We made our way to Lake Bluff last week to hear New York–based interior designer Charlotte Moss talk about her latest book, A Flair For Living, and a tour the magnificent 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. The sunny day and gentle lake breeze provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect day. “Observe, observe, observe,” said Moss, as she encouraged attendees to see, interpret, and recreate the beauty that surrounds them. Moss provided examples of how she does this all the time: an espaliered vine that inspires a china pattern, the remnant of an 18th-century architectural element that inspires an embroidered drapery, a sea of pansies that inspires the color scheme of a room. “Good design is not about big and it’s not about money,” she said. “It is about caring and it is about vision.” Although Moss has jetted back to New York and you’ve missed your chance to see her, you can still see the Showhouse, which is open until May 6.

—Jeannine M. Bergeron

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We made our way to Lake Bluff last week to hear New York–based interior designer Charlotte Moss talk about her latest book, A Flair For Living, and a tour the magnificent 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. The sunny day and gentle lake breeze provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect day. “Observe, observe, observe,” said Moss, as she encouraged attendees to see, interpret, and recreate the beauty that surrounds them. Moss provided examples of how she does this all the time: an espaliered vine that inspires a china pattern, the remnant of an 18th-century architectural element that inspires an embroidered drapery, a sea of pansies that inspires the color scheme of a room. “Good design is not about big and it’s not about money,” she said. “It is about caring and it is about vision.” Although Moss has jetted back to New York and you’ve missed your chance to see her, you can still see the Showhouse, which is open until May 6.

—Jeannine M. Bergeron

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We made our way to Lake Bluff last week to hear New York–based interior designer Charlotte Moss talk about her latest book, A Flair For Living, and a tour the magnificent 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. The sunny day and gentle lake breeze provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect day. “Observe, observe, observe,” said Moss, as she encouraged attendees to see, interpret, and recreate the beauty that surrounds them. Moss provided examples of how she does this all the time: an espaliered vine that inspires a china pattern, the remnant of an 18th-century architectural element that inspires an embroidered drapery, a sea of pansies that inspires the color scheme of a room. “Good design is not about big and it’s not about money,” she said. “It is about caring and it is about vision.” Although Moss has jetted back to New York and you’ve missed your chance to see her, you can still see the Showhouse, which is open until May 6.

—Jeannine M. Bergeron

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We made our way to Lake Bluff last week to hear New York–based interior designer Charlotte Moss talk about her latest book, A Flair For Living, and a tour the magnificent 2009 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. The sunny day and gentle lake breeze provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect day. “Observe, observe, observe,” said Moss, as she encouraged attendees to see, interpret, and recreate the beauty that surrounds them. Moss provided examples of how she does this all the time: an espaliered vine that inspires a china pattern, the remnant of an 18th-century architectural element that inspires an embroidered drapery, a sea of pansies that inspires the color scheme of a room. “Good design is not about big and it’s not about money,” she said. “It is about caring and it is about vision.” Although Moss has jetted back to New York and you’ve missed your chance to see her, you can still see the Showhouse, which is open until May 6.

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LaSalle Power Co. doesn't open to the public until this Friday, May 1st, but our photographer scored a preview of the bar/restaurant/music venue—housed in a River North building once home to the LaSalle Street Cable Car Powerhouse and brought to you by the folks behind English and Angels & Mariachis—when it plugged into Chicago’s nightlife grid last Thursday for a private party. Check out photos of the three-level, 20,000-square-foot space, outfitted with vintage concert posters, a glass-enclosed VIP room, and a central staircase leading up to... Read more

This Friday night I will be sharing a rather unattractive sofa with Nate Berkus. How could this possibly be, you ask? Berkus will be a guest on the Interview Show hosted by my husband, Mark Bazer—and the venue, the charmingly bohemian Hideout bar at 1354 W. Wabansia will also be the location for a launch party I’m having for my new children’s book called “Now Hiring: White House Dog." Please join Nate and me as we try to give the Hideout a little makeover. With his magic touch, I predict it will look like the photo above in no time! At the show, you’ll also enjoy an interview with local author Joe Meno, live music, and comedy, all for only $5.  Show goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with the book release party following.

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List Price: $3.47 million
Sale Price: $3.128 million
The Property: Built of Lake Superior sandstone, this residence is one of three 19th-century mansions adjoining the Scottish Rite Cathedral on the 900 block of North Dearborn. In 2006, the Rite, a Masonic group, sold the cathedral, the three mansions, and a parking lot to developers for about $60 million... Read more
Whatever your passion—architecture or antiques, pro sports or history, outdoor adventures or romantic wineries—the Midwest offers nearby destinations to satisfy even budget-conscious travelers. Read more

Post 27 is celebrating its one-year anniversary this Saturday, April 25 from 5–9 p.m. with a kick-off party for Ottomania!, a special showing of one-of-a-kind ottomans made by 12 local artists and designers. The stools will be on view and available for purchase until May 24. Post 27 owners Angela and Barkley are also announcing expanded hours—their west side store will now be open on Mondays, so you can shop for mid-century-modern trappings, artwork, and eco-aware home goods seven days a week. Shown above: chrysanthemum design by textile artist Noel Ashby; round-top ottoman made of vintage belts by Aaron Pahmier of Greensawn Furniture. Aaron is featured in the May/June issue of Chicago Home + Garden—on sale May 1.

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Opening a bar, like buying a house, is all about location, location, location. And The Ledge Bar & Grill (1745 W. North Ave.; 773-252-6053), just down the block from Wicker Park’s Six Corners, has that—and the inevitable neighborhood foot traffic—going for it. Also as with real estate, it helps if the prime spot (here, the former Parlor location) comes with nice... Read more
List Price (Unit 2E): $1,535,000
List Price (Unit 17D): $1,500,000
The Property: Two nicely preserved, well-finished condos are available at 20 East Cedar, a classic Gold Coast mid-rise with a majestic Gothic-style brick and terra cotta exterior. Designed by the architects Fugard & Knapp, the building was completed in 1924. Its lobby sets a clubby tone with a big wood-paneled fireplace wall. “It’s really a great building to... Read more

I’m not big on tattoos. Maybe I’m kinda lame, but I just think to myself, “Ouch—now was that really worth it?” when I see them. When I see a lot of them on one person, I swear I feel a bit of physical pain myself. But tableware with tattoo designs—that I can get behind! Steven Burgert from ID e-mailed recently that California-based Ink Dish Design has paired with Hollywood tattoo artist Paul Timman to make some bad-ass plates, and Burgert is carrying them at ID. On this note, I must refer you to a fun post about the tattoos of the glitterati written by one of our contributors, Lizzie Garrett, on her blog, Design Watcher. All I can say is: Et tu, Caroline Kennedy?

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Beef, Actually
Laura Piper, a veteran of Gibsons and Hugo’s Frog Bar, is partnering with Scott Harris (Mia Francesca) and Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven) to open T-Bone’s Steakhouse (1890 W. Main St., St. Charles), a casual 130-seat spot in the ill-fated former Fahrenheit space. “We want solid, good quality food, but prime beef is not always affordable,” says Piper. “We will hunt the market to bring in the best quality and the best value.” T-Bone’s, when it opens in... Read more