Thom and Bob’s place

The January / February 2011 issue of Chicago Home + Garden arrived last week, and I was excited to see an article I contributed about Thom Wesely and Bob Planing’s Prairie-style Foursquare in Evanston. It’s an amazing space, and Nathan Kirkman’s gorgeous photos didn’t disappoint. A mutual friend, Maribeth Brewer, introduced me to Thom and Bob last year when she invited me to accompany her to a party at their home. She suspected that I would appreciate their extensive renovations; and indeed, she was right. (She always is. See below). For the full story plus many more photos, please pick up the January / February 2011 issue on newsstands now. Click here for past Open House posts. Thanks Thom and Bob!

Special thanks to my friend Maribeth, who allowed me to traipse through her bungalow taking photos one snowy night two years ago. Since then, Maribeth has introduced me to many friends with interesting and beautiful spaces. In fact, even I was surprised when I put this slideshow together and realized just how many Open House posts have a direct link back to Maribeth. Check it out:

Congrats to Julie Buckingham Edelman for making the cover!

A few more scouting shots

Perfectly warm and toasty all year long.

I had no trouble making it up three flights of stairs, but the third floor landing took my breath away nevertheless.

A gorgeous butler’s pantry at Thom and Bob’s.

Check out this second pantry. Very smart, very cool. I’m a little jealous.

It’s shocking. It’s intense. I like it.

This piece is dreamy and playful. I love it.

This blanket does look comfortable.

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7 Responses to “Thom and Bob’s place”

  1. I received my copy of Chicago H & G recently and enjoyed this article very much. Thom and Bob have done a great job with their place, bringing it up to date yet keeping the vintage charm as well.

  2. looks like a must have copy. loving the flooring in the kitchen and that bedroom looks fabulous.

  3. Congrats on getting your article about Thom and Bob in the Chicago Home and Garden, Tate. Great job, once again your keen eye has picked up the details that take this comfy abode from basic to extraordinary.

  4. Thom is such an amazing designer, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this house from the beginning stages through the demo and redo, it’s been a wonderful journey.

  5. Love the orange table in the bedroom. Wonder where theyngot it?

  6. Alvin,
    The floors throughout our home are birch (quite rare for flooring) and original to the house with the exception of the kitchen. These were custom milled and installed to match the original floors. When we first saw the house the floors were in a natural finish but the dark stain really shows off the beautiful graining.

  7. Name (required) 20. Jan, 2011 at 5:37 pm


    The orange cart in our bedroom is a vintage 1970’s piece from Kartell’s Componibili storage collection. We purchased it on a trip to New york. I was in love with the vibrant orange color.

    This collection is still being produced by kartell.