“Bring the outdoors in! Switch out heavier, darker flower arrangements for fresh tulips, peonies, or hyacinth. Visit a nursery for larger green plants like fig trees and palms. And prep the terrace for dining alfresco by adding vases of flowering branches and lighted lanterns.”

Alessandra Branca

The Chicago-based interior designer—who recently served as honorary chair of the Lake Forest Showhouse—is known for her signature classical-yet-whimsical aesthetic, which she composes from a well-appointed Gold Coast office and her boutique, Branca (5 E. Goethe St.).