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Open House: James and Frances’ Decoratus Absurdum Abode

Open House: James and Frances’ Decoratus Absurdum Abode

“Frances and I were talking about you earlier this evening,” wrote James in his response to my email.  “Are you a mind reader?”

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Trend Report: Mugshots

Trend Report: Mugshots

Speaking of mugshots, the noir collectables seem to be having their moment in the sun, which is always so pleasing after spending time in the slammer.  I’ll never forget that glorious summer day we had the big prison riot; I was so close to reaching the laundry bin that would lead me to freedom when […]

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Trend Report: Circus & Carnival Decor

Trend Report: Circus & Carnival Decor

Ladies and Gentlemen!  Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth!!!!  Have you noticed all the circus stuff popping up?  This particular trend is very personal for me as it reminds me of my years as a carny con man-kid.  While many kids who grew up in my hometown imagined running away to join the circus, […]

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Open House: Dave and Laura Soskin’s Wilmette Wow-Haus!

Open House: Dave and Laura Soskin’s Wilmette Wow-Haus!

Dave and Laura are a funny, sexy and interesting couple living their dream after gut rehabbing an stately old brick home in Wilmette.  You may recognize top-notch Interior Designer Laura from the piece I wrote about her most excellent garage a few months ago (I used to drive by that garage sometimes, but I quit […]

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We Interrupt this design blog: Bath and Body Works Body Butter

During these long long long Chicago winters it’s important to keep one’s skin well hydrated lest it become itchy, scratchy. I’m a recent but enthusiastic convert, so when my I could see the bottom of my nearly empty handy tub of body butter I stopped in at Bath and Body Works and bought this vanilla […]

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Color Me Happy: Marco Polo Update (I’m biting my knuckle)

Moving on, Marco Polo is one of the most fantastic shops I’ve ever visited, and owners Brian and Alan deserve much credit. The use of color makes me so happy. If you enjoyed this post, please enter your email address to receive a free daily update about any new posts. This email will not be […]

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Reader Survey: Did Rich and Noelle buy their house because it resembled . . . Nah, can’t be

This is getting more and more strange (the sound of Christmas carols playing in an (endless) loop in my head was just replaced by the Halloween piano theme. Rich and Noelle’s Christmas Story (Top) A Christmas Story house (courtesy this website) If you enjoyed this post, please enter your email address to receive a free […]

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