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Open House: Peter and Jan’s Oak Park Home + Garden

Open House: Peter and Jan’s Oak Park Home + Garden

Deadlines are part of life for Chicago Home + Garden editor Jan Parr, so she knew participating in South Oak Park Style’s recent house walk would motivate her to finally finish she and husband Peter Turek’s house projects.

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Designer Portfolio Update: Leo Designs project featured in CS Interiors

Designer Portfolio Update: Leo Designs project featured in CS Interiors

Hello and welcome to Strange Closets.  I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of my scouting shots for a home I wrote about for the summer issue of CS Interiors (on Chicago newstands now).

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Open House: Rick and Rachel’s Oak Park place

Open House: Rick and Rachel’s Oak Park place

Thanks to Chicago Home + Garden’s Editor-in-Chief Jan Parr for referring me to Rick Boultinghouse and Rachel Carlson whose super-rad vintage motor home was featured in the terrific magazine’s September / October 2008 issue.  Before I begin, please turn off any portable electronic devices and close any other windows, tabs and programs you may have […]

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The Friday Roundup (now with 86% more sex!  Plus, the weekly deal!)

The Friday Roundup (now with 86% more sex! Plus, the weekly deal!)

Wallpaper’s recent sex issue inspired me to copy them (but not their copy), so welcome to Strange Closets first Sex Roundup.  I hear it sells.   I just decided to do this.  Divine intervention methinks.  Having not prepared, I’m praying it all comes together by the post’s climax. But first, many thanks to Tim Frick and […]

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Open House: The Many Lives of Cady McClain

Open House: The Many Lives of Cady McClain

I was twelve or thirteen the first time I saw today’s Open House star, actress and As the World Turns star Cady McClain.  Then 19, Cady had just taken over the role of Dixie Cooney on ABC’s All My Children, and she was playing the spoiler in the marriage of Adam and Brooke Chandler (of […]

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Product Spotlight: LiTraCon’s transparent concrete

Product Spotlight: LiTraCon’s transparent concrete

I have a great deal in common with my dear friend Marla, but interior design and all that entails is not one of them.  So when she both calls and emails me about a cool new product, I listen.  Folks . . . I can barely get the words out; it’s transparent concrete made by […]

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Open House: Mark and Jeri’s

Open House: Mark and Jeri’s

Chicagoan’s Mark and Jeri were introduced by mutual friends fifteen years ago, although it’s surprising nobody set them up sooner.  The intellectuals had moved in the same social circles for years and had much in common.  Both had grown up in typical 60’s suburbia, both worked for .org’s, he for the Adler Planetarium, she for […]

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