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At Home with Katrina and Mike

At Home with Katrina and Mike

Katrina Van Valkenburgh has lived in Chicago for 25 year and her husband Mike Newman for 26 years. They live in a house in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Mike, an architect, runs an office out of the first floor.  The couple say that they didn’t intend to stay in Chicago when they moved to the city from Boston, but somehow, they never left. Katrina and Mike have lived in their current home for 13 years.They say they feel at home in their house. and that when they first found it, they knew it was just right for them.” The second story which is nearly completely open plan is where they spend most of their time. They say they are almost always in the same room together. Mike and Katrina’s house is completely covered in ivy the summer, which is magical in it’s own way. It reminds me of the ivy covered walls from The Secret Garden, which was one of my favorite books as a child. They say that the house is alive in the spring and summer and that it changes through the seasons. I thoug