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Urban Window Boxes

In large cities, where there is little land for gardens, people often plant window boxes on their small balconies or outside their windows. Here in Chicago, the window boxes start to appear in late spring and early summer, bringing color and beauty to our urban landscape. European city dwellers seem to be especially skilled at…… Continue reading Urban Window Boxes

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Shop Stylings: Rejuvenation Chicago

Chicago’s first Rejuvenation store opened recently, and since I had never been to one of their stores, I decided to visit. Rejuvenation, which has stores in various locations around the United States, is a home goods business known primarily for its lighting and hardware collection. Rejuvenation was started in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s and…… Continue reading Shop Stylings: Rejuvenation Chicago

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Shop Stylings: A Visit to Anthropologie Chicago

My sister was in town last week, and we had a good time poking around in the shops in my neighborhood. We popped into Anthropologie, which is always a visual treat, and I thought I would share some photos and impressions of the store’s home section with you. My neighborhood Anthropologie is heavy on clothing,…… Continue reading Shop Stylings: A Visit to Anthropologie Chicago

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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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Shop Stylings: A Visit to H&M Home

I mentioned in my weekend links post recently that the Swedish multinational fashion store H&M now sells home goods. I found myself in H&M’s Michigan Avenue (Chicago) store today with ten free minutes before my bus was due to arrive and decided to do a very quick overview of the home section. The home section of H&M’s Michigan Avenue store…… Continue reading Shop Stylings: A Visit to H&M Home

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Shop Stylings: Jayson Home

In my Shop Sylings posts, of which this is the third, I describe a visit to a Chicago home decor store and give you my impressions of it.  In case you missed my first two Shop Stylings posts, you can read about my trips to Chicago’s  Ralph Lauren and Restoration Hardware stores by clicking on the highlighted links. Today,…… Continue reading Shop Stylings: Jayson Home