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Open House: Barri, Alex, Emma and Quinn (part deux)

Open House: Barri, Alex, Emma and Quinn (part deux)

Whether she’s creating a charm bracelet for her company M & B Vintage, styling a room for a photo shoot or making a home for her family, Barri Leiner Grant knows how to make things beautiful. I featured Barri’s lovely four bedroom, three bath West Lakeview apartment last May, but I liked the bedrooms so much […]

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Roundup: Kids Rooms

Roundup: Kids Rooms

Kids are great in small doses, but I don’t have any, and frankly, I don’t want any.  When friends tell me they’re having a baby, my gut response is not Congratulations! but rather It was nice having made your acquaintance.   I didn’t even enjoy being a kid, and I couldn’t wait to grow up.  […]

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Justice League of Me; or, I Was a Thirtysomething Superhero (Wannabe)

Justice League of Me; or, I Was a Thirtysomething Superhero (Wannabe)

You’re so vain; you probably think this post is about me.  Oh hi there.  SuperReed and Supermom Stephanie’s Open House was so popular that I’ve decided to ride the gravy train.  Reed’s not the only superhero in town.  If you’d like a musical selection to accompany this post, please direct your attention to the sidebar […]

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Open Fortress: Pow!  Bam!  The Adventures of Stephanie and Reed! (Special Collectors Item Post)

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 […]

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A Child’s Tale: Margo’s Room with a View

A Child’s Tale: Margo’s Room with a View

I was looking through some old photos, and I came across the set that I shot of Interior Designer, Hilary Baile’s riverfront town home. One of the things that particularly impressed me was the way Hilary integrated her daughter, Margo’s things seamlessly into her elegant and eclectic space. Despite having generally no interest in children […]

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