At Chicago entrepreneur's 1st home, every piece has a story

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:04:49 AM. An eclectic array of furnishings from different eras and cultures adds pizazz to a local entrepreneur’s first single-family home.
Checking items off an ambitious bucket list is nothing new for Eva Niewiadomski, 55, who has launched a successful business, traveled the world and even fulfilled a longtime dream to take a class in puppetry. In 2015, Niewiadomski achieved another goal: She bought a spacious three-bedroom home in the Magnolia Glen neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. “I’d never lived in a house in my life, and I wanted to have that experience,” she explains. “When I walked in, I felt like this was my place.” Although she had only just begun house-hunting — and not very seriously at that — the American foursquare-style house, built in 1904, had generously sized rooms, stained glass windows and other original details that proved too hard to resist. “I was not going to strip paint from the woodwork,” she says. According to the home’s prior owner, she adds, renowned writer David Sedaris did just that when he rented a room in the house years ago. “That’s before he made it big,” she says. There are stories behind many of the furnishings, too, a vibrant mix of pieces scavenged from secondhand stores or collected on Niewiadomski’s many travels. She credits her unique style, in part, to her parents: first-generation Polish immigrants. “My dad was all about how well crafted and solid the old furniture was,” she says. “Plus it’s less expensive.” She points to the matching 1950s sofas in the living room, which although still upholstered with their original blue brocade fabric, seem pristine. “The beauty...Read more
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