The zeal for upscale bathrooms hasn’t waned a bit since the humble loo be-came the new status symbol a few years ago. On the contrary-just in time for our annual Kitchens and Baths issue, we’re seeing much more real estate given over to the bath-a large attic space devoted to a single, gorgeous tub; separate His and Hers baths (even though there’s no She living on the premises). See these and more in our luxury bath feature starting on page 82; we’ve also singled out the latest and greatest in tile, stone, and accessories to dress up your bath and kitchen (page 15).

On other fronts: we are fascinated by decorator Todd Haley’s fascination with industrial design and the way he incorporates it into home decor (page 64); newbie interior designer Jillian O’Neill wows us with a new-construction home that hits all the right notes in Roscoe Village (page 88); a savvy homeowner completes a DIY makeover of her kitchen (page 70); and architect Nathan Kipnis creates a tremendously cool vacation home with a small carbon footprint (page 76).

In our next issue, September/October, we’ll feature highlights from the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, in which some talented local designers transformed a French-style country manor on three and a half acres. Maybe they can do something for your home, or spark an idea you can use.

Finally, allow us to boast. Chicago HOME recently won a silver award for general excellence in the category of ancillary publications (we’re an offshoot of Chicago magazine) from the City and Regional Magazine Association. The judges-a panel representing an array of national publications-singled out our "overall excellence in writing and art direction," "innovative styling," and "striking visual appeal." We enjoyed the kudos, but we are perhaps proudest of the fact that every designer we interview, every home and garden we photograph, every product we feature, is local. Our focus results in a publication totally devoted to the Chicago-area design scene. We’re excited to be able to showcase the best work in a region bursting with design excellence, and can’t wait to bring you more.


Jan Parr, Editor

Coming in September/October
Luxe Splurges
Our Design Sources guide will feature:

  • Lighting
  • Decorative Finishes
  • Furniture & Accessories


Photograph: Katrina Wittkamp