Paula Horvath of Hinsdale is an artist and interior designer who loves supporting such local organizations as Pillars and The Legacy Guild. She has several pieces hanging at the Acquisitions of Fine Art Gallery in Hinsdale. The mother of two daughters, Horvath also does commercial and residential interior design through her Paula Horvath Design firm. Here are some of this busy artist’s favorites from around country and town.
Mantra? If you are going to wear heels, you should be able to jog a city block in them.
Best grooming tip? Always smell good.
Guilty pleasure? Turning book club into TV night. A group of girlfriends meet once a week and watch whatever series we are into—right now it is Outlander with Game of Thrones mixed in between seasons.
Favorite foods? Anything sweet. Given the choice I would rather skip dinner and enjoy a really nice dessert.
Music you love? Live music. My very favorite is listening to friends and family at the Open Mic nights we host a few times a year. We go old school and set up in our garage.
Best advice ever given to you? Argue the facts, not the person.
Best advice you’ve given? To my daughters: Put the phone down and be present in the moment.
Earliest memory? Running through the tall grasses near our house right before a big storm. The fields stretched on for what seemed like eternity. The grasses were over my head and the wind would whip it into a frenzy. It was like being in another world.
When you wake up, you …? I love the ritual of making a pot of coffee. No Kuerigs here! When the weather cooperates, I sit out under the pergola and play fetch with my dogs before starting the day.
Before bed, you …? Read. It settles my mind.
What’s on your bookshelf? Rumi’s Secret by Brad Gooch is my current read. It is a biography of the 13th century Persian poet. I have a lot of historical fiction, and I love a good mystery.
You can’t live without? A creative goal. I have the need to always be working on something creative—a painting, a design project, or even planning a beautiful dinner party.
Love to escape to? Anywhere on a beach.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Be more confident.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Is ‘Construction Chic’ a thing? My work usually takes me to construction sites or my art studio. I am all about texture, so there is always cashmere or silk on me somewhere. My uniform tends to be leggings, boots—Pikolinos are my go to—long silk blouse with a cashmere cardigan.
Can’t leave the house without? My paint swatches and lipstick.
Transportation? My car style is very un-sexy. Honda Pilot, usually filled with something unusual and odd sized. My next car will be a Ford F150 Pickup to fit my large paintings.
Driving music? I listen to my daughter’s Soundcloud station which is just her singing and playing guitar, rough and recorded on her phone. She is away at school and I like to hear her voice.
Place to eat? Lucca’s. It’s my youngest daughter’s favorite.
Shop? Jayne and Vintage Charm.
Best thing about the Country? My friends. They are absolutely the kindest, most giving people I know.
Worst thing about country? After school pickup traffic.
The perfect day is …? Listening to my husband play guitar in the living room on Sunday while I make the morning coffee. Walk to town for a hot chocolate and pastry with my daughter on the way to my studio where we listen to music and paint together.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Skinny Jeans, heels, and dressy top.
Can’t leave the house without? Telling my daughter that I love her.
Transportation? Train it there, Uber home.
Driving music? Upbeat, from Wild Cherry to Bruno Mars.
Place to eat? Traditional Chicago. I love Kinzie Chophouse.
Shop? I spend a lot of time at the Mart, I can spend days in the swatch room. I love the boutiques on Armitage and a visit to Lori’s Shoes is always a must. Best thing about town? Our museums.
Worst thing about town? The trip back after a long day or night out.
The perfect day is …? Spa and shopping with husband and friends, followed by martinis and crab cakes at Petterino’s, and a show at the Chicago Theater.