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Design Dilemma: What to do With a Non-Working Fireplace

Some of us are not blessed with a working fireplace.  It would be lovely to have a roaring fire in the fireplace during our many freezing Chicago days and nights, but the fireplaces in our 1920s vintage high-rise apartment building are only decorative, not functional. Nonetheless, I love having a beautiful mantle to style, and…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: What to do With a Non-Working Fireplace

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Design Dilemma: Adding Character to a Newer Home

Recently, a blog follower asked me to give her advice about adding older pieces to a newer home.  Blending the old and the new is a challenge faced by many people who find themselves living in a newer home, but wanting it to have the character and feel of an older home. Here are a…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: Adding Character to a Newer Home

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Design Dilemma: Decorating Around Radiators

Many homes, especially older ones like mine, have unattractive radiators in each room. Although they are much needed for many months of the year, radiators can be an eyesore year round! Here are some ideas for making your radiator less conspicuous. Paint It: Paint is probably the easiest and least expensive fix.  In the room below,…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: Decorating Around Radiators

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Chair Options for the Dining Room

Don’t tell anyone, but I am committing a huge decorating sin in my dining room. I have a dining room set that has a table with matching chairs and a buffet! This of course is a major decorating faux pas—as we all know, we should avoid sets of furniture, because it is more visually interesting…… Continue reading Chair Options for the Dining Room

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Tips for Styling Bookshelves

A good friend e-mailed me recently with this question: “How do you make book cases look smart and elegant and not cluttered, if you have books and objects displayed?” Bookshelves are wonderful— they provide excellent storage and a venue for displaying special objects—but they can easily become an untidy eyesore! Here is our family room…… Continue reading Tips for Styling Bookshelves

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Design Dilemma: What to do if You Lack a Foyer

A friend was recently expressing how frustrating it is to have a house where the front door opens directly into the living room. It seems that most of the homes built in Chicago in recent years are designed that way. While these homes often have mudrooms by the back door, where people would enter the home from the…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: What to do if You Lack a Foyer