By Caroline Biggs

Published on June 26, 2014

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Upon first assessing their client’s two-story, five-bedroom house just outside Chicago, Lauren Buxbaum of Nate Berkus Associates knew her team had its work cut out for them. “Our clients’ home is large in scale,” she explains. “And in terms of furniture, they were starting from scratch, so it was completely empty.” Though the 1934 Georgian-style residence faced the usual challenges that accompany older homes, with the help of Michael Walczak of Stratum Builders, it was transformed room by room.

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The kitchen received a facelift. The space was outfitted with new white cabinetry, countertops, hardware, and the addition of a butler’s pantry. Plus, floor-to-ceiling subway tile

 

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In the home’s breakfast room, a concrete-topped salvaged-pinewood table is paired with natural rope side chairs for a textured, layered look.

 

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A leather-framed mirror and abstract black-and-white-print wallpaper give the powder room a playful, 1940s flair.

 

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The master bathroom was gutted and refitted with honed marble mosaic tile. Honed Carrara marble tile is perfect for virtually any interior.

 

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“It was important for us to score our clients an interesting blend of modern, vintage, and antique pieces,” says Buxbaum. “We wanted the furnishings to feel timeless, yet young and functional.” Starting with neutral wall colors, the crew mixed comfortable, clean-lined upholstered pieces with antique mirrors, midcentury tables, vintage light fixtures, and brightly colored accents.

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The master bedroom’s closet was converted into separate his–and-hers dressing rooms. One of two extraordinary master closets.

 

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In the master bedroom, a gilt-edge mirror adds a splash of drama to a working fireplace.