Articles Archive

Virtual Real(ity) Estate

Written by Anne-Marie Siudzinski What is the next technology to revolutionize the real estate world? Virtual reality (VR), of course.   Put yourself in this situation: you own a company in Shanghai and want to expand to the United...
April 13, 2016

Renovations & 2016 Trends

New cabinets, new tiled shower, second bathroom, replace carpet with hardwood, new windows, and a new front door. Oh, don’t mind me! I’m just making my Renovation Wish List. I am sure everyone has something in their own home...
March 2, 2016

Tiny Houses and Microshelters

I grabbed microshelters as soon as it arrived in the library. I’m not sure I could live comfortably even in a 500 square foot studio apartment with building amenities, so I can’t quite explain my fascination with tiny houses...
February 10, 2016

Kit Houses

Certain things come to mind when I think of Sears: appliances of all sizes, tools, fitness equipment, and (to a lesser degree) clothes. I think of the occasional weekend day roaming around the store while my parents shopped for...
January 20, 2016

Home Size & Energy Use

Who among us has chosen one appliance over another because it is Energy Star certified? We feel a sense of pride when we make such a noble choice for the environment, or, you know, for our wallets. A lot...
December 30, 2015

Designing for Wellness

I have been teased about my workplace health habits. A lot. I have gone through three fitness trackers(1&2 now defunct, & 3), two ergonomic kneeling chairs (1 & 2), one standing desk of my own making, and am now...
December 9, 2015

Going Green!

The next time you are in Chicago, go to the top of the Hancock Building or Sears Tower (we won’t call it Willis) and gaze over the rooftops. Things have changed over the last 10 years. Chicago ranks third...
November 4, 2015

Property Value Impact

Raise your hand if you watch Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop on HGTV! (I’ll bring my hand down, so I can type more efficiently.) It is amazing what can be accomplished with imagination, interior design skills, ingenuity, and...
October 20, 2015

Hoarding and Real Estate

Admit it. You’ve paused, curious, while scrolling through your channel guide when you land on an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. What’s more, you’ve probably watched at least part of an episode, and while you felt devastated for the...
September 30, 2015

Retail: Online vs. Bricks and mortar

This time of year always reminds me of back to school shopping with my mom. I loved coming across a pair of shoes or an outfit so perfect that my mom declared it to be a “moral imperative” that...
September 2, 2015