When a recently divorced executive commissioned Sweet Peas Design to transform a three-story home in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, there was only one directive: create a masculine, laid-back environment. That’s just what the design firm and its principal, Susan Brunstrum, accomplished and according to the homeowner, the result is a “visual knockout.” Click through for a glimpse at the home, including a luxurious master bedroom suite, game room, and a spacious living room that’s perfect for lounging.
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From banquette seating to a solid white quartz countertop for easy maintenance, the kitchen was completely redesigned to suit the client's relaxed lifestyle.
Photos: Werner Straube
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Texture and geometric patterns are thematic elements throughout the house, beginning in the living room, with its gun-metal blue suede coffee table and hair-on-hide rug.
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An intimate lounge area that's perfect for entertaining. The space includes an octagonal wool rug from Stark, a scalloped cocktail table and U-shaped swivel chairs in leather and mohair.
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For the main level powder room, Sweet Peas Design chose a square vessel sink placed on a backlit quartzite countertop. The custom-designed, birch-grained leather mirror is anchored by white quartz walls with chrome banding.
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The master bedroom includes a faux eel skin wall covering by Elitis via Donghia behind the bed, a Stark rug and cantilevered nightstands from Century.
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The chevron floor and wall tile carry forward the geometric theme in the master bathroom.
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The custom, double-sided limestone fireplace, suspended from the second-story ceiling, is clean-lined and dramatic.
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The laundry room, located near the bedrooms, is outfitted with a folding counter, clothing rod and cabinets for supplies.
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Another place for entertaining, especially on game days.
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The game room is complete with a wet bar featuring logos from Chicago’s major sports teams on the mirrored backsplash and on the light fixture above the pool table.
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The exterior features new fencing (custom designed by Sweet Peas Design), limestone steps and walkway, and updated landscaping.
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Susan and her design team crafted a comfortable space for their client to enjoy Chicago's outdoor season. It includes a built-in bench, fire pit and professional-grade grill.