Saving Grace
Holy makeover! Designer Michael Abrams gives his condo (in a former church) a sophisticated new look. 

Show Off
The 2007 Lake Forest Showhouse inspires us with everything from its elegant garden room to the chandelier in the butler’s pantry.

Major Minimalism
With their five children grown and gone, a couple turn their sprawling downtown apartment into the coolest empty nest you’ve ever seen.

Serenity Now
In Uptown, innovative landscape design creates a glamorous retreat, complete with saltwater pool, hot tub, and waterfall.


Editor’s Note

Goods: Sculptural house numbers, cashmere pillows, and other splurges
Voyeur: Meet Jason Pickle-man and Leslie Bodenstein, two modernists with a taste for timelessess.
Buzz: Michael Richman’s new collection; Euro style at Mobili Möbel in River North; designer Helen Maria Nugent dreams on.

Room Service
House Calls Making a sofa appear smaller—and other pressing questions answered
Tricks of the Trade Love your new open shelves? Here’s how to keep the look picture perfect.
Intelligent Design The ultimate mudroom includes a dog shower and other delights.
The Insider A neophyte’s guide to buying and decorating with art
Transformation All new, all great, all at once—kitchen, bathroom, baby

The Dirt
A marshy backyard takes on a beautiful new personality with native plants and ingenious raised walkways. 

Open House
Feeling fabulous? Stop in for a glass of Champagne with society orchestra leader Stanley Paul.

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