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Barbara Sallick is the founder of high-end bath and kitchen brand Waterworks (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, and a pioneer on all things related to home and water. During Design Chicago, she spoke with Chicago about what she’s seen during her 40 years in the business of making functional living spaces luxurious.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in bathroom design lately?

In the early 1980s, we couldn’t keep traditional Edwardian faucets in stock. Then in the 1990s, people started going to spas and wanted that at home. In the past decade or so, we’ve seen a shift to the bathroom as a space for relaxation—one that is large enough to accommodate furniture so couples can even spend quality time in that room.

Anything pop up that you have to coax buyers toward?

Tile and stone still continue to sell, of course, but it takes confidence to do bold things like mosaics on the floor and mixing up textures and patterns. If you want some interest but aren’t ready to go all out, go with grey instead of just white. White feels like the default now.

What about in the kitchen?

The midcentury look is still very present. People are dressing up cabinetry with pulls and handles with lots of different designs. Our Henry line was inspired by architect Walter Gropius and references the Industrial Age, and that sells a lot. And we’re just now seeing color pop into kitchens—the interiors of cabinets can add a splash of drama—as well as pendant lights that give the kitchen a luxuriousness.

So, how would you describe the ultimate bath/kitchen look of 2017?

Lots of texture, varied materials, faucets and handles that look good and feel good in the hand and make you want to use the space. Today’s look is whatever makes you happy.

Interior Intel

Interior design firm Studio Gild’s Bucktown showroom, Gild Assembly (2110 N. Damen Ave.,, has just added a few new vendors to the gallery’s line-up of art, accessories, furniture, and collectibles. Look for pieces from Chicago-based Felicia Ferrone, like her indoor/outdoor powder-coated-steel Jaeho Tables that can be used right side up or upside down, and the Netherlads’ Studio Oddness’s Bubblegraphy series of quirky glazed vases.

Storage solutions are all the rage at Pagoda Red (400 N. Morgan St.,, where a cache of shelves has just arrived from China. Check out the Shanxi Elmwood bookshelves or a pine lattice system from Hebei.

Now when fur flies, you can protect your sofa with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’s (1555 N. Halsted St., must-have Pet Throws. They can be bought off the shelf or custom-made to match your sofa, chair, or lounge. Choose from the brand’s 300-plus fabrics to add contrast and make all that fluff fade into the background.


Because it’s nearly Halloween, it’s time to get your home tricked out. Head to Michaels (3131 N. Clark St., for 50 percent off any trick-or-treat décor, and while you’re there buy one wall frame and get the second half off (surely those spooky decorations will make your home photo-worthy).

Z Gallerie (Roosevelt Collection Shops, 1023 S. Delano Ct., is offering a host of Fall Style Steals that run the gamut from furniture (up to $1,000 off) to mirrors and contemporary lighting (save up to $150 on each). You can even stock up on sparkly pumpkins of all sizes and shapes.


At the Graham Foundation (4 W. Burton Pl.,, Israeli architect Moshe Safdie will be taking about how architects can “humanize” buildings to megascale. He’ll be speaking on October 30 at 6 p.m., but tickets are going fast. Get them here. Bonus: You get to meet the architect and see the gorgeous Madlener House.


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Tune in Tonight! The Food & Wine Kitchen Collection Launches on …

Food Wine Culinary Director Justin Chapple will demo some of our most popular recipes using our brand new line of cookware.

Tonight’s the night! Prep a midnight snack and warm up your credit cards! Because at midnight, the Food Wine Kitchen Collection will make its television debut on HSN. Whatever your kitchen needs are—from full-on 13-piece stainless steel cookware sets for anyone looking to stock up to stunning stainless steel knife sets (perfect for holiday gifting) to the pan cleaners you’ll definitely want to have on hand after Thanksgiving dinner—we’ve got it. 

Check out our Food Wine Kitchen Collection shopping page for more.

On hand to introduce the stunning collection to HSN audiences will be our very own Culinary Director Justin Chapple, who, over the course of the next 24 hours, will demo some of the most popular (and delicious!) Food Wine recipes of all time. 

“I’m thrilled we’re partnering with HSN on this stunning, versatile collection of cookware,” Chapple says. “At Food Wine, we rigorously test thousands of recipes and hundreds of pieces of equipment every year. We channel all the lessons we’ve learned into our designs for the Food Wine Collection and I’m excited to share them with HSN fans everywhere.”

Also on deck to demo our new cookware will be St. Petersburg, Florida, Chef Jeffrey Hileman of Locale Restaurant, who was selected from a national casting call from thousands of chefs around the country.

“I am so excited to be part oft his collaboration between HSN and Food Wine,” Chef Hileman says. “The product line is innovative, high-quality and affordable, and I am honored to have been chosen to share these innovations with HSN fans and Food Wine readers.”

You can check out the initial Food Wine Collection over on our shopping page—and make sure to tune in to HSN beginning at midnight tonight to see the cookware in action! The collection features cookware, cutlery, kitchen tools and accessories, including small kitchen appliances and more—all priced between $20 and $200. Each cookware product is infused with a copper and aluminum base for even heat conductivity, and all products feature copper accents.

Have any pressing questions? Make sure to tune into a Facebook Live demo with Justin Chapple tomorrow, October 20th at 4 p.m. ET live on the HSN Facebook page and the Food Wine Facebook page.

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$15 lightweight, stackable backpacking cookware / Boing Boing

This is the lowest price I’ve seen for this super popular, cheap 10 piece camping cook set.

The pot and pan, with lids, neatly stack. Netly stack into a size that is just right to fit into my VW Vanagon’s sink, with some dishtowels and a cutting board, for storage as I drive around. It also comes with a sponge, stainless steel spork, a spoon and some bowls.

Handles on the pot and pan are not terrible to use, which inspired my purchase. Most camp cook set pots and pans come with burn the shit out of you handles, or complicated weird latch systems. These just fold out and have some silicone for grips.

The set is worth it just for the pot and pan. At $15 you can throw this kit into your emergency/bugout bag and have something to boil water in once the apocalypse comes.

Honest Portable camping cookware mess kit folding Cookset for hiking backpacking 10 piece Lightweigh durable Pot Pan Bowls Spork with nylon bag outdoor cook equipment via Amazon


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Jason Weisberger is Boing Boing’s publisher. Nemo is Jason’s Great Pyrenees. You can find Jason on twitter at @jlw


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Monthly lecture series to promote entrepreneurship

An initiative to celebrate the talents and accomplishments of artisan craft entrepreneurs in the region is coming to the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The event will be a series of monthly lectures featuring a guest speaker.

The goal of the series will be to update the community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the building’s renovation and program rollout in 2018-19; discuss concepts such as craft business, makers movement and entrepreneurship; and feature a talented and accomplished craft businessperson or maker during each evening of lectures and workshops.

Myles Geyman of Stak Ceramics in Homewood, Beaver County, will be the first speaker in the series.

Paul Rosenblatt, executive director of Creator Square, said the series of interactive discussions and presentations will focus on how local craft businesses were launched and how they are sustained.

Topics for discussion include what are the greatest opportunities and challenges of starting a craft business here, what are the most important lessons learned and how can the arts be drivers of the local economic rebirth.

“These are some of the questions that we will look forward to exploring with the creative individuals who will be part of Craft Business Thursdays @ Creator Square,” Rosenblatt said.

Stak Ceramics was started in 2013 by Myles and Heather Geyman.

It began in the basement of their home and quickly expanded. After a year of cramped work conditions, they found a studio space near home.

It was during this time that they began learning how to manage their small business.

The couple design and produce everything from traditional dinnerware to lamps.

Angela R. Godin, executive director of the arts center, said they are excited to be a small part of the continued advancement in the Cambria County area through Creator Square.

“A recurring series, such as this, will keep the community engaged and eager about the continued progress of Creator Square, especially with its growth and development over the next two years,” she said. “Seeing this vision steadily become a reality aids in the continuations to make Johnstown a thriving hub for arts and culture.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 255-6515 or

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Look We Love: Gothic-Chic Furniture And Accessories

The “Gothic” look might bring to mind dark interiors that go heavy on the wood, wrought iron, velvet, and dark colors. While this is somewhat true — a look at any Gothic castle will confirm the stereotype — a few pieces in the style can go a long way in a home. Gothic décor adds a little bit of welcome drama, especially in interiors that take a more streamlined, modern approach. The bold lines of a wrought iron chandelier add character above a sleek kitchen island, a little bit of velvet makes a dining room feel cozier, and the interesting silhouette of an antique Gothic chair draws the eye. Whether we’re talking about antiques from the design period, or furniture and accessories that just have that intriguing “Gothic” look, the following pieces make a statement in any space.

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Can micro-flats solve Britain’s housing crisis?

The second flat I’m shown has a lower ceiling but more floor space, yet it feels smaller. However, all the fittings have a smart, piano-black sheen. It’s like the bat-cave, had Batman been a hip twenty-something working in finance. Space-saving is still the name of the game, though, with a flip-up table fitted snugly into the wardrobe, while the wall behind the bed is perforated, like a giant cribbage board, for shelving.

If the idea of living somewhere cramped just to be in the best location, location, location feels like too much of a compromise, this isn’t going to work for you. But for young professionals, with their busy social lives, it could work.

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Get Ready For Deals—Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table Sale Is Back

There are not a lot of cookware sales worth traveling for, but if there’s an exception, it’s Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table Sale. Beloved by home cooks, pros, and Food Wine editors alike, the high-quality and extremely versatile line of pots, Dutch ovens, pans, and other kitchen essentials can cause a hit to many a savings account thanks to their justifiably high price tag.

But next month, the cost is coming down. Le Creuset’s fourth Factory-to-Table Sale will be held in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11 from 9 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday, November 12 from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will also be a special early shopping event Thursday, November 9 from 4 PM to 9 PM. The sale will feature special discounts on a huge selection of Le Creuset products from around the world, which means the convention center floor will be filled not just with less expensive Le Creuset’s, but shapes and colors not normally available in America.

A ticket, which costs $10 for Friday and Saturday but is free Sunday, will get you entrance for a two-hour shopping session. In addition to gaining entry to 25,000 square feet of enameled goodness, all ticket proceeds will benefit local partners The Green Heart Project, and culinary scholarship funds for the Culinary Institute of Charleston.

The November 9 VIP event for the sale (which comes a month and a half after this year’s first Factory-to-Table sale in Nashville) will grant early access to “the floor products and sales, demos and meet-and-greets with Charleston’s top chefs, live music, tasty bites and sips to fuel shoppers, and more” and tickets cost $25.

So whether you’ve been saving for a Le Creuset, or are looking to pick up one of the specially curated holiday editions unique to the sale event, get your tickets now. And on your mark… get (Le Creu)set… go!

The Le Creuset Factory to Table sale runs from November 9-12 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Drive, in North Charelston. 

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