Posts tagged "Claire Golan"

Growing Up & Becoming Capable

Growing Up & Becoming Capable
A long time ago, I realized that I was going to have to, in certain ways, take care of myself.  That didn’t mean that no one cared about me or that I had to get a salaried job as a kid, but sometime in the years from 6th grade to high school, it was quite... Read more »

If I Could Do It Again...What Would I Redo?

If I Could Do It Again...What Would I Redo?
            Gee…what would I do better: “Be a better daughter”…or…” a better parent” — or “Make more money”?  These would be the most impulsive answers, right? But guess what?  My answer is “Be a better student”.  This is my answer, hands down.  Why?  Because unless you are a really negligent... Read more »

Winding, Worthwhile Road

Winding, Worthwhile Road
Once upon a time, I was a little girl living in Hyde Park (Chicago’s) with my mom, dad and live-in housekeeper.  When I was about 4, because my mom was a doctor and was going to be working full time, my parents imported a nanny for me.  This one, however, spoke only Spanish.  Of course,... Read more »
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Friends Then ... & Now

Friends Then ... & Now
I just wrote a rather long blog post about my 2nd grade best friend that I lost touch with after high school – although I did know where she went to college.  I think we spoke senior year in high school.  She had moved far away—from Evanston to Wilmette and we lived very separate lives... Read more »

Summer Lovin'

Summer Lovin'
Summer, I LOVE you!  And it seems like it took forever for you to get here this time.  We endured a painfully freezing and endless winter and now our patience has been, at last, rewarded.  Yay summer!! Each season has its own personality.  Every Fall, as it starts to get cooler and darker, my husband mellows. ... Read more »

An Interior Designer for Any Budget

An Interior Designer for Any Budget
Hey Everyone:  It looks like there’s a buzz in the construction industry this spring, and I haven’t seen so many “For Sale” signs in years.  It’s fun, and exciting and I couldn’t be happier for all the wonderful showrooms, tradesmen and manufacturers that are starting to breathe comfortably again.  I’ve missed my sometimes daily connections... Read more »
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The Story of My Name and Why It Matters to Me

The Story of My Name and Why It Matters to Me
Asking whose death (or loss) has influenced me creates a series of most inward seeking thoughts, stories, and ramblings, whether I’ve known, loved and admired them, or never actually met them.  But, undoubtedly, the influence that the death of my Aunt Klari (or Klara, for whom I am named) in 1945 at Auschwitz has been... Read more »

Is Your House Falling Apart?

Is Your House Falling Apart?
Is your house falling apart?  Actually, I mean:  “Is what’s inside your house falling apart?”  Roof and gutters are not included here.  You may not remember how old your furniture, carpet, blinds, paint job and other products are.  Unless you just furnished your place, can relate the purchases to an event or did it all... Read more »

What's an "Interior Designer"?

What's an "Interior Designer"?
One of the most common questions I am asked is to explain the difference between a Decorator and a Designer. Here’s My answer, which I am positive that I would find much agreement within the REAL Design community including related professionals like contractors, architects, manufacturers, showrooms, “and more”: How can you tell?  First, ASK!!  Along... Read more »
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Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
Once again, here’s a fantastic reminder that we are in the midst of an architecturally LUSH environment. This coming weekend (Oct 15 & 16) the Chicago Architecture Foundation has set up buses and tickets to create your own FREE tours of our awesome City. In addition to their schedule and array of tours, this is... Read more »