Newlyweds Roche Schulfer and Mary Beth Fisher didn’t have too many problems merging their styles when they moved in together ten years ago. That’s because, as they say today, they didn’t really have any. Schulfer, the executive director of the Goodman Theatre, had never bothered much with interior décor, and Fisher, a veteran actress (she just finished a turn in the Goodman’s production of Frank’s Home in New York), had been living out of a trunk for years. Since marrying in 2006, they’ve been feathering their beautiful condo overlooking Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park Zoo. Their favorite objects? Those that remind them of friends, family, and falling in love.
What had to go when they moved in together:
The white-cube furniture that Schulfer had held on to for years. “I had always lived in a minimalist style with furniture that was hideously old,” he says. “The fact that there is anything nice in this apartment is due to Mary Beth, who said, ‘You are an adult and you must have furniture.’”
His longtime collection:
On their art collection:
Her dramatic look:
Treasured object: A hand-painted bowl that Fisher made for Schulfer at the design-it-yourself shop Glazed Expressions (717 W. Armitage Ave.; 312-867-1792), showing scenes from their first summer together-including their first golf outing. Like Schulfer, Fisher has become an avid golfer. “Our matches are ferocious,” he says.
Favorite holiday gifts:
A St. Roche medallion they picked up at a mission in Santa Fe. “St. Roche was a French guy who renounced his worldly goods-he went to Italy and worked among plague victims,” explains Schulfer, who says it helps to keep him grounded. “Without sounding too highfalutin about it, working in a theatre that is part of the community, and improving quality of life in whatever way we can, has always been very important to me.”
Photography: Lisa Predko Hair and Makeup by Duc Ho at Salon Buzz