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Summer Thornton, Julia Edelmann, and Morlen Sinoway talk color: Happy Chic

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Julia Edelmann

In an Evanston Victorian, Julia Edelmann uses a lively palette of yellow, turquoise, and gray that’s bright but not too sweet.

“As we chose colors and fabrics, we kept asking ourselves, ‘Is this happy enough?’ But we were also careful—if you have too much color, it’s easy to grow tired of it.”



A kitchen decorated in light colors, which includes a banquette with Mokum fabric

“The grapefruit yellow Mokum fabric on this banquette gets more discussion than anything else in the house,” says Edelmann. “It was the first one we chose, and I’m always getting phone calls asking me where I found it. The client moves this piece all over the house—it works in any space.” A black drum shade and table base “keep a bright decor from feeling precious,” she says.



A sitting room, decorated with furniture featuring large floral prints

The oversize botanical print on the sitting room chairs incorporates all of the colors in Edelmann’s palette against a cream base. When mixing patterns, she points out, “subtle colors on a neutral background don’t fight each other.”


Photography: (Interiors) Eric Hausman; (headshot) Jodi Jacobs; (fabric) Leonard Gertz


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