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Smooth Moves

Julia Buckingham revitalized a proverbial "ugly duckling" in her latest move

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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    Homeowner Julia Buckingham, a Chicago interior designer, has an eye for unwanted houses. She revitalized a proverbial "ugly duckling" in her latest—but probably not last—move. (She and her husband, John, have flipped seven houses since their marriage 21 years ago.)

    Interior design: Julia Buckingham, Buckingham Interiors + Design, LLC, 111 Robsart Rd., Kenilworth, IL 60043; 312/933-8359.

    Photography: Edmund Barr
    Produced by Hilary Rose

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    Shutters: Timberlane, 800/250-2221, timberlaneshutters.com.
    English coach lightsvintage benches: owner's collection.

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    Paint ("Picket Fence White'' #WW57): Ralph Lauren Paint, 888/475-7674, rlhome.polo.com
    Sofa and chairs (antique, Swedish Gustavian); ottoman (vintage): Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.
    Fabric for Swedish sofa and chairs ("Julien Linen''/Cream; discontinued); ottoman fabric ("Carnegie Herringbone''/Cream #LFY19430F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, rlhome.polo.com.
    Camelback sofa (redesigned by Julia Buckingham); wooden floor lamp (Dutch): Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.
    Sofa fabric ("Kudat''/Truffle): S. Harris & Co., 800/999-5600, sharris.com.
    Pillow (with circles) on camelback sofa: Room & Board, 800/486-6554.
    Coffee tablecandlesticksarmoirewall sconceiron gates: owner's collection.
    Rug: Rouzati Oriental Rugs Inc., 847/328-0000.
    Mirror: Scott Estepp Antiques, 513/237-6927.

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    Mantelfire screen: original to house.
    Lights on mantel (Verona glass); art (antique): Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.
    Glass vase: Room & Board, 800/486-6554, roomandboard.com.
    Ottoman (vintage): Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.
    Ottoman fabric ("Carnegie Herringbone''/Cream #LFY19430F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, rlhome.polo.com.
    Rug: Rouzati Oriental Rugs Inc., 847/328-0000.

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    Sofa: Brown Jordan, 800/743-4252, brownjordan.com.
    Cushion fabric: Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, rlhome.polo.com.
    Twig end tableaccessories: Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.
    Romanian wedding trunkruggilt chair: owner's collection. Cushion on gilt chair: Schumacher, 800/332-3384, fschumacher.com, trade only.
    Chandelier (French primitive): Kimball & Bean Architectural and Garden Antiques, 815/444-9000.

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    Buddha statue: owner's collection.

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    Mantel (limestone); chandelierwrought-iron window treatmentcherry paneling: original to house.
    Leather chaise (French): Ronnie & Guy Weil Antiques, 215/862-9421.
    Coffee tabletablealabaster lampsart: owner's collection.
    Wing chairs: Scott Estepp Antiques, 513/237-6927.
    Wing-chair fabric ("Austyn Cashmere Wool''/Charcoal #LFY40399F): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, rlhome.polo.com.
    Rug: Rouzati Oriental Rugs Inc., 847/328-0000.
    Accessorieshand-blown bottles: Buckingham Interiors + Design, 312/933-8359.

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