After this home in the suburbs of Chicago was completely gut renovated, Jennifer Kranitz, a senior designer at Chicago-based firm
PROjECT, removed all traces of the cute English cottage look that had previously existed and created a design that was modern and sophisticated with global influences and a little bit of edge. 67
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The home has a traditional cottage look in the exterior architecture with no hint to the modern style of the interior. "Who doesn't love a good surprise?" says Kranitz.
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A custom tufted bench stretches the length of the foyer, providing a comfortable spot to pause. Graphic art by Meredith Sands creates a strong juxtaposition to the white walls while a black hide rug and custom pillows in Mokum and Elitis textiles add a hint of glamour. The storage piece is a vintage hall tree that was coated in black paint for an updated look.
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A collection of Oaxacan sugar skulls, horses, horns, and a pop of shine add decorative detail on the entry console.
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A sculptural brass and concrete table from Bradley "dances like a collection of bracelets," says Kranitz and welcomes visitors into the high-ceilinged living room. An elegant vignette in the background is comprised of a three-legged vintage shagreen table from R&Y Augousti and a bench from Baker draped in fur, which are framed by custom drapery with a contrasting nail head pleat detail.
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The two-story fireplace, which is original to the home, received a makeover with a fresh finish, gleaming mirror and textured slab surround. At the center of the living room is a pair of custom-designed gray reflective cocktail tables. Accent and texture is added with a pillow made from a Missoni silk scarf and Mongolian fur throw on the sofas. The sconces are from Visual Comfort, and the area rug is from
Stark. Moody art by Hiro Yokose adds a calm balance to the space.
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In the dining room, Kranitz gave the client’s existing Baker dining table a sleek update with a black mirror top that reflects the outside view. A bubble chandelier from Oly and Italian ladder back dining chairs upholstered in Mongolian fur are dramatic and are contrasted by the subtle shimmer of the silk drapery and a pair of African portraits, collected by the client while on safari, that are suspended from chains.
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"The trick of making this sunlit den feel cozy? Texture!" says Kranitz. The room has a thick custom plaster finish on the walls and features a patched hide rug, gentle white linen drapery, leather chaise lounge, fur pillows and petrified wood furnishings. Ralph Lauren lighting on the ceiling, wall and floor gives a warm glow by night.
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Rift cut oak cabinets by Arclinea are topped by extra thick slabs of polished Italian marble in the kitchen. A metallic Julian Chichester table is a glamorous addition in front of the fireplace. The windows are covered in a chevron linen fabric by Holly Hunt.
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"Striking that magic balance where modern and traditional seamlessly balance is no small feat," says Kranitz. Here, rift cut oak is tempered by the stainless steel island cabinetry with integrated pulls is tempered by rustic beams lacquered in white, a traditional Rohl faucet and a rustic chandelier.
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A glass porthole looks from the kitchen to second floor hallway, which features a swirling grape runner designed by Chicago painter Lynn Basa.
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"The dance between classic and glamour continues in the master bedroom," notes Kranitz. A brass sputnik chandelier from Jonathan Adler complements the lush tufted upholstered headboard, pink hides from Edelman, a table made of reclaimed rubber tires and vintage lucite knot sculptures. The artwork is from Zoe Bios Creative.
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In the master bath, a floating wall wrapped in calacatta marble and decorative glass tile offers a slice of privacy between the open shower and freestanding tub. The custom walnut millwork and Ochre horn and nickel pulls add polish to the space.
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With views overlooking a nearby lake, a bluestone terrace outside the family room is the perfect place for relaxing outdoors. "It shines in all seasons," says Kranitz.