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Old is New Again
By Kerrie Kennedy | April 3, 2018

When Chicago interior designer Claire Staszak of Centered by Design was recently asked to reboot a magnificent beaux-arts prewar residence on Lake Shore Drive, what came to mind was a certain Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem: What was good was...

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Clean Slate
By Elaine Markoutsas | April 3, 2018

Soon after meeting in the Midwest and getting married, a job took this young couple around the world—from locations that ranged from Calgary, Alberta, to Dublin, Ireland. Eventually their life of adventure landed them in New York City,...

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Style Fusion
By Zlata Kozul Naumovski | April 3, 2018

It’s a story familiar to many young couples in Chicago: buy a dated ’80s home in Lincoln Park—complete with a glass-block wall—for their family of two young children, with a third on the way, and a dog. He loves modern...

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Thai Surprises
By Drew Limsky | April 3, 2018


When Sutep Patsuteesutti of Studio Chemistri in Bangkok set to work on two family-owned Phuket resorts—the lavish Sino-Portuguese-style Sri Panwa and the swank...

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Modern Oasis
By Judy Giannetto | April 3, 2018

The inviting minimalism and simple architecture of a post-midcentury-modern home in Winnetka was what made two well-traveled animal lovers fall in love with it at first sight. But they didn’t fall in love with everything: The property was...

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New Light
By Phebe Wahl | April 3, 2018

“My collection was inspired heavily by a desire to see softer materials, juxtapositions and mixes of these materials—like leather, milk glass, wood and églomisé—with the harder edges often shown in lighting,” says interior designer...

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Show Piece
By Andrea Mills | April 3, 2018


This event “will feature the most extensive and representative selection of contract goods ever assembled under one roof,” said W.O. Ollman, general manager of the Merchandise Mart in 1969—the year that NeoCon was launched...

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The Poppy House
By Zlata Kozul Naumovski | January 31, 2018

Kenwood is a tiny neighborhood that, unless you’re from the South Side of Chicago, you’ve probably never heard of. With expansive lots and historic mansions a mere mile from the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, its...

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Sage Advice
By Elaine Markoutsas | January 31, 2018

The more time, energy and money that Lisa Radomski invested into her custom-built brick-and-limestone home in the Southport corridor, the more passion she had for it. Some decisions were more tedious than fun, but she looked...

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Building Up
By Andrea Mills | January 30, 2018

Sasha Adler, co-design director of Nate Berkus Associates, was in Paris when she found a pair of chandeliers and sconces that she knew would be perfect. “Dealers are constantly sending us new inventory, and sometimes an image is...

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Style Major
By Andrea Mills | January 30, 2018

With a passion for clothing and accessories, and armed with an art and art history degree from the University of Colorado, Elise Moyer moved to Chicago nine years ago to start a career. She found herself interning for the venerable...

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