Friday Fifteen with Friends: Francine Turk

Published: February 18th, 2016

Chicago fine artist Francine Turk makes the kind of waves that even Lake Michigan on a stormy day would envy. Internationally renowned, her art was featured in the popular Chicago-based film, “The Break Up” starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. Now her vintage framed drawings and lustrous paintings of bodies and figures can be found in the finest homes and public spaces. We’re thrilled to learn that Francine is currently collaborating with Lapchi, one of our favorite high-end rug manufacturers, to create a whole new collection of amazing work. We are huge fans and delighted to feature her in this week’s Friday Fifteen with Friends.

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Occupation: Artist

1. Antique or modern? 

2. What has inspired or informed your interior style? 

3. Which colors do you use most? 
Shades of black, white, gray and metallic gold accents

4. Favorite materials or textures? 
Textiles, antiqued mirror and paint

5. How do you make your home double as a work space? 
Before I go to sleep and right when I wake up is when I’m most creative.  I write and sketch directly from bed.

6.  What household item could you not live without?

7. What household items are a necessity to host a great party?
A great tablescape and I collect china, glassware, table linens, flatware but good company, music and candlelight are a must.

8. Tips for hosting at home?
I love to leave fresh flowers and little gifts in my guest room for overnight guests.

9. Which design website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? 
I’m a visual person, I can’t get enough of any of it.

10. Design rule you love to break? 
All rules are meant to be broken but my favorite is painting a small space dark.

11. What is your favorite room in your home? 

12. What is your most treasured possession?
My art book collection

13. What is your favorite thing about Chicago—design-related or otherwise? 

14. To which city or country would you move for the design? 

15. How would you describe your style?
Because everything I own ends up covered in paint I embraced the fact that my wardrobe is basically a collection of one-of-a-kind “works of art”. This usually consists of denim and tees with designer boots or a kick ass high heel.

Francine Turk