by John Sturdy

Unison is sharing more of my visit on their blog, so please go check that out. PLUS, next week I’ll be sharing how I invited the Unison gals over to the house for a cocktail, and pillow party. Let me tell you, my sofa now looks smashing. I think you’re gonna love it. But until then, I’m just going to tease you with me walking out the store, bags in hand. Can you guess what treasures I walked out with?

Shopping trip to Unison home store. Photo by John Sturdy

6 Comments

  1. Marci Simonini August 13, 2015

    Thank you for introducing me to Unison! I see some polka dot pillows peaking out of your bags. Can’t wait to see. I too am pillow obsessed. I hoard fabric to sew them myself and love to change them out when ever the urge strikes. I try not to worry too much about matching, I just sew up covers with beautiful fabric and hope that it just all comes together.

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    • kyla August 14, 2015

      Ok, there might be a few polka dots =) So glad you found them. They have beautiful…everything!

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  2. Unison August 14, 2015

    Marci, we share your passion for fabric! We’re so happy you found us through Kyla’s wonderful blog. If you’re ever feeling low on fabric you should stop by our biannual warehouse sales where we have rolls and rolls of fabric on sale.

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  4. Laura August 17, 2015

    Love reading your design accounts… such a fun style you have Miss K!

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