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Faux Real!
Lily Hansen | April 9, 2013

Juxtaposed with the surreal, trompe l’oeil aesthetic of their work, Bozena Kapcia and Renata Czerkies–owners of R&B Faux Studio (—are refreshingly down-to-earth. It...

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Team Building
Diana Bitting | April 9, 2013

Longtime friends Aaron Pahmier of Green Sawn and Bladon Conner of Bladon Conner Design Studio have made it official: They’re pairing off professionally. And their Round Extension table, under the new collective name Aaron Bladon (...

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The Furnish Line
Diana Bitting | January 21, 2013

Furnishly (, the online interiors marketplace making a name for itself by selling upscale local furnishings, makes decking out your new digs as easy as as one, two, three. First,...

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Unforgettable Uruguay
Janet O’Grady | January 10, 2013

Buen dia,” says Maximiliano Broquen, director of Vik Retreats, as we whisk off to lunch at a laid-back, whitewashed beach shack called La Huella on Playa Brava. We sit facing the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying a simple...

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Taking Root
Lisa Shames | January 10, 2013

You can take the girl out of nature, but good luck taking the nature out of Heather Shouse. The green thumb behind local year-old company Bottle & Branch is busy getting her hands dirty all over...

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Hot Spot Herold
Lily Hansen | January 10, 2013

Creativity is both illogical and elusive, and for 555 International Vice President Karen Herold, it often strikes at all hours of the night. “Last night it was 3am,” says Herold. “And I woke up and thought, ‘You know those...

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Parisian Chic
Jourdan Crouch Fairchild | January 10, 2013

For some folks, the perfect retirement involves a quiet, peaceful life far from the hustle and bustle of a city. But Anthony Michael’s latest clients, a pair of North Shore empty nesters, were in search of the opposite. So in 2011, they...

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Pyar Knowledge
Barri Leiner Grant | January 10, 2013

Long before her year-old family pillow business, Pyar & Co. (pyarandco.‌com), was gaining serious yardage, Paula Queen was busy climbing the corporate ladder at a large commercial...

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The Guy Code
Lily Hansen | January 10, 2013

Born in Britain, raised in Spain and France, and currently a resident of Singapore, Christopher Guy has established himself as much for his sophisticated designs as the thought-provoking thematic elements behind each collection. Recently debuting...

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Next Stop, Peru!
Rima Suqi | October 8, 2012

Steaming from Machu Picchu en route to Cusco, the train turns into one big party. Not just any train, mind you: the Hiram Bingham, a grand Orient Express locomotive ( Most of us...

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Best in Design 2012
Diana Bitting and Natalie Polvere | October 8, 2012

What to see more of Chicago's design standouts? Read the entire "Best in Design" feature in the Fall 2012 issue of CS Interiors or...

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Action Pack
Diana Bitting | October 8, 2012

The Mastersons are a modern-day Swiss Family Robinson, residing in a stately masonry building in Lincoln Park that was once an elementary schoolhouse from the early 20th century. The children, five in all (triplets plus two), though similar to their tree-...

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