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Open House: James and Blue’s Restful Northfield Home

Open House: James and Blue’s Restful Northfield Home

Thanks to Nalani, a Strange Closets reader, for emailing me about her good friends James and Blue.  From the curb, the couple’s home, with its brick and siding exterior and prominent garage, looks lovely but very traditional, so I was surprised and delighted by the home’s global influences, peaceful energy and most importantly, its fascinating […]

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Open House: Meet the Durkes

Open House: Meet the Durkes

Home means something different to everybody, of course, but there’s something distinct about that particular word vs. others that describe our dwelling: house, condo, apartment, cottage, pad, etc.   Today’s Open House is about the Durkes’ and their gorgeous Evanston two-story house, but it’s also about the Durkes’ and their lovely, happy home, which is something  […]

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Open House Preview: Blogging “Fine Diving” blogging me blogging her (blogging me?)

Open House Preview: Blogging “Fine Diving” blogging me blogging her (blogging me?)

Ah we’re an incestuous bunch we bloggers.  Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours hanging out at former Strange Closets guest poster and Fine Diving in Chicago blogger Diana Durkes’ house.   Ever wonder what to do with that old chair you found in the alley?  Wonder no longer; just read […]

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Open House: Susie’s Second Life

Open House: Susie’s Second Life

It would be an understatement to say that Susie was less than impressed when she had her cards read last year.  “I thought she was the worst psychic ever,” says Susie recalling the fortune teller’s prediction that the then single mother would completely redecorate her house, a project that she’d already been working on for […]

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Open House: Dave and Laura Soskin’s Wilmette Wow-Haus!

Open House: Dave and Laura Soskin’s Wilmette Wow-Haus!

Dave and Laura are a funny, sexy and interesting couple living their dream after gut rehabbing an stately old brick home in Wilmette.  You may recognize top-notch Interior Designer Laura from the piece I wrote about her most excellent garage a few months ago (I used to drive by that garage sometimes, but I quit […]

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