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Q. We recently bought a lovely but slightly clouded-looking old painting at an auction. How do we get it cleaned or restored?

BEFORE AFTER The Chicago Conservation Center restored this 19th-century English painting, a family heirloom, by treating the peeling, discolored varnish. A. You take it to a painting conservator, who will examine it and write up a proposal, usually free of charge. You will have to leave the painting with the conservator for this initial consultation, … Read more

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Features Starting Fresh A second home in Door County, Wisconsin, gives a Chicago couple the chance to go green. The results are enviable. Heavenly Baths High design where you might least expect it-in the loo. Three spa-like spaces that are the last word in luxury The Right Stuff A newly constructed family home in Roscoe … Read more

Why Not Make a Splash?

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 … Read more