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My Favorite Room contest entries due Friday, June 25th

My Favorite Room contest entries due Friday, June 25th

Just a reminder that entries are due this Friday, June 25th for the My Favorite Room contest sponsored by The Painted Lady in Bucktown. Simply snap a photo of the favorite room in your own home and email it to me (strangeclosets at yahoo). So far I’ve received ten gorgeous entries, and methinks we’re looking at […]

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This Week: The Painted Lady (Plus: Contest!)

This Week: The Painted Lady (Plus: Contest!)

When I visited The Painted Lady recently, the most expensive item in the store was a gorgeous French antique upholstered headboard. While at $1500, it’s not a garage sale steal, it’s priced far less than comparable pieces at most antique stores and reproductions at the big chains. Everything has been priced fairly at The Painted […]

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Tabletop Contest: And the winner is . . .

Tabletop Contest: And the winner is . . .

Congratulations to Emily, whose tabletop earned 17 votes, slightly edging out Geyer (15 votes) and Jessica (11 votes). Emily wins a copy of Tereasa Surratt’s Country Living book A Very Modest Cottage. (Send me your address Emily). Second and third place contestants Geyer and Jessica win my presence at one of their future dinner parties. And seriously, […]

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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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Another tabletop contender (from Wikman Design Group in Atlanta)

Another tabletop contender (from Wikman Design Group in Atlanta)

Thanks to Atlanta designer Amy Wikman for sending this amazing tabletop photo on behalf of her client. I think this truly wonderful, spectacular, somewhat strange (in the very best way) tabletop will be a real contender (and I’m angling for a full Open House). What do you think? Entries are due this Friday, April 30th, so […]

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Review: A Very Modest Cottage (PLUS! Win a copy!)

Review: A Very Modest Cottage (PLUS! Win a copy!)

A Very Modest Cottage is the story of author Tereasa Surratt’s efforts to rescue, move and rehab a tiny 20’s-era vacation cottage, and it makes me smile every time I spend some time with it. DIY books can feel so by-the-numbers, but this one, published by Country Living, feels like a genuine labor of love. The […]

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