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Fighting Fire with Fire

When it comes to design, sometimes the only thing to do when disaster strikes is to start from scratch …

When it comes to design, sometimes the only thing to do when disaster strikes is to start from scratch. This high-rise condo on East Chestnut Street—with spectacular views of the lake and city—survived a major fire, though much of the furniture did not. The homeowners enlisted the help of Lake Forest–based interior designer Tina Dann-Fenwick, who gave old pieces a new lease on life with great upholstery, an excellent strategy for anyone looking to spice up a piece instead of tossing it. She chose a fiery red for a wall in the dining room and repeated the color in an oversize damask pattern for the backs of the dining chairs and in another bold print for a baroque-style armchair in the living room. Dann-Fenwick says the apartment’s new look restored the owners’ love for living in their home, post-fire, and we can certainly see why.

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