Brimfield: All Holidaidout

On a recent trip to Chicago, I ducked into Julie Fernstrom’s Brimfield. The astoundingly talented upholsterer was up to her old tricks, prepping her store for the holiday rush.

Julie made stockings with old flannel shirt sleeves.

Visual Merchandising Manager, Lisa Weier (L), alongside Julie (R) helps a customer with some last minute purchases.

“Did you see the ladder?” Julie asked. “Now that’s all plaidout.”

For the man who has everything, a blackwatch speed bag.

When I asked Julie what’s next, she said, “Well, with the tartans, I’ve pretty much got Scotland covered. Up next? America.” I, for one, cannot wait.

For now, there’s still time to plaid-clad your family, head to tartan’d toe. Before Santa beats you to it, dash over to Brimfield — or give them a call — today.

5219 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois


  1. Speedmaster
    December 24, 2009

    LOL, I’ve never seen a plaid speed bag before. 😉

  2. Finny
    December 25, 2009

    Honestly, this looks like a plaid on plaid crap heap. I was expecting to see a couple Anna Lee doll elves vomiting in technocolor blackwatch.

  3. Wrecked Stellar
    December 26, 2009

    This store look like so much fun- the plaid flannel stockings are really cute!

  4. Nancy
    January 1, 2010

    Photos don’t do justice to this place. This store is really large for the area and they have more displayed downstairs. In addition to the tasteful Lauren type items the owner has a great eye for the unusual.

  5. M. Wastler
    January 5, 2010

    Nancy, agreed. Since opening the addition on the back, Brimfield has become Chicago’s Mecca for things to warm the hearth and heart. Seeing is believing.

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