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The new Lake Forest Resale Shop

The new Lake Forest Resale Shop

While it might feel like spring flicked us the bird this year, the opening day of the new Lake Forest Resale Shop in late April was absitively lovely. Owner Diana Durkes, who rescues and rehabs discarded furnishings and writes about the results in her Tossed and Found column for Time Out Chicago and on her […]

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This Week: Seagrass Home (North Shore)

This Week: Seagrass Home (North Shore)

Seagrass Home is the kind of shop I was expecting to find when I vacationed in Provincetown a few years ago, but unfortunately tourism had driven up rents to such a point that most of the good shops had long ago succumbed to those selling trinkets and t-shirts (survival of the fittest).  Which was disappointing, […]

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This Week: Careful Peach Boutique (Oak Park, IL)

This Week: Careful Peach Boutique (Oak Park, IL)

I met Karen Morava last summer at former Open House stars Rick and Rachel‘s Oak Park bungalow, and I made it a point to visit her Oak Park business Careful Peach Boutique straightaway.

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This Week: Forest Park’s @WorkDesign m@kes me h@ppy

This Week: Forest Park’s @WorkDesign m@kes me h@ppy

Frankly I wasn’t overly excited about visiting @WorkDesign, Julia Archer’s Forest Park shop, which offers furniture, organization and accessories for the home office, but that’s only because most of its competitors feel bland and boring by contrast.  Plus, I’d been up late the night before writing and goofing off (3 a.m. late), so I was […]

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This Week at: Maclund Gallery

This Week at: Maclund Gallery

Ro McLaughlin and her sister Barb Lund’s Winnetka shop the Maclund Gallery specializes in 19th century British antiques and art and is quite befitting of its charming but less than provocative Winnetka downtown location.  But like a rebellious teenage girl winking at the hunky bad boy behind her strict father’s back, the Maclund Gallery offers […]

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Guest Post: Diana Durkes of Fine Diving in Chicago on “A Green Horizon”

Guest Post: Diana Durkes of Fine Diving in Chicago on “A Green Horizon”

I’d like to thank Diana Durkes who writes the terrific blog Fine Diving in Chicago for contributing this piece about Wilmette’s new eco-boutique A Green Horizon.  If you aren’t reading Fine Diving in Chicago, check it out.  If you’ve ever picked up a chair in the alley only to see it languish in storage because […]

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This Week: Island Girl Salvage

This Week: Island Girl Salvage

Last summer I featured Island Girl Salvage owner Tabitha Long’s very cool bath sconces, which she manufactures using old faucets (the ultimate in green design) and distributes through Scout (owner Larry Vodak has an uncanny ability to find interesting artists, designers and products).  I promised to visit their Arlington Heights showroom soon but you know […]

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