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February 15, 2017

The Lincoln Park Row House featured on our portfolio page was quite the transformation. See the dramatic before and after photos below!

'After' photos by Leslie Schwartz Photography

June 11, 2014

Today’s Designer Spotlight features Charlet Design, a custom furniture studio located in Brooklyn, NY. Spearheaded by its namesake Laurent Charlet, the company offers meticulously crafted pieces that function incredibly well while adding beauty to any space. Charlet carefully sources all materials himself to ensure that the carbon footprint of each item is kept to an absolute minimum. In addition to furniture designer, Charlet is a practicing architect, which is evident in the attention to detail and unique form of every piece that he creates. Shown here are two of my favorite eye-catching tab...

June 3, 2014

I first took note of Chicago’s Marina City – nicknamed the Corncob Towers – long before I lived in Chicago.  They appeared on the cover of my favorite Wilco album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and I was instantly intrigued. The 64-story twin buildings, located on the banks of the Chicago River, were designed by Bertrand Goldberg (1913-1997) and completed in 1967. They were built in response to city dwellers fleeing to the suburbs post WWII. Goldberg intended to create a “city within a city,” allowing residents the opportunity to live and work in the same area while maintaining the cultural aspect of...

May 28, 2014

Good design can be found anywhere – and it most certainly is found in this fabulous pair of C.Wonder (sadly now out of business!) shoes, a gift from my Mom. The flashy gold honeycomb heel and subdued linen body could be straight out of a Kelly Wearstler interior. I can’t wait to break these in this summer!

May 16, 2014

Last Friday I attended the Small Project Awards, a reception hosted by the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group. The fourth annual awards program celebrates projects both built and un-built that have been designed by firms with 9 or fewer licensed architects. The evening strives to highlight small practitioners within the architecture industry. Featured here is one of our favorites of the 96 entries, a Straw Bale Cabin submitted by Laura Garcia Design. Sustainability and energy efficiency were two of the top priorities for this cabin, which will be situated on a bluff in Wisconsin. The import...

May 9, 2014

If you're like me, you may have a collection of visually interesting books and knick knacks. You, like me, may also need ideas for displaying them in that perfectly ordered-yet-haphazard way. Thanks to this ingenious Pin, I've finally transformed the bookshelf shown here into something I love to look at daily.

April 22, 2014

Close friends of mine recently built a custom home in Indianapolis and the result is a stunning residence that is both cleanly modern and incredibly welcoming. The 3,000 square foot home is located in the historic Herron Morton Place neighborhood of Indianapolis, a vital area that is urban living personified and rapidly growing. When initially meeting with their architect, Rob Collier of Rottmann Collier Architects, they expressed their desire for a unique design that functioned as a warm gathering place. Collier achieved this with an open floor plan, neutral yet complementary materials and a...

April 14, 2014

Chicago had a fleeting glimpse of spring last week and the blue skies that accompanied it were so inspiring. Shown here are some of my current blue favorites – they will have to do until summer arrives permanently!

 

Clockwise from upper left:

This vibrant Star Tetrahedron acrylic painting by Jessica Caputo Macon is a perfect combination of colors, with the geometry emphasized in a gold outline. I can't decide if I would use this sophisticated navy Palms Console in a foyer or as a dresser in a bedroom, but it would improve any room! Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines, b...

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