Living in CHiCAgO | DESIGN SACRED GROUND Jamesthomas crafts a home in Lakeview fit for family—lots of family!—and full of spirituality. By Katie Anne Orr Photography by Scott Shigley When Suzanne Muchin talks about her home, it’s obvious that her affection extends far beyond its construction and interiors. With a genuine smile, her eyes drift to the side, recalling moments. To Muchin, this is a place full of history and happiness. A naturally warm hostess, she’s also a radio talk show host, mother to five children ages 13 to 24, avid marathoner and respectful follower of her Jewish faith. Her home is the sacred epicenter of it all, and she loves opening it up to others. “I always wanted to have a home that was a hub, where everyone wanted to come,” she says. “I live a very public life, but I’m a homebody at heart.” When Muchin and husband David Brown moved out of their spacious second-floor Lakeview condominium and into the third-and-fourth-floor duplex above, they called upon architectural firm JamesThomas to undertake a meaningful redesign of the space. Old memories remained after the former upstairs neighbors—their very close friends—had left. But this was a new chapter. “We started from scratch and tried to completely reimagine the space for their lifestyle,” says James Dolenc, who co-founded JamesThomas alongside partner Tom Riker continued ... in 2003. “We had seen the space before and it was 74 InterIors sPrInG 2014 PERFECTLY APPOINTED A centralized Murano glass chandelier by Barovier & Toso pulls together the great room’s mixed chair arrangement by Baker, Niermann Weeks and Interior Crafts. JamesThomas wanted it to be “eclectic and easy to move around for various social gatherings,” says Dolenc.