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Hearts of the Home

Kitchens and bathrooms get the most renovation attention for good reason—they are the best return on your investment and where the majority of life happens. Add some style to the soul of your space with inspiration from these top projects.

Art takes pride of place with a custom hood by artist Lorna Marsh in this kitchen by award-winning designer Mick De Giulio. 

A Moroccan star pattern seen in the tile floor (and shower) was the starting point for the soothing yet eclectic vibe of this master bath.  

Functionality of space was a key consideration in this new-build kitchen by Park & Oak Interior Design. Modern, vintage and Scandinavian elements are masterfully combined for the stylish, unique look the homeowners desired. 

Marble is paired with cast iron, unpolished cast aluminum and églomisé accents to create a luxuriously soothing retreat.


Work of Art
An unpredictable kitchen design has a pedigree worthy of its own gallery.

Mick De Giulio knows a thing or two about artistry in kitchen design. So a recent job for an artcentric home in Lake Forest was second nature to the award-winning designer. With an atmospheric pen-and-ink drawing by artist Lorna Marsh protected by plexiglass set into a polished stainless steel frame dressing the stove hood, creativity is front and center. And the colors in De Giulio’s palette were drawn from a striped 1990s R&Y Augousti bamboo-and-resin dining table. Mondrian-inspired banks of opposing doors, one clad in soft matte white laminate, the other in fumed eucalyptus wood veneer, artfully hide refrigerators (two Sub-Zero 30-inch refrigerators plus a 30-inch freezer) and storage. “There’s an asymmetrical rhythm to the doors,” says De Giulio, “and everything is outlined in raw silicon bronze, which naturally patinas over time.” The warm burnished gold was paired with cool polished stainless steel cabinets on the stove wall and reveal, while the countertops and backsplash are brushed quartzite, lending a pristine look. The space is at once elegant yet rustic and all about balance. “The proportions are the strength of the kitchen,” says the homeowner. 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 121, 312.494.9200 –EM

Lot faucet, $3,041, by Dornbracht at Studio41, 225 W. Hubbard St., 312.321.5900,

Designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin in 1968, this dining chair is known simply as No. 1188-111. $1,347, Design Within Reach, 755 W. North Ave., 312.585.9600,

Mick De Giulio’s metal shop fabricated the custom all-in-one pulls, but the Atelier pull in lacquered burnished brass lends a similar warm glow. From $27, RH, 1300 N. Dearborn St., 312.475.9116,

Lorna Marsh commissions and artwork available through Aldo Castillo Gallery, 312.375.8887,

Joseph Burlini kinetic sculpture, $3,900, 1stdibs,

Sur vases in carbon, from $209, by KleinReid for Room & Board, 55 E. Ohio St., 312.222.0970, 


Flights of Fancy
A whimsical master bath provides a calming retreat.

When Caryn Campbell’s clients purchased a historic landmark home in Wicker Park, they called on her to create a modern family dwelling while keeping as much of its history intact as they could. The inspiration for the living spaces was the pretty stained-glass windows on the main floor, which resulted in a fun colorful space. The master bath, however, remained subdued to provide a quiet retreat for the busy lawyers and parents of young children. Campbell chose a Moroccan star tile pattern for the floor, paired with a delicate tone-on-tone wall tile. A custom-colored soaker tub from Barclay offsets a custom teal vanity, while brass accents add warmth. The water closet is wrapped in quirky wallpaper—Birds of a Feather by Juliet Travers—which Campbell used after her clients told her they “like weird stuff and are up for something funky.” It references other decorative pieces in the house that feature birds, but this one is a favorite because “it’s not a typical print,” says Campbell. “A pheasant is not a pretty bird, and it was great to have clients willing to do something out of the box.” Caryn Campbell Interiors and Design, 310.913.0966 –AM

Braided indoor-outdoor pouf, from $260, Annie Selke,

Fouta bath towels, from $8 each, Serena & Lily, 853 W. Armitage Ave.,

Piedmont pedestal soaking tub with cross-handle tub fill, from $7,795, RH, 1300 N. Dearborn St.,

Kravet Couture linen-and-jute fabric, pricing upon request, to the trade, Kravet Chicago, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 6-121, 312.527.0505,

Thucassi candle in Wild Groves, $48, to the trade,

Birds of a Feather wallcovering, pricing upon request, to the trade, by Juliet Travers at BRADLEY, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 6-157,


Mix Master
Unexpected combinations create a stylishly eclectic, efficient family hub.

“It’s often the little things, like a hook here and a socket there, that help a family move through a busy day gracefully,” says designer Christina Samatas of Park & Oak Interior Design. To wit, she designed this kitchen in a new-construction home in Western Springs to be just as functional as it is stylish so that the young family has space for everyday meals, homework and large dinner parties. “One of the things that excited us the most about this project was that the clients wanted it to be unique,” says Samatas. Two-tone cabinetry with a large custom island—that more resembles furniture than the hardworking storage piece that it is, which seats the whole family—accomplishes this, while a vintage runner, Scandinavian-style furniture and a modern light fixture add a cool vibe. Of course the cabinet organization and closet and electrical placement were all carefully considered to make daily living as efficient as possible. Park & Oak Interior Design, 460 N. Main St., Ste. 300, Glen Ellyn –AM

Kohler Parq bridge faucet, $1,040, Kohler Signature Store by Studio41, 322 W. Hubbard St., 312.646.4061,

Kilo 1 Light Retro pendant, $600, by Stone Lighting, at Lightology, 215 W. Chicago Ave., 312.944.1000,

Rivka wood vase, $160, Made Goods, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 14-106, 312.846.1650,

Montaigne Liege oak flooring, from $26 per square foot, Exquisite Surfaces, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 143, 312.564.5530,

Bay counter stool, $419, Room & Board, 55 E. Ohio St., 312.222.0970,

Indian wool runner, 2’7” by 10’1” for $2,080, Oscar Isberian Rugs, 120 Kinzie St., 312.467.1212,


Silver Lining
A monochromatic palette in luxe finishes sets a soothing vibe. 

For a mother of three young children, a spa retreat master bathroom is a dream—and it came true for this family when they moved from Chicago to the western suburbs. Architect Michael Abraham (Michael Abraham Architecture) created the modern farmhouse-inspired abode, while designer Michael Abrams brought the interiors to life with eclectic touches. But for the spacious bathroom, luxurious finishes like marble-clad walls and the Waterworks tub as a focal point reign supreme. A beautifully tiled niche, originally intended to be a fireplace, provides a vanity area with a Julian Chichester table and stool covered in a Holly Hunt fabric. The custom double vanity with plenty of hidden storage was designed by MAI and fabricated by Dave Knecht Homes to coordinate with the ceiling border that Abrams included to “visually break up the amount of marble-clad walls.” Honed and polished Carrara marble floor tile continues the theme, while traditional bath fixtures from Kohler and Kallista “complete the space as a true calming retreat,” says Abrams. Michael Abrams Interiors, 1901 N. Clybourn Ave., Ste. 202, 773.248.3039 -AM

Temple églomisé dressing table, pricing upon request, to the trade, by Julian Chichester at George Smith, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 14-110, 312.464.0242,

Carrara Blanco Classico, pricing upon request, Porcelanosa, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 149, 312.204.6220,

Voltaire freestanding oval cast-iron tub, $13,000, Waterworks, W. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 136, 312.527.4668,

Traditional raindome small showerhead, $765, by Kallista at Ann Sacks, W. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 100b, 312.923.0919, annsacks‌.com;

Bradford medium sconce, $379, by Kate Spade New York for Circa Lighting, 444 N. Wells St., 312.321.1869,

Bellamy round side table, $1,410, by Arteriors, at MegMade, 2728 N. Elston Ave., 312.636.3583, megmade.‌com;