Archive | April, 2008
Open House: My 2-flat renovation

Open House: My 2-flat renovation

I’ve posted a few before and after photos in past posts, and I just received a request for a more complete set. I supposed I can’t ask you to show me yours if I don’t show mine . . .

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This Week: TwoSided

TwoSided is the sister store to FourSided, the excellent framing store with locations in Lakeview and Andersonville.  But there’s a twist . . .

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Trend Report: Garden Benches

The new Gump’s catalog came today. I love the San Francisco retailer’s Asian-inspired furniture and accessories. While flipping through, I was intrigued with their selection of garden benches (which are also showing up at Williams Sonoma Home and my favorite, Mecox Gardens). I like this trend, and here’s why you should too:

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Skulls? This trend went over my head

This past winter, I stopped at Nordstrom’s to buy a scarf. I found a lovely one, chocolate cashmere with a tiny cream repeating pattern of some sort. When I squinted and looked closer, I was surprised to see little cream skulls; cute, right? Or no? I wasn’t sure, so I passed on the scarf. I’d […]

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A Tale of Three Blogs (and some great stuff for sale)

This is a story about coincidences, writers, unexpected friendships and the best neighborhood in the world. It started when I emailed Porcelain at Design Boner about her excellent blog. She and I knew that we both lived in Chicago. No big deal, right?

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Open House: Liz and Greg’s Rogers Park town home

When Liz and Greg decided to leave their Uptown condo, they wanted more space, garage parking and most importantly, new construction. Both busy professionals working more than 60 hours per week, Liz and Greg knew they didn’t have the time or energy to do more than tell the movers where to set the boxes.

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This Week . . . Praha

To me, the best stores aren’t fancy necessarily (but they can be) and they’re not part of a big chain. My favorite stores are owned by real people who show up every day and put their heart and soul into the space. When real people sell what they like, the result is a little crazy, […]

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