Regular readers of our magazine might notice a change in this issue: we’ve added the word “garden” to our name. That’s because we recently bought Chicago Home & Garden, a Lake Forest–based magazine, and folded it into ours. This potent combination helps us do what we do better than anyone else in the Chicago area—showcase well-designed spaces, inside and out. So look for even more outdoor style, landscaping, and gardening stories. In this issue, we feature a lovely suburban yard with innovative plantings and footbridges and also a hidden gem in the heart of the city: a private sanctuary complete with an in-ground pool and a waterfall that drowns out urban noise.

To the former subscribers of Chicago Home & Garden, welcome! We think you’ll like our brand of design journalism: we are one of the city’s only unbiased authorities on furniture and accessories shopping, interior design ideas, landscaping tips, and up-and-coming design talent. Coverage in our magazine is unrelated to advertising; the interiors, gardens, and products you see in our pages are here because our staff loves them and believes they will inspire you, too.

This issue focuses on luxury. You’ll see hand-forged house numbers that bring a bit of sculpture to your home; the 2007 Lake Forest Showhouse, no longer open for you to visit but preserved in our pages for you to enjoy; and the ultimate indulgence—a tricked-out mudroom that serves both man and beast. Orchestra leader Stanley Paul invites us to a swell gathering at his opulent apartment. We also pop in on a cool condo in a former church, and a Streeterville residence that wows with open space, clever storage, and the generous use of Brazilian cerejeira wood.

We are excited by superb design wherever we find it, in any style. If you have a great space—indoor or out—to share with us, send digital photographs to, or mail a CD to Chicago Home + Garden, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611. And check out our Web site at


Jan Parr, Editor