CHANGE ISN'T ALWAYS easy, at least at first. That’s what a trader and his wife, a stay-at-home mom of two young girls, experienced when they decided to swap their Lakeview condo for a new six-bedroom house on a roomy third-of-an-acre lot just steps away from Hubbard Woods in Winnetka. “I knew it was a smart decision, but I really wasn’t ready to move to the suburbs when we started building this house,” the wife confesses.
To help ease the transition, the couple commissioned Melissa Lewis and Cari Giannoulias of Lewis Giannoulias Interiors—the team was referred by their builder, Highgate Builders. A quick look at the wife’s online inspiration board helped set the direction. “We created a more transitional look, which is what the architecture of the home and the neighborhood called for,” Lewis says, “but they’re young and fun, so we wanted to make sure it wasn’t too stuffy.