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Best of Culture & Society 2018

BY Tara Gardner, Laura Hine, Marjie Killeen, Jacquelyn Lumley and Alyssa Zacek | March 28, 2018 | Feature Features National

Best of Culture & Society

BEST OVER-THE-TOP SMALL SPACE
With limits often comes inspiration. When designer Amy Kartheiser was given the butler’s pantry at last year’s Lake Forest Designer Showhouse, she wasn’t allowed to touch the cabinets, which make up much of the room. “I wanted my room to have some kind of punch,” Kartheiser says. “The rug and the chandelier were my aha moments because they set the tone for the room—glamorous yet inviting.” She put simple white accessories in the cabinets, added antique mirrors and marbled wallpaper, then lacquered the ceiling. “It’s a two-week process, but it makes an impression on everyone who walks in,” she says. Since the showhouse, Kartheiser has been busy with clients and opening a new studio. “I shipped a lot of stuff back from France, and we’re having a pop-up retail event, plus a first-look benefit,” says Kartheiser about the dual-purpose studio space. First Look to benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention May 17, tickets $50; pop-up shop May 18-20, 11am-5pm, 1804 Central St., Evanston –LH

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