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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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Open House: Janet Friedman’s Logan Square place

Open House: Janet Friedman’s Logan Square place

It was only after I’d finished photographing Janet Friedman’s brilliant Logan Square four-bedroom home that I realized that what felt like an hour had actually taken three. Artists and athletes often speak of a state of intense concentration when time seems to stand still, and I often experience the phenomenon when shooting places like Janet’s, […]

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Open House: Sarah Polster’s place

Open House: Sarah Polster’s place

Please check out my recent Chicago Tribune article, The Fixer-Upper, for the scoop on Sarah Polster’s amazing Logan Square place. Sarah and I first met when I photographed her boyfriend,┬áDan Devening’s condo in September 2008. Click here for Dan’s Open House.┬áDuring the shoot, Dan mentioned that Sarah had a great place, and I hounded her […]

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Open House: Michael and Jill’s Wicker Park duplex

Open House: Michael and Jill’s Wicker Park duplex

Jill Birnbaum’s friends were perplexed when they first spotted her Merchandise Mart sample sale splurge – a Barbara Barry blue powder slipper chair that didn’t match a single thing in her apartment. She ignored the naysayers. “All part of the master plan,” explains Jill. “Next came the rug, then the brown velvet sofa, the Asian […]

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Open House: Dave’s World (Logan Square)

Open House: Dave’s World (Logan Square)

Thanks to Chicago Home + Garden‘s Domestica blogger Bradley Lincoln for introducing me to his friend Dave Albin, who has more living rooms than any guy I know. A contractor by trade, Dave meets with clients in the downstairs parlor, plays music in the adjacent bonus room, watches TV in the upstairs lounge area and […]

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Open House: Martha and Ben’s Lower Level

Open House: Martha and Ben’s Lower Level

When Martha Muholland and boyfriend Ben Chappell moved into their Wicker Park ‘duplex down’ apartment, she was excited about having a lower level to decorate. True to her formal southern roots, the Kentucky native decided to stage the first floor as a more formal receiving / guest area. The lower level serves as the couple’s […]

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Open House: Martha and Ben’s Wicker Park place

Open House: Martha and Ben’s Wicker Park place

Martha Muholland and Ben Chappell’s taxidermy-filled 1800 square foot Wicker Park apartment feels simultaneously rustic and refined, serious and playful. Incorporating both her Kentucky roots and her urban now, the stylist / designer / decorator mixes lucite, mid-century modern and antique pieces with one-of-a-kind finds such as the red leather upholstered chair, which sits under […]

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