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Strange Closets circa 2008 (courtesy Internet Archive Wayback Machine)

Strange Closets circa 2008 (courtesy Internet Archive Wayback Machine)

Backgarage and The Vintage Bazaar co-founder Katherine Raz told me about the Internet Archive Wayback Machine over coffee last week, and I was surprised to see they had an entry for Strange Closets at two months old. Whatever happened to that adorable baby blog? Click here for a look into the past of your favorite […]

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House Beautiful bathroom

House Beautiful bathroom

Sorry for the infrequent posts this week. I enjoyed an all too brief sojourn with friends in New Buffalo earlier this week, and I’ve been working on a number of assignments and other side projects. Unfortunately, I haven’t even started my big summer goal – stripping my vintage painted metal tanker desk. Fumes prevent me […]

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Design Rules: Design for all the senses

Design Rules: Design for all the senses

While reading this post, I recommend that you dim the lights, take off your shoes, settle into a comfortable chair and sip your favorite cocktail or beverage. And don’t forget about the music, because creating a splendid environment takes more than optimal furniture layout and killer color coordination. It’s about ambiance, a lesson I first […]

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Colorful Kitchens?

Colorful Kitchens?

When it was time to choose the finishes for my own kitchen remodel, I ignored my instinct (and lifelong desire) for a gorgeous traditional white kitchen in favor of light cherry cabinets and gray quartz counter tops. What can I say?  I was seduced by a Home Depot model, and frankly, all the white cabinets […]

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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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Friday Roundup: If you like Open House tours, you’ll love this Roundup

Friday Roundup: If you like Open House tours, you’ll love this Roundup

OK folks, we’ve got a lot to cover today so let’s just skip the chit-chat and get to it.  First up, I continue to be impressed with the New York Times home section, which features interesting interiors, fascinating stories and stunning photography.  I can’t stop looking at these spectacular images of Tony Cenicola’s recent photo […]

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The Friday Round-up (April 10)

The Friday Round-up (April 10)

Thanks . . . a very muted thanks, but thanks nonetheless to former Open House star and friend-of-the-blog Maribeth for providing me with this lovely visual.  Nice pants on the gent, huh?.  Very nice. The Opening Salvo

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