Daniel Malone, the owner of the Andersonville antique shop Roost (5634 N. Clark St.), finishes our curious-minds-want-to-know sentences today. In the next couple of weeks, you’ll notice some changes at his shop, as he prepares to open Hutch in a storefront around the corner. Roost will become more focused on furniture, while Hutch will house tabletop and smaller home accessories. More country charm worth chirping about it! And now, to those sentences.


1. Every home should have original artwork. Prints and reproductions leave a space feeling flat and uninteresting, while original paintings, pottery, and photography bring texture and warmth to an interior, as well as create a narrative about who lives there. I have been purchasing, gifting, and showing paintings by Chicago artist Chuck Meyers for years. Chuck has an amazing talent for capturing the sublime in everyday objects, such as fresh eggs, matchbox cars, hard candies, and coins. His Chicago landscapes and back-alley scenes capture the reason why we Chicagoans stay in Chicago.


2. I hike from Andersonville to Logan Square just to grab a couple or more slices of artisanal pizza from Boiler Room. The crust is the perfect mix of thin, bubbly, and crispy. I usually opt for the namesake, Boiler Room Slice with PBR meatballs and giardinara. The best way to round out a meal is with a Georgie, a float made from Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout with soft-serve Jameson-infused ice cream.


3. My first pick for music while entertaining is The Kimberly Gordon Trio. This jazz trio performs regularly at the Green Mill, and is the real thing. Kimberly's voice recalls the classic stylings of Bessie Smith and Carmen McRae, also good choices for dinner parties.


4. Most people don’t know that my closet talent is my voice. I can regularly be found with a microphone in hand at any one of many karaoke nights throughout the city.


5. A staple item of clothing for me is a well-structured wool shirt-jacket. Considering our lengthy bouts of cold weather, it’s a practical choice of wardrobe. I opt for solid, classic colors like navy, heather grey, and chocolate. My favorite purchase this season was found at Penelope’s in Wicker Park.