Architect and interior designer Elissa Morgante of design firm
Morgante-Wilson created a warm, richly layered look for this East Coast-inspired Shingle style home in the north Chicago suburbs. With an eye for detail, she created a striking yet supremely livable space well suited to the family of five that calls it home. 68
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The foyer features a dramatic staircase that curves around an overdyed antique Turkish rug, a large chandelier from
David Iatesta and a custom-made round table from Baker.
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The barreled archways of the main hallway draw visitors into the other rooms of the house. The grandeur of the architecture is calmed by the dark herringbone floor and antique rugs.
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The large family room is arranged into two separate spaces—one for watching television and the other for more intimate conversation. The gold organza light fixtures are from Ilex, and the sculputural tub chairs are from Ironies.
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The television in the family room is cleverly concealed behind a custom rolling artwork above the fireplace. Two rich chocolate brown velvet Mattaliano sofas provide a comfortable spot for viewing.
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The kitchen has a grotto-inspired look with charming old world brick work on the ceiling. Crisp white custom cabinets feature leaded glass panels, and a distressed wood island is topped with a stunning slab of Abbyssai Quartzite. The room includes an area with antique lounge chairs and a wood burning fireplace that provides extra comfort and warmth.
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The breakfast room is perched in the middle of the backyard landscape. The 360-degree curved room features a whimsical curled iron chandelier from Niermann Weeks and cyan velvet chairs from Artistic Frame.
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The dining room has an elegant ambiance with walls clad in a scenic sepia wallpaper from Gracie and custom teal unmatched dining chairs. The square dining table is a custom from
Mike Bell, and the rock crystal chandelier is Holly Hunt.
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The jewel box powder room features floor-to-ceiling shimmering eglomise glass tile from Ann Sacks and an eye-catching lazuline vanity.
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The master bedroom is a sophisticated yet soothing space with an oyster art silk rug, aubergine velvet chairs from
Kravet and a towering tufted custom leather headboard.
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The master bathroom is a serene sanctuary decorated with a silky striated textured wallpaper and intricate marble mosaic floors.
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The entry area to the teen daughter's bedroom features a beautiful hand blocked wallpaper from Galbraith and Paul and chartreuse klismos stools from
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The bedroom is age appropriate with a purple velvet princess shaped bed, a teal tufted ultrasuede sofa and a 10-foot long upholstered window seat.
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The teen daughter’s bathroom is whimsical and full of spherical detail with circle cutouts in the linen embroidered drapery, glass knobs, a bubble patterned mosaic glass floor tile, a circular skirted ottoman, and a circular mirror, sink and pendant lights.
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The teen son’s bedroom is anchored by a built-in bed surround that showcases all of his most treasured personal effects and memorabilia. The room has an urban edge with a woven wood mosaic headboard and custom bean bag platform bed.
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The adjacent bathroom is a patchwork quilt of sumptuous glass mosaic in greens, blues and gray. The masculine spa retreat features concrete-inspired porcelain floor tile and a charcoal gray painted vanity.
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The younger son’s bedroom has a more midcentury modern look. The walnut floating platform bed features fire engine red accents on the nightstand, and the embroidered headboard is heather gray felt. The adjoining desk creates a daybed effect and serves as a room divider to make a small study area.
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The bathroom is a masculine composition of walnut, slate linear plank tile, and gray Carrera oval mosaic tile in the shower. This ageless palette will remain fresh for decades to come.
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The library is a rich mix of warm woods, soft textures and earth tones. It features a striking Hancock & Moore wingback chair upholstered in a textured ikat cut velvet from
Lee Jofa and a handsome Hokanson diamond shag rug. The room has an elegant air of intrigue and natural curiosity.
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The sunroom is a bright yet cozy space that lets the outdoors in. With industrial lanterns from
The Urban Electric Co. and a woven chair from McGuire, the room features a mix of materials that are textural yet unassuming, making a cozy and quaint space.
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The generously sized mudroom is handsomely outfitted in cerulean blue built-in storage and dark chocolate paneling. The client’s heirloom antique cabinet is right at home on the terracotta limestone tile.