house guest: quiet riot.
September 27, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY SOLURI
I’m settling into my new New York apartment and for every design dilemma I encounter, I’ve started to ask myself one thing: What would Kara Mann do? It’s not a question I ever imagined would factor into my day-to-day, but that was before I got a look at this majestic Chicago apartment she designed for a very lucky homeowner and her two daughters. Mann takes a difficult task—creating a space that is shared by three women that feels soft, graceful and sophisticated, without being over-the-top feminine—and makes it look effortless. The soothing grays and blues of the palette and the deliberate yet delicate scale of the furnishings give the rooms an air of comfort and elegance, and give me an air of completely unmasked envy. If I could pick just one piece to bring into my new digs, though, it’d be the vibrant James Nares painting in the living room above. What about you?
Sources: Rug from Atelier Lapchi; curtains from Missoni; chandelier from Jean de Merry; table by Helene Aumont.
Sources: Pendant from Circa Lighting; stools from Blackman Cruz; sink from Kohler; faucet from Dornbracht.
Sources: Nightstands from Jean de Merry; lamps from Porta Romana.
Sources: Chandelier from Ochre; sconces from Jonathan Browning.