950 North Michigan Ave Unit 2604 - Dining Room

THE “OOH AAH FACTOR”

By Barbara Laken and Annie Alexander Anyone surfing Zillow, Home Snap or Houzz who has ever signed a lease, or negotiated an offer to purchase, knows that buying or selling real estate is not strictly a business decision. In fact, when it comes to just about any kind of transaction involving personal living space, we’re […]

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Chicago Condo - White Kitchen

TO ATTRACT THE MOST BUYERS: WHITE IS RIGHT

By Barbara Laken and Annie Alexander When deciding to renovate or rehab your kitchen, it bears noting which color choices are likely to have the most impact on your home’s overall value. According to Ideal Home, “Choosing a white kitchen could be the best decision you’ll ever make… White cabinetry is always a best-seller.” Most […]

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Bathroom Redux - updating to a modern bathroom, before and after project

BATHROOM REDUX: FROM DREADFUL TO DIVINE

By Barbara Laken and Annie Alexander The Problem: How to transform a small vintage bathroom into a sophisticated en-suite spa for guests in need of a bit of serenity and a good shower. When Linda Trilla DiDonato, a well-known Chicago interior designer and her husband, Peter DiDonato, purchased an elegant but well-worn vintage lakefront apartment […]

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

By Barbara Laken According to the United States Bureau of Transportation, visiting friends and family is the single biggest reason Americans travel during the holiday period, with the average Thanksgiving trip logging in at 214 miles – and Christmas/New Year’s holiday travelers exceeding that number, with a whopping 275 miles per trip. What’s more, fifty-three […]

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Chicago Skyline at dusk

RESALE VS. NEW CONSTRUCTION: FIVE QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU DECIDE

It’s hard to miss the citywide boom in new construction condos. From shimmering glass high rises in the Gold Coast and River North to Jeanne Gang’s Vista Tower, which grossed over 200 million dollars in sales before breaking ground, new construction condos are dominating the market in many Chicago neighborhoods. This trend has left many […]

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