NSML July 2015 : Page 63

CELESTIAL LIGHT Textured wallcovering and a spiky chandelier update the dining room. Opposite page: In the living room, a pair of lamps with quartz bases flanks the sofa, which is covered in plum mohair. PLAYING IT COOL TEXTUR AL WALLCOVERINGS, MODERN FURNISHINGS AND TASTEFUL EDITS ADD A SOPHISTICATED YET CASUAL EASINESS TO AN ENGLISH TUDOR IN WINNETK A. By Tate Gunnerson Photography by Anthony Tahlier and Eric Hausman When Shelly Handman of Handman Associates first toured the recently constructed English Tudor-style home of his new clients—a hedge-fund manager and stay-at-home mother of two boys—he quickly deduced that its overly traditional, almost fussy aesthetic was ill-suited for the hip young couple. “It was way more traditional than their style, with a lot of unnecessary gingerbread embellishments,” Handman says. “They love to entertain but didn’t want to have anybody over. The house just didn’t feel like it was up to snuff.” Despite its overly traditional interior, the owners felt that the private corner lot in the Hubbard Woods area between Glencoe and Winnetka was an ideal place for their family to plant its flag. When their boys grew out of the toddler phase, the owners brought in Handman and asked him to create a hipper, more modern aesthetic without making any significant architectural changes. “Our kids grew up, and we wanted a house for adults to live in rather than a giant playroom,” the wife explains. “It was such a nice feeling to get rid of all of their toys.” The domed entry foyer establishes the palette of color, texture and modern furnishings that Handman repeated throughout the home. Taking advantage of the room’s 25-foot ceiling, he designed an unapologetically 63 NS SUMMER 2015

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