The Manor Reborn
How does one refashion a masterpiece without suffocating its spirit? The husband-and-wife owners of this notable property—a 13,000-square-foot, circa-1924 estate in the posh Chicago-area suburb of River Forest—proceeded with great care, seeking outside expertise before making any design decisions. They hired the Chicago studio Project Interiors, whose principal, Aimee Wertepny, and senior designer, Jennifer Kranitz, unleashed their feisty, chromatic alchemy on the stately residence. They not only gave the estate a modern makeover but also honored its individual history as the husband’s childhood home. It was a personal project, and in the end, the redesign emerged as a thoughtful rendition, one that expresses the couple’s tastes and gutsy palette preferences without lingering in sentimentality. “They needed a third party to come in and edit—someone else to do the dirty work,” says Wertepny.
In the foyer, flanked by Lindsey Adelman lights made into sconces, hangs a metallic dimensional work by the artist Connie Noyes. Three Swing pendants by Nicola Nerboni for Fambuena—“a nonobvious, playful choice,” notes Wertepny—descend above the home’s original staircase.
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