Design Trends… 2018 by Andy Bowyer of Middlefork Luxury Home Builders
To provide the best service to my clients, I regularly consult and collaborate with top high-end builders. What’s in, what’s out, what lasts forever? One of my favorite high-end builders is Andrew Bowyer of Middlefork Development, who creates dazzling homes …- more -
Recipes for Michael’s awesome Lemon Chicken & Lemon Chili Pork
Pollo con marmellata di limoni (Chicken with Lemon Marmellata) 1 whole chicken 3 lemons (cut into 8 wedges each) 6 spring onions – chopped 4 toes garlic – chopped 1/2 stick butter (cut into 2 equal pieces and softened) 1/2 …- more -
Luxe RED Residential Excellence in Design Awards – vote!
Luxe Magazine is hosting their first Annual Luxe RED Residential Excellence in Design Awards. The judging panel consists of nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the Design/Build Industry, including Holly Hunt and Paul Wiseman. Luxe is giving the Readers – …- more -
Spaghetti Squash Giardiniera With Parmesan Cheese
Nothing better than Crazy Uncle Mike whipping up something fabulous with whatever few ingredients we have on hand. Jar of Giardiniera, last of the wedge of parmesan, and a spaghetti squash that arrived from new favorite food resource, Imperfect Produce. …- more -
The Renaissance of The Residences of Water Tower
Perhaps one of Chicago’s first ‘condo-hotel’ concepts, and the Grande Dame of them all. I’ve had a love affair with the Water Tower going back to early 1980, not too long after the building was constructed. The history of the …- more -
10 Tips To Organize Your Closet And Sell Your Home Faster
Congratulations! Your home is officially ready to sell (and we’ve got a glass of Pinot with your name on it)! You’ve painted the walls, deep cleaned every surface from top to bottom, and finally cleared all that unnecessary clutter. Even …- more -
Charming al fresco dining… in the heart of Lincoln Park!
My friends at CityGrounds have a brand new menu to go with the newly outfitted patio! Comfy couches and chairs for coffee, breakfast and lunch alfresco. I’m hope to have the Wizard of Oz bean bag toss delivered by late …- more -
Chicago Co-Ops – some of the most desirable living in the city
Chicago is known for her architectural history, including several stunning residential buildings designed by Benjamin Marshall and Howard Van Doren Shaw in the early 1900’s. Many of these elegant gems are under a form of ownership known as a ‘housing …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: Good From afar.. Could be Far From Good
Don’t be fooled by poor quality home staging Home staging is in vogue to help homeowners sell their homes faster and for a better price. Professional home stagers work with sellers to make their homes as attractive to potential buyers …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: LET THERE BE LIGHT! Refitting your home’s incandescent lighting to LED
Swapping out your incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs has several benefits. These include saving money on your electric bill, superior light quality, less impact on the environment and replacing bulbs once every decade or two instead of every few months. But …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: 10 tips for a more romantic master bedroom
With Valentines Day just around the corner, let’s get a design professional’s opinion on creating a more sexy and alluring bedroom retreat. Simple design changes can spice up the drama in your life… even if you’re single. Resist the urge …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: Preparing your home for the spring market! Purge. Clean. Stage. Sell.
With Spring just around the corner, you may be thinking about listing your home for sale. According to the Huffington Post, the best time of year to sell your house is between May 1 and May 15th, with home sales …- more -
When choosing paint, what matters?
Color, paint quality, wall preparation and quality of application all matter a great deal. Do your homework when selecting paint finish (matte, eggshell, semi-gloss, high gloss, etc). Same when getting estimates for the job. Does the price include extensive wall …- more -
ASK ANTHONY: Refreshing Your Living Spaces for Spring
Now that the holidays are over and all of the decorations are put away, you may look around at your interiors and think that they look a little sparse. Even with these gray days of late Winter, it isn’t too …- more -
Lincoln Park Neighborhood Spotlight
One of Chicago’s best-known neighborhoods, Lincoln Park has some of the finest food and entertainment in the entire city. From 3-star Michelin restaurants to inexpensive burger joints, and from comedic improv at Second City to highbrow theater at the Steppenwolf …- more -
Food, drink, music and film – 5 hot spots in Chicago!
What are you up to this weekend? Nada? Bupkis? Reruns of Grey’s Anatomy (I love that show!)? Don’t despair! Your dance card is about to fill up! The Dobbs Team put their respective heads together to bring you this list …- more -
Explore Chicago with Debra – Holiday Events December 2015
Beginning mid July my daughter picks White Christmas for our Sunday movie night selection; by mid December we’ve watched bits and pieces or the whole shebang at least a dozen times. And yet we never miss the big screen version …- more -
Small Business Saturday – Shop Local in Lincoln Park… here is a ‘one-stop shop’ shopping guide!
November 28th is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! Hello Neighbors, The holiday season is upon us, bringing joy and a chance to support our local shops and restaurants in the 43rd Ward. Here are some of our newest additions: Armitage / Halsted / Webster …- more -
Top Agent Magazine – August 2015
“Debra Dobbs is the REALTOR all buyers and sellers dream of finding. Born and raised in one of the 77 unique communities that comprise greater Chicagoland, Debra’s intimate knowledge of each neighborhood is frankly, unparalleled. Combine her detailed knowledge of …- more -
Holiday Shop-Hop event in Lincoln Park. Come say Hi!
This Thursday, your favorite shops on Armitage, Halsted, and Webster streets partner up with local food vendors and interesting bloggers for an exciting shopping party.- more -
Chicago is Nation’s most popular moving destination
Chicago is hot these days! So says the Summer Moving Trends Study from national moving company United Van Lines. The report tracks the destination of moving Americans and ranks Chicago as the number one metropolitan area for this summer. Scores …- more -