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Knoll’s Pollock chair (a thinly disguised post about my den)

Knoll’s Pollock chair (a thinly disguised post about my den)

This is the latest in a long line of self-centered posts, but I’ve made some changes to my den and wanted to keep you appraised about the situation. For many months, I’ve been watching Ebay and Craig’s List for a Pollock executive chair, which Knoll introduced in 1965 and still manufactures. For environmental and cost […]

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Scott, Ramiro and Natalia’s place in Chicago Tribune

Scott, Ramiro and Natalia’s place in Chicago Tribune

A big thank you to Tim Lally, of Tim Lally Design Landscape Architecture, for introducing me to his clients Scott Lauth and Ramiro Vargas, who, with the help of decorator Greg Jagmin, transformed a badly converted Andersonville brick 2-flat into a warm, comfortable and stylish home where they live with their very cool daughter Natalia. […]

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Open House: Stu and Cecilia’s Edgewater flat (a Johnson / Soler project)

Open House: Stu and Cecilia’s Edgewater flat (a Johnson / Soler project)

Last fall, I received an e-mail from Rebecca Otto, a designer at Johnson / Soler, about one of the firm’s recent projects, a kitchen / dining renovation in a vintage Edgewater condo. Hey, that’s my neighborhood, I thought. The attached photos revealed a sleek, chic and stylish entertainment area that makes good use of a […]

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The den makeover is complete

The den makeover is complete

The den is done, and I like the way it looks. More importantly, I like the way it feels. Having said that, the outcome was kind of an accident. There must be at least a few colors that don’t look good with Benjamin Moore’s brownish-blackish-grayish Iron Mountain hue, but I haven’t found one yet, so […]

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Open House: Brett and Shane’s Edgewater Glen condo

Open House: Brett and Shane’s Edgewater Glen condo

Brett and Shane lived in Lakeview before buying their vintage one-bedroom condo in Edgewater Glen in 2001. While the new zip code lacks Lakeview’s hustle-bustle, it’s not without its own charms: the lake’s a few blocks away, the streets are lined with mature trees (including many Catalpas), and the housing stock is gorgeous – a mix […]

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Open House: A new construction condo done right (and for sale!)

Open House: A new construction condo done right (and for sale!)

My friends Keith and Randy are selling their 2 bedroom, 2 bath Edgewater Beach condo, and if I were in the market for a lakefront condo, this would be my pick (but I’d want the furniture too). Sophisticated details such as the kitchen backsplash tiles, the mid-century pendant lights and a mod wallpaper accent wall […]

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Open House: Todd and Alvin’s West Andersonville Loft

Open House: Todd and Alvin’s West Andersonville Loft

Todd and Alvin’s first floor loft was featured in the fall 2009 issue of CS Interiors, and I thought you might enjoy my scouting photos. ↔ Rather than opting to buy a neat, cookie-cutter condo, Todd Hilt and Alvin de la Cruz wisely followed their realtor Alley Ballard‘s advice and bought a former woodworker’s shop […]

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