Open Fortress: Pow! Bam! The Adventures of Stephanie and Reed! (Special Collectors Item Post)
I recently met Leo Designs co-founders and Interior Designers Stephanie Wirth and Georgeann Rivas, who are two of Chicago’s most amazing but still relatively undiscovered talents. Worry not folks, because you’ll be seeing their projects in upcoming issues of Chicago’s best home design magazines, but in the meantime I thought you’d like a sneak peek at Stephanie’s home (which can also be seen in an upcoming Flor catalog AND a future issue of Chicago Home + Garden). Oh, by the way, Stephanie’s son Reed is a superhero (HEY, keep your lips sealed! The lad wears a mask to maintain some semblance of a normal kid’s life).
For now Stephanie is his Lois Lane . . . or should I say his Lucy Ricardo? Same dif? She’s always getting into jams and the MIGHTY Reed’s always there to save the day. Like his namesake, the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards, however, I’m sure Reed is going to grow up to marry a woman who’ll love saving him as much as he loves saving her!
Stephanie’s entire house is fab, European luxury right here in Chicago, but I have too many photos to reveal in one story so consider this a prequel of sorts, an origin story (just like in the comics, folks) featuring some of Reed’s favorite home haunts. You’ll LOVE the ASTONISHING photos from the following rooms:
REED’S SECRET LAIR in the basement is AMAZING, INCREDIBLE! UNCANNY!! While the Woody Allen poster may seem atypical for a caped crusader, it’s really the same thing as Batman’s playing card or giant penny, just a souvenir from a past case (involving Manhattan, a murder and a mystery perhaps?). Without spending much money, Stephanie has worked wonders with her unfinished basement. And with no drywall, flooring, built-ins or other subterranean accoutriments, floods pose no threat! Trust me on this one, I get a stomach ache and break out in a cold sweat every time it rains and my basement is only half finished. Methinks Stephanie’s got powers of her own – design skill and common sense.
REED’S BEDROOM!!! SIMPLE AND SOPHISTICATED (yet FUN!!), just what you’d expect from a young superhero. Keep browsing to see where Reed chills when he’s not battling zombies and mad scientists.
REED’S MAGICAL ENCHANTED FOREST! Even heros like to curl up and enjoy a story read by dear Mum. Did you have a forest on your back porch when you were a kid??? I thought not. Then again, you probably weren’t a superhero.
Here’s SuperReed’s superhero stat card complete with origin story. Enjoy.
- Hero Name: Mighty-Super-Laser-Guy
- Secret Identity: Classified
- Height: Classified
- Age: Classified
- Weight: Classified
- HQ: Chicago’s Northside
- Superpowers: Wit, intelligence, kindness, strength, flight . . . it might be easier to list the powers he doesn’t have.
- Origin: Bitten by a radioactive pre-schooler, Reed soon exhibited powers and abilities far beyond those of normal little boys.
Crime doesn’t pay true believers! Especially when Reed’s around to collect on the debt. ‘Nuff said.
You can view Reed’s playroom (not seen here) in the May / June issue of Chicago Home + Garden (on sale soon). And to see more of Stephanie’s gorgeous home, stay tuned here SAME REED TIME! SAME REED CHANNEL!
By the way, this nifty wall decal is available at Etsy seller DirtyDecal, an unfortunately named source for this kid’s oriented story, but que sera, sera (it be what it be).