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Facade of one of my recent design projects in the heart of Lincoln Park in Chicago

If you know Chicago, then you know that its Lincoln Park neighborhood is one of the most beautiful and family friendly areas of the city.  Its streets are lined with stunning antique brownstones, lovely newly constructed row houses, and as its name suggests, a very substantial + gorgeous park or two.

One of my latest projects was for a fabulous young, active family whose taste was just as energetic.  The traditional facade opens up to interiors filled with bold hues, modern shapes and worldly elements.  Particularly when it is this “hazy shade of winter” (like it is today), a colorful home provides welcome positive energy. I get this vibe from merely hanging with these clients of mine 🙂

After living in the house for several years-where I had been working all along- and becoming decidedly more interested in adding color and their “personal” touches, we traded in the “traditional” wooden staircase railing for a more sleek and modern steel that outlines the modern interiors perfectly. That along with my favorite color (orange!) stair runner sealed the staircase deal.

We also gutted the kitchen to expand the space by eliminating an unused Butler’s pantry to enhance the storage space and overall functionality for a busy family with three young sons. Shopping one day for some modern goodies, I stumbled upon a dramatic mid-century textile art-piece that fit the dining room wall perfectly. Already equipped with the original modern lucite hanging accessories- this this made my client whoop with joy!  The addition of the mod yet antique Murano Chandelier (1920)..” made with a glass-forging technique developed to amplify flickering candlelight in the 17th century and produced on the island of Murano, it represents the grandeur of centuries-old craftsmanship.” Dramatic in its scale, color and delicate filigree, it complements the antique Chinese table and seating in a whimsical way adding some important design tension.

Out last design step was to create a powder room that literally “lit it up!’ Backlit art by a local artist was custom fit to illuminate this room. Colorful brick floor tiles….a-mazing, no?

As a “color-obsessed” girl myself,  I had a blast working on this project-to say the least!

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Living room filled with bold and eclectic elements-the soft and textural “Pebbles” rug is a fave. Fabrics by Romo.

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Ann Sacks tile gleaming with combination of metal and colorful glass. BluDot counter stools add a dose of color.

Can you tell that turquoise is a fave color of ours?

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Custom furniture pieces for a smaller “city” family room on top of a Jonathan Adler Lollipop rug. Orange mohair….so dreamy!

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 Crazy cool tile floor in the powder room along with modern art that makes me wanna sing!

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Lacquering an inherited vintage cabinet in a bright turquoise changed this landing forever!

I hope that you enjoyed a glimpse of one of my favorite client projects. As interior designers, we are only successful given the perfect storm of possibilities, humor, architecture, fantastic collaboration, trust and friendship with our clients- and a little love of color, texture, unique art and artifacts along the way. Cheers!

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13 Comments to 'In Living Color'

Marisa 02 Mar 13 at 3:23 pm

So enjoyed seeing this – fresh and inviting! Beautiful.

CMC 02 Mar 13 at 5:40 pm

Love it! The colors are stunning. Amazing!

JSH 02 Mar 13 at 9:40 pm

Love all of the different light fixtures! They add whimsy and really complete each space!

Brenna 02 Mar 13 at 9:48 pm

Love the silhouettes!!

Ruby 02 Mar 13 at 10:02 pm

I am OBSESSED with the bright colors that compliment each other so well through out the house. I also love the application of texture and interesting light fixtures in the home! living in color is amazing!

christine from decorated life 02 Mar 13 at 11:27 pm

What great photos!

Thanks for the inspiration – I love what you did with Lincoln Park home. Feels so fresh and inviting.

Nature Girl 03 Mar 13 at 10:27 am

Really beautiful..and the colors are inspiring!

RLR 03 Mar 13 at 2:05 pm

The bathroom art is my FAV. Then the colorful silhouette art!…then, then then! I think this color would keep me uplifted even in the dead of winter 🙂

Rita 04 Mar 13 at 8:38 am

Amazing! Love the colors and this client’s style. Looks like this was a fun project to work on !

Anita @comfyheaven pillows 13 Mar 13 at 12:55 pm

wow, a great home. That sofa is amazing and love the collection of throw pillow on the bed. So many thing about this home that is unique …great work!

Daniel 14 Mar 13 at 7:35 am

After long time felt great to see something fresh and elegant, I love that aqua blue color for bathroom and the simple bedroom look is giving additional beauty to home. But I would like to suggest more beautiful dinning table, one can go for some antique table it enhances look and make your home look more traditional.

Jordan 16 Mar 13 at 7:39 pm

I LOVE those rugs you put down.

I’m definitely getting a handmade rug from I was thinking Afghan or Indian style.

Have you ever used them? They more modern ones might go good in your living room 🙂

Jackson 31 Mar 13 at 8:24 am

I haven’t had such interior dec lust since seeing Donna Karan’s Turks and Caicos getaway in House Beautiful some years back. Or was it Arch Digest? Anyway, stunning color blocking and period mixing. And, yes, the lacquered turquoise vintage cabinet at the top of the steps makes you want to climb the steps just to get a glimpse. Your use of color is absurdly scrumptious. Did you study color theory?

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