Be Alert for Opportunities When Preparing for College Costs

Summer is winding down, and the kids are back-to-school. When children are young, logistics for the new academic year may involve little more than a trip to buy school supplies. But to send kids (or grandkids) to college someday, be prepared to plan far ahead to meet the financial demands. And, as part of that planning, be on the lookout…

Fall Fashion Trends

Stretching summer into fall is an art well practiced by the warmth-loving faithful in beautiful SW Lake County, who are always looking for the best leads on transitioning into autumn in style. 

Stately Home Defines Style in Long Grove

Tucked away on a private two-acre lot at the end of a cul-de-sac, marked by stately brick pillars, is a lovely brick Georgian home that is synonymous with style in the Village of Long Grove.

Defining Style is a Personal Journey

Style is a big part of my life. It was an honor to be approached about being the Guest Publisher for the annual Style issue of SW Lake Lifestyle. I can honestly say in my work as an interior designer it’s a thrill every time I start a new project. The process of meeting new … Continued

What’s Your Style?

Refer to a dictionary for a definition of style and you’ll likely find something like this: “A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.”

September 2019 Around Town

Home Automation Expert Expands His Business In August, ECO Automated Designs, a leading home automation integrator serving the Chicagoland area, has agreed to assume select business assets of FortiFi Technologies, a Barrington-based home automation contractor. ECO was founded in 2015 and is owned and operated by Erick Olech. A Control4 premier dealer with a certified … Continued

Celebrating Business, Events, Friends and SW Lake Award Winners

We love celebrating good times across the area. Here’s a collection of photos from good folks we call friends and clients. Want to share your Good Times? Go to the Contact Us page at, submit high quality photos with a short description and give us your contact info in case we have a question or … Continued

Vibrant Culture Makes Peru a Stylish Destination

When invited on an educational journey to Peru, my mother and I weren’t sure what to expect. What we learned caused me to absolutely fall in love with the country. From the vibrant culture and delicious cuisine, to the country’s magnificent landscape and friendly people, Peru is a magical place.

Home Automation: Easier Than You’d Think, Better Than You’d Imagine

 SW Lake: What’s your experience in home automation?  Erick Olech: ECO Automated Designs was founded in 2015 to serve the home technology needs of Chicagoland families. We are a full-service company offering design, product sales, installation and system maintenance. We are a Control4 premier dealer, and never sub-contract work to other vendors. I got my start in 2003 at Tweeter…