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Interior Motives

Looking for a classic modernist? An eclectic traditionalist? A transitional . . . oh, never mind. With so many designers and decorators to choose from, it can be tricky finding one you’ll click with. These five firms stand out from the crowd by specializing in a certain type of client—you, perhaps

Mod and Zen

River North has become a veritable playground for design junkies over the past few years. For those on the hunt for modern classics and ethnographic treasures, the selection just keeps getting deeper . . . and deeper

French Twist

At Le Magasin, hand-picked china, textiles, and other home goods from owner Didier Milleriot’s native France tell a story—each piece comes with information about the workshop or region where the piece was produced. Charmant!

Shoestring Chic

Brice Cooper loves getting his hands dirty. The 26-year-old Chicago-based host and lead designer of HGTV’s Design on a Dime is used to making the most of not much—transforming rooms with back-alley finds, paint, and discounted designer deals. We asked him to share some tips, including the best neighborhoods for Dumpster diving.