Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine: Going for Bold
Never mix business with friendship — so the conventional wisdom goes. Chicago interior designer Donna Hall was all too aware of that advice when her boyfriend of a few months, Chicago finance exec Dominick Mondi, asked her to work on his Streeterville apartment.
'It's tricky to have a personal relationship on two levels. I didn't even know whether to charge or not," she admits.
But the job was too good to pass up. "How often does a 4500-square-foot vintage co-op in an East Lake Shore Drive building come your way?" reasons Hall. "He was handing me this wonderful vanilla box to play in. It had incredible potential."