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Strand Design’s UIC project

Strand Design’s UIC project

Strand Design’s Ted and Sharon Burdett design and create products that can be manufactured locally using sustainable materials. Their Tree Theory bags are folded rather than sewn, so they can be easily disassembled to replace worn out parts. Even the leather is locally sourced. My favorite Strand Design product is The Good Dog Spotlight, which they […]

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Francine Turk exhibit at Buckingham ID

Francine Turk exhibit at Buckingham ID

Some say there should be a special place in hell for people who paint brick, but when the afternoon sun reflects off the brilliant white floors and painted over brick walls at Buckingham ID’s Grand Avenue studio, the results look almost heavenly. Founder Julia Buckingham Edelmann recently hosted an exhibit of artist Francine Turk’s work, […]

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John Barnett’s Gold Coast project

John Barnett’s Gold Coast project

John Barnett has a black book filled with the names of craftsmen and artisans specializing in every aspect of residential design: the very best plaster people, woodworkers and masons. Perhaps just as importantly when renovating, he knows the people who show up. When John takes on a project, he selects every last detail from the […]

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Studio Tour: Epoch Floral

Studio Tour: Epoch Floral

Epoch Floral has about as much in common with a neighborhood flower shop as Charlie Trotter’s has with Charlie’s Ale House. While you might enjoy a burger at the latter, the former takes dining to another level altogether. “I don’t go by flower rules,” says co-owner and master designer Mike Hines, who fell into the […]

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Open House: Sean Michael Designs Manhattan Project

Open House: Sean Michael Designs Manhattan Project

Sean Cowan and his partner Eric Silvestri’s masculine, sophisticated Edgewater Beach apartment is one of the many spectacular spaces featured in the July / August issue of Chicago Home + Garden (on sale now). From the eclectic mix of furnishings to the taupe-black-white color scheme to the intellectually quirky collection of science and religious art, […]

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Portfolio: Jessica Lynn White (Welcome to Chicago!)

Portfolio: Jessica Lynn White (Welcome to Chicago!)

Baltimore resident and designer Jessica Lynn White recently contacted me about the design scene in Chicago in preparation for her imminent move to the Windy City after recently earning her undergraduate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I loved Jessica’s style sheets, and I thought you might like her eclectic style and excellent […]

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Open House: Designer Tom Ferguson’s Chicago studio

Open House: Designer Tom Ferguson’s Chicago studio

After we met at his and James’ Buchanan, Michigan second home, interior designer Tom Ferguson inviited me to visit his office, which offers an excellent example of how traditional elements can be incorporated into less than traditional spaces such as this exposed brick loft.  Tom’s work is really quite sublime, and it’s difficult for me […]

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