5th annual ART CAMP

July 7th, 2013 by Angela


an amazing video – outtakes from a photoshoot by Karen Valentine of Roam and Home 

An amazing chef and creative, Karen Valentine

Andrew Hannigan gave tutorials on air brushing

A collective book of Art Camp attendees collages

Steven Teichelman of Threefold wows us once again with an over the top sushi spread

Oh what a weekend. One of the highlights of my year, now for the 5th year! Art Camp : A weekend getaway at Camp Wandawega for friends and acquaintances of mine to gather, take a break from the norm, meet like minded individuals, and be creative. It takes a good group of people to make the weekend successful, and may I say this year was stellar.  The food was out of this world, the company and energy enough to keep me inspired and amped for the rest of the year! Thanks to everyone who took part! xo


new surroundings : honing in

June 5th, 2013 by Angela

Brooklyn : a world wealthy with inspiration 

Since my recent move from Chicago to Brooklyn, I am overwhelmed with all new surroundings that pleasantly feed my inspiration. The importance of submerging myself in a new environment has become so evident in my first week of officially living here. Details, colors, materials, old mixed with new, all take on a new meaning to my visual data bank. I feel as if someone has hit my creative restart button. Hence, I am starting a new series of posts called “new surroundings : honing in”.  A collection of things I see as I stroll the streets of Brooklyn.

Honing In : street dining

I have passed this grouping several times, and the thing that first caught my eye was the decorative hardware used on these vintage chairs.  I have a love for anodized aluminum and attention to detail. Bam, here it is, so harmoniously paired together. They seem to be 1950’s banquet seating in really great condition and have wonderful design elements all around. The shapes and contours are spot on, and the combination of materials used is delicious.  And to make it all even more delectable, they are eclectically mixed with iron tables and a rich blue color with tons of depth. Love.

sunday morning inspiration 05.19.13

May 19th, 2013 by Angela

oh that view, my my that view…..

Such a tranquil room of natural materials and textures, to perfectly offset the best artwork ever, nature. Simplistic and laid back, yet refined and not too rustic, this space is perfection.


sunday morning inspiration 05.12.13

May 12th, 2013 by Angela

outdoor entertainment …. here we come!

It is that time, finally, to gear up your outdoor space and prepare for entertaining. No matter what size space you may have outside, there are so many ways to make it work for your gatherings of eating and cock-tailing. This space is calling my name, outdoor fireplace- a must have, comfy lounge area – absolutely, serving cart- for sure. Remember to be creative with your furnishings…. you can easily make lounges and settees with found boxes / crates and outdoor cushions to make more interesting seating arrangements – nothing like a sunken living room outdoors! Mix modern with vintage – sleek dining chairs and wicker side tables for starters.



May 11th, 2013 by Angela

So I have to lighten my load, and have some really great vintage items I am selling out of my personal loft. 1960’s freestanding fireplace, artwork, industrial office chairs, industrial shelving, books, mirrors, handbags,  tons of vintage accessories from Post 27 and more!

little glimpse

May 6th, 2013 by Angela

Brooklyn Sidewalk Sighting

I have been away from OUTPOST for months, since closing the store in November. I needed a time to recharge and regroup. I think I temporarily exhausted myself in the creative realm, but now I am back – and revved up again.  Currently waiting on my new design website to become live… and sitting in my new apartment in Brooklyn brainstorming the space plan and decor. Stay tuned!

Unison Catalog Shoot at my pad

December 18th, 2012 by Angela

 Oh how we love Unison and so proud to have been a part of their new catalog

From their product to the Unison family, we love everything about them. I was thrilled to help out with lending them my home and my styling assistance.  Their new product line is sizzling  with metallics  and stripes. Their home accessories are just getting better and better, ahem, this tray is beyond hot…. All of us here at Post 27 are patiently awaiting the new bedding to hit the shops (shown in top photo) available in Spring 2013.  Make sure to check out their new collection and stop by their retail store located at 2000 West Fulton Street, here in Chicago, open Wednesday – Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-4. XO Unison!!!


sunday morning inspiration 12.16.12

December 16th, 2012 by Angela

oh contrast – you are a magnificent thing!

I do strongly love color, but I am also weak in the knees for a space that plays with contrast and texture.  My love for the living room “pit” is still strong – modular sofas are a must. Here the shape and size of the sofa is very elegant, clean and welcoming, due to the textures that surround it. The rug, the paneled walls, the artwork and stacks of books and fresh flowers. Yes please – this room is classic hot – and I want to be listening to Donna Summer, sipping some rose, and hanging out there right now.

interior design – check in: Marsha

December 4th, 2012 by Angela

We have started to document all of our  past projects, and will begin to share our scouting shots with everyone.  (Soon to come professional – shots) We are also building our design website – super exciting.  We are officially a full service design studio and have settled into our new design studio, happily in our new neighborhood –  Chicago Ave and Noble Ave.

This is Marsha’s home in West Town. A house full of character and art collections. We have transformed her whole home where she lives with her adorable son Max.  Her kitchen used to be a very dark and crowded space, we gutted the entire space and created a “gallery” kitchen, complete with art track to easily switch out the artwork on the marble walls. An overall neutral background leaves room for bold smatterings of color. More images to come – we designed a playroom with a bar for the adults and an indoor sandbox for the kids and a porch solely designed for yoga. We are going to tackle her third floor in the new year, creating a master suite / lounge complete with a tub in the middle of the room!

Stay tuned!

Holiday Hearth From Post 27!

November 19th, 2012 by Angela

Recently Post 27 was asked to create a custom holiday mantle for Chicago Home and Garden’s winter 2012 Edition.  We wanted to invent a modernized cabin feel for this room, using a traditional holiday mantle, but creating something not so typical.

Layered textiles and patterns give the room warmth  and invites curling up and getting cozy.  We collaborated with some of our favorite designers such as  Caitlin from Foxglove Studio who created a gorgeous uncommon garland that drapes across the mantle and frames our candle cluster.  Carson Maddox Studios  built the metal fire screen co-designed by Post 27 in a rich evergreen fire resistant paint.  We thrifted vintage fire tools and switched out the handles with simple wooden dowels. Combining old with new is a long-time love of Post 27 design!

Caitlin from Foxglove Studio working her magic.

Adding taxidermy definitely  helped complete the cabin vibe, Post 27 used “Buford” the deer (sold) above our mantle and atop our custom grid wall to accentuate the lodge-like feel.  Buford is ready for the holidays with vintage style bulbs draped from his antlers.  Yes, they still make chunky holiday lights.  The new ones are much safer than the vintage style bulbs that could literally light up your room in flames.

We collected candles and created a cluster on a sheet of plywood with caulk. This is before the greenery was added...

So can Angela Finney-Hoffman’s design studio bring some winter love to your home?  We would love to.  Our interior design and styling team is ready to create the perfect comfy winter backdrop for your space.  Email us or give us a ring to set up a consultation.