Julia Buckingham


“As a designer your sense of style comes from any number of places – where you have been, what you love, where your passions lead you. Finding your personal aesthetic is a journey. I found that my “road” crossed at the familiar and the undiscovered; at an intersection of past and present.”

Julia Buckingham leads a new generation of world-class interior designers bringing her Modernique® chic sensibility to both residential and commercial design projects around the country. Her unique design style, captured in her new book, Modernique, Inspiring Interiors – Mixing Modern and Vintage Style, her spectacular collections of licensed product, numerous high profile panels, show houses, and personal appearances around the globe have earned her the reputation of a rock-solid force in the industry. Destined to become a design icon, Julia runs a highly successful design studio in Chicago specializing in luxury interiors with her signature vintage and modern mix. With much excitement and anticipation Julia is looking forward to opening her Modernique boutique in the fall, which will feature a gem-like collection of her designed furniture alongside antiques and artifacts to cater to the high end consumer market in Phoenix.

Buckingham is known for stunning interiors that are a window into the past and a bridge to the future. Her design signature is to artfully weave together a tapestry of antiques, modern and artifacts along with her custom designed pieces to create an updated approach that reflects today’s lifestyles. With her signature style she calls Modernique®, Julia seamlessly blends furniture and fixtures from the past with those of today for interiors that convey a warm and youthful style, all with a timeless quality.

The thread of design weaves consistently through her career: from her early experience working for Neiman Marcus in fashion merchandising to pursuing her love for collecting antiques which she turned into a business as an antiques dealer to launching her own design company Buckingham Interiors + Design, where she combines all her passions into a thriving interior design business.

Since opening her design studio Buckingham Interiors + Design Ltd in 2007, Julia has enjoyed national recognition as a tastemaker and color expert throughout the design industry. She is in demand as a trendsetter and contributes to Traditional Home magazine’s Color Master Classes and a founding contributor to the popular design blog Material Girls. She is also a Trendspotter for Silestone by Cosentino. Julia has partnered with The Kohler Company, Cosentino and Benjamin Moore to create a spectacular designer kitchen and a vignette in NYC for DIFFA Dining by Design. Most recently, Julia was selected as an inaugural member of the Authentic Luxury Guild with Rohl. Also, she aligned with Rohl to design a boutique hotel concept using Rohl fixtures. Buckingham is often featured as a leading interior designer and tastemaker in national and international media including Elle Décor, Interior Design, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Domaine Home, Luxe, Rue Magazine, Lonny, Chicago Home & Garden, CS Interiors, and Chicago Tribune Home Magazine to name a few.