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Serene Showhouse Bedrooms

At the Lake Forest Showhouse, sleep and soothing style go hand in hand

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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    Like a poem in which a few words deliver poignant meaning, interior designer Michael Del Piero’s assembly of minimal objects strikes visual gold, making something special from studied simplicity. In her ethereal guest room for the Lake Forest Showhouse, she built a theatrical environment with a finite number of elements, each chosen with careful consideration for its ability to make a statement, but with a quiet aesthetic voice. 

    She opted for a pair of oversize daybeds that help lend a sense of symmetry to the room. A sisal rug provides a warm textured surface beneath the cerused oak beds covered in khaki-colored linens. The objects that fill the sight line between the beds are a study in contrasts. The chandelier is curvy with a rounded geometric cage that houses a white glass ball, while a gnarly wood table is organic and unbridled. Simple moldings shape the painted-gray fireplace surround and a painting that hangs above it.   

    Photography: Werner Straube
    Produced by Hilary Rose & Mara Boo

    Metal bed frames (custom): Aaron Bladon Design Studio, .
    Bed upholstery (custom): Shoppe de Lee, .
    Jute rug (“Bora Bora”/Volcano): Merida, .
    Bed cover and pillow (“Padova Damask”/Natural #174600): Schumacher, .
    Large pillow (antique African textile): Michael Del Piero Good Design, .
    Small cut velvet pillow (“Hmong Plush”/Ebony #5051/07, by Pollack): Donghia, .
    Chandelier (custom design by Ty Best, Caste Design): Michael Del Piero Good Design, .
    Art on side walls (by Anne Stebbins); antique English oil painting with 24K gold frame; Argentine sheepskin footstool with vintage glass legs; antique Chinese root table; accessories: available through Michael Del Piero Good Design, .
    Canvas for window treatment: Blick Art Supplies, .
    Antique horse straps for window treatment: flea market find. 
    Window treatment fabrication: Atelier Gentry, 773/334-6632.  

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    Bedroom by Michael Del Piero

    “This room was intended as a respite for friends and family visiting the home,” says Del Piero. “Of course, sleeping is its main purpose, but it could also serve as a sitting room for people gathering for wine and conversation.” 

    Interior designer: Michael Del Piero, Michael Del Piero Good Design, 1914 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60647; 773/772-3000,  

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    Bedroom by Susan Kroeger

    On paper, the words that Susan Kroeger uses to describe her guest room—“simple” and “drama”—seem to oppose each other. But her description is, in fact, well-stated and the key to a space that both soothes and surprises. Dressed in a palette of gun-metal gray and creamy ivory, the sophisticated sleep quarters also embraces fashionable and intense orange and fuchsia in color-saturated silk pillows and a picture frame, shocking the room’s neutral base. Contemporary abstract artwork above the mantel balances the painted black fireplace surround.

    “The role of this space was to pamper and relax guests with a neutral base, but add surprise with the accessories,” the designer says. “Take away the pillows, and the room takes on a completely different look.”

    Chairs: Alfonso Marina, .
    Pillows on chairs (“Boheme”/Rose, Orange #4763-02, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, .
    Sconces (“Balthazar Wall Sconce” #2022): Nancy Corzine, .
    Art prints; pillows; side tables; floor lamps; accessories: Susan Kroeger for the Home, .  

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    Bedroom by Susan Kroeger

    Kroeger kick-started her plan by establishing juxtapositions that would make the room interesting. Grass cloth that covers the walls nods to the idea of modernity, while the addition of glossy white moldings maintains the classic architecture of the house. Dazzling surfaces on the starburst mirror and reflective floor lamp are a sharp contrast to the quiet wood finish on the bed and chair frames. Solid ivory-colored linen fabric on the bed dressing, slipper chairs, chaise, and drapery panels is dynamically chic and plays well with the ikat pattern on toss pillows and the trellis motif of the tone-on-tone rug. 

    Interior designer: Susan Kroeger, Susan Kroeger Ltd., 886 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093; 847/441-0346, .  

    Bed (“Louis XVI Bed with Canopy, Queen”/Gold #529-340-02); chaise lounge (“Avignon Chaise” in white linen): Alfonso Marina, .
    Bed fabric (“Farne”/Cream #F3413-09, by Colefax and Fowler): Cowtan & Tout, .
    Orange pillows on bed (“Louvre”/Orange #4769-06, by Manuel Canovas); orange pillow on chaise (“Varenne”/Orange #4770-06, by Manuel Canovas); pink pillows on bed and chaise (“Varenne”/Framboise #4770-05, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, .
    Art behind night table (by Victor Klauss): through Susan Kroeger for the Home, .
    Wallpaper; drapery; throw at end of bed; mirror; table lamps; side table by chaise; art behind chaise; accessories: Susan Kroeger for the Home, .
    Night tables (“Brigitte Large 3-Drawer White” #BRI-225-09): Bungalow 5, .
    Area rug (“Lozenge”/Bay Pearl, White): Stark Carpet, .
    Paint: Farrow & Ball, .
    Floor lamp by chaise (“Cubos Floor Lamp”/Shiny Nickel #22HVO-E): Barbara Cosgrove Lamps, .

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    Bedroom by Lori Lennon 

    When Lori Lennon started planning her scheme for the master bedroom, she selected a calming palette, but not solely for the purpose of nurturing sleep. This designer understood that the space would be used for a multitude of purposes that included watching television and leisurely reading. 

    “This master bedroom was far away from the living room, so I wanted to create a living area in it,” Lennon says. “Clients prefer a sofa instead of a chaise for watching TV, so that’s what I chose for seating. The softness of the colors evokes a sense of calm.”

    Sofa (“Julien,” by L’Esprit); fabric (Off-White Belgian Linen); oval mahogany cocktail table (“Fluted Coffee Table,” by Poet Furniture); console behind sofa (“Palette,” Wendel Castle Collection): Design Atelier Chicago, 312/822-0440.
    Square bolster-style accent pillows with tassel (custom): Lori Lennon + Assoc., .
    Bolster-pillow fabric: Robert Allen,.
    Cast-glass table lamp (custom); French andirons (antique); chrome Egrets; art glass (by Kent Ibsen) on Lucite base: The Find, .
    Fireplace mantel (custom, framed in cast glass and antique mirror): Joseph Ivacic, through Lori Lennon + Assoc., .
    Vase on mantel (“Seahorses”): Lalique, .
    Painting above fireplace (Under Water Views, by Kathy Hajaved): through Lori Lennon + Assoc., .
    Oil painting behind sofa (Calm, by Heather Becker): Zolla Lieberman Gallery, .
    Statue (Fall, by Quatrain, cast limestone, 41 inches): Michael Taylor Designs, .
    White pedestal: Baker Knapp & Tubbs, .  

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     Bedroom by Lori Lennon 

    Against a wall embellished with architectural moldings, a stately four-poster bed with a quilted headboard anchors the room. But Lennon aimed to direct attention to the fireplace with a sculptural surround of smoky mirror and glass. Box-style pillows made of icy blue linen and adorned with oversize tassels accent the sofa, upholstered in ivory linen. Other light-blue accents, including a pair of cut glass vases and two paintings, melt into the light blue-gray background that bathes the walls and sheer window panels. Most notably, Lennon installed LED puck lights in the ceiling to highlight a pair of blue Lalique crystal seahorse sculptures that command attention on the mantel. An ivory plush carpet provides maximum comfort on the floor.

    Interior designer: Lori Lennon, Lori Lennon & Assoc., 350 S. Ashland Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847/482-0165, .  

    Bed (“Ogden Bed”): Dessin Fournir, .
    Headboard and drapery fabric (“Lago,” Saladino for Savel Textiles): Savel Inc.,, through Rodolph Showroom, .
    Sheeting, Euro shams, and king pillow cases (“Giorgio”/Bronze, by Bedside Manor Private Label); king ivory shams (“Giotto”/Ivory Sateen, by Sferra); king coverlet (“Petalo Purist” by S.D.H.); queen duvet and Euro sham (“Jazz Purist,” by S.D.H.): Bedside Manor Ltd., .
    Bedside table (“Willa Bedside Table”/Manor House finish #9108, Laura Kirar Collection); night table (“Poignet Bachelors Chest”/Manor House finish, #9104): Baker, .
    Table lamps: designer’s collection.
    Area rug (custom, “Simplicity Abyss”/Snowdrift, by Rosecore Black): Deerpath Carpet & Rug Inc., .
    Velvet border for rug (off-white velvet, quilted style): Robert Allen, .
    Drapery workroom: Evmar Interiors, .
    Drapery rods (“Tuxedo,” nickel finish): Brimar, .
    Quilt-style tall cabinet (custom by Lori Lennon):  Lori Lennon + Assoc., .
    Sconces (“Seapod,” by Best & Lloyd): George Smith, .
    Rams head urn planters (faux stone, white): Michael Taylor Designs., .
    Paint (“Skylight” #205): Farrow & Ball, .
    Art pieces above bed (Blue Shadow, by René Romero Schuler): Jennifer Norback Fine Art, .
    Shell with Lucite base (pair of Royal Bisque Medallions on Lucite): The Find, .

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