Partner Spotlight: Morgante-Wilson Architects, a Local Favorite Among Chicago Architecture Firms

With more than 30 years experience in architecture, interiors, and landscape design, the Morgante-Wilson team delivers a comprehensive and consistent project from start to finish; creating personalized, memorable spaces. We asked Elissa Morgante, president of Morgante-Wilson Architects, to tell us more about the mission and passions that drive their dedicated team: Make It Better: Briefly describe your […]

How to Use Your Outdoor Living Space This Fall (While Also Preparing for Spring)

With the popularity of outdoor living expected to hit its highest peak yet this year, we are seeing a shift away from seasonality as homeowners adopt a more year-round mindset regarding their outdoor spaces. Outdoor living is no longer restricted to spring and summer. The innovative approaches in high-performance materials, lighting, and outdoor electronics (video […]

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Yard All Summer Long

Just when the weather breaks and you’re finally able to enjoy the outdoors, that familiar, aggravating hum arrives. You can’t see them, but they’re there, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. You slap your ear, swat the air and ultimately let those pesky mosquitoes drive you back to the safety of the great indoors, the very place you […]

The Ins and Outs of Outdoor Spaces

Cool shade, lake breezes … we want to live outside this summer. Lucky for us, with a little design help, we can. “Everything about outdoor spaces is better than ever,” says Lindsay McDonell, of Chicago-based LB Interior Design. “Furniture is better. Outdoor rugs are more sophisticated. People are really carrying the design from the interior […]

Spring Container Gardening for Beginners and Pros

Brown and tired…that’s what your winter pots say. No time like spring to ditch the pine needles and winterberries for tulips, pansies and pussy willow. “Spring is the perfect time to revive your outdoor garden containers with bright colors and verdant foliage,” says Laura Szyjka, a garden/floral designer with Rocco Fiore and Sons. “Regardless of […]