Silk Thumb’s story begins almost 40 years ago, in the early winter of 1980. For nearly 4 decades, The Silk Thumb has worked closely with homeowners, business owners, architects and interior designers to create the perfect natural environment in sustainable, high quality faux flowers and plants that simply cannot be found at national big box stores like Target, Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
Julie visits industry trade shows annually to keep up with trends and offer her client’s the latest and greatest in faux plants, trees and flowers. These cutting edge products are investable solutions for many spaces.
Julie’s journey with The Silk Thumb began when she was only 16 years old, learning the ins and outs of the luxury silk floral and plant business after school, on weekends and holidays. After high school, Julie attended Northern Illinois University and interned at The Silk Thumb, applying her natural talent and eye for design to learning arrangements while working hard to learn about the business end of floral design.
She purchased The Silk Thumb from the former owner in 2007 and her dedication and skill in this craft has solidified her as Chicago’s expert in high-end floral and plant design.
Julie’s philosophy of “doing what you love and loving what you do” shines through in her stunning designs that offer a sustainable, non-fussy alternative to costly live floral and plant services.