The Edelmanns' home was built in 1926 by the owner of Chicago's Merchantile Exchange as a stately architectural statement, but had fallen into disrepair. Julia painted the original red brick white and added gray shutters to refresh the façade. She also added a pergola and relocated the front door to up the curb appeal.
Shutters: Timberlane, 800/250-2221, timberlaneshutters.com.
English coach lights; vintage benches: owner's collection.