Susan Fredman is one of Chicago’s premiere interior designers. For the past 30 years, she and her team have designed grand homes and estates in the Windy City, around the Great Lakes and on both coasts. The Susan Fredman Design Group delivers luxurious designs that also embrace a client’s passions. This month’s tour takes us to Wisconsin where we step inside the home of a client who loves traditional style but wanted to avoid anything stuffy and uninviting. It was important for them that the house worked perfectly for entertaining and day-to-day living, as well as lending itself to curated collections. The result is a brilliant manor with plenty of personality and surprises, like hidden passages and secret rooms. All design work was done by Susan Fredman, Aimee Nemeckay and Barbara Theile.
Susan says: The appeal of this residence begins as soon as you pull into the driveway. This classic manor looks like it’s set in the English countryside. Who would guess that it’s actually located in the middle of Wisconsin’s agriculture center.
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Interior design darling Kelly Wearstler has launched a new blog, My Vibe My Life.
The west coast interiors pro favors “maximalism” born out of a reaction to the minimalism of the 1990s. So far on her blog she’s shared pictures of her “vibe trays” used as inspiration for various projects, as well as a couple of shots of her design studio. Kelly says she will share her personal collection of photos which feed her creativity and give her happiness during her busy days.
What do Barbra Streisand and Jonathan Adler have in common? Well…
- Streisand is star of stage and movie screen. Adler, star of the TV screen and design scene.
- Streisand and Adler both have adorable dogs in neutral hues (Samantha and Liberace).
- And they both love interior design and color.
Except orange. Barbra…not so keen on orange. Her favorite color? Burgundy. Adler…he LOVES orange, along side pink, turquoise, brown and navy. Something else they have in common? New books, available in stores now.
Sherry and John Petersik are full-time bloggers with a knack for all things DIY. Meet one of their babies, Young House Love, a blog dedicated to the adventures of their first home renovation project.
In 2003, Andrew Baseman began his interior design company, Andrew Baseman Design, Inc., in New York. Throughout his 20 plus years of design work, he has accumulated many experiences outside of interior design including designing sets for the films Eat Pray Love and The Nanny Diaries, and for the television series Spin City. Here’s a sneak peek into one of his projects, a Lincoln Square duplex in Manhattan.
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan began Apartment Therapy as an interior design service in 2001. Three years later, he went online with a blog that explores single family houses and apartment design. Gillingham-Ryan and his colleagues, Jill Slater and Janel Laban, have put three years’ worth of House Tour blog posts into a lovely new coffee table book, Apartment Therapy Presents.
Designer Kristi Nelson updates a 1930s English Cottage, beginning only with an African textile and the knowledge of what her clients did not want. Now the cottage in Hollywood Hills has an interior as worthy and stylish as the views surrounding it.
Designer Vincente Wolf
It’s one thing to see a top designer’s work, quite another to read what he or she has to say about it. Here are some of our favorite blogs by interior designers.
Vincente Wolf offers a behind-the-scenes look at his fabulous work and life.
I can get my NY fix reading Habitually Chic by Manhattan designer Heather Clawson.
Arkansas-based designer Tobi Fairley posts a delicious amount of eye candy. I love that she was inspired by a new line of electric fingernail polish.
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