Classic Prewar Chicago Apartment by Alessandra Branca

Classic Prewar Chicago Apartment by Alessandra Branca

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Janel Laban
Nov 11, 2008

brancahb111108.jpg The current issue of House Beautiful features a Chicago apartment designed by Alessandra Branca. According to the article, the age of the building was vintage, but the apartment itself was "a concrete box" - it was previously an office building. Branca set out to add in the interesting design details that her clients wanted...

...such as the antique columns that now break up the space in the living room (shown above).

Branca says, "...my clients wanted detail, so we began by imagining one of those big old apartments on Lake Shore Drive that were built in the 1920s and '30s. We put in crown moldings, columns, a coffered ceiling — the details that give it that wonderful prewar feeling."

The design detail that we like the best in this home? The ultra-luxe wallcoverings...

The dining room features custom Fromental Wallpaper.

The library walls are covered in a paisley-patterned wool.

The bedroom is upholstered in silk.

Check out the article by Lisa Cregan and complete slideshow at House Beautiful or pick up the latest issue on newsstands now.

Photos: Thibault Jeanson/House Beautiful

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