Aiming for a 100-percent kid-friendly family room, designer Melanie Elston started with a spill-proof purple rug from Savnik. "You could lose small children in there," laughs homeowner Laura Kofoid.
Emerald green vintage Italian lamps crown a mid-century Monteverdi Young cabinet.
A Victoria Hagan wing chair is fashionably dressed in contrasting fabrics.
In the living room, peacock-blue walls complement the vibrant orange in the adjacent family room. Instead of a sofa, swoop-back chairs from Dessin Fournir are arranged "like campers ringing a bonfire," says Elston.
Elston mixed vibrant patterns--the chair upholstery is "New Wave" from Old World Weavers, and the rug is from Patterson, Flynn & Martin.
A custom-made banquette and an ottoman covered in Bergamo "Bali" silk create a cozy corner.
Traditional dining chairs are given a fresh spin with Colefax and Fowler's leopard-print "Malabar" upholstery.
In the entry hall, a stately grandfather clock and Zuber et Cie's "Les Courses de Chevaux" amazing scenic wallpaper contribute to the home's stunning first impression.
A white "Tulip" chair from Baker and an oversized 1960s enameled sconce pop against walls painted Farrow & Ball's "Hague Blue."
In the home office, Elston created a bold space with Glen Eden's "Out of Africa" rug and yellow curtains in Scalamandré's "Bamboo."
A custom table, 1970s Lucite-and-brass bar stools, and Farrow & Ball "Silvergate" wallpaper create a glamorous corner in the billiards room.
In the game room, green leather upholstery on dining chairs from the '50s mixes with Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics "Summer Gold" paint. "The closest I could come to beige without being beige," laughs Elston.
Stained cork floors create a graphic backdrop for the classic kitchen.
A wall covering from Stark sets the stage for a lively mix of fabrics and patterns in the master bedroom. The rug is from Michaelian & Kohlberg.
Stark's "Gridlock" wallpaper in pink slate and a vanity skirt made with Bergamo's "Saunter" fabric add flirty elements to the otherwise sleek and clean-lined master bath.
David Ricci, Laura Kofoid, and their children, Simon and C.J.
Designer Melanie Elston offers tips on decorating with color and pattern:
- To create a balanced room, offset large patterns with solids or patterns designed on a smaller scale.
- To use color successfully, continuity of tone and intensity from room to room is essential. When using bold colors, be bold everywhere.
- Create transition spaces when using a lot of pattern and color. A great runner and a focal point at a hall's end are all you need.
- I nearly always use a solid on a sofa to anchor the room. I love to then offset that piece with a fun pattern on a shapely chair.
- Mix styles! The beauty is in the mix of modern patterns.
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Chicago Apartment with Delightful Color
Beige is banished in this vibrant apartment in a prim building on Lake Shore Drive