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West Heads East

Simple 24-inch lacquer tray, $59, on 14-inch-high wood stand, $89  Its name used to be synonymous with a trek to Oak Brook. But now West Elm, the budget-and-trend-conscious sibling of Williams-Sonoma, has brought its pebble rugs, armless sofas, and capiz-shell pendant lamps into the city. The new 20,000-square-foot store is divided into loftlike vignettes, and … Read more

Sleek Street

The contemporary European furniture dealer Home Element has moved to a new location in River North and will now focus primarily on the Italian line Jesse, which specializes in entertainment units, closets, and shelving, but also manufactures sofas, beds, and dining furniture—all of a slick, minimalist persuasion. Called Jesse by Home Element, the 5,000-square-foot showroom … Read more

Eggs in More Baskets

Past Basket has a gorgeous display of kitchen vignettes at its showroom in west suburban Geneva, but the sample room there has always been the real hub of activity for designers and clients. So when the owners decided to open a 650-square-foot appointment-only River North outpost (due to open this spring), instead of kitchen vignettes … Read more

Size Matters

Charting the growth of Junior no longer means marking up a door frame, thanks to Studio 1a.m.’s MeasureMe Stick, $159. The modern, wall-mounted, oversized bamboo ruler is handmade in Chicago and comes in gray, red, or yellow. No kids? You can still enjoy the ruler as clever graphic art. At @Work Design, 7500 W. Madison … Read more

Soft Landings

We spend more hours in our bedroom than in any other room. Surely the place we start and end each day deserves attention—here are some inviting chambers that easily caught ours.

Mark It!

Attendees at Art Chicago 2009; a circa-1960s Tiffany brooch from New York jeweler Camilla Dietz Bergeron, at the International Antiques Fair  The Merchandise Mart blooms with activity at this time of year. First off, DreamHome opens for an eight-month run under the theme “Cool Elegance” with a preview party April 15, followed by general viewing … Read more