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Jinx you owe me a coke! Coincidence or design doppleganger?

Jinx you owe me a coke! Coincidence or design doppleganger?

Top photo: The dining room in my Edgewater Glen apartment. Bottom photo: The family room in my friend JB’s Highland Park home, which I’ve photographed twice, the first time a couple of years ago for a Strange Closets Open House and the second time earlier this year for the North Shore magazine Make It Better. ↓ […]

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Virtual downloadable interior designs?

Virtual downloadable interior designs?

Prediction: By 2025, we’ll download our interiors at iTunes, Elle Decor’s website and a multitude of tablet apps, and redecorating an entire home will cost a yet to be determined but relatively low number ending in 99 cents. The market for $25,000 rugs will evaporate overnight when people realize they can no longer discern the […]

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Outtakes from my Make It Better interview with Charlotte Moss

Outtakes from my Make It Better interview with Charlotte Moss

I recently had the opportunity to interview Charlotte Moss, who is teaming up with Make It Better for a charity event to benefit the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. In addition to Charlotte’s philanthropic pursuits, the Über-talented interior designer has written seven books, designed home accessories (including fragrances, fabric, carpet and china) and designed spaces, which have graced […]

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First look at a lakefront home?

First look at a lakefront home?

Several months ago I wrote about the Baugher’s, a Wilmette couple who bought the derelict old home on the primo lakefront lot next to their Sheridan Road home. Seeking development ideas, the Baugher’s enlisted the help of New Trier architecture teacher Josh Wood, whose 24 students competed to design an eco-friendly home incorporating universal design […]

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Open House: The last days of a Wilmette home

Open House: The last days of a Wilmette home

Everybody thought newlyweds Peter and Robin Baugher were crazy when they bought their quirky little Wilmette home for $250,000 more than 20 years ago. But the house was hardly the point, and in 1990, they tore down the modest dwelling and constructed a brand new house to take full advantage of the excellent lake views. […]

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Roundup: Kids Rooms

Roundup: Kids Rooms

Kids are great in small doses, but I don’t have any, and frankly, I don’t want any.  When friends tell me they’re having a baby, my gut response is not Congratulations! but rather It was nice having made your acquaintance.   I didn’t even enjoy being a kid, and I couldn’t wait to grow up.  […]

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Garden Tour: Susie’s Secret Garden at Make it Better

Garden Tour: Susie’s Secret Garden at Make it Better

Regular readers may remember Wilmette resident Susie Dinges from her Strange Closets Open House, which tells a cautionary tale of making friends with design professionals (Susie hired her friend and designer extraordinaire Laura Soskin to help her find a light fixture and would up redecorating her entire home).   I enjoyed catching up with Susie […]

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