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Charming Beach Cottages

I’ve been subscribing to the magazine Coastal Living for several years, and, to be honest, Coastal Living’s home tours bore me. The homes are always perfectly nice in a professionally decorated way, but they tend to lack personality and originality.  I was  pleasantly surprised, however, when I opened the June edition of Coastal Living and found not…… Continue reading Charming Beach Cottages

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A Look at Dutch Doors

There is something very appealing about a dutch door. When the weather starts to get warm it must be wonderful to open the top half of your door and let the sunshine and breeze flow inside your home. Dutch doors have been popular in this country since colonial times. They were commonly used as front…… Continue reading A Look at Dutch Doors

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A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

A dear friend brought me with her to visit the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens this week, and it was a treat! Lake Forest is a lovely leafy suburb about an hour’s drive north of Chicago. The home being used as the showhouse was built in 1922 and is an arts and crafts style estate designed by…… Continue reading A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

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My Favorite Movie Homes

My favorite homes featured in movies over the last 25 years have one thing in common:  they were all either written, produced, or directed by Nancy Meyers (and in some cases she did all three!).  The sets in all of Meyers’ films are stunningly beautiful but they are also livable and realistic looking and they…… Continue reading My Favorite Movie Homes

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A Walk Around a Beautiful Chicago Neighborhood

It was my daughter’s spring break last week, and we had one day in Chicago that was unusually warm and beautiful for this time of year. Enticed outdoors by the early hint of winter’s retreat, she and I set out on foot to explore what is generally considered the most exclusive residential neighborhood in the city, the…… Continue reading A Walk Around a Beautiful Chicago Neighborhood