merged two apartments into one to create this elegant French-inspired home in Chicago. Located within a Beaux Arts high-rise building, the apartment is reminiscent of a grand European home and is the perfect setting for the owners’ collection of fine art and antiques. Gibbons, Fortman & Associates 67
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The octagonal entry hall makes an immediate statement with strong architectural detail and neutral colors with minimal decoration. It is the perfect transition between the outside world and the lavishness of the living salon and adjacent rooms.
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The home has an effortless flow with all rooms connected along a single axis. Located next to the entry hall, the entrance to this grand living room features recessed gilt columns that the owners acquired in Syria (seen at left). Panelization of the walls creates a rhythm to this large space and provides vignettes for the owners’ collection of French art and antiques. The library is seen beyond.
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Although this main room is very large, its seating groups are intimate. A careful balance of architectural detail and decor are scaled to be luxurious but not to overwhelm. The grand Louis
XIV fireplace and mirror anchor this end of the room.
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The rooms are arranged “enfilade” with views from one room to the next with subtle color and material transitions marking the passage from space to space. The kitchen, which terminates one of the sequences of rooms, features highly articulated mahogany millwork and has more of a library feel.
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The library has a richly layered look with lush fabrics and an Agra rug from the early 20th Century. The large oval shape of the room proivdes an alternate feel to the angularity of the other spaces. This soft shape is further emphasized by the velvet wall covering above the wainscoting. Built-in bookcases that hide AV equipment and a television help maintain the period feel of this space.
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The client made many purchases for the home overseas. The master bedroom features a chandelier from Paris as well as fabrics, trims and antiques from Paris’ Marchés aux Puces.
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This guest suite is lavish in detail. Panel detailing on the walls creates the backdrop for the owners' furniture and period wallpaper. A glimpse of the guest bath reveals a jewel box space inset with antique mirrors.