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Chicago’s top designers celebrate style and function in DreamHome 2006
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Traditional Home teamed with Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to sponsor DreamHome 2006, featuring nine rooms created by some of Chicago’s top designers. With its sophisticated display of comfortable elegance, DreamHome is a celebration of high-style design and down-home function.
DreamHome is in the north lobby of the Merchandise Mart, which is located at Kinzie and Wells streets. The showhouse, which runs through December 22, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tours are free, but there is a suggested admission donation of $5 to benefit The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation. For additional details, call 800/677-6278 or visit merchandisemart.com. After touring the DreamHome, get in the holiday spirit by visiting the Merchandise Mart’s One of a Kind Show and Sale.
The One of a Kind Show and Sale
December 8–10 at The Merchandise Mart (800/677-6278 or merchandisemart.com/oneofakindshow) $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, children under 12 free. Find fine art, photography, jewelry, furniture, and the newest fashions. Added bonuses include on-site packaging and shipping, child care, plus a sports lounge for non-shoppers.
David Kaufman and Tom Segal
Why have a plain-jane kitchen when you can have a cooking-and-entertaining space that resembles a private dining room in an exclusive restaurant?
“We wanted it to be innovative and sexy,” says Tom Segal, who created the DreamHome kitchen with his partner, David Kaufman. So instead of white and stainless steel, the pair opted for dark, rich, and colorful.
At one end of the room stands a lacquer-red island, with a round bowl sink and a stainless-steel faucet with a pullout hose. Wall cabinets incorporate display shelves and wine storage, and most appliances are discreetly sheathed in wood to fade into the background. At the other end, a sculptural bronze table is surrounded by chairs in woven red leather. For additional storage, hefty Chinese cabinets were placed on either side of the rouge marble fireplace. “A kitchen should be up to the style level of the rest of your house,” says Kaufman, “but without losing sight of the functional qualities.”
Photography: Emily Minton-Redfield
Produced by Jenny Bradley
Interior designers: Tom Segal and David Kaufman, Kaufman Segal Design, 900 N. Franklin St., #710, Chicago, IL 60610; 312/649-0680.
Kitchen, eating area—
Wall covering (custom, red grasscloth): First Editions for Callard & Assoc., 312/670-3640, callardandassociates.com, trade only.
Flooring (“Israeli Blue #AS2362): Ann Sacks, 800/278-8453 and 312/923-0919, annsacks. com, trade only.
Chandelier (“Ramona’’ #5009, with crystal accent): Fuse Lighting by Kevin Kolanowski for Modern at Design Atelier, 312/822-0440, trade only.
Glass table top: Karesh Mirror & Glass Inc., 630/964-5954.
Aged bronze table base (#DT-133A): Robertson for Murray’s Iron Works, 312/595-0874.
Dining chairs (“Back Side Chair’’ #FD05A-WF01/Pitch Brown finish); dining-chair fabric (“Real Woven Leather’’/Cherry #RW06): Edelman Leather, 800/886-8339 and 312/467-4433, edelmanleather.com, trade only.
Marble fireplace (antique, French Rouge Royal Marble Mantel’’): on loan from Roman Marble Co., 312/337-2217.
Cabinets (antique, Chinese wardrobe cabinets with white brass hinges and lockplates, Beijing, China, walnut): Golden Triangle, 312/755-1266.
Art and accessories: A. Rudin, 310/659-2388 and 312/494-9300, trade only.
Accessories: CAI Designs, 312/755-9163, trade only. b(“Soleil Petite Pendant Lights’’ #K-002, satin nickel, Kentfield Collection): Boyd Lighting Co., 415/778-4300 and 312/644-4300, boydlighting.com.
Island cabinetry (84 series, European-style, frameless.“Barcelona Recessed’’ doors, with “Louis Phillippe’’ drawer heads. Cherry in Cinnabar finish, with Pewter Heirloom Glaze. Interiors: Natural Maple): Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, 800/635-7500, wood-mode.com.
Island hardware (satin nickel pulls #1302): Katonah Architectural Hardware, 312/670-4297, katonahhardware.com.
Island countertop (green onyx with laminated ogee edge): Ahalya Stone, 312/464-0064.
Island sink (“Blanco Round Bowl’’): Blanco America for Community Home Supply, 773/281-7010, comhs.com.
Island faucet (“Single Lever Mixer with Pull-Out Hose #GF1102, stainless): Lefroy Brooks, 212/226-2242, lefroybrooksusa.com.
Bar stools (custom, “Norris Bar Stools’’ with stretcher and thicker leg; mahogany finish, covered in “Raoul Wool Flax’’/Olivine): George Smith LLC, 312/464-0242, trade only.
Kitchen Cabinetry (84 Series, European-style, frameless. “Vanguard Plus’’ door style. Rift sawn vertical veneer in Cinnabar stain alternated with Dark Lager stain.
Interiors: Natural Maple): Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, 800/635-7500.
Cabinet hardware (#A295/26, polished chrome): Valli & Valli for K&B Galleries Ltd., 312/645-1833, kbgalleries.com.
Sliding-door handles (#117.05.690/St. Matt M4 CTC 1408MM): Hãfele America Co., 800/423-3531, hafeleonline.com. Available from Nu-Trend Cabinet Co., 847/238-9300.
Countertop (concrete in Slate): Soupcan Inc., 312/527-2090, soupcan.com.
Sink (“PRO CookCenter Full Countertop Sink’’ #K-3309-1, polished chrome, by Kohler): The Kohler Store, 312/755-2510, thekohlerstore.com.
Faucet (“Helix Pontiac Mixer’’ with remote joystick control #HX-1106, chrome): Lefroy Brooks, 212/226-2242.
Windowshade fabric (“Story Stones’’ #10010): Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd., 800/366-4442 and 312/822-0766, donghia.com, trade only.
Windowshade trim (#TA5232-44): Kravet, 888/457-2838, and 312/527-0505, kravet.com, trade only.
Shade fabrication: Decorator Services Inc., 708/430-2041.
Television (Panasonic #TC-23LX60); DVD (Panasonic #DVD-S52): through LouisClark Ltd., 847/864-0271, louis-clark.com.
Cooking utensils and accessories: The Chopping Block, 312/644-6360, thechoppingblock. net.
Mosaic backsplash (“PZ Regolo Mosaic’’/X-light): American International Tile, 312/379-1700.
Lighting (“Puck Lights’’ #DC886, satin nickel): Lightology, 312/944-1000, trade only.
Faux finish (“Crème Brulé’’); wood stain (“Special Walnut’’): custom finishes by No Limits Paint, 708/352-1711, nolimitspaint. com.
Dishwasher (“Optima’’ #G2470SCVi); coffee system (#CVA615): Miele Inc., 800/843-7231, miele.com.
Refrigerator (#736TCI); double oven (#DO30U/S); microwave (#MW24); warming drawer (#WD30); gas cooktop (#CT36G/S); downdraft (#DD36I): Sub-Zero/Wolf, 800/222-7820, subzero.com.
Crown moulding (#CR806); window casing (#CA323); base (#B401): White River Hardwoods-Woodworks Inc., 479/442-6986, mouldings.com.
Accessories: A. Rudin, 312/494-9300, trade only.
Accessories: CAI Designs, 312/755-9163, trade only.
Foyer by Nate Berkus
Because of its transitional nature, the foyer is one of the most difficult spaces to furnish in any home. Designer Nate Berkus conceived this one as a personal gallery of curiosities and a preview of attractions to come.
“An entrance hall should tell the first chapter of the story of you and your home—where you have been and where you aspire to go,” says Berkus, who used the space as a showcase for his signature placement of natural materials and organic forms. Inspired by the home of influential Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt, the is room largely neutral (weathered wood, silvery metal, gray marble, natural sisal), which gives the space a sense of calm luxury. Berkus describes Vervoordt’s home as “very grand yet filled with simple objects and antiques so that it feels very collected and creative.”
The balance of furnishings and art is one of the key lessons of the coolly dramatic space, which is centered on a long and narrow marble-topped console table. One wall of the foyer holds a sculpture made of crisscrossing twigs, its height and width echoed on the opposite wall by a tall bookcase that is an artwork itself, completely covered with strands of rope. And a pair of antique panels of carved pine that hang on one wall are balanced by two large orange, ball-shaped works of art.
Though arrangement of the foyer is sternly symmetrical, the idiosyncratic nature of the objects and their earthy, honest materials make the space feel warm rather than rigid.
Interior designer: Nate Berkus, Nate Berkus Associates, 311 W. Superior St., Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60610; 312/642-0404, nateberkus.com.
Marble-top console table: Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854 and 312/836-0571, mecoxgardens.com. Banquette (“Arras Steel Banquette’’); pine panels: Mike Bell Antiques & Reproductions, 312/644-6848. mikebellantiques.com.
Twig sculpture: Michael Taylor Designs Inc., 312/828-0488, trade only.
Hanging lantern (“French Tole Lantern’’ by Michael S. Smith): John Rosselli & Assoc., 312/822-0760, trade only.
Carpet (“Natura Sisal Rug’’) Stark Carpet Corp., 312/329-9043 and 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com, trade only.
Flooring: Paris Ceramics, 312/467-9830, trade only.
Bookcase (“Afritaco Bookcase’’ by Christian Astuguevieille); painting (Christian Astuguevieille); ceramic vases: Holly Hunt Ltd., 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com, trade only.
Chinese hardwood planter; bench (“French Directoire Bench’’ by Christian Astuguevieille); leather books: Richard Norton Inc., 312/644-9359.
Teak balls and Zulu orange hat (by Allan Knight): Niermann Weeks, 312/644-1300 and 212/319-7979, niermannweeks.com, trade only.
China plates: Nymphenburg USA, 312/421-3500.
Entry doors: Woodharbor Home, 312/321-5600.
Doorknobs: Chicago Brass, 847/926-0001.
Living Room by Marshall Erb
“It’s definitely a room to be used at night,” says designer Marshall Morgan Erb of his seductive DreamHome living room, whose taupe color scheme is sharpened with shots of ebony and the glitter of gilt. “I envisioned it as a place where you would gather for cocktails before or after dinner.”
Erb also saw the space as an opportunity to create a multigenerational room whose furnishings span decades of style and whose art ranges from traditional (antique prints) to contemporary (a golden diptych above the sofa).
Explaining the multifaceted approach to the decor, the designer says, “I was inspired by one of my clients, who has a house that has been lived in by four generations of the same family.”
Anchoring the living room is a clean-cut 1970s lacquer coffee table by Karl Springer, an American designer who is one of Erb’s favorites. Spread across the limestone tile floor is a modern carpet woven in Tibet. A 19th-century marble-topped table stands next to a sofa whose sleek but curvaceous lines recall the work of Syrie Maugham, an influential British decorator who had a boutique in Chicago in the 1930s. And alongside a tidily upholstered armchair, the designer placed a funky petrified-wood side table carved in the organic shape of a sawed-off tree trunk.
“The eclectic combination of objects makes it feel like a room that has evolved over time rather than one that was decorated all at once,” Erb says.
Interior designer: Marshall Erb, Marshall Morgan Erb Design Inc., 943 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60622; 312/563-0000, marshallerb.com.
Sofa (“Gabriel Sofa’’ #27-01011-92-36); diptych (by Douglas Freeman) over sofa; sofa fabric (“Sulyman’’/Platinum #M-309-05): Niermann Weeks, 312/644-1300 and 212/319-7979, trade only.
Pillows (“Animaux Exotiques’’/Charcoal, White #106491); flower pillow on upholstered chair (“Sophie’s Thistles’’/ Steel #107006); pillows (“Lambeth Linen’’/Tobacco #105270): Travers, 212/888-7900, traversinc.com, trade only. Available through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, trade only.
Pillows (“Phillippe Stripe’’/ Greige #PHIL-01, by Kirk Brummel): Brunschwig & Fils, 212/838-7878, and 312/329-0178, brunschwig.com, trade only.
Pillows (“Sketchpad’’/Pussywillow #6033/03, by Pollack): Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd., 800/366-4442 and 312/822-0766, trade only.
Smaller bolster-style pillows on sofa (“Damasc Villa Erba’’/ Borage #1007-01, by Classic Cloth): Dessin Fournir, 312/661-0640 and 785/434-2777, trade only.
Pillows (‘Soussous’’/Tan #92907-02): Rogers & Goffigon, 212/888-3242. Available through Cowtan & Tout Chicago, 312/644-0717, trade only.
Club chair to left of sofa (“Eno Lounge Chair’’ #7900): Bright Chair Co., 312/822-0177, brightchair.com, trade only.
Fabric on “Eno’’ chair (“Lilliput’’/Feather #910062-01): Rogers & Goffigon, 212/888-3242, through Cowtan & Tout, 312/644-0717, trade only.
Apricot chair (“Ridgeback Salon Chair’’ #6362); chair fabric (#82-171): Baker Knapp & Tubbs, 800/592-2537 and 312/329-1948, bakerfurniture.com, trade only.
Upholstered chair to right of sofa (“Jenny Chair’’ #CEM106-C); chair fabric (JBI Linen): John Boone Inc., 212/758-0012, trade only. Available through Westwater/Patterson, 312/644-8890, trade only.
Coffee table (“KS Duchess Coffee Table’’): Matthews & Parker Ltd., 914/723-8887, matthewsandparker.com. Available through Bright Chair Co., 312/822-0177, trade only.
Petrified wood side table (#92, by Maggie): Henredon, 800/444-3682 and 312/464-1865, henredon.com.
Console table: (“Asian Console’’ by Miles #247): Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777 and 312/527-3151, beaconhilldesign.com, trade only.
Marble-top table (#124/2023): Mike Bell Antiques & Reproductions, 312/644/6848.
Occasional table (“Bonaventure Occasional Table’’ #5026); table lamp (“Bonaventure Round Table Lamp’’): Betty M Collection Inc., 312/828-0340, bettym.com, trade only.
Stone flooring: Ann Sacks, 312/923-0919.
Rug (“Acanthededans’’): Odegard, 800/670-8836 and 312/644-9638, odegard.com, trade only.
Millwork: Nu Trend Custom Cabinet Co., 847/238-300.
Milk glass lamp; male torso sculpture; white pottery vase: designer’s collection.
Floor lamp (#PH214, Thomas Pheasant Collection): Baker, 800/592-2537, and 312/329-1948.
Stump planter: William Switzer & Assoc. Ltd., 212/207-8332, trade only.
Box: Michael Taylor Designs, 312/828-0488, trade only. Framing: Armand Lee,312/455-1200, armandlee.com
Library by Eva Quateman
Commissioned to create a library for the DreamHome, Chicago designer Eva Quateman decided to reject the classical notion of a library as a traditional interior with lots of wood and brass lamps. Instead she came up with a black, gray, gold, and ivory room whose sensual personality combines masculine and feminine elements.
“I wanted it to be a handsome space but not an unapproachable one,” says the Argentine-born Quateman.
Walls painted in a python-skin pattern provide an unexpectedly glamorous background for button-tufted chairs and ottomans upholstered in steel gray. Equally unexpected are the curtains, whose normally vertical stripes Quate man reoriented horizontally in a procedure known as railroading. Explaining the usefulness of the technique, the designer notes that it keeps the striped pattern from “getting lost in the folds of the curtains.”
Metallic glints—from curtain rings and brass sconces to burnished brass cabinet knobs—give the space a bejewelled air. A touch of gold also ornaments the grand bookcase, a Quateman design that is a fresh, modern reinterpretation of a classic British Regency design. Fresh, too, is the designer’s decision to hang a majestically bold oil portrait of a young woman over the desk instead of the landscape or hunting scene so often found in a traditional library.
Interior designer: Eva Quateman, Eva Quateman Interiors, 220 W. Huron St., #2002, Chicago, IL 60610; 312/255-8800, evaquateman.com.
Desk (“Paris Writing Table’’ with Ivory Leather Top,#7888, by Thomas Pheasant); sconces (“Laurent Sconces’’ #JG402G, by Jacques Garcia); chandelier (“Couronne Chandelier’’ #JG302G, by Jacques Garcia): Baker Knapp & Tubbs, 800/592-2537, and 312/329-1948, trade only Desk chair (“Regency Side Chair’’ #5630): Julia Gray Ltd., 212/223-4454 and 312/527-5820, juliagray.com. trade only.
Pen-and-ink abstraction on paper: Richard Norton Gallery, 312/644-9359.
Silk fabric on striped seatcushion; pillows; drapery (“Vasco de Gama’’ #8914/83): Nobilis Inc., 800/464-6670, trade only. Available through Summer Hill Chicago, 312/467-6860, trade only.
Four chairs (“Brighton Lounge Chair’’ #7029): R. Jones & Associates, 214/951-0091, rjones.com, trade only. Available through de Aurora, 312/644-4430, trade only.
Ottomans: Eva Quateman Interiors, 312/255-8800. Chair-and-ottoman fabric (Gray flannel #H218-02); acrylic tables (“Bourdeaux Occasional Table’’ #K25820K, by Allan Knight): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979 and 312/644-1300, trade only.
Cord on chairs: Rogers Custom Trims, 773/745-6577. Gray, black and gold woven wool rug: Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000 and 312/329-9043, trade only.
Shades (“Designerline Window Shades’’/Heron #DL02): Conrad, 866/426-6723, conradshades.com, trade only. Black curtain poles (#14); finials and rings (#VGN&8, in gold leaf): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777 and 312/661-0640, trade only. Bookcases (Regency); accessories on bookcases; silk-and-wool throw; paint (faux python black-andivory paint, by decorative artist Paul Minnihan): Eva Quateman Interiors, 312/255-8800.
Crystal balls: Baker, 800/592-2537 and 312/329-1948, bakerfurniture.com.
Bookcase hardware (“Roped Cabinet Knobs’’ in Burnished Brass): The Nanz Co., 312/527-1300, nanz.com, trade only. Biomorphic bronze sculptures: Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques, 312/337-6556, douglasrosin.com.
White oak floors with walnut ebonized strip: Birger Juell Ltd., 312/464-9663, birgerjuell.com.
Custom floor and ceiling molding; door header (designed by Eva Quateman): finished by Armand Lee, 312/455-1200.
Dining Room by Tom Stringer
“The dining room is the one place in the house where you can get away with a certain level of drama,” says interior designer Tom Stringer. “It’s an event space, pure and simple, so you want it to have some glamour.”
Based on the luminous color scheme of champagne, ivory, and white touched with accents of gold and smoky lavender—the same lavender Stringer, an avid scuba diver, sees on underwater sea fans—the dining room gets a lot of its aesthetic oomph from architectural details. “Bookcases are a great way to add personality to almost any room, but I didn’t want to fill them with books,” the designer says. Instead, he made them into display cabinets for a collection of white and ivory ceramics. All that white conjured up notions of 18th-century France and Gustavian Sweden (as well as the Syrie Maugham style of the 1930s), so Stringer surrounded the oval table with elegant and comfortable painted Louis XVI chairs. He then anchored one wall with a generously curved demilune commode that could be used for storage and serving.
Underlying the elegance, however, are substantial doses of drama, some strong, others more retiring. The walls, for instance, are covered with a white wallpaper whose embossed crocodile pattern adds texture but stays subtly in the background. And underfoot is a carpet from Stringer’s own line. With its graphic interlocking octagons-and-squares motif, the floor assumes a gutsy attitude reminiscent of the 1960s British designer David Hicks.
Hanging at the windows are opulent curtains whose champagne, lavender, and copper stripes pull together all the colors in the room.
Interior designer: Tom Stringer, Tom Stringer Inc., 62 W. Huron, Chicago, IL 60610; 312/644-0644, tomstringer.com.
Drapery (“Byance’’/Nacre #4571-01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900 and 312/644-0717, cowtan.com, trade only.
Drapery trim (“Opaline’’ glass topaz beads on decorative taupe tape): Houlès USA Inc., 310/652-6171 and 312/464-0409, houles. com, trade only.
Sheers (“Maestro Windows’’/Lavender #10097- 07): Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd., 800/ 366-4442 and 312/822- 0766, trade only.
Drapery hardware (custom): Zirlin Interiors, 773/334-5530. Paint (custom, ICI Paints to match Benjamin Moore high-gloss lacquer “Tropical Dusk’’ #2117-40): ICI Paints, 800/984-5444, icipaints.com.
Decorative painting: No Limits Paint, 708/352-1711, nolimitspaint.com.
Painting and custom millwork: Doug Echler and Tom Latimer, through Tom Stringer Inc., 312/644-0644.
Wall covering (“Crocodile Vinyl’’/Bone): Clarence House Ltd., 800/803-2850 and 312/222-0400, clarencehouse. com, trade only.
Dining table (“Pickford Dining Table’’ #812): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777 and 312/661-0640, trade only.
Chairs (antique): designer’s collection.
Fabric on chair seat and front (“Shaker Linen’’/Vagary 392509-11): Rogers & Goffigon, 212/888-3242 and 312/644-0717, trade only.
Fabric on seat back (“Strié Stripe’’/Lilac): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777 and 312/644-5790, robertallendesign.com, trade only.
French welt in Cacao tone: Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000 and 312/661-1900, trade only.
Table linens (custom octagon link design on linen; color, Thistle): Mia Tavola, 773/404-4901, miatavola.com.
China (“Grosgrain Fine Bone China,’’ by Vera Wang); stemware (“Classic Crystal Stemware,’’ by Vera Wang): Wedgwood USA, 800/955-1550, wedgwoodusa.com. Chandelier (“Danieli’’/Venetian silver-leaf finish on iron, trimmed with glass beads); commode (“Renishaw’’ demilune): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979 and 312/644-1300, trade only.
Table lamps (“Alabaster Concentric Circles Lamp’’ #PH206, by Thomas Pheasant): Baker, 800/592-2537 and 312/329-1948.
Architectural prints: Tom Stringer Inc., 312/644-0644. Custom framing: Armand Lee & Co., 312/455-1200.
Wall sconces (polished nickel): John Boone Inc., 312/755-1820, trade only. Available through Westwater-Patterson, 312/644-8890, trade only.
Area rug (custom); accessories: Tom Stringer Inc., 312/644-0644.
Floor tiles (“Bitter Chocolate’’ limestone with waxed finish): Paris Ceramics, 312/467- 9830, trade only.
Bedroom by Kara Mann and Kristin Nelson
“It is possible to do a bedroom that is simple without being minimalist,” says Kara Mann, who designed such a sleeping space with her associate, Kristin Nelson. Taking inspiration from the great outdoors as well as from the color-restrained work of 1930s French decorator Jean-Michel Frank, the designing women created a subtle but welcoming bedroom decked out with soothing pale-wood tones, matte surfaces, and luxuriously varied textures.
Earthy tones suffuse the space, from the striking woven-rope lounge chair to the tailored Parsons-style bedside tables. Underneath it all is a bleached walnut floor laid in a herringbone pattern softened by a woven hemp carpet.
At the center of the paneled-look space (it’s actually hand-painted with applied moldings) stands a calligraphy-spare iron bed with a cowhide headboard. The elegant embroidery of the bed linens echoes the elaborate needlework that ornaments the bottom of the wool felt curtains; their muted extravagance haelps keep minimalism at bay. Another sensual detail? A shell-like plaster mirror above the fireplace.
Interior designers: Kara Mann and Kristin Nelson, Kara Mann Design, 100 W. Kinzie St. Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60610; 312/896-2460, karamann.com.
Bed (‘Simone Bed’’ #KJ9002, by Kerry Joyce);
Sconces (“Cabot Swing-Arm Sconces’’ #SC233-E, by Palmer-Hargrave);
Bedside tables (“Pratt Console’’ #G0500, by Gérard): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777 and 312/661-0640, trade only.
Leather on bed (“Cavallini’’/Darkest Brown): Edelman Leather, 800/886-8339 and 312/467-4433, trade only.
Lounge chair (“Duclo Armchair’’ #DU2203 BIS, by Christian Astuguevieille); table (“Petrified Stump Table’’): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com, trade only.
Drapery (“Kensington White’’ #DE10078, ground cloth, with “Mica’’ custom embroidery): Holland & Sherry, 212/355-6241, trade only.
Drapery hardware (classic rods #RL-27029-bn, cuff bracelet, plain knob finials, classic rings, ring tiebacks, all in natural brass, by Ralph Lauren): Henredon, 800/444-3682 and 312/464-1865, henredon.com, trade only.
Drapery fabrication: Tenggren Mehl Co., 773/763-3290.
Bedding: Muse Couture, 866/212-6873, musegroup.com. Mantel;
Antique firebrick: Au Coin du Feu Ltd., 312/850-2655.
Selenite logs: Ruzzetti & Gow, 212/327-4281, ruzzettiandgow.com.
Flooring (bleached walnut): Birger Juell Ltd., 312/464-9663, trade only.
Area rug (hemp rug): Odegard, 800/670-8836 and 312/644- 9638, trade only. Mirror (“Cape Linden Mirror’’): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979 and 312/644-1300, trade only.
Custom millwork: Exclusive Woodworking Inc., 847/249-5222. Paint (custom): by Ed Mattingly, 708/710-8919.
Bath by Athalie Derse
“I cannot stand predictable decorating, and there’s no reason a bathroom has to be just a utilitarian space,” says Athalie Derse, a Chicago designer known as a devotée of spirited style.
The bathroom she produced for the DreamHome proves her point: Boldly conceived, grandly proportioned, and with its amazing wallpaper and dramatic bathtub at the center of the room, it’s a spectacular sight from any angle.
Lined with a brown grasscloth wallcovering printed with “kind of wild” extra-large pineapple plants, Derse’s space is a combination bathroom and dressing room, a place to attend to one’s toilette as well as to kick back and relax. “It’s a more livable space when the functions are combined,” says the designer, who chose the pineapple wall covering because of the fruit’s history as a symbol of hospitality.
Underscoring that sense of multipurpose livability, Derse’s DreamHome bathroom is also furnished with an antique table, a silver-leafed bench, a scarlet vanity, and Gothic-style chairss made of shining stainless steel.
Interior designer: Athalie Derse, Athalie Derse Inc., 735 N. Western Ave., Suite 182, Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847/482-9372.
Wall covering (“Pineapple’’): Studio Printworks, 212/633-6727, studioprintworks.com. Available through Hinson & Co., 312/787- 5300, trade only.
Hanging lamp: Christopher Spitzmiller Inc., 212/563-1144, christopherspitzmiller.com.
Floor (antiqued Spanish White Marble): Paris Ceramics, 312/467-9830, parisceramics.com, trade only.
Tub (“Candide Freestanding Tub’’); tub faucet (“Julia Exposed Tub Filler’’);
watertable (“Legion Watertable’’ with Calacatta Gold marble top);
sink faucet (“Easton Classic Lavatory Faucet’’);
sconces (“Classic Sconces’’/Nickel); paper holder (“Easton’’); accessories: Waterworks, 800/899-6757 and 312/527-4668, waterworks.com.
Mirror (“Metropolitan Pivoting Mirror’’/ Polished Nickel);
chairs (“Gothic Side Chairs’’ in cast aluminum, plated in Polished Nickel);
sink (20-inch alabaster scalloped bowl with polished nickel hardware);
freestanding towel rack (polished nickel): Urban Archaeology, 212/431-4646 and 312/527-4627, urbanarchaeology.com. Toilet (“Santa Rosa’’/White #3323): The Kohler Store, 312/755-2510.
Side table (“Bella Table’’): Corbin Bronze through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, corbinbronze.com.
Paint trim (“White Dove’’): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
Family Room by Heather Wells and Bruce Fox
Think country house. Now think chic country house. “That’s what we wanted to channel,” says Bruce Fox, who created the DreamHome family room with designer-architect Heather G. Wells. “It’s an easygoing interior that has some whimsy and elegance to it.”
A little bit vintage (club chairs that recall the 1950s), a little bit country-club (Bermuda-green printed curtains and painted etagères), and a little ethnic (bamboo armchair, ikat throws, an African footstool), the team’s family room is a lighthearted space where wit, luxury, and wholesome practicality combine into a fresh-faced format.
“Seriously casual” is how Fox describes the installation, which has a background of wallpaper that has been hung horizontally to emphasize its weathered plank motif. Against that he and Wells arranged furniture whose mix of styles and fabrics broadcasts a laidback sensibility. Crowning the flat-screen television with a pair of moose antlers adds a note of National Geographic charm but also helps to visually anchor the television, making it a part of the room rather than an intrusion.
Interior designers: Heather Wells and Bruce Fox, Heather G. Wells Ltd., 333 W. Hubbard St., #2E, Chicago, IL 60610; 312/464-0077, hgwltd.com.
Flooring (wire-brushed oak plank flooring): Birger Juell Ltd., 312/464-9663. Paint: ICI Paints, 800/984-5444.
Wall covering (Faux Wood Grain #PBS32): Nobilis Inc., 800/464-6670, trade only. Available through Summer Hill, 312/467-6860, trade only. Painting and wall covering: Hester Decorating Co. Inc., 847/677-5130. Pair of chairs (“Ted Chairs’’): Bright Chair Co., 312/822-0177. Chair fabric (“Couture Boucle N.3’’/Taupe #9663-02): Glant Textiles Corp., 206/725-4444, trade only. Available through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, trade only.
Side table beside “Ted’’ chair (“Roman Side Table’’ #33-02295-13-00): Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979 and 312/644-1300, trade only.
Petrified wood stump table (#93, by Kelin): Henredon, 800/444-3682 and 312/464-1865, trade only.
Chest (antique, British Colonial chest of drawers from Chiang Mai, Thailand, teak, #04T05149): Golden Triangle, 312/755-1266. Drapery fabric (“Bali II’’ #2430-32, by China Seas), throw-pillow fabric on Ted chairs (“Melinda’’ #AC206-34, by Alan Campbell);
table lamp (“Lotus Lamp’’ #TL440, by Hwang Bishop): Summer Hill, 312/467-6860, trade only.
Wood bead trim on drapery (“Fleco Macadamia Wood Fringe’’ #974-29650-1034): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, trade only. Available through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, trade only.
Drapery rods and rings: Prairie Forge, 563/926-2114.
Tree mirror (#820): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com, trade only. Available through Holly Hunt, 312/661- 1900, trade only.
Plants: Kennicott Bros., 312/492-8200. Rug (custom, seagrass): Keith Moore Custom, fax, 866/317-6888.
Sofa (“Wellington’’#G0901, by Gérard); sofa seat-cushions (“Nimes’’/ Natural #1121-02, by Classic Cloth);
bench (“Julien’’ #KJ0401, by Kerry Joyce);
chandelier (“Devoto’’ #6062);
floor lamp: Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777 and 312/661-0640, trade only.
Bench fabric (black-and-green hide): Keleen Leathers Inc., 708/409-9800.
Chocolate-brown wool area rug: Odegard, 800/670-8836 and 312/644-8890, odegardinc.com, trade only.
Coffee table (“L.N.A. Cocktail Table’’ by Christian Liaigre); brown square wood chair (“Hemp Sail Chair’’ by John Hutton); side table by sail chair (“Mekong’’ by Studio H); side table by antique wood chair (“Rue de Seine’’ by Studio H); botanical prints behind sofa: Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900.
Sail-chair fabric (“Panforte’’/Cioccolato #22066- 11): Bergamo Fabrics Inc., 914/665-0800, bergamofabrics.com, trade only.
Wood side chair: antique. Orange lamp on “Rue de Seine’’ table (wood gourd lamp): Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854, and 312/836-0571, mecoxgardens.com.
Antique metal planters: Niermann Weeks, 212/319-7979 and 312/644-1300, trade only.
Etagères (custom): Martin Wood, 312/595-0500.
Television (Flat- Panel Television and Crestron Control System): Sound Specialists Inc., 773/832-1650.
Antique pillows and throw: Textures, 312/222-2660. Custom millwork: KWI, 773/794-1555.
Moose antlers; African footstool: designer’s collection.
Blinds: Smith+ Noble, 800/765-7776, smithandnoble.com.
Courtyard by Douglas Hoerr
“Your landscape doesn’t stop at the door,” says landscape designer Douglas Hoerr. This explains why his DreamHome courtyard is carefully outfitted to complement the elegant themes used in the rest of the showhouse.
“Stylistically, there shouldn’t be a disconnect between a house and a porch or other outdoor space. The furniture styles, shapes, colors, and fabrics that you use outdoors really should all be extensions of the interior living spaces.”
Hoerr’s outdoor space is designed with an urban attitude and a touch of nostalgia. Streamlined wicker-style chairs are paired with a table that has a gutsy silhouette. Sleek metal accessories and furniture that is deeply cushioned for comfort encourage long, lazy conversations and easy entertaining.
“An outdoor space should make you want to stay there all evening, having cocktails, wine, and dinner, everybody laughing and joking,” Hoerr explains. “That’s why the furniture and fabrics outside should be as comfortable and inviting as what you use inside.”
Interior designer: Douglas Hoerr, Douglas Hoerr Landscape Architecture Inc., 850 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60607; 312/492-6501, douglashoerr.com.
Table (“Chateau Marmonte’’); side chairs (“Emma’’/Broken White, bolster pillow and cushions); lounge chair and ottoman (“Francis’’/Broken White with cushions); candlestick (“Chateau’’); planter (“Pascal’’): Janus et Cie, 312/822-0460, janusetcie.com, trade only.
Throw pillows: Robert Allen, 800/333-3777 and 312/644-5790, robertallendesign.com, trade only.
Hanging lantern (“Adam Hall Lantern’’/Bronze #CL31/ BZ): Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070, trade only. Available through John Rosselli & Assoc., 312/822-0760, trade only.
Coffee table (“Sand Dune’’); galvanized planters: Mike Bell Antiques & Reproductions, 312/644-6848, trade only.
Garden worktable; vases; silk floral: Aldik, 312/222-0052.
Boston ferns (#2592-79); Coventry throw (#124-094); torchiere (#30-698); rabbit planter (#71-024); banana runner (#T-1117); assorted planters (#21-771); metal centerpiece (#23-099); Peter Straaton Inc., 312/649-1539, trade only.
Wood water buckets; fish basket; yellow orchid; Philippine wood side tables: CAI Designs, 312/755-9163, caidesigns.com, trade only.
Porch columns (Henderson Black & Green Inc.); house siding and cedar (I-Level by Weyerhaeuser); louvre doors (Milliken Millwork); porch decking and railings (Universal Forest Products): through Lee Lumber, 773/509-6700, leelumber.com.