Empty nesters (and frequent entertainers) who were overhauling a Wheaton townhouse wanted to carve out a fancy powder room from an impossibly tiny, oddly shaped entryway space. Schanstra had the genius idea to shoehorn a little bit of 18th-century France into the room. Read more
Linda Larisch gave this Barrington Hills kitchen a total overhaul, starting with moving a staircase to the adjacent family room to allow for a more open floor plan. (The original layout was so congested that oven and dishwasher doors practically touched the center island when opened; a peninsula had cabinets hung so low over it that one couldn’t comfortably work there, let alone see into the breakfast nook beyond.) Read more
In this Oak Park home, Polvere’s objective was to combine classic elements with modern ones. Keeping in mind her clients’ request for both dark wood and white cabinets, along with varied countertop materials, she worked toward symmetry in her design to keep the finishes from looking cacophonous. Read more
A splash of fresh paint, a bolt of fab fabric, and suddenly, everything old is cool again. Hip refinishing and upholstery shops are cropping up all over, and their pros are great at seeing the potential in your grandmother’s old chaise. Most sell completed pieces and also take commissions. Who says a vintage chair can’t learn a new trick? Read more
’Tis the season to go gold, but big bling? We’re over it. From subtle glimmers that feel timeless and appealingly broken-in to small, dazzling accessories that are just plain fun, these touches always get the party started. Read more
Who hasn’t stared up at the iconic corncobs of Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City and wondered who lives there? Photographer Andreas E. G. Larsson, a frequent Chicago Home + Garden contributor, has been long fascinated by the complex, completed in 1962. Read more