Inside the Lake Forest Showhouse 2020

Inside the Lake Forest Showhouse 2020

Since 1985, the biennial showhouse in Lake Forest, Illinois has benefitted the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, an organisation that provides healthcare to Chicago's communities for over a century. This year, the 2020 Showhouse & Gardens takes place at a historic Midwest estate with exquisite design inspiration at every turn.

JOHN S. ECKERT

This idyllic, Christmas-card perfect, Colonial-style home was designed back in 1906 by Frost & Granger for Chicago's Pullman family. It was then remodelled again in 1926 by Stanley Anderson. Beautifully spacious, the 23-room, 11,000 square foot home is complete with wonderful and highly detailed architectural features, creating the perfect backdrop for over 30 interior and landscape designers to work their magic. Its timeless elegance boasts a large living room, sun room and parlour, and a fireplace warmed family room - which room would you snug up in to read your favourite book?

 

1. FOYER BY KONSTANT HOME

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Set against a traditional, architectural backdrop with low-level wall panelling, high ceilings and arch doorways, Konstant Home installed a scenic Zuber wallpaper which encourages visitors to walk down the hallway as the story progresses from the front door. In stark contrast to traditional foundation and wallpaper are French Modernist pieces by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Royère as well as intriguing sculptures. A playful mixture of pieces that creates a dialogue and actively engages visitors. 

2. POWDER ROOM BY SARAH VAILE DESIGN

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We've long been admirers of Sarah Vaile's aesthetic, and the punches of colour really do work in this space! Entering into the power room, we're confronted with eye-catching de Gournay wallpaper, transporting you immediately into an exotic jungle. Brass finishes and a hot pink lacquered paint adds spice to this space, combined with other exotic, Oriental influences to complete the look.

Read our feature as we tour of Sarah Vaile's projects >

3. LIVING ROOM BY KELLY HULIRMAN DESIGN

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Texture, texture and more texture! This living room designed by Kelly Hurliman is bright and breezy with a chalky white foundation, but maintains intrigue with plush velvet Italian sofas, vintage alpaca chairs and a retro marble coffee table. Accents of gold are reflected in the light fixtures and works of art, which add a traditional touch to this space.

4. DINING ROOM BY PALOMA CONTRERAS DESIGN

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Natural materials in a jute (sisal?) area rug and rattan plant potter reflect the Iksel Chinoiserie, nature-inspired wallpaper of dancing birds and swaying bamboo. The sky blue palette and earthy tones creates a balanced space and contrasts against the large-scale, geometric Schumacher fabrics used on the blinds and sofa. The perfect mixture of traditional sensibility with bold, contemporary pattern.

Featuring the Albero Drinks Table >

5. SUNROOM BY M+N DESIGN

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Old Fashioned anyone? This exquisite floral space with tall, towering bamboo trees is the perfect combination of pattern and natural textiles. The foliage, grand piano and Chinoiserie-legged stools are reminiscent of a Palm Beach-esque aesthetic, yet the warmth and comfort of bright blues and yellows creates a cosy feel. The striking hand-painted silk wallpaper is part of the recently launched collaboration between fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu and de Gournay.

6. Kitchen by the ABL Group and Dovetails Custom Cabinetry

RYAN MCDONALD

We love an open-plan kitchen, and this space designed by ABL Group and Dovetails Custom Cabinetry perfectly blends historic design details, such as the chequered flooring with contemporary functionality. Durable, stone surfaces combined with ample brass detailing creates a wow factor in this Kitchen, with fitted cabinets and drawers adding functionality painted in Sleepy Hollow and Inkwell by Sherwin Williams.

7. READING ROOM BY STEPHANIE KASLOW INTERIORS

RYAN MCDONALD

This cosy reading room is made more snug with relaxing hues of dusty blue, soft neutral tones and sumptuous textures. The amalgamation of modern and antique furniture make this space both inviting and intriguing. Particularly, the contrast of rounded, plus seating against an angular coffee table. Glass of red, anyone? 

8. GUEST BEDROOM BY CYNTHIA MCcULLOUGH INTERIORS

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The repetitive floral wallpaper by Cole and Son sparks a vintage-inspired guest bedroom that is both inviting and colourful. Antique furniture with small accent of gilt-detailing adds a historic touch, while a natural seagrass rug adds warmth and texture. The sky blue upholstered headboard and coral throw pillow tie in with the matching ceiling colour and ceiling trim. 

9. SITTING ROOM BY WENDY LABRUM INTERIORS

HEATHER TALBERT

Complete with layered rugs, a Jean Royère Sofa, pair of Pierre Jeanneret chairs, vintage lighting and custom marble tables creates a soothing, neutral room. The high ceiling and A-frame in this room is emphasised with designer Wendy Labrum's desire to use an earthy plaster, consistently building up to the top of the room.

10. POTTING ROOM BY JAMES THOMAS

WERNER STRAUBE

Inspired by the garden rooms seen in English manor houses, this charming and characterful 'Potting Room' designed by James Thomas features a multitude of baskets, pots and topiaries, but also a colour scheme which highlights these features. Beautiful limed oak woodwork painted in verdant green and a chalky off-black plaster, the natural hues of green and brown are beautifully enhanced by the colour scheme.


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