Tudor-style Home by Ralph E. Stoetzel

Built in 1929 for department store magnate E. F. Wieboldt, this beautiful Period style Tudor overlooks a golf course on nearly 3 acres.

The stair and surrounding area feature lovely original woodwork.

A plaster relief ceiling and wood paneled walls lend an elegant look to the library.

The vaulted wood-beam ceiling in the family room is a classic Tudor detail.

Feeling secluded yet close to town the acreage offers a pool, tennis/sport court and beautifully landscaped yards.

The architect for this home was Ralph E. Stoetzel who managed his own firm and was a resident of Glencoe for many years.  Beautiful home!

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Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House Reopens to the Public

The stunning Hollyhock house built around 1919 in Los Angeles has been closed to the public since 2010 to undergo a major restoration.  Read more about the restoration by following the link below.

 You can see more of the house in this video.  Here is an article from the LA Times describing the free 24 hour first look that occurred on February 13.

What a beautiful house and grounds.

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Here’s a Great Kitchen

I ran across this very pretty kitchen on Houzz.  The designer incorporated so many interesting details; I thought I’d share it today.

There is a simple elegance about the space, no one thing takes center stage but rather, it all works together.

A white kitchen is classic.  Always fresh.   Introducing blue on the island is a nice nod to the fact that the home is near the water.

Using mirror on the backsplash reflects light into the room and the river view, but it is also inexpensive.

Lots of open shelving provides functional storage and the opportunity to show off beautiful collections.

Bead board behind the open shelves is another detail that give the room an authentic farmhouse feel.

The glass front cabinets create a light and airy feeling, allowing the homeowners to feature beautiful possessions and making it easy to find just the right item.

The addition of the tongue and groove ceiling is a detail that takes a beautiful kitchen a step further.

I love this kitchen!  Go here to read the whole article.

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Magnificent Chicago Condo on Lake Shore Drive

Originally the Lake Shore Drive Hotel, 189 East Lake Shore Drive was built in 1924.

Years later the building became the Mayfair Regent Hotel and in the 1990’s it was converted into condominiums.

This building is located along that elite stretch of Lake Shore Drive just east of the Drake Hotel.

This 18th floor penthouse has over 7600 square feet of living space and nearly 3000 square feet of private outdoor space.

This is truly an exceptional piece of property with its expansive living space and remarkable views of the city and Lake Michigan.

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