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What to See at the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens

Laura Hine | March 12, 2020 | Home & Real Estate

Of course you’re going to check out the fabulous dining room designed by honorary chair Paloma Contreras at this year’s Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, but these five amazing rooms by North Shore designers are also must-sees. [Editor's note: Ticket sales for the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens has been suspended due to COVID-19. Please check for updates.]

MMInteriorDesignSunroomattheLakeForestShowhouseGardens-0001.jpgA rendering of the sunroom as envisioned by M + M Interior Design

1. Family Room

This family room is designed for a contemporary family coming home to relax and have fun after a long day at work. Although it reflects the formality of the rest of the house, the atmosphere is more deconstructed with some unexpected touches like natural wood, rattan, ’50s furniture, and an interesting mix of modern and traditional art. Soledad Zitzewitz,

2. Foyer

L’Art de vivre is the inspiration behind the timeless entry foyer’s design. The play between traditional French design with Zuber & Cie’s historic scenic wallpaper and more modern works by Charlotte Perriand, Jean Royère and Pierre Jeanneret sets the stage for a sophisticated and warm welcome to this classic home. Natalie Konstant,

3. Guest Bedroom

This graceful design is for a homeowner who loves good company. The pampered visitor’s cozy bedroom comes complete with starched linens; sunny, plush down upholstery; a lacquered writing desk; and handpainted lamps with bespoke lampshades. Cynthia McCullough,

4. Sun Porch

The inspiration for the sun porch started with the beautiful architectural elements, handpainted panels by Gracie (graciestudio.‌com) and the garden view beyond. The design stays true to the room’s timeless beauty, but with an update to the classic elements so it stays fresh. Shelley Johnstone,

5. Sunroom

Inspiration for the sunroom comes from the luxurious bars and residences of Havana and Palm Beach. The space dances between inside and out, so it made sense to bring in vibrant greens and ocean blues as well as oversize palms. Note the eclectic mix of accessories that look like they’ve been curated over years of exotic travel. Leslie Martin and Kim Meardon,

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Photography by: photo by PeopleImages/Istock; rendering by Lynne Krisfalusi /courtesy of M + m interior design