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Life’s a beach for Barri Leiner Grant

Life’s a beach for Barri Leiner Grant

In the four-bedroom Lakeview apartment Barri Leiner Grant shares with her husband and two daughters, seashells, mattress ticking and weathered antiques commingle with crystal, velvet and silver to create a handsomer, more dapper beach aesthetic that reflects both her New Jersey roots and her professional experience as a photo stylist, entrepreneur and author of several […]

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Open House: Robert’s far East Lakeview apartment (far out!)

Open House: Robert’s far East Lakeview apartment (far out!)

Many thanks to interior designer John Gray for suggesting I contact Robert Stordalen about his Lakeview apartment. “He has like 24 of those ceramic warriors from the Ming dynasty. His personal collection MUST be amazing.” John was right, and Time Out Chicago thought so too. I’ve included a few of my scouting shots, but please […]

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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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Open House: Neil Goodman’s Space-Age Studiolo

Open House: Neil Goodman’s Space-Age Studiolo

Neil Goodman moved into his 860 square foot “space-age studiolo” ten years ago this week when his aunt Ann, the one-bedroom apartment’s first and only prior inhabitant, passed away at the age of 99. “When I first moved in I was conscious of the fact that a relative had lived in the space for over 30 years and that […]

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Open House: Barri’s old-fashioned family apartment

Open House: Barri’s old-fashioned family apartment

Author, stylist and M & B Vintage co-founder Barri Leiner Grant sometimes feels like she was born in a different era, which isn’t difficult to believe after seeing the vintage splendor of the 4 bedroom, 3 bath Lakeview apartment she shares with her husband Alex Grant and two daughters, Emma, 13, and Quinn, 6. A […]

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The Flipside: One Building, Two Units, Two Results

The Flipside: One Building, Two Units, Two Results

Life is full of interesting coincidences. For example, when my brother Kevin decided New York City wasn’t his cup of tea in 2003, I offered to help him find an apartment in Chicago and ultimately, he decided to rent a one bedroom unit in Lakeview. Kevin only lived in that apartment for one year, which […]

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Open House: Rich and Noelle’s Christmas (Two) Story

Open House: Rich and Noelle’s Christmas (Two) Story

Hello folks.  I ran this post on December 4th, 2008 (which was Noelle’s birthday), and ’tis the season, so here we go again: Today I’m going to tell you a good old fashioned Christmas story, a tale so unlikely you may think I’m pulling your leg. Speaking of legs, what’s a good Christmas story without […]

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