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the hot list he stuDi 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. By Elaine Doremus, Tricia Despres and Melissa Zmijewski aD o Design Diva 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.” chelledesign.com 94 ns spring 2014

The Hot List

Elaine Doremus

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.

Design Diva

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-squarefoot 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.” chelledesign.com

Lacquered up

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.” shelleydesign.com

In material

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, tabletop ceramics, flatware and glasses. Adhochome.com

Liquid asset

“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? Sweetpeas-inspired.com

FreSH linenS

Who wouldn’t want new spring bedding after this winter’s polar vortex? Known as the Prince of Prints, John Robshaw is redefining the luxury bedding scene with color and pattern. “The John Robshaw Collection is quite a fashion focus. It’s full of color and pattern that our clients love,” says Meg Carroll, owner of Bedside Manor in Winnetka and Lake Forest. The Pipal Indigo Bed ensemble features a tightly woven 100 percent cotton with 300 thread count per square inch of percale fabric and exemplifies Robshaw’s beautiful hand-blocked prints that create a sophisticated, yet fun and casual, room. Shopbedside.com

One of a kind

These Room & Board limited - edition Chilton cocktail tables won’t last long. Choose your exact top—a solid slab of cherry with its own unique shape and grain —that’s been sanded and finished, braced with butterfly joints and secured to a cherry base, to create your very own one-of-a-kind custom–made table. Roomandboard.com

Chosen one

The North Shore’s own Jeannie Balsam was one of only six designers selected for this year’s 10th annual DreamHome at Th e Merchandise Mart in Chicago. She’ll be designing her own dream foyer, which doubles as the reception area. Look for the stunning Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman 72-inch octagonal-shaped mahogany pedestal table that is the focal piece. Jeanniebalsam.com

Radiant hue

Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is one of those amazing tones that has just the right amount of purple and pink to deliver both richness and impact, according to North Shore interior designer Edyta Czaijkowska. “The strong, vibrant hue looks amazing in both accessories and in larger pieces,” she says. Whether you are using it in a decadent accent pillow, on a tailored piece of upholstered furniture or in a rich abstract painting, it will warm up and shine in any room. “It can be very dynamic against other colors,” Czaijkowska adds, “or feel classy and sophisticated when paired with neutrals.”

Family affair

“At the heart of what we do is help people realize that when they have a nice home, it improves their quality of life,” says John Plunkett, grandson of Hugh Plunkett Sr., who established Plunkett Furniture, a business that endured for 80 years along the North Shore. He’s continuing the legacy at his newly opened John Plunkett Interiors, a fullservice interior design resource center and furniture store in the Villa del Lago shopping plaza on Sheridan Road in Wilmette. Along with his wife, Valerie, Plunkett and his team of designers offer both in-home and in-store consultations, custom window treatments and select furniture and home accessories, all based out of a large, welcoming design center flooded with natural light. “The natural light streams in, enabling guests to see the true color of the fabrics and decorative accessories we offer,” says Valerie Plunkett. Johnplunkettinteriors.com

High-Definition

Just when you thought home theater couldn’t get any more decadent, Abt Electronics in Glenview built the luxurious David Abt Theatre to showcase the latest in all things state-of-the-art. Soundproof, with a huge 16-panel screen (that can allow viewing multiple shows or games) and a 3-D Auralex starlight ceiling for ambience, it offers the same sound quality as a commercial theater. Add the plush Palliser leather theater seats with cup holders, freshly popped corn, and friends and family, and it can be yours for $500,000—all in. Abt.com

Be Floored!

Chicago-area Apex Wood Floors and the California-based BoardHouse discovered some serious common ground—both offer impeccable design elements and superb artisanal crafting techniques for wood floors. This led to a collaborative effort, resulting in the debut of the new BoardHouse luxury prefinished flooring line to the Midwest market with two inspired new collections. The European Oak Collection is sourced from the European species of oak that exudes a classic design and inherent durability. The Manor Collection presents domestic walnut in an organic shrunk texture, which emphasizes the wood’s natural grain and pattern. The curated collections evoke a contemporary and luxurious aesthetic for fine homes. Apexwoodfloors.com; boardhousewood.com

See the light

“LED in high-end residential lighting is really taking hold,” says Joe Caminiti, of Arlington Design Center in Arlington Heights. Many designs are now specifically made for LED lights to combine style and function, such as these modern-yet-elegant Sonneman Corona Ring lighting fixtures. “We’re seeing very unique designs on pieces that couldn’t be produced before, because there was no lighting source that either matched the shape or what the light was trying to do,” explains Glen Kaplan, Lighting Division Manager at C.A.I. Designs at ADC. The Corona Ring features a more balanced distribution of light over surfaces and a warmer luminosity suitable—and green— for the home. Arlingtondesigncenter.com

Golden touch

“I see shiny things,” says Cindy Bardes Galvin, interior designer and owner of Maze Home Store in Winnetka. “Metallics are a trend, from pearlized and metalized wallcoverings to all things brass and gold.” It’s showing up in many giftware items, like this golden Precioso trinket box handmade with gold leaf and topped with a semi-precious stone. Galvin also sees a return to the bones of a room being white. “You can use it as a white box and change it out more frequently,” she says. “Use it as a backdrop to a great art collection or to showcase pops of the season’s pinks, Radiant Orchid or the many shades of gray in vogue.” mazehome.com

Breaking tHe molD

Long known for his sleek, elegant aesthetic, Winnetka-based builder George Adamczyk is taking his passion for design to the furniture shop. The first piece in the Adamczyk Collection of furniture, a communal table, “punctuates the geometrical concepts of line, plane and volume through the use of the classic modernist medium of welded and polished metals,” he says. Georgeadamczyk.com

Sustainable luxury

Situated on more than 400 acres of preserved farmland 50 miles west of Chicago, Serosun Farms proposes a new definition of luxury living dedicated to sustainability. Collaborating with John DeWald and Associates, Serosun Farms offers a selection of 1-acre lots for custom home projects on a picturesque estate, which provides luxury amenities in a rural green environment. Community members have access to a farmer’s market filled with organic foods sourced directly from the working farm, a state-of-the-art equestrian facility, a community center with fitness room and pool, and recreational activities from stocked fishing ponds to eight miles of trails. Go west! Serosunfarms.com

Closet case

Finally, a closet worthy of Carrie Bradshaw. While fashion has long been known an as art form, our very best pieces often become lost in a crammed, ordinary closet. Not for this Winnetka couple. They worked with the Orren Pickell Building Group to repurpose a former bathroom, bedroom and two closets to create a stunning, nearly 500-square-foot space, using Pickell’s own high-end signature series cabinetry. Glass-enclosed cabinets showcase purses, hats and artwork along with glass shelving designed to show off those Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choos. Some extra perks: a safe with watch winders inside, hidden dog kennel, wine bar and refrigerator. Enjoy a glass of Champagne while preparing for the evening’s gala, or pour yourself a nightcap and unwind. With a closet this gorgeous, you’ll want to stay awhile. The best part? The Chanel Hula Hoop Bag, of course! Pickellbuilders.com

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