Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors from the Editors of by Jan Parr, Nate Berkus

By Jan Parr, Nate Berkus

With vast names akin to Nate Berkus and Alessandra Branca placing Chicago at the nationwide layout map, and with lesser-known (but no much less proficient) professionals operating their magic from the Gold Coast to the North Shore, Chicago teems with attractive houses. this pretty espresso desk e-book not just exhibits those dwellings in all their beauty but additionally tells the tales of the way they got here to be. Compiled by means of the editors of Chicago domestic + backyard magazine, Chicago Spaces is split into elements. the 1st good points houses of their entirety, whereas the second one specializes in particular rooms: eating rooms, dwelling rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, baths, dens, foyers, and children’s rooms. Readers find out how those areas got here jointly and locate assistance for making alterations of their personal houses, in addition to a listing of the area’s top furnishings and add-ons outlets. Chicago Spaces indicates readers clever how one can flip their houses into cozy, fashionable oases.

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Sleek leather chairs keep the mood modern on the screened-in porch. Edelmann’s home is a study in creating a personal style blissfully free of decorating boundaries. Daughter Caroline’s bedroom walls are covered in a Farrow & Ball wallpaper that reminds Edelmann of aged plaster. The horseshoe-shaped desk in the designer’s second-floor home office can accommodate assistants. Part Two ROOMS This modern house in Northfield was designed in 1937 by the firm that became Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In the foyer, an era-appropriate 1930s Jacques Adnet mirror combined with more contemporary pieces gradually unveils interior designer Frank Ponterio’s sophisticated scheme for the rest of the home.

No Great Walls of decorative pillows. An absence of fussy, impenetrable layers of bedding. Just the right headboards for making a style statement, while encouraging comfortable reading in bed. All perfect for falling into, anytime. A Crate & Barrel bed is paired with a bold-patterned rug in this modern room, brightened by a sunny yellow painting and warmed up with a mohair throw (and Charlie, one of the owners’ two dogs). A tired midcentury dresser was given new life with white lacquer. The built-in walnut bed, designed by architect Kathryn Quinn, is made up of a frame, a headboard, nightstands, and a low storage bench—one completely unified, functional, and gorgeous unit.

But we are not slaves to tradition. A favorite trick of our architects is to leave the front of a wood-frame shotgun house (so prevalent on the North Side) intact so that it blends in with its neighbors, then blow out the back with a glass-walled kitchen/family-room with a deck. Around here, we call it the architectural mullet: business up front, party out back. Designers and homeowners, too, have the guts to do things their way. They might keep the original wood moldings and built-ins in Victorian homes but paint them white, black, or gray for a fresh take.

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