The co-op’s spacious rooms, including a 34x19-foot living room with 10-foot ceilings, demanded furniture with weight and heft, says Jessica Lagrange, a Chicago interior designer and longtime friend who came to the McEnirys’ rescue. “Their other home was beautiful,” she notes, “but its rooms were smaller and darker. Here, everything is grand and on a much larger scale.”
Large windows with their sky-high views magnify the spaces even more. The living room overlooks Lake Michigan, and the family room has views of Lincoln Park Zoo, one of Courtney’s favorite Chicago attractions.
Lagrange anchored the living room with a pair of 96-inch-long suede sofas in a “paper-bag” color with brass nailheads. The sofas were so massive that they wouldn’t fit inside the building’s service elevator, so they were upended and placed on the elevator’s roof. Two men escorted the sofas as they slowly ascended one-by-one to the co-op’s level. “I made sure I was out of town that day,” Courtney says, only half-joking.