CHICAGO - Heritage Luxury Homes
volume 10, issue 4
display until 1/14/13
w r i t t e n b y VAN E SSA KOGEV INAS
p h o t o g r a p h y b y ERIC HA USM A N
a r e s i d e n c e t u c k e d i n to a l u s h c o r n e r lot i n t h e
e a r ly i n to t h e l i v e s o f o n e yo u n g c o u p l e .
the house in a transitional manner that would appropriately reflect the
lifestyle of a husband and wife just entering their thirties,” explains
interior designer Richard Menna, “but, we made sure that it was one
they could grow into.”
From the ground up, the exterior of the home recalls a historic English
manor wrapped in a well-balanced combination of Connecticut stone,
handmade Lorraine white brick and Vermont slate roofing. “The
concept was a neo-Georgian house,” says builder Steven Aisen, who
worked closely with architect Sergio Estenssoro, “yet imbued with
classic American Colonial influences.”
interior design Richard A. Menna, IIDA, Richard Menna Design, Ltd.
architecture Sergio Estenssoro, SGE & Associates, Inc.
home builder Leo Birov and Steven Aisen, Heritage Luxury Builders
landscape architecture Edward S. Fried, Edward S. Fried Associates
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square feet 15,000
Walnut chairs covered in Pindler & Pindler
fabric and a rug from Davis & Davis lend
a casual tone to the family room. Custom
cabinetry finished in Benjamin Moore’s White
Dove flanks a French limestone fireplace and
juxtaposes contemporary and classic.
ebb and flow
In the entry, a winding quarter-sawn
oak-and-wrought-iron staircase by Heritage
Luxury Builders leads up to the second floor,
which is accentuated by a grand balcony. The
silver-leaf-finished chandelier with rock
crystal accents is from Holly Hunt.
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Upon arrival in the grand oval foyer, with its limestone floor and
impressive staircase, the eye is drawn through the regal space to the
family room beyond. “The house is symmetrical from its entrance axis
to the family room at the rear,” notes Estenssoro. “When you enter, the
living area is directly to your right; the dining room, on the left.”
Incorporating this symmetry into the interiors, Menna created a
furniture scheme in which elements mirror each other in perfect
proportion. In the living room, for example, the designer placed two
x marks the spot
A country-casual look is achieved in the
breakfast room by pairing Oscar de la Renta
chairs for Century Furniture with an alder wood
table and a distressed hutch, both by Bausman
& Company. White-and-taupe Kravet linen
draperies finish the space in quiet elegance.
Brass, nickel and bronze combine
to form the handcrafted frame of
this classically styled dual-light
canopied fixture from Hudson
Valley Lighting. Orchard Park,
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sofas from Anees Upholstery, each with its own walnut-finished coffee
table from Vas Design, facing each other and framing the fireplace. The
result: a symmetrical appropriation that at once provides a classic feel
and addresses the smaller size of the room. A mixed media on canvas by
M. Ellen Cocose hangs above the vignette aiding in the warm aesthetic.
A soft palette of gray, beige and taupe furthers the sense of casual
elegance. “The house is large, and our use of appropriately scaled
furniture, as well as muted colors, made a beautiful and livable space
possible,” says Menna. “It’s very tranquil. The interior definitely picks
up the feeling of a country manor home.”
French limestone flooring and a polished
granite island give the kitchen a clean-lined
aesthetic. Dark walnut and bone leather
barstools from Century Furniture and a trio of
brushed-nickel-and-seeded-glass light pendants
from Hudson Valley Lighting add warmth.
photo: m. ellen cocose.
In the foyer, two mixed media on canvas
works by Tom Matucci hang above a pair
of custom benches fabricated by Anees
Upholstery. Swathed in an understated
Osborne & Little fabric, the furnishings
reflect the home’s timeless demeanor.
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This country manor vibe continues in the family room, where an
earth-toned sofa and four armchairs upholstered in a subtle yet
intriguing Pindler & Pindler fabric surround a Bausman & Company
wood plank coffee table. Rustic charm extends into the breakfast area
with a scrubbed alder wood table offset by a dark hutch, while the
dining room offers a more formal aesthetic anchored by an antiqued
silver-leaf-finished chandelier from Holly Hunt suspended above a
Another Matucci mixed media on canvas,
a landscape piece commissioned by the
owners, graces one wall of the family room
and picks up the tones in a pair of chairs
from deAurora Showroom. Floral arrangement from The Grand Food Center.
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Hickory Chair mahogany table and an ample selection of seating.
For the art, the couple took an unusual approach. “Rather than
acquire pieces, we met with art consultant Nancy Hoffman and she
commissioned work that would perfectly suit both the house and the
couple’s taste,” says Menna.
The home’s casual elegance prevails outdoors with multiple terraces
featuring elegant Brown Jordan furnishings, an oversize pool and spa
complete with adjacent elevated pergola, and even a koi pond. “I always
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Anchoring the formal dining room is a
distressed mahogany table from Hickory
Chair flanked by side seating from Design
Atelier covered in Scalamandré and Holly
Hunt fabrics. A scripted Francine Turk
piece provides a touch of sophistication.
A neo-Georgian designed to emulate a traditional
American Colonial home with New England
flavor, the majestic rear exterior of the house
sports Connecticut stone and handmade
Lorraine white brick. Furniture from Brown
Jordan surrounds a pool by Rosebrook Pools.
puff and circumstance
Monochromatic tones in the master bedroom
provide a soothing escape. A tufted bed from
Hickory Chair is paired with a Holly Hunt bench
covered in Scalamandré silk. Nightstands are
graced with Venetian glass lamps by Chapman
A Kohler tub with Perrin and Rowe fixtures
is set on a level of white Carrara marble
in the master bath. Shuttered windows, a
Hudson Valley Lighting pendant and Hart
Associates candlesticks provide a variety
of light sources. Heritage Luxury Builders
designed the custom white cabinetry.
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start with function,” says landscape architect Edward S. Fried. “These
clients entertain a lot, and also wanted the property to feel private.” In
response, Fried planted extensively, and gave the site the feel of a small
park, with large trees on the perimeter working toward smaller specimens
closer in and perennials strategically placed around the house. The result is
a lush landscape that appears to have been there for many years.
Not only is the residence beautiful and its property feels established,
but the owners are thrilled with the outcome. “This was the first house
we built,” says the husband. “It was stressful as times, but the finished
product was so well worth it.” L