Visiting a show house is kind of like going to a fashion show. The designs are a little over the top and you can't afford a single thing, but it's a great place to look for inspiration that can trickle down to your own home. As I made my way through the CS Interiors Anniversary Home, with rooms designed by 6 leading interior designers, I found a number of inspiring features.
For this Anniversary Home, designers were given a 23rd floor apartment at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Chicago. To serve as inspiration, the designers used an actual couple, Katrina Markoff and Jason Sher of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, as the model occupants of the apartment. Indeed, chocolate is clearly an inspiration in the space.
The main living room was designed by Tom Stringer. It's a dark and sophisticated look, with a deep brown color on the walls that is offset by orange accents. The aspect I like the most is the wallpaper, which has vertical orange stitching over the dark brown base. This is definitely a look I'd like to emulate somewhere – perhaps by sewing vertical stitches onto temporary wallpaper or even on curtains.
The kitchen, designed by Julia Buckingham Edelman, features a chevron backsplash that had me sighing at first sight. Since the rest of the kitchen features neutral and earthy tones, the backsplash is a great place to introduce some pattern and color. A similar look could be replicated with paint, tile or even found materials.
The bedroom, by Tracy Hickman, is also dark and sophisticated. The walls are covered in an overlapping fabric that lends wonderful texture to the space. Again, this could be replicated, even if only on one wall, using fabric or even ribbon. The candles above the bed are actually flameless (whew, that would be a fire hazard for sure!). They add a warm romanticism to the bedroom.
(Images: Jason Loper)