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This Week: Blue Bell Bazaar (online and at Andersonville Galleria)

This Week: Blue Bell Bazaar (online and at Andersonville Galleria)

I actually look forward to receiving owner Gosia I. Korsakowski’s Blue Bell Bazaar e-mails, which she sends out regularly to showcase new products at her Andersonville Galleria booth.  Gosia has a great eye, and her prices are very reasonable.  Here are some of my current favorites.

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Friday Roundup: If you like Open House tours, you’ll love this Roundup

Friday Roundup: If you like Open House tours, you’ll love this Roundup

OK folks, we’ve got a lot to cover today so let’s just skip the chit-chat and get to it.  First up, I continue to be impressed with the New York Times home section, which features interesting interiors, fascinating stories and stunning photography.  I can’t stop looking at these spectacular images of Tony Cenicola’s recent photo […]

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This Week: Patina’s new Andersonville location

This Week: Patina’s new Andersonville location

I predict that as technology continues to improve, our future selves will increasingly retreat into virtual worlds more to our liking than the one most of us actually inhabit.  Of course, some theorize (Matrix fans anyway) that humans already inhabit a giant virtual reality, which, if true, means we’d simply be creating an escape hatch […]

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Several Reasons to Stop in at Chicago’s Room Service

Several Reasons to Stop in at Chicago’s Room Service

I popped into Room Service last weekend, and I lingered even longer than I normally do.  Put the needle on the record because owner Paul Lechinski is pumping up the volume with products and ideas, including buddhalicious religious kitcsch that’ll help you get rich (see above blue buddha piggie banks). I’m also loving: Shockingly good […]

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This Week: Brimfield (the new Andersonville store, not the flea market)

This Week: Brimfield (the new Andersonville store, not the flea market)

Despite its rough and tough Swedish population, Andersonville keeps improving and thanks to an influx of stores, the hood has become a genuine home design destination.  If you haven’t been lately, it’s time to plan a trip because upholster Julie Fernstrom has closed her west side shop English Cottage and replaced it with not one, […]

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Five Reasons to Visit Scout (plus more of my typical b.s.)

Five Reasons to Visit Scout (plus more of my typical b.s.)

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Andersonville urban antique shop Scout and especially for owner Larry Vodak and the team he’s assembled to stage the show.  He’s got his prop guy (furniture designer Bladon Conner), his Set Designer (Interior Designer Nicholas Moriarty), his Costume Director (Fab! fabric queen, upholsterer and antique […]

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Are you asking me if you should visit Roost?  Do (Cockadoodle)

Are you asking me if you should visit Roost? Do (Cockadoodle)

When I want to feel like a country boy again, I slip into my overalls, grab my red bandanna and head over to Roost, Andersonville’s newest design shop (if you still can’t spot me among all the other overaller’s, I’ll be the guy with the piercing blue eyes [well one’s blue . . .  perhaps […]

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