Matching antique mirrors flank the living room fireplace and “Blue Triptych” mixed-media art by Mary Rousseaux.
Upholstered chairs and a trio of glass-topped Swaim cocktail tables are easily moved to accommodate large groups or small intimate gatherings.
Their mutual love of classical architecture led designer Horner to pick up pieces on his travels that he knew Rebecca would like, such as the white opaline vase that is one of a pair that flank the living room fireplace.
Inspired by a 1920s design, the 40-inch-tall, gilt-and-glass light fixture hangs from a skylight at the top of the three-level winding staircase.
Martin Horner spotted this seeded glass ball in a Portland, Oregon, shop. He carted it home in his suitcase, and repurposed it as a dazzling accent on the antique newel post at the bottom of the front hall stair.
The custom dining room table adapts to many occasions, seating 20 or breaking down into separate tables that each seat four. It also has leaves that alter its shape, from square and rectangular to round and oval.
The dining room sideboard is a Regency-era antique. The striking sconces were custom-made. “We added the crystal detail to jazz them up,” designer Horner says. “We wanted to give them a little glam.”
In the family room, Brennan Besser plays his guitar next to spacious windows with views of the backyard. Two sofas, upholstered chairs, an ottoman, and a rug from The Larsen Collection provide plenty of lounging areas for family TV nights.
Large islands—one in the center of the room, the other dividing the kitchen from the family room—make things handy for caterers serving at dinner parties. A home office is tucked into one end of the kitchen.
Ivory and gold “Madrid” wall covering by Scalamandré and a chandelier from Century Lighting give the master bedroom a vintage feel. The headboard of the custom bed is upholstered in “Velvet Linen”by Cowtan & Tout.
In the master sitting room, black lacquer armchairs, inherited from Rebecca’s grandmother, were updated with a black-and-cream Charles Pollock upholstery fabric.
Mongolian mohair tops an acrylic bench from the McLaughlin Collection. The marble statue belonged to Rebecca’s father.
Daughter Elena “is all about sparkle,” Horner says. “The chandelier in her bedroom is from the Bessers’ old dining room—and that glamour/sparkle set the stage. It’s all about texture and sparkle, like Elena’s personality.”
Double doors at the entry of the new home on Chicago’s Gold Coast are illuminated by custom brass-and-black steel sconces made by Archistoric Workshop in Chicago.
Rebecca Besser stands next to the salvaged newel post that Horner topped with a decorative seeded glass ball found in Portland, Oregon.
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