Today we have a great interview with Nicole Regan of the awesome Chicago blog Cedar & Rush! I'm originally from Chicago, so I've been especially excited about this week's feature You'll enjoy this cozy home tour along with Nicole's expert tips for a fun outing in Chicago!
Jacquin: Hi Nicole! Thanks for this interview! Please introduce yourself for the wonderful readers out there.
Nicole: Hi there friends! I'm Nicole, the little lady behind the Chicago blog, Cedar & Rush. I am so excited to be a guest on Interiors by Jacquin today! I am also a social media consultant by day and have the most amazing husband, Sean, and little pup, Larry. Today's feature showcases my Chicago apartment downtown - but recently just moved 20 minutes outside the city. I hope you enjoy!
Jacquin: What's your favorite thing about blogging?
Nicole: The opportunity to collaborate with brilliant people and create exciting content. And someday I will be so happy I have this "personal journal" to share with my grandchildren someday!
Jacquin: How would you describe your personal style?
Nicole: Classic, preppy and bright. When it comes to decorating, I love mixing modern with classic. We currently rent, but when we purchase our first home, I cannot wait to play up the space. Think vibrant colors and printed wallpaper.
Jacquin: Who is your style icon? What blogs or resources are your go-to for style inspiration?
Nicole: It's a tie between Elin Kling and Miroslava Duma. I also read Sequins and Stripes every morning. She opened my eyes to the world of mixing prints and patterns. Huge game changer!
Jacquin: Tell us about your favorite fashion accessory?
Nicole: My favorite style accessories are my scarves from my husband, which there is a fun story behind. Ever since we got married, he started a tradition of bringing back a scarf when he travels internationally for work. He picks these out all by himself and I can't wait to sport them when I'm old and gray.
Jacquin: What is your favorite place, thing, or vignette in your bedroom?
Nicole: I adore my Pottery Barn lucite lamps with Ikat shades (above). And my West Elm orange lacquer tray adds such a great pop of color (below). Classic silhouettes with modern materials. (More on the topic of ikat here.)
Jacquin: What would the perfect day be like for you?
Nicole: Kick off the day with a family coffee walk with my main squeezes, Sean (my husband!) and Larry (my little pup!). Lunch at a pub over IPA's. A little bit of blogging and dinner alfresco with friends. And always a boozy brunch the next morning. Pineapple mimosas anyone?
And if you're wondering about this cute dog, that's Nicole and her husband's puppy, Larry, getting adventurous in their moving crates. They're moving!
Jacquin: I think a lot of people overlook Chicago as a getaway destination. What is your favorite thing about Chicago and why should people visit (in a brief nutshell)?
Nicole: The summer! (And it's almost here! Woohoo!) The beach, rooftop pools and patios. You can also find my Perfect 2 Day Chicago Itinerary I made for my friends here. It's the best mixture of everything the city has to offer!
Jacquin: Ok, last question Nicole! And my favorite question yet... If you don't mind sharing with us, what are your favorite hot spots in Chicago?
Nicole of Cedar & Rush's Favorites in Chicago:
- My favorite boutiques in Chicago: P.O.S.H. and Classic Remix.
- My Favorite casual dining in Chicago: Lux Bar. The Club Monaco and Truffle Fries are where it's at!
- My favorite fine dining in Chicago: The newest one! I love trying the latest and greatest.