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Open House: Janet Friedman’s Logan Square place

Open House: Janet Friedman’s Logan Square place

It was only after I’d finished photographing Janet Friedman’s brilliant Logan Square four-bedroom home that I realized that what felt like an hour had actually taken three. Artists and athletes often speak of a state of intense concentration when time seems to stand still, and I often experience the phenomenon when shooting places like Janet’s, […]

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Knoll’s Pollock chair (a thinly disguised post about my den)

Knoll’s Pollock chair (a thinly disguised post about my den)

This is the latest in a long line of self-centered posts, but I’ve made some changes to my den and wanted to keep you appraised about the situation. For many months, I’ve been watching Ebay and Craig’s List for a Pollock executive chair, which Knoll introduced in 1965 and still manufactures. For environmental and cost […]

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Open House: Sarah Polster’s place

Open House: Sarah Polster’s place

Please check out my recent Chicago Tribune article, The Fixer-Upper, for the scoop on Sarah Polster’s amazing Logan Square place. Sarah and I first met when I photographed her boyfriend, Dan Devening’s condo in September 2008. Click here for Dan’s Open House. During the shoot, Dan mentioned that Sarah had a great place, and I hounded her […]

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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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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 Weekend: Revision Home (20% discount for Strange Closets readers)

This Weekend: Revision Home (20% discount for Strange Closets readers)

Revision Home founder Katie Ernst sells her vintage wares primarily online and by appointment, but she holds four big sale per year in her west side showroom, so stop by today or tomorrow (May 14th and 15th) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an eclectic selection of products, which are priced to sell. Mention […]

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This Week: Flora Grubb and my garden

This Week: Flora Grubb and my garden

We’re actually having a spring this year in Chicago. Not too cold, not too hot, the pleasant, often sunny days have made it possible to enjoy two of my favorite things: sleeping with the windows open and dining alfresco on my rear deck. Unfortunately, there’s not much to look at in my tiny back yard, […]

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