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House of Windsor
By Phebe Wahl | January 20, 2017

Top tastemaker Windsor Smith has earned a fevered following for her chic, classic interiors that feature a flash of whimsy. For her product launch with...

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Culture Club
By Tate Gunnerson | January 20, 2017

“We tend to shy away from anything too iconic,” explains Sean Cowan of the rarefied ’70s-era furniture, artwork and accessories that he and partner Eric Silvestrim showcase at their Edgewater showroom,...

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Feels Like Home
By Zlata Kozul Naumovski | January 20, 2017

Home base will always be Chicago for this semiretired commodities trader and his wife. But with two adult children no longer living with them and two other homes under their ownership, they decided home base needed to be smaller and...

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Behind the Scenes: Studio Gang
By Jessie Sardina | January 18, 2017

Long before the Vista Tower was a lofty vision of tessellating steel and glass along Chicago’s eastern swath of lakeshore, it was a pair of classic red-and-white movie-theater-style popcorn boxes stacked...

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Defined by Design
By Melanie Rud Chadwick | October 19, 2016

Alison Victoria may have spent the past five years as the host of HGTV’s Kitchen Crashers, but the owner of Alison Victoria Interiors has a repertoire far beyond kitchens, having designed everything from hotels to...

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Modern Vision
By Thomas Connors | October 19, 2016

If you own a black and orange Rothko, you don’t bring in someone to switch it out to yellow and blue. That argument might also be made if you live in one of the lakefront condos by iconic architect Mies van der Rohe, yet any number of his...

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All in Good Taste
By Rhonda Reinhart | October 19, 2016

It has been more than two years since Knoll acquired your company, even though you remain CEO. How have things changed for you since then? Actually, not very much. A little simpler in that I’m supposed to be focusing...

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Dealer's Choice
By Jessie Sardina | October 19, 2016

For many, putting together an artful space proposes a classic dilemma: Which comes first—the furnishings or the art? But for Matthew Rachman—whose restored 1893...

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Dramatic Entrance
By Bonnie Davidson | October 19, 2016

Fifty-two panes of thick, triple-laminated glass and 16 fin-shape beams made of carbon fiber—a superlightweight, superstrong material most often used in the aerospace industry and the construction of Formula One race cars—...

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Relaxed Luxury
By Zlata Kozul Naumovski | October 17, 2016

Graceland West—it may sound elegant and glamorous, yet the 6,000-square-foot single-family home on a spacious corner lot in one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods is anything but. And that’s perfectly okay with...

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Trees of Life
By Thomas Connors | October 17, 2016

The term “tree hugger” can be a badge of honor, and you don’t have be a charter member of the Sierra Club or a Greenpeace activist to fit the bill. Take the case of this Lincoln Park couple: Having lived for years in an 1890s...

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White Light
By Tate Gunnerson | October 17, 2016

“My client wanted a house that looked like it was on the ocean,” explains Lauren Coburn of the massive renovation of a contemporary manse in Glen Ellyn that she designed for family living with three kids and two large dogs. “The...

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