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Elaine Doremus, Tricia Despres and Melissa Zmijewski | Photo: Courtesy of the designers | April 3, 2014
Home design never felt more in sync with the aesthetic sensibilities and exquisite taste synonymous with the North Shore lifestyle. Here, new finds to discover.
At the tender age of 9, Chelle Design Group owner Angela LaVista carefully rearranged her mother’s china cabinet, searching for ways to not only showcase the exquisite pieces, but keep the space practical at the very same time.
And while many years have passed since those childhood days, LaVista’s philosophy toward design remains much the same. Designing from the viewpoint of her North Shore clientele, LaVista represents the new age of designers, eager to brush off pretension and instead encourage the collaborative creative process.
“We don’t design rooms that you won’t use… that’s just not me,” explains the working mom, who recently celebrated the opening of a brand new 2,000-square-foot showroom in Libertyville. “Many designers conceptualize a beautiful space, but they miss the final layer. The space must not only feel comfortable, but also must function in light of the client’s unique personality.”
Attempting to create a fresh, hip alternative to the often dull and tired home office, Shelley Johnstone Paschke of Shelley Johnstone Design worked with a busy Lake Forest mother of three to create a sanctuary of blue. Featuring high-gloss lacquered walls anchored by exquisite moldings and glistening accents such as an eye-popping chandelier, the designer says, when finished, the room resembled the most modern of jewelry boxes. “This was a dream project in that the client was willing to take a chance and go for it,” Johnstone Paschke says. “With pops of fun such as an orange blanket and the hot pink flowers, this room came back to life.”
Since 1842, the Italian artisan fabric house Busatti has been weaving linen and cotton in Tuscany to create luxurious home essentials. Now, you can visit the exclusive Illinois representative Ad Hoc Home in Evanston for fine imported Busatti products—from gorgeous table linens, casual kitchen towels and upholstery fabrics to window treatments, luxurious custom bedding, table-top ceramics, flatware and glasses.
“Drink tables are hot,” says Susan Brunstrum, owner of Sweet Peas Design in Libertyville. “Shaped like a peanut, this one is the smallest of its kind that I’ve seen.” From Edward Ferrell + Louis Mittman, the table is perfect for a glass of wine or cocktail and a small bowl of nuts. The leg of the chair sits on top of the table base, anchoring it to the floor and allowing for height adjustment and rotation. Cocktail, anyone?
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