Regular readers of our magazine might notice a change in this issue: we’ve added the word “garden” to our name. That’s because we recently bought Chicago Home & Garden, a Lake Forest–based magazine, and folded it into ours. This potent combination helps us do what we do better than anyone else in the Chicago area Read more
Features 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. Departments Editor’s Note Domestica 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. Buyer’s Guide Design Sources Lighting Decorative Finishes Furniture & Accessories Kids’ Furnishings Rugs & Carpets Linens Read more