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Trend Report: Plates on the Wall

Trend Report: Plates on the Wall

Let’s face it. Trend report or no trend report, there is no “Plates on the Wall” trend. The look just happens now and again. Usually the results are mediocre, but the installations that are hung well get a little press and make us all think, I can do that. But can we really? Speaking for […]

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The Wing Chair: A Study in Versatility

The Wing Chair: A Study in Versatility

For added emotional resonance, try reading this post about wing chairs while listening to Survivor’s hit single I Can’t Hold Back. ↓ ↔ Designer / decorator extraordinaire Stephanie Wohlner recently took me to see one of her projects, a newly constructed Lincoln Park home featuring three floors, a grand hall entryway with vaulted ceilings and […]

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Trend Report: Rhinos

Trend Report: Rhinos

This horny accessory seems to pop up pretty regularly, and for some reason, it never feels cheesy. Statues of chimps, panda bears and plenty of animal species would look ridiculous on the fireplace mantel, but rhinos do just fine in practically any setting. My friend Beth, a past Open House star, scored one of those amazing […]

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Trend Report: Rural Chic (Bonus: Shopping Guide)

Trend Report: Rural Chic (Bonus: Shopping Guide)

Trends either explode upon the scene (to varying results) or slip seamlessly into place as if they’ve always been popular and always will be. Rural chic feels like the latter. Characterized by wood antiques and taxidermy pieces staged with a contemporary twist (bold colors, clean lines or eclectic odds and ends), rural chic is on […]

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Trend Report: Kelly Green

Trend Report: Kelly Green

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you breaking news about kelly green. It’s back, it’s fresh, and in my humble opinion, it was high time(s). Don’t you agree illustrious readers? Unlike olive (yawn) and hunter (hsss), Kelly’s near-promiscuous ubiquity puts a certain something-something in my skip. Which hue do you prefer? While I’m incredibly […]

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Trend Report: Mushrooms

Trend Report: Mushrooms

When it comes to neo-retro 70’s home decor trends, mushrooms are the new owls. As the photo I took at a farmer’s market outside San Francisco reveals, the spongy fungi come in many shapes, sizes and colors, so it makes sense that they’re used so often in home decor. Pick your favorite and carve yourself a […]

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Married and Pregnant Female Seeks Design Savvy Pen Pal for Decorating Advice (Your Comments Invited)

Married and Pregnant Female Seeks Design Savvy Pen Pal for Decorating Advice (Your Comments Invited)

Earlier this week I was happy to receive an e-mail from Nicki (top left), one of my oldest friends and neighbors. Nicki’s parents Denny and Maryann bought the house kiddy-corner from my Mom when she and I were just four or five, and we’ve known each other ever since. Now Nicki’s all grown up and […]

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