The living room features a well-edited assemblage of accessories that contributes to its soothing scheme.
The living room, featuring an ethereal palette, is classically appointed with facing settees in front of the fireplace and sumptuous silk draperies.
The neoclassic-style settee, upholstered in elegant ivory, gets a royal touch, with silver leaf added to highlight the carving on the frame.
A mirrored side table sits against a damask-covered panel in the living room.
At the end of the hall, a trumeau reflects a row of crystal chandeliers.
The Ditomassos worked with an art adviser recommended by designer Kara Mann to enhance their collection of contemporary artwork. A photograph titled "Unknown Land" by Ori Gersht rests on the mantel.
Amy Ditomasso collects many objects, but her first love is her collection of Nymphenburg German porcelain that is entirely handcrafted-from the raw materials used to produce it to the ornamentation that is hand-painted and customized for each client. Amy displays her collection throughout her entire home including the dining room, where figurines are perched in cage-like structures built especially for them. Amy's dinnerware pattern is from the Flowers of Life collection; it features an amethyst-colored motif on white porcelain. "The pattern almost resembles tattoos," says Amy. "I like the idea of mixing a beautiful material with design that is a little dangerous."
Painted in white, a cabinet that houses Amy's collection of porcelain is embellished with mullions and finials.
In the kitchen, bar stools with cream-colored backs and seats are a comfortable spot for the Ditomasso children to do art projects.
Chairs around the pedestal table are covered in a putty-colored cotton-and-linen-weave fabric.
Square art pieces hang graphically above a bleached wood console table. Orange Hermès boxes jolt the otherwise quiet and neutral vignette.
The Ditomassos, who frequently entertain, wanted the butler's pantry to equal the glamour of the rest of the home. Vaulted ceilings shine with a silver leaf finish, and white built-in cabinets house the homeowner's collection of porcelain serving pieces.
Drapery panels made in an open-linen weave beautifully filter light in the family room.
In the corner of the family room, a game table is surrounded by comfortable tufted chairs. Instead of upholstering the chairs in one fabric, a solid flax-colored linen was used on the front, with a subtle geometric motif stretching around the back.
To align with the gritty gray palette used throughout the house, a round frame with smoky mirrored panels hangs above a mahogany console table in the family room.
Berkus, the family cat. (What color did you think he would be?)
The butterfly wall sculpture by Paul Villinski is framed nicely by pairs of shagreen-like bedside tables, silver-leaf mirrors, and rock-crystal lamps.
A crystal-and-wood chandelier drifts elegantly above the bedroom seating arrangement that includes a French chaise, a moderne chair with a silver frame, and a lacquered Asian-inspired coffee table.
The Ditomasso family: John and Amy with their children Dylan, 3, and Quinn, 7, and dogs Sawyer and Honeycomb.
Designer Kara Mann is one of the newest faces in Chicago-area high-end design.
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