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Cocktails on the Lake

| October 1, 2012 | Parties National

THE PARTY Mariani Landscape, one of the country’s largest landscape design firms, hosted a summer soirĂ©e to celebrate the award-winning landscape design of the lovingly restored—not to mention fabulously located—lakefront Italian Renaissance home of Patrick and Lorill Haynes. The focal point: a beautiful swimming pool complete with spouting fountains. THE SCENE In a nod to the home’s design roots, attendees sipped cocktails and tasted cuisine inspired by picturesque Italian vacation spot Lake Como. Guests—among them top Chicago-area interior designers such as Missy Derse, Frank Ponterio and Alessandra Branca (who designed the home’s interior)—took tours of the historic house and grounds, which were gorgeously lit by the sun setting over Lake Michigan. THE BOTTOM LINE Overall, the group reached a consensus that the Winnetka property, which won the President’s Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2011, was most definitely deserving of the award. Photography by Jillian Chapman


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