Designer Crush & Wisconsin Native: Kristen Buckingham

I saw a blurb in the February/March 2011 issue of Elle Decor and was reminded of decorator Kristen Buckingham. She has a store in LA's La Cienega Design Quarter which features her debut line of upholstery, case goods, outdoor furniture and lighting.

I first saw Kristen's work in Elle Decor a few years back, when they featured the Brentwood home she designed for her family. 

Kristen was raised in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, so I'll proudly claim a Wisconsin connection to her.

The stunning living room of her home is familiar to many after the Elle Decor magazine spread and the subsequent coverage.  

Kristen cites that her philosophy is in part influenced by Albert Hadley's "chic suitability." 

I love her style, described by her husband as "traditional and edgy."
I secretly want to be more edgy... I'm taking baby steps.  

Love that she cited that she wanted her own home to feel "human scale," livable and authentic.  

Even her kitchen has the look of a home built in the 1920's with updates, not one from the last decade. Sigh, those floors!  That little alcove back there. 

Anyway....back to her "news"....Kristen's debut line has some beauties...

And can you believe this divine wingback chair is a part of her outdoor line? 
I'll take a pair of each, to start!