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Laura Hine | March 29, 2017 | Feature Features National

Former Wilmette resident Julia Buckingham is hitting all home runs with the gorgeous design of Kerry and Sarah Wood's North Shore home and the publication of her first book, "Modernique."
Julia Buckingham designed Sarah and Kerry Wood's Winnetka house, including the light-filled family room.

Not many people would tell Julia Buckingham she wasn’t ready for a challenge. The former antiques dealer and very in-demand interior designer had been working for years on multiple projects that showcased her trademarked term, Modernique, and Buckingham thought she had enough material for a book. “Three years ago, I met the woman who eventually became my agent, but at that point, she said, ‘You’re not ready,’” explains Buckingham, who kept designing and working with partners, like Global Views, a home accessories brand. Those collaborations put Buckingham in the rarefied company of designers like Barbara Barry and Dwell Studio. “Then [the agent] called and said, ‘You’re ready.’”

That vote of confidence and lots of hard work (five photo shoots in six weeks) led to the just-published Modernique ($40, Abrams). Like the homes she designs, Modernique shows how Buckingham mixes her style of old and new for maximum chic. “I weave together a lot of components in most projects,” she says. “It’s blending the old with the new to reveal beauty and delight in unexpected pairings.”


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