Neighbors Say the Darndest Things

Neighbors Say the Darndest Things

A few months ago, I was chatting with my neighbor, Judy, who is sort of a neighborhood legend, known for her involvement with the community and the local church (not to mention the raucous back porch card parties she throws on warm summer evenings). For decades, Judy has watched neighbors come and go, so she’s […]

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Mid-Century Sale – Sat 9/24 and Sun 9/25 (sponsored)

Mid-Century Sale – Sat 9/24 and Sun 9/25 (sponsored)

Attention mid-century modern lovers: The Christian Science Reading Room in Oak Park will be closing on October 1st, and Amazing Space’s Diana Ostreko will be selling off their stellar collection of 60′s-era furnishings by designers such as Wegner, Risom and Stiffel this Saturday, September 24th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday, September 25th […]

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California dreamin’

California dreamin’

I’m having an adverse reaction to the mere thought of snow, and after last week’s cool spell, I’ve realized that 60 degrees is 10 or 15 degrees shy of ideal. Maybe I’ll move to L.A., where I spent a couple days last month. I’ve long fantasized about living in a mod house with killer views […]

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Blue’s Gardens

Blue’s Gardens

When I moved into my apartment five years ago, I never would have never guessed that my back yard would still look so uninspired (euphemistically speaking)¬†after so many summers. Sure, the vegetables that grow in its sandy soil are mighty tasty. And when you really pay attention, nature’s grandeur expresses itself in a single blade […]

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Burning Man spirit in the Illinois boonies

Burning Man spirit in the Illinois boonies

Intrigued by the massive public art displays, anti-commerce ethos and the rich photographic opportunities that would have undoubtedly presented themselves at Burning Man, I briefly contemplated heading out into the Nevada desert for the annual festival this year. (Click here for a 2009 New York Times slide show depicting some of the art installations). It […]

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Design Dilemmas: The wall behind the flat screen TV

Design Dilemmas: The wall behind the flat screen TV

Dear Readers, figuring out what to hang on the wall behind, above and around flat screen TV’s has always vexed me. Currently, I have three Chinese screens, which I bought several years ago at the now shuttered Bucktown store Wow and Zen. I like them well enough, but my aesthetic has continued to evolve, and […]

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Chicago Home + Garden’s new book (special pre-sale price)

Chicago Home + Garden’s new book (special pre-sale price)

If you appreciate interior design, shelter magazines and Chicago, I have a deal for you, although technically Jan Parr and the editors of Chicago Home + Garden Magazine are making the offer. Their new book Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors will hit stores on October 11th, and they’re offering a huge discount on pre-orders placed before […]

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