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True Colors
By Andrea Mills | July 16, 2018

“When we get a chance to push color boundaries, we are at our happiest,” says designer Summer Thornton of her namesake firm, Summer Thornton Design. For the new...

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This is Us
By Kerrie Kenned | July 16, 2018

When you’re an in-demand interior designer like Sarah Vaile, it’s hard to find the time to renovate your own home, much less make major life changes. But Vaile and her husband were ready to start a family, so renovating was a must. Wisely...

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By Tate Gunnerson | July 16, 2018

Too much of a good thing can be a mixed blessing, and that was definitely the case when the newly minted owner of an elegant condo in a 1920s-era Gold Coast building began following her favorite interior designers and tastemakers on Instagram....

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Home Run
By Thomas Connors and Andrea Mills | July 16, 2018

Past and present rule in this spacious home.

Located on the original top floor of the former Montgomery Ward building on the Chicago River, unit 950 of 900 N. Kingsbury is a three-bedroom, 41/2...

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The Color Whisperer
By Megan Kulick | July 16, 2018


Paint can be overwhelming; just the color blue has 400-plus shades to choose from! How do you help people simplify the process? It’s all about undertones! You can eliminate many shades very quickly...

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Natural Beauty
By Rhonda Reinhart | July 13, 2018

One of the first things you notice about Tierra Patagonia is that you almost don’t notice it at all. Situated on the shores of Lake Sarmiento, to the east of Chile’s Torres del...

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Iris Apfel in Living Color
By Phebe Wahl | July 13, 2018


“I love what I do,” declares Iris Apfel. “I’m passionate about it, so I guess that’s a good energy feeder.” Earlier this year, the 96-year-old partnered with...

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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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