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Trendsetters
By Laura Hine and Kerrie Kennedy | April 8, 2015

MONICA PEDERSEN
The Style Star
Whether she’s renovating homes on a budget for HGTV’s Designed to Sell; offering design expertise on NBC’s American Dream Builders...

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True North
By Tate Gunnerson | April 6, 2015

“This home was designed to look like it had evolved over decades,” explains Cook Architectural Design Studio Principal Charles Cook of the rambling three-level shingle-style house in Wilmette that...

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In Contrast
Styling by Veronique Tristram | April 6, 2015

Hair by Herve for Davines at Sarah Laird & Good Company
Makeup by Keiko Hiramoto using Diorshow
Model: Clair Westenberg with IMG Models

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True Love
By Michael Wren | April 6, 2015

Jennifer Eisen wants you to fall in love all over again—with your spouse; with the idea of dinner by candlelight; with sexy ingredients like Champagne, caviar and passion fruit; with three-course meals that aren’t small plates but certainly can be shared; and...

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Good Taste
Laura Hine | Photography by Jason Little | April 6, 2015

In our neck of the culinary woods, it’s not an easy task to open a new restaurant. Your customer has sophisticated tastes, but she needs a place that will accommodate her 7-year-old and her mother, while still pleasing her vegetarian...

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Reading Jane
By Kelly Konrad | April 6, 2015

The author of more than two dozen works of fiction, young adult novels and short story collections, Jane Smiley is most famous for her Pulitzer Prize-winning tome, A Thousand Acres. These days, she’s focused on her latest work, Last Hundred Years...

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The Right Course
By Matt Bell | April 6, 2015

The North Shore’s reputation for world-class golfing began a century ago, back when our stretch of land was a burgeoning composite of farmland and residences for the well-heeled. Today, the neighborhoods may be more settled, but thanks to some prescient...

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Home Stylist
By Marjie Killeen | April 6, 2015

A former museum curator and historical archivist, Liz Challinor creates unique, inviting rooms that reflect her clients’ personality and experiences. Restyle Your Space, her Wilmette-...

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Play On
By Andrea Guthmann | April 6, 2015

Amy Rubenstein caught the theater bug early. Classes at Highland Park’s Apple Tree Theatre and Children’s Theater of Deerfield were followed by performances at Deerfield High School, majoring in theater at Brandeis University and eventually moving to L.A. Instead...

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Showcasing Soul
By Sarah Perkins | April 6, 2015

In its 30th year, the 2015 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens not only has a distinct dwelling in the home of late director John Hughes, but also a very special honorary chair: Alessandra Branca,...

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Ready for Prime Time
By Michael Wren | Photography by Neil Burger | January 14, 2015

Order a steak—a modest $24 skirt, say, or the hulking $105 32-ounce domestic wagyu tomahawk chop for two—at the new PM Prime in Highwood, and you’ll...

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Two By Two
By Laura Hine | January 14, 2015

There’s something about a challenge that appeals to Joe Krouse. A year ago, when he and his wife, Megan, opened Unite Urban Grill in West Town—neither having any experience in the restaurant business—he was undeterred by the dismal success rate of most...

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