Tag Archives: apartment
Open House: Michael and Jill’s Wicker Park duplex

Open House: Michael and Jill’s Wicker Park duplex

Jill Birnbaum’s friends were perplexed when they first spotted her Merchandise Mart sample sale splurge – a Barbara Barry blue powder slipper chair that didn’t match a single thing in her apartment. She ignored the naysayers. “All part of the master plan,” explains Jill. “Next came the rug, then the brown velvet sofa, the Asian […]

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Open House: Robert’s far East Lakeview apartment (far out!)

Open House: Robert’s far East Lakeview apartment (far out!)

Many thanks to interior designer John Gray for suggesting I contact Robert Stordalen about his Lakeview apartment. “He has like 24 of those ceramic warriors from the Ming dynasty. His personal collection MUST be amazing.” John was right, and Time Out Chicago thought so too. I’ve included a few of my scouting shots, but please […]

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Open House: Neil Goodman’s Space-Age Studiolo

Open House: Neil Goodman’s Space-Age Studiolo

Neil Goodman moved into his 860 square foot “space-age studiolo” ten years ago this week when his aunt Ann, the one-bedroom apartment’s first and only prior inhabitant, passed away at the age of 99. “When I first moved in I was conscious of the fact that a relative had lived in the space for over 30 years and that […]

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Open House: Eugene and Barbara’s Indian Boundary Park Co-Op

Open House: Eugene and Barbara’s Indian Boundary Park Co-Op

The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society hosted its annual House Walk in early May, and it was a particularly good one, highlighting notable homes surrounding Indian Boundary Park, including units in the Park Castles and Park Gables buildings. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had a more fun and interesting afternoon. Longtime […]

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Open House: Frank and Sue’s Forest Park place

Open House: Frank and Sue’s Forest Park place

The sign that welcomes visitors to Forest Park says Big city access, small town charm,” says Sue Haas. “So corny but true.” Indeed, there’s a great shopping district just a few blocks away, and you can see the public park across the street from the enclosed front porch of their stylish, two-story dwelling. The park has a swimming […]

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Open House: Dave’s Lakeview Luxury

Open House: Dave’s Lakeview Luxury

I meet potential Open House stars in a variety of ways: friends refer friends, Interior Designers refer clients, people email me out-of-the-blue and of course I shamelessly ask everybody I meet (and which often works strangely enough).  But I met Dave while searching for a piece  of furniture on Craig’s List.  As I perused his […]

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Open House: Beth’s Lincoln Square Memory

Former Open House star Beth moved recently, but I’ll always love her Lincoln Square place and appreciate her willingness to invite me to share it with you on Strange Closets. When Beth and I met during one of my Svenska Mobler lunch sojourns, she surprised me by engaging in a conversation about the nature of […]

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