Fashionable New York Style Collides With Traditional Chicago Architecture in a Couple's Dreamy "Forever" Home

Fashionable New York Style Collides With Traditional Chicago Architecture in a Couple's Dreamy "Forever" Home

Arlyn Hernandez
Dec 18, 2016

Project by: Emily Mackie of Inspired Interiors
Project location: Chicago, Illinois

Roughly 800 miles separate Manhattan from Chicago, but that didn't stop one couple from trying to bring the signature fashion-forward style of the Big Apple to life in their new "forever" Windy City home.

From Emily:

After growing up in Manhattan and dreaming of one day owning a New York brownstone, my clients landed their "forever home" in the form of a greystone in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago. The couple's love for art and music played an integral role in the overall design. While the client's updated space is reminiscent of their personal style, they relied on Inspired Interiors to take risks with color, scale and art to create an interior with a warm yet playful feel.

The living room, dining room and powder room were the main focus for this project, where moody colors and stand-out pieces create a "rocker chic" vibe that maintains both an eclectic and cozy feel. A custom nook to store firewood and a one-of-a-kind jade velvet couch take center stage in the space, greeting guests as soon as they enter the home. Furthering the dramatic first impression is the handmade, salvaged book sculpture centered above a regal wood-burning fireplace.

Blending bold elements with mid-century modern touches, the dining room features eye-catching reupholstered Pierre Cardin chairs, though the real focal point of the room is the homeowner's rare bike sculpture by French artist, Curtis Jere. Pulling the room together are the dark undertones from Benjamin Moore's Pacific Sea Teal, a risky color choice that seemingly encompasses the elements to create a romanticized space. Additionally, the Inspired Interiors team produced a functional yet dynamic bathroom, despite its small size. Centralized on the homeowner's pick of black and white Kelly Wearstler wallpaper, the team created a custom teal vanity, adding a pop of color.

Now, the space takes a nod from Williamsburg, as both the exterior and interior carry a modern, jazzy feel that blends new elements with existing ones, creating a journey through the couple's daily inspirations.

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