Addressing Climate Change In Paintings

During the recent years climate change has become an issue and people are approaching it from many angles.  Mary Iverson is a Seattle based painter who is approaching the issue in a creative and unique way.  She is making landscape paintings and adding abstracted drawings of shipping containers to them. In this way, she is […]

The Secret Life Of The Pencil

A pencil is a unique tool which enables us to unleash our creative thoughts and secure them. “The palest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory” as our ancestors said. Many creatives reach to a pencil when they come up with a new idea. No matter how advanced we get with digital screens that […]

Diverse and Stylish New Hotels in Chicago

We love our hometown, and of course we should, but we know that Chicago pride runs deeper than that of most places.  Here we have rich institutions, some of the best universities, parks, museums, and architecture in the world.  The words “I’m from Chicago” carry some weight no matter which corner of the world we […]


If you didn’t catch yesterday’s article about online shelter magazines, in today’s New York Times, I think you’ll be interested. Already the blogosphere is debating whether these women received a fair shake or were victim, instead, to a patronizing critique by the Gray Lady. Grace Bonney at DesignSponge has a response. [image via designsponge] And […]

NEWS: The New Luxury, a Panel

Please join us for a discussion on Defining the New Luxury: A Luxury Market in the New Post-recession World. May 12, 2pm at the David Sutherland Showroom Alan M. Siegel, partner in the law firm of Levy Sonet & Siegel, LLP and serves as national legal counsel to the American Society of Interior Designers, Inc., will moderate […]


File this one away under “news” or “easier,” since any renter in the city might appreciate decals that afford the look of hand-stenciled lettering on the walls, with no need to cover them up when you move out. Design sponge featured Shanna Murray’s decals this morning, and they caught our attention. We’ve seen other decals […]

FURNITURE: Villa Tower

We’re happy to announce a new design: The Villa Tower is a handsome and practical open storage piece for books and favorite objects. Used alone or in pairs, its architectural character marks an interior space with height and texture.  Our friends at Apartment Therapy ran a great survey on arranging books. Check it out here.  Buying a new bookshelf affords […]