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

What to Look For in a Sofa

A sofa is the centerpiece of your living room. It is where you will sit to watch movies, entertain guests, and play with pets and children. Consequently, it is a purchase that should be well thought out and researched.

While color and aesthetic are critical components of this decision making process, durability is equally important. Upholstery, suspension systems, frame, and cushions are all factors to take into account – these factors influence the durability of the piece and how it will wear over time. What to Look For in a Sofa