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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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Interview: Interior designer and entrepreneur Michael Del Piero

Interview: Interior designer and entrepreneur Michael Del Piero

Swashbuckling may be overstating things, but that’s how I envision Michael Del Piero’s perpetual hunt for interesting artifacts.  Whether she’s catching a plane to South America, browsing a Paris flea market or walking the halls at a building like the Carroll-Albany Arts complex, Michael’s constantly trying to elevate her game; she embodies a sort of […]

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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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A Moveable Post:  Greg and Maribeth’s Berlin Report (WARNING: this post contains Decoratus Absurdum)

A Moveable Post: Greg and Maribeth’s Berlin Report (WARNING: this post contains Decoratus Absurdum)

I spent my most memorable Thanksgiving consuming a jug of Carlo Rossi while devouring, yes, turkey (silly) but also the Andy Warhol Diaries, a book which evoked in me a profound sense of loss that I never experienced the clubs, drugs and yes, that too, of 1970’s New York.  It seems like every era has […]

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