Chicago Pied-a-Terre

We have worked multiple times with these wonderful clients – including on their primary home near Dallas,Texas and two pieds-a-terre in Chicago. For this condo, they asked me to create a comfortable yet high-end design that suits their upscale-casual lifestyle. These empty-nesters have two grown children and four grandchildren, and they love to entertain. The wife often brings friends from Texas to Chicago to share this fabulous home-away-from-home. Both homeowners appreciate art and aren’t afraid of color. I created an urban-chic condo with lively splashes of red-orange, engaging art and distressed wood accents that make everyone feel as if they can put their feet up and relax. The foyer sets the tone for the entire space with its distressed wood chest, red pony painting and an art-inspired lamp with a hot orange shade. They combine to announce that the rest of the home will be warm, friendly and unexpected.

One of my key goals was creating a sense of spaciousness, especially in the galley kitchen. To achieve that end, I chose clean-lined, flat-front cabinets, a pair of glass-front cabinets that open sight lines, stainless steel appliances for a sleek profile and squared off, simple cabinet hardware. Because the condo has huge windows with expansive city views, I wanted to create a cozy feeling inside. The mix of vibrant colors was a starting point, including the warm reds and oranges mixed throughout. A key find was the over-sized urn in the great room, which I filled with giant white birch logs to introduce an organic element in an urban setting.

My clients also enjoy light-hearted, quirky artwork and furnishings, too. I included several conversation starters such as a flower-like glass wall installation in the great room and bar stools upholstered with a giraffe print at the kitchen island. A pair of bright orange tufted poufs add color and energy to the great room while a print of a lovable bear surrounded by butterflies introduces humor to the guest bedroom. The nursery is a charming space, too. Again, I opted for a multi-colored palette, this time in pastels, to create a gender neutral space suitable for granddaughters and grandsons. The polka dot window treatments, pink kitchenette and game table add more youthful appeal.