A sprawling, Walter Frazier–designed Georgian estate is home to the now open Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens 2023. Beyond the redbrick façade, dozens of interior designers have taken over the 8,000-square-foot residence, which also features two cottages, a garage, and multiple gardens overlooking a nature preserve.
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“We take pride in showing many different design styles in the house,” says Chrissy Davis, president of the Lake Forest Chapter of Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, the showcase’s benefactor. Indeed, with 33 newly designed interiors and eight reimagined outdoor settings, the inspiration is varied and abundant.
Open for tours through June 4, the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens 2023 offers a colorful look at the ideas captivating the region’s interior designer right now. Peruse for yourself with the digital walk-through below.
Foyer by Sarah Vaile Design
Sarah Vaile caught a glimpse of DeGournay’s Jazz collection, inspired by French artist Henri Matisse, and there was no looking back. She covered walls floor-to-ceiling in a custom colorway of the silk fabric with linen cutouts. “The wall covering created the gallery-like experience we envisioned in the foyer,” she tells AD PRO. The stunning architecture of the floating curved staircase is complemented by a custom abstract runner from the Rug Company.