We are a 100% woman owned, silk floral & plant design studio.

Creating interior and exterior plant designs for commercial and residential projects nationwide.

Julie Brugioni, Owner the Silk Thumb in Highwood

Julie Brugioni, owner and floral expert behind Silk Thumb, will work with your unique needs and vision to build a modern twist on silk floral design for your commercial space, restaurant, hotel, office suite or home.

Chicago locals have grown familiar with her beautiful designs featured across the Windy City’s hotels, restaurants and office spaces, as well as private homes and condos. Her work has also been featured on HGTV’s Smart Home, providing sustainable faux plants and floralscapes for HGTVs 1.2 million dollar smart home.

Watch the Style 1519 Interview with Julie Brugioni of The Silk Thumb

Making ordinary spaces, look & feel extraordinary

About Silk Thumb

The Silk Thumb opened its doors in January of 1980. For the past 4 decades we have specialized in creating unique interior design utilizing the world’s finest artificial flowers, plants and trees for our business and residential clients.

Silk/faux/permanent flowers and plants are a great solution for cutting costs, windowless rooms, creating spaces, barriers, hiding wires, second homes, adding color and warmth to your home or business.  The Silk Thumb serves as an ultimate showcase of the latest trends in floral design and plants.

Services include:

  • Interior design and decorating for home and business 
  • Exterior landscape design – faux boxwoods in planters
  • Consulting for architects, property managers & interior designers
  • Contract
  • Commercial design
  • Custom boxwood privacy hedges- CAD Designs
  • Faux living walls & succulent wall Art
  • Decorative Custom Instagram Walls
  • Seasonal rotations
  • Artisan floral design

Sourcing our products from the highest quality vendors:

  • Polyblend, UV protected, fire retardant products
  • Soft touch & natural touch plants and flowers
  • Artificial trees and plants

Clients include:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Dispensaries
  • Office Suites
  • Medical Facilities
  • Homes & Condominiums
  • Senior Living Centers

Recent design and installation at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

6 foot x 30 foot Boxwood Wall at Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 2

Commercial grade, fire retardant, UV protected faux Boxwood Wall.

Modern, clean and trending look for commercial spaces.  Call for your quote!

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See our work featured on HGTV’s Smart Home

We worked with Chicago’s Interior Designer and HGTV Host, Tiffany Brooks to create the silk plant designs for the 1.2 million dollar smart home in Raleigh, North Carolina. See our everlasting beautiful plants & trees throughout the most advanced home in HGTV history.

‘The planters we created with the Silk Thumb turned out even better than we had imagined they would! While it was challenging to envision the plants creating a lifelike installation, Julie expertly selected convincing plants and materials that achieved the look we were hoping to attain. Overall, she did a tremendous job sourcing, organizing and installing what was by no means an easy project. Thank you”

“I love working with Julie because she’s passionate about her craft,” says Brooks. “Whenever I use silk plants in my design work, I call on Julie. Her product is so regal and the quality of her work is unmatched.”

Claire’s made the business decision to move from live plants to silk plants with the help of The Silk Thumb. We chose them as our silk plant vendor due to their outstanding quality, responsiveness, and affordability…

I am incredibly impressed with the arrangements from The Silk Thumb. We hired them to complete arrangements for our restaurant & bar and Julie was amazing!

Julie did an excellent job recommending and providing beautiful silk plants to accentuate the decor of Chicago’s First Lady, a private party charter yacht located in downtown Chicago. She was a super sales person to keep me on track for a purchase I really wanted to make but lost my enthusiasm for when the economy tightened up. She offered an easy payment plan that did the trick and I am a happy client.

I am so pleased to see your great floral arrangements now in our lobbies!! They all look great and add so much to the lobby environment. My favorite is in the lobby of Feinberg. I am delighted for you and for us. I am sure they will appeal to many of the thousands of people each day who see them. I hope that some will follow through and end up becoming your long term clients. Best wishes and congratulations!

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The Silk Thumb, LTD.

Open Every Monday 10am-2pm

Tuesday-Saturday – By Appointment Only

6 Walker Avenue
Highwood, IL 60040

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