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Ideas for remodeling your kitchen and how to decorate it when finished.


Give your interior design a new glow.

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Advice on getting your house in tip-top shape to put on the market.


How to plan, where to go and what to bring.

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Highland Park “celebrity” residents give their insight on the secrets to enjoy a picnic under the stars at the Ravinia Festival. Plus, pack a gourmet picnic basket featuring food and accessories from Downtown Highland Park businesses.


A hidden garden spot is just what you need to relax outdoors.



What home buyers and sellers need to know about mortgages.


Bring the outside in with decorating tips that add a French panache.



A look at gardens around Downtown Highland Park.

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oday, the Downtown Highland Park Alliance launches an innovative quarterly magazine spotlighting local businesses and their expertise — a unique look into what our Downtown Highland Park businesses have to offer. The first issue “All Things Home” showcases Downtown Highland Park merchants’ talents on kitchen remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping and more. In August, we focus on “Fitness & Fashion.” The “Holiday Shopping” issue in November will include unique gift ideas only Downtown Highland Park businesses can offer. “The Arts & Entertainment” issue is set for February. Today homeowners and developers are designing their buildings to be sustainable. The concept of sustainability is ancient yet applied in every family’s generation of building. The art of sustainable living and an appreciation of cultural art is an important theme for this year’s celebration of opening our curtain for the new look for your Downtown Highland Park shopping experience. Our one of a kind merchants will enable you to connect your vision of living and help you experience only the uniqueness that each of our retailers and professionals can provide. As the Chair of the Downtown Highland Park Alliance, we invite you to “Shop, Dine and Indulge” your home and garden passions with our merchants and service providers. Come visit our Downtown Highland Park and our Highland Park merchants will enable you to capture your intimate new designs and make your new home and garden design a one of a kind reality art and cultural experience.

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Clockwise from top left: Kitchen designs from Tithof Tile & Marble, Linly Designs, Green Living Designs, Linly Designs and Tithof Tile & Marble.

KITCHEN REMODELING ‘Mix the old with the new’

kitchen. The contrasting styles will create an edgy, updated look.” ettling on one look for a new kitchen is a Clashing time periods and materials will tall order for even the most savvy designer. flow more effortlessly against a neutral color Luckily mixing is in this season, ac- palette. “Steer away from the overuse of color,” cording to a collection of Downtown High- says Levin, who added that colorful smaller obland Park shop owners. jects can be updated as tastes evolve over time. Love traditional cabinets and contempoRick Glickman, founder and president of rary light fixtures? Dream Kitchens, Inc., says gray kitchens are in, Style Shack co-owner Sherry Levin recom- and they pop with accent pieces like a mosaic mends letting the old coexist with the new. backsplash, an acid-washed barnwood hutch or “Dust off your grandmother’s silver tea set a bold pendant light fixture. and place it in your newly renovated, modern Leslie Smith, who works in sales and design




at Tithof Tile & Marble, utilizes white marble, light granite and quartzite for countertops, and Tithof can create honed, antiqued or brushed textures in their fabrication facility. The Dekton-topped outdoor kitchen, which can stay outside for 20 years, is on display in Dream Kitchens’ brand new showroom and one of the few available in the North Shore. Linly Designs General Manager Jennifer Sterna has received a high demand for fully integrated appliances like refrigerators with decorative panel overlays, such as antique mirrors and metals. “These are not only the hottest thing in

Combine form & function

when decorating your new kitchen


From top to bottom: Kitchen designs from Linly Designs and Green Living Designs.

“Dust off your grandmother’s silver tea

set and place it in your newly renovated, modern kitchen. The contrasting styles will create an edgy, updated look.” kitchen design but can become a major conversation piece,” she says. Renewable products like LED undercabinet lighting and bamboo, a waterresistant option for flooring and cabinetry, cater to the eco-minded crowd. Green Living Designs practices this methodology by keeping formaldehyde out of the millwork and offering locally grown and harvested hardwoods. Glickman designs kitchens from a cook’s perspective and knows the busiest spot is between the sink and the stove.

He suggests spreading the workflow between the important areas by putting in a prep sink in the island, for instance. Sterna has found clients requesting multiple and extended islands for extra workspace and entertaining elbow room. “After all,” she says, “everyone gathers in the kitchen during family gatherings and parties.” “Really decide how you use your kitchen and what it is to you,” says Glickman. “Everyone’s dream is independent.” HOME AND GARDEN | 7 | DOWNTOWNHP.COM

Jennifer Sterna, general manager of Linly Designs, always recommends displaying decorative but functional serving pieces on the counter or inside glass-paneled cabinets. “Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, you should prepare and serve every meal on dishes that you love.” Citywoods houses furniture, jewelry and clothing handmade by 400 American craftspeople. “Whether installing a modern, minimalist kitchen, using reclaimed wood, or a more traditional design approach, combining form and function with handcrafted accessories brings art to everyday life,” says owner Diana Schaps. Bowls look beautiful as “empty vessels” on the kitchen table while doing double duty serving salad. Cutting boards feature end grain chunks, birdseye maple, and turquoise to present bread and appetizers. Lazy Susans incorporate riverstones and reclaimed wine barrel parts for a natural feel. “Only display items that you love to look at. Just because you’ve owned it for a long time or used it in your former kitchen doesn’t mean it must transition into your new one. Review and select carefully and intentionally,” says Sherry Levin, who co-owns Style Shack along with Dawn Pye. Try the utensil caddy to neatly store your everyday cutlery or for a festive occasion. According to Leslie Smith, who works in sales and design for Tithof Tile & Marble, the kitchen can get congested being the main hub, so she advises keeping it simple. “A pop of color can always be added with a bowl of fruit, fabric on bar counter chairs, artwork, etc., but it’s more difficult to de-clutter.”

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Room rebirth

owner of Design Partners.“Bookcases can be painted the wall color to fade his season, breathe new life away and simplify a room,” she said, into the home you love. urging everyone to put their personal Let’s shed some light on stamp on their furniture, cabinets, or how to give your interior design a even accessories. Jonathan Rubenstein, owner new glow. of Paint JAR Inc, agreed that the Paint easiest and inexpensive changes When it comes to paint, you come in paint. “There are no aren’t limited to walls anymore. rules!” he said. “Take the pictures In fact, focal points are powerful and miscellaneous art off the in an open space. wall. Then, find one piece you “Bright teal and orange-colored love, display it, and leave that coffee tables can be used in rooms wall white or gray. Paint the where upholstery is more subdued,” others something shocking!” said Doreen Avila, designer and he suggested. BY TERRA COONEY For Sun-Times Media


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“With social media it’s easy to find inspiration for an existing piece of furniture.” Pop Inexpensive additions like centerpieces and throw pillows can do wonders for a drab room. Melissa Edelman, owner and president of the Antiquaire, Inc., suggested flowers to add spark to a monotone palette. Cherry blossoms, lilacs and forsythia flowers make great centerpieces, she said. Another way to coordinate color is to invest in some throw pillows. “Bring in shimmery indigo throw pillows to a gray couch and all of a sudden you’ve brought a new feeling to a room,” Edelman offered. Rubenstein agreed that those heavy, wintery earth-tone pillows and throws need to be swapped out, and suggested splashes of bright, powerful, almost primary colors as additions. He shared that brighter accents may go well in rooms painted subtle gray and white. Edelman shared another trend in modern, larger scale geometric

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prints, which she is seeing beautifully showcased not only in pillows, but also in wallpaper or area rugs. No matter how you scatter them, these types of accessories spruce up your sectional sofa or bedroom without having to slipcover, reupholster or paint anything. Repurpose ’Tis the season of out with the old and in with the new. While spring cleaning, you may find some treasures, or be able to see better what you are lacking. “With social media it’s easy to find inspiration for an existing piece of furniture,” Avila said. She is seeing many servers and buffets finding new lives as media cabinets and entry tables. Edelman agrees, adding that even that old chest of drawers could become a beautiful bathroom vanity. Something as easy as moving pieces from one room to the next can create contrast and interest in a new space.

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t’s spring, which means that if you’re considering putting your home on the market, now is the time. Beth Alberts, associate broker at Baird & Warner, implements a comprehensive approach to get a home sold: She uses innovative technology and progressive market-analysis tools, employs a thorough modern marketing approach and has a keen eye for interior spaces and design. Alberts and her team of affable professionals at Baird & Warner are in your corner. To get your home in shape and ready for the market, follow these top 10 suggestions, provided by Alberts: 1. A buyer’s first impression of a home is the front door. Make sure the door and frame are free of chipped paint. Also, clean the cobwebs off of exterior porch lights. 2. Go around the house with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and caulk gun. Scuffed walls can make your home look tired and in need of an expensive paint job. Also, make sure your moldings are in good shape. Visible cracks are always a red flag that a home isn’t

being properly maintained. 3. A thorough spring clean is a must. Clean your appliances, steam clean your carpets and wash your windows inside and out. Buyers may not love your carpet, but if it’s free of stains and odor they might be able to live with it for a while. Cleanliness shows a pride in ownership; it doesn’t cost much, but it leaves a lasting impression with potential buyers. 4. General guidelines for kitchen de-cluttering: clear off the kitchen counter tops and island; limit yourself to one counter top appliance such as a coffee maker. Store all cutting boards and dish towels and file or recycle loose papers. Remove all items from the refrigerator door. 5. Consider having a preliminary home inspection. Fixing any major problems ahead of time will allow you to list your home with confidence. Having a buyer walk away from a deal because of an inspection issue can ruin your home’s reputation in the marketplace and keep you from getting top dollar. 6. Clean and organize closets, especially if your

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home is small. Overflowing closets will only emphasize the tiny space. 7. Remove pet food bowls and litter boxes for showings. Store them either in the garage or in a basement utility room. 8. Leave the house for showings. Buyers cannot envision the home as theirs with you still in it. There is nothing to be gained by being home. It is always uncomfortable, and if buyers engage you with questions, they are usually just being polite. 9. Replace old bath rugs and towels. 10.Turn on the lights and open the window treatments for showings — the more light, the better.

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A summer party for every occasion

How to plan, where to go, what to bring that matches your skin tone and brings out your The staff at Posh Nails, Nails and More in Highland Park. personality; popular on-trend colors for this seaWhether you’re hosting or attending, parties son are pinks and corals.� guest towels, table cards, hanging butterflies or whatare on the menu this summer. Get yourself geared ever our customer desires.� up and take the initiative to go the extra step with Every party starts with an invitation If you’re the one up at bat hosting a party, plan Take the party somewhere else thoughtful invitations, event locations and gifts ahead and send a personal invitation — tangible mail Getting the girls together for a fun day or night ideas. Ready, set, party! shows the invitee you’ve put some thought into the out is a fabulous way to nurture friendships and Put your best polished-foot forward process and you care about their attendance. practice your gift of gab. Consider hosting a get-toIf your toes are exposed, as they often are in The good folks at The Stationery Station have you gether at Posh Nails, Nails and More in Downtown the summer months, make sure your nails are covered — they create party invitations, stationery and Highland Park — they can cater delectable eats and in tip-top shape before the merrymaking com- thank-you cards with clever wording, an event-appro- turn the party into a BYOB social gathering. mences. Nicely finished nails make a gal feel priate font and impeccable design sensibility. “We can arrange any occasion whether it be a ready to celebrate. “We start by listening; we want to nail down ex- bridal shower, birthday party or a girls night out,� “We believe there’s nothing better to put some- actly what our customer envisions, then our creativity Rakhman said. “We customize the event for your one in a good party mood than having freshly flows,� said Sheryl Oberman, president of The Sta- needs — a mani and pedi day or a relaxing spa polished nails and toes,� said Janet Rakhman, co- tionery Station. “We customize a great invitation and day — we do it all.� owner of Posh Nails, Nails and More in Highland then once the tone is set, we carry the theme through According to Rakhman, Posh Nails, Nails and Park. “Be sure to have the perfect summer color with paper party goods, initialed cocktail napkins and More offers a wide variety of services, including spa BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media




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manicures and pedicures that allow you to pamper yourself with scrubs and distress with scented moisturizers. They use only the best and safest products for you and the environment. Bring something memorable Everyone knows you should never show up to a party empty-handed — wine, a food dish or flowers are customary items to present when the door opens, welcoming you inside. Think a bit outside of the box this season and arrive at that important bash with something that will leave a lasting impression. The Stationery Station in Downtown Highland Park offers clients beautifully packaged food items and baskets from New York’s Chelsea Market — a gift that is sure to wow your party host. The family-owned and operated Highland Pop Gourmet Popcorn and Fudge Shop in Downtown Highland Park has a clever name and clever gift ideas to boot. Attend the party with one of their custom gift baskets or tins chock-full of popcorn — they have a plethora of inimitable flavors such as watermelon, flaming hot cheddar, peppermint

candy, taffy apple, pina colada and bubblegum, as well as staple flavors like butter, caramel and white cheddar. “Highland Pop has become a local favorite because of our delicious nut-free, gluten-free popcorn and fudge; we can’t make it fast enough,” said Kimberly Silvestri Cohen, president of Highland Pop Gourmet Popcorn and Fudge Shop. “We’ll personalize your order with your logo or photo for any occasion. We offer delicious desserts without breaking the bank; we pop, pack, cater, dip and wrap.” Yoga for all: the perfect healthy gift For a hostess or host offering that would be fit for a fit friend, consider a yoga contribution. Healing Power Yoga in Downtown Highland Park offers an array of gift-giving solutions. Gift certificates are available for yoga classes: $20 for a single class, $90 for five classes, $170 for 10 classes or $320 for 20 classes. Surprise your hostess or host with a private yoga session for $125. If you’d like to provide your own yoga teacher, you can rent the space and lead your own yoga party for $125 or spend $250 if you’d like a Healing Power Yoga teacher for your private party. “Any one of these gifts would be quite healing,” said Gina Evangelista, owner of Healing

Gift baskets from The Stationery Station (above) feature beautifully packaged food items and baskets from New York’s Chelsea Market. Highland Pop Gourmet Popcorn and Fudge Shop (left) can personalize your order to create a clever gift.

Power Yoga. “We are a small, intimate yoga studio; we have a variety of yoga classes from Basics to Master Vinyasa Flow,” Evangelista said. “You can feel the love of the community here, as you melt your stress away. Body, mind and spirit.”

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very year, about 600,000 concertgoers blissfully flock to the Ravinia Festival to enjoy a plethora of world-class sounds — jazz, classical, blues, country, rock, musical theater and more — while relaxing in the open air. Pavilion seats are available, however,

picnicking on the lawn is arguably the best way to experience the atmosphere and uniqueness of this historic, easyon-the-ear celebration. First-timers, take heed: It’s tradition and part of the social norm to bring in blankets, good eats and beverages (BYOB!). All concerts in the Pavilion and Martin Theatre are broadcast to the lawn areas so you’ll be able to benefit from stellar music while socializing with friends or family.

Radio and television personality Melissa Forman has some insider tips to keep the joy and laughter flowing at the concert. She starts her Ravinia experience by shopping Downtown Highland Park for the items she needs to make the outing complete. “I would absolutely stop by the Style Shack and see if they have a great picnic basket (or some amazing napkins, cute salt and pepper shakers, or a pretty bar of soap to wash up with after the show, Forman said. “I would load it with great treats from Sunset Foods or Michaels (think teriyaki chicken wraps). “Then I would go to Jolie Maison to get a gorgeous blanket or throw to keep us warm. Finally, I would stop by Enaz to pick up something pretty and timeless to wear to the show (a conversation piece, if you will). Then it’s off to the most perfect concert venue under the stars on earth.” Forman said all spots are good spots at the festival, but she prefers to be near the Carousel. “The best part is that everyone is friendly, even if you can’t find a seat — someone will offer to let you sit and join them,” Forman said. “Make friends!” And Forman has a secret: “The bathrooms on the far northwest side of the festival actually have an extra section of women’s restrooms; walk toward the men’s side and they are just to the right, always empty. Shhh, that’s my gift to you.” Children’s book author Brenda Ferber loves to bring delectable dishes as well as a nice bottle of wine when she attends a concert. “It doesn’t matter who is playing,” Ferber said. “It’s the beautiful setting, more than anything, that keeps me coming back.” Ferber has been a fan of Ravinia for most of her life. “I distinctly remember going to concerts on the Fourth of July as a child, stuffing myself with cherries,”

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Ferber said. “Then I remember going as a teen with my friends. I remember snuggling on a blanket under the stars with my husband and bringing our kids to the children’s concerts. Now, as our kids are leaving the nest, my husband and I are back attending concerts, just the two of us.” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is no novice — she knows exactly what to bring, where to sit and how to fully enjoy the concert. Rotering brings in snacks from Sunset Foods — cheese, crackers, dips, veggies, fruit, baguettes and sparking water — plus comfort and entertainment items from home — pillows, games, books and blankets. Rotering and her family unwind near the Sculpture Walk for fun people watching. “Basically, we look like we are going camping without a tent,” Rotering said. “Every so often, we’ll order pizza and bring it in. We also have a family tradition of getting a s’mores pizza for dessert.” The Ravinia Festival is a large part of what makes life in Highland Park so fantastic. “Ravinia is a treasure in our community,” Rotering said. “With all of this talk about Ravinia picnics, I can’t wait for summer to arrive!” Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Jason Brown, who grew up in Highland Park, has many fond memories of Ravinia. “I have so many wonderful memories at Ravinia,” he said. “In grade school, I was so lucky to perform there with our school’s choir and orchestra. What an unbelievable experience to perform on that stage. It was magical having our Highland Park High School graduation at Ravinia. The beautiful setting added to the emotion of the evening and helped make it a night I will never forget. “Concerts at Ravinia are so special. My friends and I sat on the lawn for the Carrie Underwood concert and had an amazing time. It was such a unique experience eating under the stars and listening to her incredible voice,” Brown said. The Downtown Highland Park Alliance is launching a “What’s In Your Ravinia Basket?” campaign. Watch for details at DHP businesses.


5NANCY ROTERING Mayor of Highland Park; pictured with her husband, Rob Photo courtesy of Nancy Rotering

5BRENDA FERBER Children’s author

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JASON BROWN Olympic bronze medalist figure skater

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An eye to beauty and gracious living and eating, regardless of budget, has become a focus of entertaining in recent years. Picnic is now a buzzword for elegant outdoor entertaining, usually encompassing a theme. How do you find your personal picnicking style? The perfect picnic is whatever you make it. A uniquely American family outing, with brats, burgers, chips, potato salad and soda, served on plastic or paper, is still a viable picnic choice, particularly for those with young children. It’s low maintenance, easy to pack, stow, and go, and cleans up fast. What if instead, you could be seated at a linen-draped table festooned with candelabra to enjoy gourmet fare off bone china and wines from crystal? A little too high-brow? Maybe a gingham tablecloth with jar candles, soft cotton napkins and sturdy hand-thrown pottery could provide a perfect rustic setting. The key is to keep your picnic set-up portable, lightweight and attractive. You’ll find that the picnic usually creates itself around a menu or special dish. “Once you know your entrée, the theme picks itself,” says Sunset Foods Vice President of Marketing Thaddeus Tazioli. “For example, let’s say you’ve settled on paella. It’s a wonderfully flavorful rice dish and tradition invites you to add a variety of meats and seafood, depending on your taste. Where’s paella from? Spain. So, you can create a Spanish-themed picnic that’s as casual or elegant as you’d like.” There are wonderful picnic areas, such as Sunset Woods, the beach, or even your own backyard, throughout Highland Park. But when choosing the when and where of your picnic, this year you cannot beat the perfect romance of Aug. 17 at Ravinia. Why? In the midst of Ravinia Festival, you can be part of Ravinia’s Ultimate Picnic Contest. Whether you attend as a spectator, or decide to enter for a chance to win a two-person season lawn pass, using contest guidelines will help you keep your picnic portable, elegant and memorable! Decisions on everything from appetizers to wines, place cards and cutlery fall into place once your theme emerges, and if the Spanish picnic excites your imagination, Sunset Foods has a myriad of imported items to tempt everyone’s palate. Matiz’s line of paella, picos de aceite breadsticks and Marcona almonds are all great bets. You can dress your picnic table to impress with a tiered serving tray of flatbread, anchovystuffedolivesandslicedpaletaserrano,servedaseitherappetizersor finger-food side dishes. A selection of Eppa wines will round out your elegant repast. Your table setting need not be a showpiece. Form can follow function. You can serve salads, pre-chilled, from attractive Mason jars, which allow you leak-free portability and charm. The same idea could be used to serve individual-serving sangria; include the fruits and wine and seal it shut. Your theme can go as elegant or kitschy as you choose. Sunset can help with your setting too, they even have a lightweight table-in-a-bag. Provided by Sunset Foods; picnic photos courtesy of Thaddeus Tazioli

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Home is where the heart is, and what you keep close to your heart is just outside those doors.

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Your outdoor living space should be a true extension of your home in terms of style, comfort and function. Whether you are seeking a large patio for hosting events or a clandestine courtyard to kick your feet up when all alone, this space is yours. Your neighbors may be your best friends, but sometimes a hidden hotspot is just what you need. A simple cedar deck is a timeless classic, but no longer your only alternative. In addition, green, recycled and lowmaintenance decking materials are growing


in popularity, noted Ted Benson, president of Deckwerks, Inc. “From kitchens to convertible coffee tables and built-in seating solutions, there are countless way to create outdoor luxury living space,” Benson said. Custom-built, wood-fired ovens and fireplaces are two of the most requested features for outdoor living rooms by clients of Manfredini Landscaping and Design. “Fireplaces can be used year-round, and there is nothing that gathers people together more than sitting around a flickering fire,” said Rico Manfredini, president and owner.


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Once you’ve chosen how to use your space, concealing it is easy. Pergolas, arbors and trellises draw attention away from surrounding views and provide an architectural structure for gorgeous greenery. “Any of these can stand alone and be dressed up with vines, plantings and art to customize your own private outdoor space,” Benson said. Coupling a wall with screening landscape can provide a soft-edged natural barrier between you and nearby residents. Along with masonry walls, hedges — deciduous or evergreen — are a classic screening device, though it’s important to know the difference. “We design plantings that not only offer screening, but also four seasons of visual interest,” Manfredini said. Let the professionals make sure that the scale of your shrubbery is appropriate to your space, especially as the plants will grow and mature. To create the perfect escape, go one step further with a cackling fire pit, a canopy, or any number of water features to help soften ambient noise and help create a more tranquil setting.

GRUBBY NAILS NO MORE: ADVICE FROM A PRO Warmer weather leads to more time spent outside in your backyard — unburying treasure in the sandbox with your kids, chasing after the dog barefoot in the grass and digging in the dirt to help your garden grow. These sunnysky activities can wreak havoc on your nails.

WHAT’S A GAL TO DO? “Make sure that you wear gloves so that you don’t ruin your pretty nails,” said Janet Rakhman, co-owner of Posh Nails, Nails and More in Downtown Highland Park. “After your yard work, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water and put on a generous amount of moisturizer that contains shea butter.” Paraffin gloves and booties, Rakhman advises, can be applied at home to rehydrate your skin and make your hands and feet feel soft, smooth and youthful. When in doubt, if the dirt really hits the fan, pop in to Posh Nails, Nails and More to let the licensed technicians take care of business. Wendy Altschuler, for Sun-Times Media


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Mortgage market trends BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media

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The housing market and the needs of home buyers and sellers are constantly evolving. Locally operated Highland Park Bank & Trust offers full-service mortgage lending, focusing on basic conventional, FHA and VA loans as well as fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, jumbo loans and more. Highland Park Bank & Trust’s mortgage originator, Michael Goldstein, knows the mortgage market inside and out. According to Goldstein, the current market still requires an increase in documentation, but housing trends are stable to slightly increasing. “The basic documents needed to be preapproved are the last two years of personal tax returns with W2s, any and all Schedule K-1s

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and the last two pay stubs, covering a month’s period,” said Goldstein, senior residential lender. “Should you be self-employed, you’ll need your business tax returns for the last two years. “Of the K1s, if you own more than 25 percent of the partnership, you’ll need two years of tax returns, two consecutive bank statements and two consecutive retirement/ stock accounts documents.” Goldstein said that to obtain the best possible rate, a credit score of 740 is the minimum requirement, but the minimum score needed to get a mortgage is 620. To improve or maintain good credit, Goldstein said, “Make sure your revolving lines of credit are less than half of your credit limit and do not close national credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) that have zero balances.”

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Bring outside in with French flair BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media

Specializing in creating lovely interiors for North Shore clients, Downtown Highland Park’s Jolie Maison knows a thing or two about making a home inviting, sophisticated and warm. Decorate this season with French insight and panache with the help of Jolie Maison — French for “pretty home,” owned by Leslie Blesius. It has never been easier to use the inspiration of nature while decorating inside the home. “Be it a grand entryway, a stunning powder room, an inviting great room or an intimate bedroom, the client’s full vision can be realized,” said Susan, a Jolie Maison design expert. “While the home is our retreat from the outside

world, often we seek to bring the outdoors in, especially this spring after a relentless winter.” Some quick fixes to brighten up the home’s interior include French tapestries, botanical pillows for the couch, an ottoman tray with a fruit and flower motif or a bedroom-transforming bird toile duvet and shams. “Our ever popular Sid Dickens tiles — reminiscent of a French garden gate — with a spring floral or aviary design, can create a unique wallscape to be enjoyed and treasured year round,” said Susan. “More and more clients are discovering the beauty of colorful linen prints and embroideries with plants, flowers and birds for custom drapery.” Fresh and contemporary palettes that work really well in the bedroom embrace orchid — the Pantone (a proprietary color space for matching colors) color of the year. Introduc-


ing this color to a neutral base of ivory, gray or taupe and enhancing with paint, art, silk pillows or lavender sheets with a crisp white trim has the same effect as bringing in a fresh bouquet of wisteria, advises Susan. Gone are the days of sheers or solid ecru, as color palettes are built around these truly imaginative fabrics, one more enticing than the next, making your home a spring garden retreat. To allure the sense of smell, room fragrances can create an atmosphere that invites one to sit, linger and enjoy the remarkable space. Indulge in an invigorating peony room spray; a gardenia candle that smells like a walk through a floral back yard; or a cedar-scented charm to hang in your closet for that woodsy aroma. Visit Jolie Maison’s retail showroom in Downtown Highland Park or explore their full design services and at-home consultations.

Melissa Edelman Design and Antiquaire do it all

It all started with a passion for all things beautiful. A passion for quality. A passion for detail. A passion for art and architecture … and food. It started with antiques, and that same passion quickly became contagious among clientele around the country and the world. Antiquaire in Downtown Highland Park has always prided itself on having the unique combination of direct access to things both old and new, and being able to blend them together harmoniously by their trained and educated design team. The delicate balance of antiques with new age design philosophies is what makes Antiquaire so distinctive and special. Thus, Melissa Edelman Design was born. “We didn’t choose design, design chose us.” And now it’s grown bigger and better. Melissa still judiciously chooses which pieces are brought into the showroom, because the consistency of quality and exquisite taste has ultimately created the brand that Antiquaire is today. “Interior design was always a natural extension of the business from people demanding these services based on the selectivity of the pieces found in the Antiquaire show room,” she shares. In a very short period of time, Antiquaire has expanded its design philosophy into four new brands: ■■ Interior Design: All levels of design service plans are available: From consultations to hourly to full-service remodeling, Melissa Edelman Design brings beauty and passion for life into your home with its unique services. ■■ Kitchen Design & Custom Cabinetry: A separate entity from Interior Design, Melissa Edelman Kitchen Design has created exclusive partnerships with custom woodworking and cabinetry makers to bring her vision alive. In collaboration with highly experienced craftsman and artisans, Antiquaire can design and create the cooking and entertainment environment of your dreams. ■■ Hospitality Design: Antiquaire has been supplying antique and new furniture to the great restaurants, hotels,cooking schools and private eat-

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eries of the world, including Magnolia Bakery, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Williams Sonoma, The Standard Hotel in NYC and LA, Balthazar, Ceasar’s Palace, Microsoft, Apple and even the Iron Chef Bobby Flay. And from the passion derived from these collaborations, Melissa Edelman Design is designing restaurants. ■■ Special Event Design: As a fullservice event and design company, Antiquaire will handle all aspects of the planning of your special event: from choosing the venue, floral design, menu, music, lighting and decor. Melissa Edelman Design will create a unique design aesthetic for weddings, Mitzvot, Sweet Sixteen parties or other special days. In addition, Antiquaire continues to provide the most exquisite furniture pieces (both old and new) to designers and well-tasted homeowners alike. The show room has grown from just having exquisite European antiques to being a dealer for Tolix, Niermann Weeks, Arte Italica, Hunter Douglas, ARZU Studio Hope, and Kartell. Antiquaire is pleased to announce that this month Niermann Weeks releases its Amanda Nisbet Collection, which is now exclusively available at Antiquaire. And be sure to keep an eye out for announcements of upcoming in-store events, including food and wine tastings, cooking classes with guest chefs, and even 3-D computer classes for kids. For more information, visit You can also reach them at 847-780-4779. ������ ����� �� ���������� �� �������� ���� �� 847.465.9700 847.352.1200 847.681.8600

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WE DEFINE C O M M U N I T Y. At Highland Park Bank & Trust, we define what it means to be a part of the community. We live, work and play here, just like you. We share the same interests, partake in the same events, and serve on the same committees. Wherever you go in the community, we’re there too, not just because it’s our job, but because we truly love where we live! Our goal is simple–to provide you, your family, and our entire community with the services and solutions needed to succeed. It’s our way of being a good neighbor.

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Art for your home and garden A

fter the long, dark winter, it’s time to brighten and refresh your surroundings. The best way to do so is with new art! Finding the right piece of art is easy, once you know the basics. To make your art the focal point of a room, go big. Find one large piece or try something with multiple sections that can be displayed together. If wall space is tight consider a great 3D piece or functional object. Measure your available art space, height, width and depth and take a picture of the space. Then head to an art festival. Now, for the fun part: Take a walk through the festival, see what you are drawn to. Feel free to talk to the artist to find out more about the

piece. If your size and budget criteria match, it’s time to buy! As a bonus, artists are often happy to deliver and install larger pieces themselves. If you love the artwork but the size is not right, ask the artist to create a special piece to fit your dimensions. Welcome to the process of commissioning art; a great way to ensure you find the perfect piece of art for your home. Agree upon the price of the commissioned work, payment (typically, you pay half up front), and delivery date, you’ll soon have your very own masterpiece. Options are endless for outdoor artwork for your backyard or garden. Choices range from simple “art on a stick” to more substantial, memorable free standing sculptures and wall pieces

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such as Andrew Madvin’s “Glass Flowers” or Dale Rodger’s “Dog with Bone.” (See them at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival and Port Clinton Art Festival). What attracts your eye is the best choice for you! Amdur Productions produces juried art festivals that run May through September throughout the North Shore and Chicago area. Come make the most of your weekend at an outdoor festival. For a full schedule of festivals, go to or call (847) 926-4300. In need of more art buying and finding guidance, send your questions to Happy art hunting! Provided by Amy Amdur, Amdur Productions




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malfarb, Swan & Bain (ESB) provides the experience to help clients bring advanced designs and high-tech projects to realization,” said Hal Emalfarb. “Many of our owner clients are keeping ahead of the ecocurve by integrating renewable energy with smart devices like intelligent appliances, energy controls and electric car charging stations.” There is a new reality where owners can start to achieve energy independence by integrating green energy from the project site or are able to purchase green power on the grid. These smart energy choices combined with improved energy efficiencies are influencing building choices everyday. ESB helps its clients keep their costs and their carbon footprint to a minimum. ESB worked with the Chicago architectural firm of Smith-Gill on creating the first Solar Plug™ electric car charging station project interconnected to the cloud. “It was exciting to facilitate the successful launch of new technologies with such professional project participants as they completed the installation in 45 days, from inception to completion, at Northerly Island for the Chicago Park District,” Emalfarb said. This innovation helped to launch Downtown Highland Park leading the way to a sustainable future with one of the most advanced electric car charging networks in the world. A dual connector car charging station has been added by the city to the Port Clinton Square parking garage in the heart of downtown. The entrance is off

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Laurel Avenue between First and Second streets. One parking space on each side of the dual, plug-in charger is designated as preferred electric vehicle parking. Another charger has been added at the Walgreen’s on Elm Street, and there are three charging locations on Skokie Valley Road at Jimmy Johns, The Tesla’s 4 Super Chargers and Job Youshaei Rug Co. ESB also offers free charging when electric vehicle drivers are shopping in town or visiting its Downtown Highland Park offices. For more information visit Provided by Emalfarb, Swan & Bain

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IN AUGUST? Fashion, fashion, fashion Check out what Downtown Highland Park shops have to offer in the latest fashion trends for back to school, fall outings and dressing for success. Heathy Eating You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight. Downtown Highland Park restaurants and shops offer low-fat, healthy eating suggestions to keep your diet on track to a healthier and fit you!



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Highland Park business owners have everything you need for a fall makeover. The latest in hair styles, nails, skin care, jewelry and fitness programs are just a few of the offerings of Downtown Highland Park merchants. And much more!



gardens around the neighborhood


A fountain takes center stage in one of the curbside floral arrangements.

Photo courtesy of Guy Scopelliti Landscape Inc.

Border garden adds color and serenity. Photo courtesy of Joe & Tony Landscaping

A pergola offers a shady retreat. Photo courtesy of Deckwerks, Inc.

Birdie, a sculpture by artist Sam Shee, is surrounded by flowers, in the Shee Sculpture Garden.

The front entrance to the Shee Sculpture Garden “Love, Hope and Peace” in Highland Park. Photos courtesy of Sam and Isabel Shee


A sculpture by artist Sam Shee in the Shee Sculpture Garden.

B U S I N ES S D I R E C T O RY The ABL Group | p. 24 415 Bloom Street Highland Park 847.579.1600 Adesso | p. 30 600 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.433.8525 Amdur Productions | p. 9 1079 Saxony Drive Highland Park 847.926.4330 American Enterprise Bank | p. 27 1725 McGovern Street Highland Park 847.681.8600

Highland Pop Gourmet Popcorn | p. 24

464 Cental Avenue Highland Park 847.433.4200 Photo courtesy of Antiquaire

Design Partners | p. 35 254 Waukegan Avenue Highwood 847.780.4638 Downtown Highland Park Alliance | p.16

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Antiquaire | p. 2 1900 Sheridan Road Highland Park 847.780.4779

Dream Kitchens, Inc. | p. 15 799 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.433.2400

@properties/Geri Emalfarb | p. 14 607 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.432.0700

Emalfarb, Swan & Bain Attorneys at Law | p. 36 440 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.432-6900

Baird & Warner/Beth Alberts | p. 22

1920 Sheridan Road Highland Park 847.432.0500 offices_search/info/bethalberts Baird & Warner /Lanny Brooks | p. 8

1920 Sheridan Road Highland Park 847.432.0500; 847.807.6757 Baird & Warner Corporate | p. 5 1920 Sheridan Road Highland Park 847.432.0500 Citywoods | p. 25 651 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.432.9393 DeckWerks | p. 12 2310 Skokie Valley Road Highland Park 847.433.7899

Goodies | p. 30 652 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.432.0652. Green Living Designs | p. 31 1930 First Street Highland Park 847.681.0126 Guy Scopelliti Landscaping | p. 11 1282 Old Skokie Road - 1F Highland Park 847.432.0120 Healing Power Yoga | p. 23 459 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.432.9642 Highland Park Bank & Trust | p. 28 1949 Saint John Avenue Highland Park 847.432.4200

Jolie Maison | p. 21 642 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.433.4555 Linly Design | p. 10 1766 Second Street Highland Park 847.266.5099 Mandfredini Landscape & Design | p. 17

2344 Skokie Valley Road Highland Park 847.432.3018 Marcus Tuckpoint & Repair | p. 20 2055 Green Bay Road, Unit 202 Highland Park 847.637.7271 North Shore Dry Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners | p. 30 600 Central Avenue Highland Park 847.502.2024 Paint JAR, Inc. | p. 29 1574 Old Deerfield Road Highland Park 847.681.9436 Posh Nails, Nails & More | p. 31 1950 Sheridan Road Highland Park 847.432.6844. Stationery Station | p. 29 610 Central Avenue #160 Highland Park 847.432.3055

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Design Partners in Highwood is rapidly becoming the top destination for home-owners seeking inspiration, ideas, and a talented team to update their homes. With over 20 years of experience, Doreen designs cohesive spaces that reflect her client’s personality. Design Partners creates solutions that meet your needs, functionally, aesthetically and with a budget in mind.

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