History Lesson: A Lake Forest Home Redesign
December 20, 2013
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL ROBINSON
On five bucolic acres in Lake Forest sits a historic Italianate home designed by late Chicago architect Eben Ezra Roberts. The home had been owned by just one family for its entire 100-year history, and when the woman of the house decided to sell, a couple with three teenage girls was intrigued.
Architect Steve Rugo was hired to do restoration work on the house itself and to adjust the home’s layout to suit the owners’ modern lifestyle, turning existing divided rooms into one large living space with expansive panoramas. Inside, designer Athalie Derse helped the couple strike a balance between old-world charm and contemporary living, incorporating modern furnishings with clean lines and touches of color to keep the rooms fresh.
Tour The Entire Home