jamesthomas Interiors worked closely with Evanston, Illinois-based architects Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker on the design of this new home on Lake Michigan. The owners wanted a comfortable, inviting space that was suitable for entertaining family and friends yet still relaxed and casual for their three young children. 78
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The soft sand color of the Wisconsin limestone used for the exterior of the home creates a pleasing contrast to the warm walnut front door.
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The home's dark walnut floors have a slightly distressed finish to create a lived-in look and the casual feel that the owners wanted. In the entryway, a custom-designed window bench is a cozy spot to sit, and a trio of Lillibette pendants by
The Urban Electric Co. add a soft glow to space. The Clarence Stripe stair runner by Watson Smith lends a casual flair to the wood staircase while also being practical for young children running up and down.
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jamesthomas used a palette of soft blues and creams in the living room to reference the home’s waterfront setting and complement the stunning views. The furniture is classically designed but upholstered in durable fabrics to withstand the busy young family. The homeowners specifically wanted to use all of the rooms—nothing was to be off limits to the children or the family dog.
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An alcove in the formal living room was the perfect spot for the family’s baby grand piano.
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A two-sided dark walnut server with glass display cabinets acts like a window between the dining room and the kitchen. On the first floor, trim and moldings are painted white with select elements made of walnut and stained to give them greater emphasis.
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The kitchen cabinets were custom designed by Cohen & Hacker and were painted white to match the trim, save for select areas that feature a dark walnut finish for added depth. Pendant lights by
Remains Lighting hang over the Taj Mahal granite clad peninsula. The backsplash is from the Impressions collection by Laura Kirar from Ann Sacks.
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The Latte French quarter paver stone flooring adds a casualness to the kitchen and family room and helps separate these informal spaces from the rest of the rooms on the first floor.
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Mismatched chairs and a bench around the zinc kitchen table lend an eclectic air to the family’s eat-in kitchen. The furniture in the adjoining family room is comfy and inviting—a perfect spot to watch a movie or read by the fire. The tuxedo sofas were custom designed by jamesthomas.
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The powder room is dressed up with the Ticking Stripe wall covering from Phillip Jeffries and the Valere chandelier by Vaughn. A Fredrick Cooper lamp on the built-in vanity provides a library feel to this cozy space.
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The second floor landing features a soaring barrel vault ceiling, which is clad in a star wall covering by Colefax & Fowler. The custom designed banquette is covered in Perennials Rough n’ Rowdy outdoor fabric for durability.
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The master bedroom is a serene getaway with dramatic views of Lake Michigan. The Venice Pendant fixture by
Boyd Lighting provides a soft glow to the room while the grass cloth wall covering by Stark lends texture. The Delphine bed is by Baker and the bedding is from Bedside Manor.