Day Trip: Milwaukee Art Museum

Day Trip: Milwaukee Art Museum

If you haven’t visited the breathtaking Milwaukee Art Museum, which was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, I highly recommend that you check it out. Although I’ve lived in Illinois for most of my life, I’d never actually visited Milwaukee proper. Prior to my recent visit, I couldn’t understand why one would bother to make the […]

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Are we stuck in a design rut?

Are we stuck in a design rut?

In his essay You Say You Want a Devolution in the January issue of Vanity Fair, Kurt Anderson wonders if America’s days of cultural innovation are behind us, noting that although “the world has become radically and profoundly new,” thanks to e-mail, mobile phones and other technological advancements, the world’s appearance has changed very little since the […]

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Open House: Mary’s Logan Square 3-Flat

Open House: Mary’s Logan Square 3-Flat

Earlier this year I met Janet, a very talented interior designer who lives in a massive, gorgeous apartment in a vintage Logan Square 3-Flat. After I finished shooting Janet’s place, she introduced me to her upstairs neighbor Judie, a freelance photo stylist, and it wasn’t too long before I returned to photograph her equally amazing […]

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Mom’s bungalow: The more things change . . .

Mom’s bungalow: The more things change . . .

Happy Thanksgiving folks. I’ll be spending the day with Mom’s side of the family in the house where I grew up. If history is any judge, after dinner, half the family will clean up while the XY half will nap wherever they happen to find a spot in front of the living room TV.  I’ll most […]

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Chicago is rockin’ autumn

Chicago is rockin’ autumn

Habits are easy to pick up, and I have my share. But earlier this week the absolutely perfect fall weather earlier inspired me to skip the gym in favor of good old fashioned wandering. The first day, I was no sooner out the door than I ran into my friends Sara and Esmé (above), who […]

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Roundup!

Roundup!

Recently I’ve been kind of obsessed with Lindsey Adelman Studios and their fantastic lighting collection. If you don’t have 15 big ones to drop on one of their custom chandeliers, Lindsey Adelman Studio has posted detailed instructions for several fixtures on their website. Best of all, the parts needed to construct the stylish pieces can be […]

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Neighbors Say the Darndest Things

Neighbors Say the Darndest Things

A few months ago, I was chatting with my neighbor, Judy, who is sort of a neighborhood legend, known for her involvement with the community and the local church (not to mention the raucous back porch card parties she throws on warm summer evenings). For decades, Judy has watched neighbors come and go, so she’s […]

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