In the kitchen, the designer tweaked the layout to enlarge and add seating to the island. “The wood table was originally supposed to be attached to the island, but we made it freestanding for flexibility,” the designer says. When Sarah entertains large groups, the table is pulled forward to allow room for a bartender to stand between the table and island and serve drinks.
The lower height of the table also makes it a good place for rolling dough and other baking activities. Cube-shaped stools upholstered in turquoise provide additional seating and blasts of color that repeat blue-green accents from the adjoining family room.
Sarah and Edelmann’s client-designer relationship evolved into friendship as the two hit Chicago-area shops, such as those along Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood. “The hunt is so much more fun than pulling something out of a catalog,” Sarah says. A highlight was spotting light fixtures removed from the old Chicago Theatre on State Street. “We saw them lying on the floor by the door. We looked at each other and said ‘Kitchen!’ at the same time,” Sarah recalls. “I wanted something special over the island, and they are perfect. They make my house completely different.”