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Open House: Color is King in Designer Jayne Michaels' Manhattan Co-op Renovation

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 11:58 AM

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I arrive early for my afternoon appointment at interior designer Jayne Michaels' Sutton Place co-op. It's a sunny May afternoon, uncharacteristically hot and humid, but Jayne's pre-war two bedroom, two bath feels cool and relaxing. Jayne buzzes me up, offers me a seat and...

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Home Decor Trend Report: Snakes Slither Hither

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2009 | 8:47 PM

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"Get those mother#$*%^@! snakes off my mother#$*%^@! design blog," Backgarage.com* diva Katherine Raz suggested as an opening line when I told her I was working on a post about the number of snakes I've recently spied in homes and design boutiques. But I...

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Open House: Samantha Martin's Animal House

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2009 | 6:33 PM

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"I need to make sure I stay healthy," says Samantha very soon after we introduce ourselves. Sam gave up financial security when she started her business, a private zoo and animal talent agency she operates out of her Chicago 3-flat, and she knows one...

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Open House: Karl, Dawn, Kitt and Kendall's LaGrange Life

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2009 | 6:16 PM

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Karl and Dawn knew they were tempting fate when the visual display merchandisers flaunted Marshall Field's rules about dating co-workers, but their near instantaneous attraction could not be denied and a mere two shifts after meeting they were an item, hot and heavy. Six...

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Open House: Frank's Funky Single Bedroom, Single Family

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 11:22 AM

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"Some nutty old man owned this house ... and I want to be the next one," said Frank back in 1989 when he first toured his one bedroom, one bath, single family home on Chicago's Northwest Side.

A painter when he's not pushing papers...

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A Feast for the Eyes: Chicago's Feed a Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock and Roll

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2009 | 4:30 PM

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Before I start, I have to say it's killing me that I can't add music to accompany this piece. Any story about down-home West Side breakfast joint needs some good fifties country music or . . . wow . . . any kind of...

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