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1 Designer Todd Haley hung an oversize lampshade from CB2 for “tension and excitement” in a sophisticated Lincoln Park dining area and balanced it with upholstery in a calming lavender hue. “I showed the client only one fabric,” Haley says of the Knoll textile he used for the chairs and the banquette.
2 Photo stylist Johanna Lowe created a casual spot for meals in the living room of her Buchanan, Michigan, house by mixing vintage chairs with a table improvised from a door and a pair of sawhorses. One of her favorite finds is the large enameled-metal ampersand between the windows.
3 Cork floors, a black-and-white palette, and CaesarStone countertops that mimic honed concrete give this space in a Michiana home a modern edge, while horizontal paneling helps maintain a cozy cottage feel. Glass-paneled doors provide access to the deck and screened porch and also bring in light.
4 An Italian chrome chandelier marks the spot for the raw steel table in a Wicker Park dining room. Playing off yellow fiberglass shell chairs, the amber semi-sheer panels, which don’t cover the entire span of the windows, can be shifted to follow the sun. Sliding doors open to a huge rooftop deck.
Photography: (1) Alan Shortall; (2) Matthew Gilson; (3) Nathan Kirkman; (4) Andreas Larsson