Blogging: Chicago Tribune Magazine Renovation Issue

Blogging: Chicago Tribune Magazine Renovation Issue

Janel Laban
Feb 23, 2007

Last week's Sunday Tribune magazine went into our "bloggable" folder. It was totally dedicated to home renovation in Chicago. We've just taken a quick look at it so far but thought we'd share a few local names, ideas and products from the issue:

Wallpaper's Hidden Cost: Jeff Hester, of Hester Decorating in Skokie says that often wallpaper needs an under layer of horizontal stock. This "underlining" can add and additional 60 - 70% to the cost of the job, so check ahead on whether the paper you choose requires it.

Recommended DIY manuals: Deborah Salter just opened Just an Illusion, a decorative painting business after years of successful DIY projects. Her favorite picks for home improvement info: Readers Digest Home Improvement Manual from 1982 and Time Life's "Home Repair and Improvement" series from 1996. She also likes Home Depot's "Home Improvement 1-2-3". All are available in updated versions.

Bungalow Redo: Lisa Skolnik had local architects dream up new innovative rethinks of the classic Chicago bungalow. We really enjoyed reading the ideas from Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn of UrbanLab, Grant Gibson of Garofalo Architects, as well as the futuristic plan from Farr Associates.

Chicago Colors: Donald Kaufman, head of Donald Kaufman Color Collection paints gives two picks from his collection that he feels are perfect for the quality of light here in Chicago - Red #17 and Golden Apricot #20.

Lighting Tip: Art dealer Tom Mc Cormick says he placed Juno's recessed ceiling light fixture throughout his space. He says placement at 30 inches in from the wall is ideal for illumination of artwork.

Design on a Dime Tips: New host Frank Fontana of Chicago based HGTV show, Design on a Dime shared some low cost decor resources:
A mix of 50/50 white primer and water used on wood can give the look expensive pickling.
Converted outdoor Home Depot lanterns can be used indoors for unsual indoor accent lighting.
A chandelier can be created by suspending a reclaimed stainded glass window panel horizontally above a table and setting large candles on it; a sheet of plexiglass holds the candles.

Image: From the Fairfield House Bungalow renovation by UrbanLab via

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