Interiors Chicago October 2011 : Page 85

lamp by the hearth. Other outlets for salvaged doors, windows and furnishings included The ReBuilding Exchange and area antique stores. Nardella admitted both groups would send pictures back and forth asking for feedback on each other’s finds. Such was the case with Cameron’s discovery of an old Montessori school door with the original inscription of “Lecture Room,” which now encloses the coat room, as well as Lim’s sourcing of Japanese Shoji doors, now installed at the entrance to her upstairs yoga room. Alas, the latter luxury was short-lived, as Lim and Frazier prepare to maximize space for the arrival of their second child— but a minimalist living philosophy, thankfully, allows for lots of flexibility. “[That describes] my other favorite kind of client,” Nardella says with a smile. The master suite on the second floor stays simple thanks to neutral hues throughout and a single piece of furniture—the Ligne Roset Maly platform bed—in the middle of the room. “I love color,” Lim affirms, “but I didn’t want to have too much going on because there’s so much texture in the materials.” Sliding storage panels offer room for personal items and clothing while separating the space from the newly revamped master bath with his and hers sinks. Glass doors along the entire north wall lead to a substantial deck area, differentiated by groupings of potted plants on one side and a pingpong table on the other. There are some sudden, unexpected pops of color along the way. The most obvious is the mercury-orange wall along the main staircase that greets the inhabitants cheerily every morning as they descend the stairs for breakfast. Vibrant blue tones in the synthetic rug from Africa anchor the burlap-upholstered fireside chairs that the owners bought at a flea market in Paris. And a few randomly placed galvanized steel chairs in the dining room set are painted a cherry red color to contrast with the silver hue of the others. “That was Cameron’s touch,” explains Lim. “He dislikes symmetry; he prefers to mix it up.” An eclectic space it is, certainly. But as famous archaeologist Henry Osborn once said, “Every great discovery fits into its proper place.” For Lim and Frazier, that place is home. THE MIX UP Opposite page: The oversize floor lamp was a local Craigslist find, the antique armchair was purchased by the couple at a Paris flea market and the blue rug comes all the way from Africa. Above: The expanded floor plan leaves lots of room for playtime. A Murano glass chandelier overlooks the 10-top dining table. The beams, ductwork and masonry wall had been covered by unsightly drywall before the project. Fall 2011 | | 85

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