Hunter Douglas: Historic Transformations Unveiled

Dec 13, 2023

For the very first time in its history, the revered magazine showhouse took on a unique hue as it witnessed an all-female powerhouse of designers and builders breathe new life into a storied mansion. Nestled in the idyllic setting of Chicago’s verdant suburbs, this historic home was the canvas for a spectacular transformation, orchestrated by luxury builder J. Jordan Homes and a curated roster of 15 talented designers.

The home, standing tall on three-plus acres of landscaped beauty, represents a distinct departure from the prevalent trend of tearing down historic homes in favor of restoration. Crafted by architect David Adler at the turn of the 20th century, this sprawling 13,000-square-foot residence embodies the ethos of the showhouse: to inspire homeowners to embark on their own renovation odysseys.

Carisha Swanson, the Director of Editorial Special Projects at House Beautiful, radiates enthusiasm about this historic endeavor. She lauds the innovation brought in by the build team, the creative prowess of the designers, and the collaborative spirit of the brand partners involved. At its core, this renovation aims to exemplify the marriage of beauty and functionality, a harmonious blend tailored to individual lifestyles.


Unleashing Unfettered Creativity with Hunter Douglas

For these design virtuosos, the absence of typical client demands in a historically rich space opens the doors to unparalleled artistic freedom. Betty Brandolino, the visionary behind Fresh Twist Studio, revels in the liberating experience of unleashing creativity without the constraints of client preferences. With the absence of boundaries, the design team embraced the challenge of infusing fresh vitality into a home steeped in historical grandeur.

Navigating age-specific challenges, such as lighting limitations posed by the home’s plaster walls, became a universal obstacle. Julie Laux of J. Jordan Homes ingeniously maneuvered these hurdles, introducing distinctive elements like a bespoke bowling alley. Each designer, faced with the lighting challenge, embarked on a journey to balance the vintage essence of the home with contemporary elements, redefining the narrative of modernity within a historic framework.

Betty Brandolino, crafting a distinguished “gentleman’s office,” sought to blend vintage aesthetics with a modern edge. Her choice of Provenance® Woven Wood Shades not only added warmth and texture but also allowed the ethereal play of natural light to cascade into the space, seamlessly merging the allure of a bygone era with the convenience of modern design.

Roxy Te Owens, the creative force behind the enchanting “dreamy garden escape” bedroom, ingeniously circumvented lighting limitations. Opting for battery-operated sconces and strategic drapery placement, she artfully enhanced the room’s luminosity while preserving its historical charm.

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A Harmonious Fusion of Past and Present with Hunter Douglas and More

Arianne Bellizaire’s reimagination of the stairwell epitomizes the harmonious fusion of modern aesthetics and traditional elements. Utilizing Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades, she introduced a nuanced touch of color and light control, transforming the stairwell into a canvas that harnessed natural light sources while preserving its decorative allure.

These designers collaborated seamlessly with esteemed brand partners, including Farrow & Ball, Serena & Lily, and Hunter Douglas, among others, to bring their collective vision to life. Furthermore, House Beautiful’s collaboration with Humble Design and Wellness Within Your Walls underscores a profound commitment to charitable causes and educational endeavors, adding depth and purpose to this transformative project.

This historic renovation stands as a beacon of innovation, celebrating the seamless amalgamation of history and modernity. It invites homeowners to embark on their own transformative journeys, embracing the allure of restoration and the timeless beauty of historical homes.


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