Celebrity Homes

Oprah’s Old Condo Gets a Makeover

Out with Oprah, in with Oscar.

United CEO, Oscar Munoz, is the newest resident on the 57th floor of Chicago‘s Water Tower Place — and now lives in the former condo of Oprah Winfrey. As we reported earlier this year, Munoz and his wife purchased the property for $3.55 million in February, thousands less than its asking price of $3.7 million.

In the Oprah days, her former residence occupied a sprawling 9,625 square feet in Water Tower Place. But since she sold it in 2015, the space was split into multiple units and each was renovated. The condo purchased by Munoz is three-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot unit outfitted in sleek, modern design — as seen by newly released photos in Chicago Magazine.

Each of the three bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. Other features include a powder room, a library, a family room, a wet bar area, a large kitchen, a living room and a fireplace. And don’t forget: sweeping views of Lake Michigan.

 

Take a peek at Oprah’s former Chicago home…

 

 

What do you think of Oprah’s re-designed digs?

 

 

Photography: Tony Soluri

 

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Chicago People, Décor

Before & After: Chic Gold Coast Apartment Remodel

Step inside the chic apartment of local Chicagoan, Danielle Moss.

At first glance, you may imagine yourself in a contemporary Parisian pied-à-terre… but in reality: you’re in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Along with her husband, Moss transformed the previously colorful Tuscan-style one bedroom apartment into a black-and-white clad Neoclassical haven.

Within a building that was built in 1912 (by architect Benjamin Marshall, who also designed the Drake Hotel), the apartment retained original moldings and several architectural features. As co-founder of The Everygirl, Moss is no stranger to design projects and renovations, as chronicled on her blog. She also shared with My Domaine and Architectural Digest detailed inspiration and sources for her Chicago home.

 

See inside this stylish one-bedroom Gold Coast apartment…

 

 

Now take a look at the ‘before and after’ transformation…

 

 

Kitchen

 

Bathroom

 

Living Room

See the full home tour!

 

Photography: Stoffer Photography Interiors        Design by: Danielle Moss, Conor Scanlon

 

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These Are The 25 Biggest Renovating Mistakes You Want To Avoid

There is nothing more exciting than renovating your home. Yes, it is normal to be completely sick and tired of seeing the same thing every day.

Before you go spending all of your money, make sure you know the 25 biggest renovating mistakes that you want to avoid.

Check them out below:

  1. Buying cheap materials – You are going to get what you pay for
  2. Inaccurate measurements – Even an inch makes a difference!
  3. Skipping the prep work – You want to make it right from the beginning
  4. Gutting everything – Don’t give yourself more work than you need. You might be able to work around a few things
  5. Excessive use of duct tape – Duct tape is not supposed to be used as decoration
  6. Using the wrong tools – Sounds stressful!
  7. Building a small bathroom – if you are going to build a small bathroom, use the right fixtures. Don’t try to fit everything in to a little cramped bathroom.
  8. Ignoring lighting – Take lighting in to consideration. This completely changes your home style
  9. Going too trendy – Trends are good for a short term
  10. Building small doorways – Build doors big enough to let multiple people pass through
  11. Failure to anticipate chaos – Plan your renovation
  12. Incorrect storage of materials – You should store tools in a cool, dry place
  13. Not using green materials – Going green is a very smart investment
  14. Using the wrong paint type – There are different types of paint for every surface
  15. Building narrow hallways and staircases – When renovating, bigger is always better
  16. Choosing the wrong windows – Do not skimp on quality
  17. Forgetting about safety – Wear goggles to protect your eyes, ear protection to protect your hearing and gloves to protect your hands from splinters and nails
  18. Not doing your homework – You have to know what you are getting yourself in to
  19. Forgetting to update the electrical system – Walk through the house with an electrician before you start
  20. Ignoring your home style – Keep your styling consistent
  21. Avoiding permits – You don’t want insurance to not pay for anything serious that happens
  22. Hiring the wrong contractor – When do you background checks, make sure you ask how long it takes for these contractors to call you back. The sooner, the less they have to hide
  23. Taking on more than you can handle – This is a biggie!
  24. Overbuilding for your neighborhood – You spend $100,000 on a house. You spend another $100,000 to renovate it. You now have a house $200,000 house in a $100,000 neighborhood.
  25. Setting an unrealistic budget – Being broke over renovating is not worth it

Take these tips in to consideration when renovating your home!

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