Lisa Skolnik is a mother of four and a writer living in Chicago. As the former Chicago editor of Metropolitan Home, she's been in countless homes built with unlimited budgets. Seeing Nancy Church and Charlie Jett's dreamy beach pad ("Come Sail Away," June 2011) gave her new hope that "even normal folk can aspire to own a house that's cost effective to build and maintain."

Camping with Dad Just Got Cooler
A father and son built an off-grid cabin in the Wisconsin woods.
This Brazilian Modernist You Should Know About Designed Countless Classic Chairs
Despite a rise to prominence in the 1970s, pioneering designer Percival Lafer has remained a best-kept secret for collectors of...
Strength in Numbers
Touting a model of collaborative creativity, five young Chicagoans share talent and resources to promote the work of female...
Come Sail Away
On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered...