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Elegant Homes Fall/Winter 2016

Architect Philip Johnson once said, “All architecture is shelter; all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.” Our Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Elegant Homes affirms the latter, showcasing homes that are exquisite in form and also layered with personality.

Take the storybook abode of Neil and Jen Heller in the Chicago suburbs (“Enduring Beauty,” page 40). With its beguiling exterior, it looks as though it were plucked straight out of a Brothers’ Grimm fairytale. A thoughtful renovation by Neil and interior designer Summer Thornton honors the home’s romantic architectural roots while introducing masculine elements and texture-rich materials that lend a sense of age.

Photography: Werner Straube

Photography: Werner Straube

On Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Boult family—with the help of husband-and-wife architects Marieanne Khoury-Vogt and Erik Vogt—crafted a getaway home (“Moroccan Masterpiece,” page 114) that takes you on a virtual journey to Morocco with its serene palette and captivating series of courtyards, arches, and Moorish motifs. It doesn’t quite fit the typical beach house vernacular, which is precisely what makes it so special.

Photography: Jessica Klewicki Glynn

Photography: Jessica Klewicki Glynn

Similarly, in La Quinta, California, Cecilia and Joe Hirko, together with architect Anton Marikovich and interior designer Kathleen DiPaolo, broke with convention to give their Mediterranean-style home a decidedly contemporary interior (“Sunny Disposition,” page 78). On the outside, it fits in seamlessly with its planned community, but inside it tells a story all of its own.

Photography: Edmund Barr

Photography: Edmund Barr

This interplay of architecture and decor—one playing off the other to create a harmonious blend of old and new, classic and contemporary, expected and unexpected—is what gives each location in this issue its true refinement. Welcome to Elegant Homes.