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Cottage Cool

Bold patterns, sleek shapes, strong colors—these hot accessories turn anyplace into a sophisticated home away from home

Need to Know

SLATED: Green Is the New Black, a "green-tie" event benefiting Archework’s Community Design Projects, May 18; chicagobotanic.org/bloomin … Dream Rooms at the Merchandise Mart, with each room featuring a different Mart showroom’s wares, through June 20; chicagoantiquemarket.com. OPENED: Finishing Touches Studio, a home design advice shop that also carries some home accessories, at 118 W. … Read more

Q. Our next-door neighbor is driving us crazy with noise. Are there any attractive soundproofing solutions out there?

Q. We live in a condominium and our next-door neighbor is driving us crazy with noise that comes right through our bedroom wall. Are there any attractive soundproofing solutions out there? A. Interior designer Ellen Rosenberg  (773-720-5167), who has dealt with such issues many times, suggests blowing in insulation, putting acoustical tiles or cork on … Read more