These past few months have been extremely chaotic over here at Buckingham Interiors + Design, but in a good way!  I have so many new clients that I absolutely love, and several commercial projects that have been extremely fun to work on (yes, albeit time-consuming).  In addition to recently completing the foyer in the Chicago Merchandise Mart’s Dream Home, I also designed the foyer in the 2011 Lake Forest Showhouse.  Located in the leafy, historic Chicago suburb that is known for its graceful estates and stunning homes, this really was a pleasure to work on.  Designed by the esteemed architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1916, the 25 room Thorndale Manor was commissioned by railroad tycoon Darius Miller, and originally sat on an astounding 19 acres.  Although the house was in much need of some TLC, it still retains its original architectural details that were so meticulously crafted by Shaw.

The Lake Forest Showhouse benefits the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 showcase homes in the nation.  Having visited many of the LF Showhouses before, trust me when I say they are definitely worth seeing.  If anything, you’ll get a little taste of what Buckingham ID has been up to these days 🙂  Going on now through May 22!

For more info, how to buy tickets, and location visit the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens website here!  Also, not only does this event benefit a worthy cause, it is also a great way to showcase this house, literally, because it is for sale!  If you are interested in spending $4.1 million, that is.  Contact Jean Anderson at Prudential Properties if you are interested.  And if any of you are the lucky new owner of Thorndale Manor, I’d be happy to lend a hand decorating the other 24 out of 25 rooms.

All interior images here are of my designed spaces throughout the Grand Foyer,  Staircase and Second Floor Hallway of the Manor Home.  All images were photographed by the amazingly talented and all around great guy,  Werner Straube, the favorite photographer of Traditional Home and Renovation Style Magazines.  I am always lucky when I get to work with Werner!

Thank you to my dear friend, Marjorie Skouras, who collaborated with me to custom design the gemstone chandelier hanging in the stairwell and whose pieces are represented in my showroom throughout the Midwest. Kudos to you for your new line represented by Currey and Company!  Thanks also to Oscar Isberian Carpets (Oscar and my husband and I grew up together- what a great claim to fame) for assisting me in my “crazy vision” to reinterpret the staircase first introduced in Lake Forest by Frances Elkins in the 40’s for one of her brothers’, famed architect- David Adler– pet projects down the road.

Many additional thanks go out to all who made this vision possible, Holly Hunt and Fromental, Bradley Hughes for their levity in allowing me to design poured lacquer consoles in my FAVORITE Ben Moore color, Nocturnal Gray, to blend with the stunning Dufour Wallpaper Screen circa 1815 from Richard Norton Inc, which was the first piece that I selected for this whole endeavor.  It was the inspiration- if you will- Farrow and Ball for their paint and wallpaper, Remains Lighting, Dessin Fournir,  Jim Thompson fabrics- thank you Tim Johnson,  and how could anyone not love the work of Todd Murphy featured on the second floor-available also through Buckingham ID, a pair of glass lamps by Swank Lighting added the finishing touch …also to the women of the Infant Welfare Board who made it extremely easy to enjoy this many months together.  Thank you for all of your hard work Lanie, Marcia, KK, Suzanne et all.

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12 Comments to 'Come Out to See the Lake Forest Showhouse!'

Vicki 02 May 11 at 8:44 pm

Stunning. Your work is beautiful.

Double Glazing Stourbridge 03 May 11 at 2:55 am

This house is very expensive. It looks like a home of a royal family. The design was very simple. But this house has a good vibes. The ambiance of the house is good too.

Carla 03 May 11 at 8:49 am

Hi Julia

We met for only a second at the Design Blogger’s Conference in LA, but it was a great second for me! I’m also in Chicago, and will be heading to the Lake Forest Showhouse tomorrow for the workshop with Charlotte Moss and to tour the house – can’t wait to see your work!

julie c. 03 May 11 at 12:12 pm

i live in lake forest and can’t wait to come and check out the showhouse!! i look forward to this all year 🙂

Rhônya Holman 03 May 11 at 5:20 pm

I really enjoyed reading this post, also your blog is beautiful with creative and interesting articles!

Also I absolutely adore the chandelier in this post.
Keep up the great work and positives vibes.

Cheers! =(^.^)=

Julia-Chicago 03 May 11 at 6:17 pm

I remember! So glad that you will be viewing the Showhouse tomorrow and hanging with Charlotte Moss.
Wish that I could be there….but there in spirit!
Let me know what you think. The grounds are breathtaking!

Wallpaper Borders 04 May 11 at 10:14 am

Great Post! Thanks for sharing this with us. Great positivity and creativity.

Jessie 04 May 11 at 12:56 pm

What a dreamy staircase! The wall covering, stair runner, and chandelier are a stunning organic mix of soft refreshing colors and style!

Stephanie 05 May 11 at 9:29 pm

Every detail of that stairwell was beautifully done! I really enjoyed reading this article, thank you!

maybell 15 May 11 at 10:31 am

No one mentioned the beautiful silk living room draperies, creative, inviting, you just want to touch the lushness…..the designer did a great job

Julia-Chicago 20 May 11 at 7:24 am

Those draperies were one of my favorite parts of the Showhouse. Gail did an amazing job inspiring me throughout her entire living room. The paint color was oh so gorgeous.
Beautiful, agreed!

Double Glazing Nuneaton 30 Jun 11 at 12:08 am

The house is really big and beautiful. It is very obvious that a very high class family is the one who live on it. The rooms are so elegant, even the stairs. I love to live in this house.

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