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Five Reasons to Visit Scout (plus more of my typical b.s.)

Five Reasons to Visit Scout (plus more of my typical b.s.)

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Andersonville urban antique shop Scout and especially for owner Larry Vodak and the team he’s assembled to stage the show.¬† He’s got his prop guy (furniture designer Bladon Conner), his Set Designer (Interior Designer Nicholas Moriarty), his Costume Director (Fab! fabric queen, upholsterer and antique […]

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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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Interview: Ted Harris, Artist and Lighting Designer

Ted Harris, a Chicago-based artist and designer (of lamps, furniture and accessories) can see things that others can’t; the artist has a sixth sense about items you or I might call “junk.” Ted might, for example, be inspired by a badly damaged globe or piece of furniture that he spots in a dumpster. What follows […]

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Design Rules: Bright overhead light will make you look pasty and bloated

She looks pasty unless dimmed. Circa Lighting Why do people insist on bright overhead lights when a lovely lamp, a 25 watt bulb and a dimmer switch will make them (not to mention their environment) look so much more attractive? This is serious; I need you to look your best (especially when we’re together).

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This Week at White Attic: Build-a-Lamp (Lamp Bar)

And speaking of lamps, White Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville, has unveiled a lamp bar concept. Simply pick a ceramic base and then go wild with 30 color choices and 67 shade fabrics. It’s a lot like a salad bar without the “All You Can Eat” option or the prospect of salmonella. Here are the specifics: […]

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