Under the curvy staircase, an antique French table with worn painted wood was updated with a new marble top. A dark banister and steps provide striking contrast.

To define the perimeter in style, painted white wood floors are bordered in silver-leaf stripes.

The dining room chandelier from Dennis & Leen is frosted with intricate beadwork, which sparkles in the light.

A Lucite desk provides transparency and allows attention to be focused on the silver-leaf harlequin pattern on the floor.

The contemporary tone of the breakfast area complements the streamlined kitchen. Leather armchairs from West Elm surround an oval table. Vintage French posters from the Covens’ art collection decorate the walls.

Along with its black marble sink surround and painted black-framed mirror, the handsome powder room features a whimsical tree-patterned wallpaper.

The French-style Chicago home was built in 2010.

My interiors can handle an old master just as easily as a modern abstract,” says designer Gail Plechaty.

Filled with furniture from the Covens’ former home, the family room demonstrates how pieces with classic lines can find purpose anywhere.

The master suite is steps from nature, with a terrace accessible through French doors. “Whether my clients are inside in front of the fireplace or out on their terrace, they have plenty of private space where they can sit, talk, and read,” says Plechaty.

Antique prints by Auguste Rodin frame a unique mirror in the master bedroom. The bench is upholstered in a creamy fabric by Nancy Corzine.

Painted soft gray, the dressing room features mirrored doors and a stainless-topped island.

Silk window panels, a crystal chandelier, and a framed charcoal drawing give the bathroom subtle opulence.

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Bright, White, and Inviting Family Home

A mostly white palette—clean, calming, and sophisticated

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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Werner Straube

Architect: Robert W. Kirk, Group A Architecture Inc., 1100 Landmeier Road, Suite 202, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; 847/952-1100, groupaarch.com.
Interior design: Gail Plechaty, Real Simple Design, 17405 E. Millburn Road, Old Mill Creek, IL 60083; 847/356-1111.
Contractor: Matthew L. Pollack, Red Rock Custom Homes Inc., Red Rock Development, LLC, 1549 Stratford Road, Deerfield, IL 60015; 847/374-8820, redrockdevelopmentllc.com.

 

Area rug: Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
Mirror (antique); chandelier (antique); fauteuils (antique): owner’s collection.
Fauteuil fabric (“Millerighe”/Antracite #1431-01): Dedar, 800/493-2209, dedar.com.
Coffee table (antique); table at window (antique): Ivy & Co., 847/681-8003, ivyandco.net.
Sofa (#52790); club chairs (#52728): Interior Crafts, 773/376-8160, interiorcrafts.com.
Sofa fabric (“Picasso,” silk velvet): Fishman’s Fabrics, 312/922-7250, fishmansfabrics.com.
Pillows on sofa (“Hunt Damask”/Ivory); trim (“Tulip Fringe”): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com.
Club-chair fabric (“Rigoletto”/Taupe #5568/2, by Rose Cumming): Dessin Fournier, 785/434-2777, dessinfournier.com.
Trim on club chairs (“Orsay”/Taupe #34607): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, samuelandsons.com.
Floor lamp (antique): Ivy & Co., 847/681-8003, ivyandco.net.
Lamp shade: Lake Forest Lamp & Shade Co., 847/579-4499.
Drapery (“Shangri-La”/Crème de la Crème #03): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com.
Paint (“Greek Villa” #7551): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794, sherwinwilliams.com.