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Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home 3.0

Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home 3.0

Few things are more eco-friendly than recycling, which is something that vintage enthusiasts have been exclaiming since the first “green” products began hitting the market several years ago. This year, the Museum of Science and Industry acknowledged this fact by selecting Scout owner Larry Vodak to curate version 3.0. of their Smart Home, which I […]

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Bolt of inspiration or subconscious thievery?

Bolt of inspiration or subconscious thievery?

The completed den doesn’t look exactly how I’d imagined in the months leading up to the big makeover, but several elements come pretty close, including the infamous steel tanker desk I refinished last summer and the Red Cross flag I bought and framed before the room’s new brownish-gray paint color (Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain) had […]

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Studio Tour: New Breed Furniture Network

Studio Tour: New Breed Furniture Network

“It’s a soulful experience to make stuff,” says John Lindsay, who co-owns New Breed Furniture Network with his business partner and mentor Alessandro Paradiso, a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. “You bond with it.” John and Alessandro design and handcraft furniture using ancient Japanese tools and building techniques that were discarded after World War […]

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The den makeover is complete

The den makeover is complete

The den is done, and I like the way it looks. More importantly, I like the way it feels. Having said that, the outcome was kind of an accident. There must be at least a few colors that don’t look good with Benjamin Moore’s brownish-blackish-grayish Iron Mountain hue, but I haven’t found one yet, so […]

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Andrew Stansell

Andrew Stansell

I ran into furniture designer and metal artisan Andrew Stansell a few weeks ago at the opening bash of Ipso Facto owner Brandon Nelson’s newest Three Oaks, Michigan endeavor Trilogy Antiques and Design. Somebody swooped in and bought Andrew’s industrial light fixtures mere moments after he pointed them out to me, but I wasn’t surprised. Andrew’s doing […]

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Chicago Home + Garden’s Sept/Oct 2010 issue

Chicago Home + Garden’s Sept/Oct 2010 issue

Last winter, Scout owner Larry Vodak introduced me to his good friends Peter and Leslie Dyke, whose Glencoe home is as a lot like them – stylish and sophisticated yet warm and comfortable (photo above). It’s no wonder Chicago Home + Garden decided to feature it in their September / October 2010 issue (on newsstands now). […]

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The Monday Roundup

The Monday Roundup

Thanks to the amazing Mariano Chavez (of Agent Gallery Chicago and New York) for introducing me to his very stylish, kind and interesting friend and customer Josh. When Josh’s girlfriend stumbled upon Agent Gallery’s Damen Avenue location, she rightly suspected her beau would love Mariano’s curated mix of salvaged finds and overall aesthetic. Sure enough, […]

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