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Open House Sequel:  KitchenLab’s Nick and Rebekah make dinner in their Chicago apartment

Open House Sequel: KitchenLab’s Nick and Rebekah make dinner in their Chicago apartment

I’ve got several deadlines to meet this week, so please forgive this abbreviated Open House.  It’s a sequel of sorts, as I featured Nick and Rebekah’s Michigan farm house back when summer was still groggy but awakening from its winter slumber.

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Designer Spotlight:  Ani Antreasyan (of Ani Ancient Stone)

Designer Spotlight: Ani Antreasyan (of Ani Ancient Stone)

Facebook status updates are a mixed bag to be sure, but I love Ani Ancient Stone owner Ani Antreasyan’s, which say things like, “working on a garden in the Hampton’s,” or “enjoying the vista from my client’s Manhattan balcony.”  I guess that’s what happens when people follow their dreams – more interesting Tweets.

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Chicago’s Shopkeepers, Antique Dealers and Designers on the Economy

Chicago’s Shopkeepers, Antique Dealers and Designers on the Economy

It’s an odd time to be an American.  On one hand, day-to-day life continues.  People go to work, break bread, visit friends, fall in love and download Internet entertainment.  On the other hand, Starbucks just introduced instant coffee (yesterday’s luxury lifestyle is today’s Sanka) and every day brings more bad news: layoffs are surging, state […]

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Ask a Designer: David Cieslak advises Lindsay on cramped quarters, small budget (Tips Galore!)

Ask a Designer: David Cieslak advises Lindsay on cramped quarters, small budget (Tips Galore!)

Lindsay, a high-style Manhattan resident, recently emailed  Strange Closets “Ask a Designer” to request help decorating her new apartment on a budget.  I passed her request on to a couple designers and today we hear from David Cieslak, a true talent and very cool guy who has done an outstanding job suggesting furniture pieces and […]

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