Chicago, Illinois

These wonderful empty-nesters have been clients for many years on several projects, including their expansive, 9,000-square-foot primary residence in Westlake, Texas.

Because they have children and grandchildren in the Chicago area, my clients reached out to me twice to help design pieds-a-terre for them in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The wife also enjoys flying into town with friends from Texas for a girls’ weekend of shopping, visiting museums and attending the city’s vast array of cultural events, including plays, concerts and art exhibits.

For this second pied-a-terre, my overriding goal was to work within the footprint of the space and create an urban-modern vibe with exciting modern tribal influences and a dash of whimsy. Our clients wanted luxurious furnishings and finishes that would put everyone in that laid-back vacation mood. I paid particular attention to repurposing furnishings from the previous condo but in a fresh, imaginative way so that this condo would have its own personality. Of course, function is always uppermost in any of my projects.

In keeping with their upscale-casual lifestyle, this husband and wife wanted modern, clean lines and a luxurious “put your feet-up” feeling. They have two grown children and four grandchildren, and they love to entertain. They appreciate art and art-inspired accents, plus splashes of red, which you will also see in their Westlake, TX home, referenced above. They are not afraid of color, and neither am I!

My clients’ gracious lifestyle and open-door policy to friends and family was the jumping-off point for the warm vibe that permeates the residence. But the towering urban landscape outside their windows, just east of Chicago’s famed Mag Mile shopping district on Michigan Avenue, inspired the textures, materials and colors throughout this retreat-in-the-sky. Among my choices were a warm espresso, milk chocolate and shades of red color palette plus vibrant geometric patterns with a modern tribal influence. To reference their love of dogs—which I can relate to—I included some canine-inspired elements. Be sure to check out the powder room!