Third Time's the Charm

A living room goes from small and awkward to elegant and family friendly. When an Evanston couple with three young children commissioned an addition to their historic Victorian, they turned to Buckingham ID founder and interior designer Julia Buckingham Edelmann for help with scale, color and figuring out the best way to make use of […]

Women Who Leave Men for Other Women

Actresses Cynthia Nixon and Meredith Baxter have been talking about a pivotal change that came later in their lives, and we’re not talking about menopause. After longtime relationships with men, these women are now in committed romantic relationships with other women. This isn’t just a Hollywood trend. Shayna Goldstein, a licensed marriage and family therapist […]

Winners: Family Room or Mud Room

Thanks to everyone—professionals and homeowners—who sent in photos of their fabulous family rooms and mud rooms. Our judges this month are Lindsay McDonell of LB Interior Design in Chicago, Bob Zuber of Morgante-Wilson Architects, Ltd. of Evanston, and Linda Eisenberg of Collaborate Design Studio in Deerfield. The judges were asked to choose a winner in […]

Daytripper: Long Grove

Visit this historic town filled with old-world charm, boutiques, exceptional food, and array of festivals. Here are our top suggestions for spending the day in Long Grove. Spend the morning at… Olivia’s Past For vintage-inspired wear, check out Olivia’s. Appeals to fashion-forward women of all ages. Sweet Whimsy Sit back with a mug of organic, […]

Boo Fondue

  On a night when the candy is calling, tempt your little ghouls with a cheesy fondue made with parmesan, a kid favorite. A little trick to get them to eat their veggie treats. Serves: 6 Prep time: 5 min. Cook time: 15 min Ingredients 1 1/2 cups milk 1 garlic clove, smashed 2 packages […]