The latest issue of Chicago Home was full of things we could all appreciate on AT: Great design for less money, favorite local shops and resources, and several peeks inside Chicago dwellings that read either trendy, sophisticated, green, thrifty, or luxurious (or some magical combination). And look on page 67! We at AT were surprised and delighted to be mentioned as a great resource for saving $$ on furniture (Amy Lenahan of Design i Interiors specifically notes our Scavenger columns). But before we start digging, we always enjoy first turning to the Editor's note by Jan Parr, which really struck us: She told readers about her previous life editing a magazine about online investing, at a time when all she really desired was a pretty portfolio. Now that she edits an interiors magazine - she wants pretty interiors! But, "ah", she says, "the joys of being part of the design profession on a journalist's salary." We couldn't relate more. Jan goes on to really dish out the purpose of this Spring issue: to encourage tricks in choosing, identifying great design for less, using innovative solutions to make your home better without buying, buying, buying, and knowing what things make the most sense for each of us to splurge on versus save on. Sounds like what we apartment therapists think about daily. Here's a rundown of a few highlights on our first look: p. 20, Popular Science: "Lab-worth decorative touches," such as a vintage anatomical chart, bring to mind Amy's Ravenswood apartment - our very first house tour. p. 24, I Spy: A great best of list from I.D., a favorite boutique.
p. 26, Hey, Jude: Luke Wong's, Dublin sideboard for sale at Judy Niedermaier. p. 61, That '70s Girl: Dana, whose apartment we featured in an AT house tour last year, is profiled for her great design for less: "Dedicated thrifting and the occasional splurge make for spirited hippie-chic decor."
p. 98, View from the Top (pictured above): Featuring a couple in Bucktown and their lush rooftop deck: "It’s tough to compete with a sprawling view of Chicago’s magical, multi-layered skyline. For Jennifer Glaspie and Michael Osanloo, whose Bucktown house offered a captivating view but little more than a bland expanse of rooftop deck from which to appreciate it, the answer was not to compete but to complement. The couple called on interior designer Afiya Adams of Aha Designs, who, along with her mother and partner, Johnene Adams, whipped up a welcoming rooftop sanctuary that manages to feel remote from the city even while embracing it."