Glam Great Room Revealed


There are few things I love more than a good before and after. This space was an open plan blank slate. A beige and cream blank slate that is, with one honking beast of a chandelier.

While we couldn't remove all the traditional and over-the-top details, we were able to make some of them fade away, brighten the space, and make it feel more clean and modern with pops of color as the clients wished. 

After much debate, we painted the walls and the trim white and I'm not sure there was a better solution. With the long room facing east and overlooking an alley, it was the best way to brighten the space and to minimize some of the extraneous trim details. We chose Benjamin Moore's White Dove for the walls and Decorator's White for the trim. The space instantly felt less stuffy and brighter.





One of the top requests by the clients was replacing the massive chandelier. Here's a closeup. Buh-bye!


Our new friend:


The only thing to do for this window was to block the sun! We worked with Urban Environments to replace the massive shade here and on the other windows. Add in a new modern table and chairs to seat the whole family and then some. The clients officially are aduling.


We were able to incorporate some great pieces from some of our favorite shops, such as the brass Buddha basking in the sun from South Loop Loft, the vintage lamp from District, and this gorgeous vintage buffet painted Rumba Orange from MegMade. We were also delighted to work with artist Kirsten Handelmann again to create a custom piece of art sized for the space and incorporating the colors in the room!






We don't use the words glam great room lightly. We loved incorporating some brass details and a navy velvet chesterfield. One of our favorite things to do for any project is creating a one-of-a-kind piece for the clients through upholstery. In this case and what is a rising trend for us, we transformed a pair of craigslist chairs.

The custom draperies and rod are by Urban Environments again and the throw is from Maya Mueble.


The piano and the bar cart are the only remaining pieces from the original room!


The ornateness of the fireplace is offset by a simple round Rejuvenation mirror and the shag rug feels so good between your toes. We had so much fun decorating this space. It was a good reminder that traditional details don't have to define the whole space and white walls don't have to mean a lack of color. 

Photography by Nate Estenson

Shout out to Emily Ryan for styling assistance.