HOW TO: Create a Baby- (and Pet-) Friendly Home

Megan Carroll Kulick, a Chicago-based freelance writer, was mom to a new black Labrador puppy named Gus, four months pregnant with her first child, and house-hunting in the spring of 2015. So she knew that whichever home she and her husband, Aaron, decided on would have to be baby and dog friendly. Which ruled out quite a few listings—like vertical town homes with lots of stairs, tiny one-bedroom apartments and lots in not-so-safe neighborhoods. Luckily, she found real estate agent Scott Newman, who, in turn, suggested the spacious converted loft unit in the heart of desirable Lincoln Park the couple ended up moving into and falling in love with—just in time to welcome daughter Lily, now 20 months old. Megan talks us through her home selection process, interior design approach aided by Nicole Radford Oehler of Radford Design, and some tips and tricks for any expectant (child or dog) parents out there.

HOW TO: Create a Baby- (and Pet-) Friendly Home

HOME TOUR: A Newlywed Couple’s Hollywood Glam Condo

For a young couple making the decision to live together for the first time, there are a lot of compromises to be made and, sometimes, heated discussions to be had. That is, unless you happen to be newlyweds Clare Kalimuthu and Michael Kalimuthu. Michael gave Clare carte blanche on their mid-rise modern condo’s design scheme in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, and for good reason. Clare has a natural eye, and she devoted a ton of online time to researching each piece of furniture and decor. In the end, she was able to craft a cozy condo with a touch of Hollywood glamour for the entire family, which includes the couple’s 6-year-old Beagle, Stevie. Here, she talks us through the process of outfitting their first home together. HOME TOUR: A Newlywed Couple’s Hollywood Glam Condo