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Ask A Chicago Expert: Decorating Your First Apartment On A Budget

Are you ready to furnish and decorate your first apartment in Chicago? Our experts give tips on how to make your apartment comfortable without breaking your budget.


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Designer Erin Gates On Styling Your Bookshelf

Get tips for organizing your bookshelf from Erin Gates, author of Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life from sister company Simon & Schuster.


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Ask An Expert: Staging Your Home on a Budget

Balancing out the clutter with the potential of your home is a challenge for any homeowner, but it’s something that can be done successfully, even on a small budget.


Army Sgt. Cameron Crouch, left, and his wife, Christy. (Courtesy: Crouch family)

Your Chicago: Helping A Wounded Iraq War Veteran

College students from Chicago helped an Iraq War veteran who lives downstate by redesigning his home’s interior. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson explains.



By Design: Interview With Jay Michael

Decorating your space on a budget can be a daunting task, but Jay Michael of Estate Properties knows how to spruce up even the smallest rooms. He rehabs apartment buildings in the city, then rents them out. Michael recently caught up with to talk about his design background, what inspires him, and offer tips for freshening up your space, whether it’s a rental or not…