Tag Archives: Top Design
Open House: Sean and Eric’s Edgewater Elegance

Open House: Sean and Eric’s Edgewater Elegance

I first met Sean Cowan and Eric Silverstrim last summer when I happened upon their garage sale ad on Craig’s List. Attracted by the delicious Decoratus Absurdum image, I ran a short piece. After the (very successful) sale, the couple sent a terrific thank you email, we discovered we had a friend in common, the […]

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Open House: Dave and Kristin’s Riverfront Bungalow

Open House: Dave and Kristin’s Riverfront Bungalow

This week’s Open House is particularly timely, as owners Dave and Kristin Gonnella, whose Ravenswood Manor bungalow sits scenically beside the Chicago River, spent a tense couple of days last week watching the river rise outside their home while hearing news reports about the extensive flooding in nearby Albany Park. Luckily their home, which they […]

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Open House: Craig and Clarice’s River North Second Life

Craig and Clarice were among the first couples to purchase and inhabit a unit in the Montgomery, the stunning conversion of the former Montgomery Ward’s headquarters into luxury condos. The building, which boasts floor to ceiling windows and wide open space unobstructed by pillars, was built in 1972 by Minoru Yamasaki, an architect who also […]

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Expert Advice: Rehab Tips from John Gray, Owner, Johnathon and Contestant, Top Design Season One

John Gray from USA Today Johnathon owner, Interior Designer and former Top Design Season One contestant, John Gray, has moved beyond the world of reality TV and created a fantastic showroom in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. You can read my profile of Johnathon here.

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Intelligent Design Interview: Matt Lorenz, Owner, ML Design Studio and Winner Top Design Season 1

Matt Lorenz, who as you may recall, made Chicago proud by winning the first season of Bravo’s Top Design, is certainly not resting on his laurels. In addition to designing high-end interiors and running his firm, ML Design Studio, Lorenz is the National Spokesman for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). I met the […]

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Introducing: Johnathon

John Gray, a contestant on last year’s Bravo TV series, Top Design, has finally opened his store, Johnathon, in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The space itself is magnificent, expansive and airy with high ceilings and luxurious finishes – stone floors, textured wall coverings, sumptuous fabrics and stunning chandeliers.

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