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Showhouse Chic

Ann Marie Scheidler | March 29, 2017 | Feature Features National

The doors aren't open until April 29 for the Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Showhouse & Gardens, but before the big reveal, we've got a sneak peek from six top designers. This year's showhouse was originally designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw, so it's worthy of this biennial event that takes months of planning and the work of over 30 interior and landscape designers. What room will inspire you the most?

2TO5 DESIGN COACH HOUSE ENTRY AND KITCHEN
When people ask Jodi Morton to define her client base at 2to5 Design, she explains that she works mostly with families, where kids and dogs are a significant priority. “People come to us because our work has a relaxed sense of luxury,” Morton says. “Spaces are meant to be enjoyed and used—not just admired.”

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Morton is drawing from her love of travel to outfit the entryway of the coach house. “My family and I spent a couple of summers in Berlin,” says Morton. “I found a book of linocuts by various German illustrators and had them framed. I love their graphic quality, black-and-white contrast and edgy content. They will be perfect against the more subtle, neutral design for the space.”

THE DETAILS
1304 Sherman Ave., Evanston

SWEET PEAS DESIGN MASTER BEDROOM
Susan Brunstrum is a classic, timeless designer with a relaxed, elegant and refined look. “I call my style the little black dress of interior design,” Brunstrum says, “because it’s timeless and perfect for any occasion.”

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Brunstrum chose the Roxbury console from Kelly Wearstler—conveying much about her vision for the master bedroom. Featuring a handtroweled plaster finish, the arch shapes alternate to compose the base. “My concept for the Showhouse is based on my belief that while kitchens are the heart of the home, the master bedroom is the soul. Expect the layout to be unconventional—but I won’t reveal any more,” Brunstrum says.

THE DETAILS
507 E. Park Ave., Ste. 101, Libertyville

SHELLEY JOHNSTONE DESIGN DINING ROOM
Trained at Inchbald School of Design in London, Shelley Johnstone has a vast knowledge of international design. “I have had the opportunity to study, work and travel to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world,” she says. Throughout her career, Johnstone has developed a design aesthetic that she describes as “timeless elegance with a chic modern flair.” Her favorite project is one in which the architecture and design processes are integrated—allowing her to approach the entire project from a lifestyle perspective.

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For the dining room, Johnstone selected a Sasha Pendant handmade glass chandelier to add a modern twist to the classic mood of the space. “It’s unexpected, and that’s what makes it perfect,” she adds.

THE DETAILS
140 E. Ridge Lane, Lake Forest

MARK DAVID DESIGNS POWDER ROOM
Mark Roberts, owner of Mark David Designs in Lake Forest, creates what his clients want most. “Some designers have a more formulated look,” he says. “But I want the spaces I design to reflect who I am designing for. It’s about them, not me.” Calling his aesthetic traditional with a transitional flair, Roberts loves to mix things up—encouraging clients to splurge on a great sofa but find more economical ways to accessorize a space.

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Roberts chose a silverleaf wallpaper with hints of gray and periwinkle, Faux Marbre, from Studio Printworks in New York for the walls of the powder room—a room he calls “a little jewel box.” This modern Italian print will offset the gold fixtures (which are making a comeback) in the Carrara marble pedestal sink that anchors
the space.

THE DETAILS
266 E. Deerpath Road, Lake Forest

PAUL KLUG INC. FAMILY ROOM
Paul Klug’s distinctive design aesthetic—some have called it elegant transitional—uniquely reflects decades of trends and traditions. From styling the premier Mariano’s stores throughout Chicago to designing historical homes on the North Shore, Klug is always respectful of a space’s architecture and heritage while being conscientious of today’s lifestyle needs.

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Klug found inspiration for the Showhouse’s family room from the stature and strength in which the home was designed. “This room has an indoor-outdoor attitude that shows through the furnishings, and features a really beautiful and expansive 1950s Swedish landscape painting by Vebel Egebek in a palette of blues, grays, greens and rose,” Klug says. “Comfy and beautiful as every room should be.”

THE DETAILS
1065 Acorn Trail, Lake Forest

BEDSIDE MANOR MASTER BATH
Meg Carroll, president of Bedside Manor, loves that she’s at the helm of a boutique that specializes in design specifically for bedrooms and baths. “We make sure our clients love what they are sleeping on or bathing with,” Carroll says. “We can enhance the quality of their lives.”

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Carroll’s team chose the Cecil Pouf, a stylish ottoman that exudes coastal elegance. “In the master bathroom, it is a perfect vanity seat, a place to wait while the tub fills or a pleasant spot to pause while dressing,” she explains. “It’s crafted from all-natural elements—Belgian linen and Mongolian lambswool—and made here in the United States.”

THE DETAILS
192 E. Westminster Road, Lake Forest

April 29-May 21, tickets $40, lakeforestshowhouse.com



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