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Carpet Baggers

We’ve always loved Flor carpet tiles, but a drawback of this Elmhurst-based catalog and Internet business was that you couldn’t easily see and touch its eco-friendly products. Now the company has opened a showroom in Lincoln Park (the third in the U.S.), where all styles are on display. Bonus: By having your order sent to … Read more

Pretty in Ponterio

After years of carrying around a sketchbook filled with drawings of pieces he wished he could find, but couldn’t, interior designer Frank Ponterio decided to bring his sketches to life with help from local craftspeople; now the finished products are available for sale. The updated Chesterfield-style Agador sofa, with its cut-out center and bronze feet, … Read more

Tried and True

With paint colors, as with hairdressers and doctors, it’s best to get a recommendation before jumping in. We asked our trusty style editor, Barri Leiner, to spill the beans on seven hues that design pros turn to again and again.

Plum Crazy

Following the runway rush to jewel tones for fall, we predict plum as the season’s frontrunner for the home. Alone or with gray, pink, chocolate brown, or even yellow, it’s playful, rich, and ripe for the picking.

Forever Young

This past spring, for the International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart, we asked three interior designers—Greg Jagmin, Julia Buckingham Edelmann, and Hillery Estes—to create vignettes for us that use antiques in a fresh way. What did we learn? That antiques are not stodgy if given a chance to be hip. Take inspiration from these … Read more