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1 Don’t be afraid of drama—or of playing with scale. Visitors to this North Shore house are welcomed by a nine-foot-tall zinc face (salvaged from a demolished building) hung over an antique jardinière. This statement piece has almost become a member of the family—the homeowners call it Washington.
2 In the foyer of this Edgewater condo, interior designer Sean Cowan and his partner, Eric Silverstrim, alternated two-inch stripes of semigloss black and flat charcoal paint on the walls, creating a glamorous backdrop for a white fiberglass Regency-style console.
3 In a cottage in Three Oaks, Michigan, interior designer Julia Edelmann took wainscoting all the way up to the ceiling and put baskets under a rustic turquoise bench to make the space homey and casual.
4 An entryway is a great place for an eye-catching work of art. In this North Side home, a painting by Jeff Kruse anchors the space and also provides a hint of the citrusy color scheme that brightens the rest of the house.
Photography: (1–3) Nathan Kirkman; (4) Katrina Wittkamp