Inspired by her client’s passion for life on the lake, interior designer Andrea Goldman and team create a lustworthy Winnetka abode.
Neutral tones throughout the living room—from the inviting Stanley sectional by Montauk to the sleek Chatwin lounge chairs from Richard Wrightman—ensure that all eyes are drawn to the stunning lake view.
Scrolling through an interior designer’s online portfolio can give you a good sense of their abilities, but sometimes you just need to see things IRL. That’s exactly what happened in the case of a recent Winnetka project by Andrea Goldman Design.
The breakfast area just off the kitchen beckons with a double-arm Beldi light fixture by The Urban Electric Co., a table by Julian Chichester and Gregorius|Pineo chairs sourced through Holly Hunt.
The homeowner was working with general contractor Scott Lyon and Company, who happened to have recently completed a project with AGD. From there, the deal was all but sealed. “Scott walked the former project with the client,” notes Goldman, “and, fortunately for us, they loved our interiors.”
The laundry room features a Vaughan light fixture sourced through John Rosselli and a custom integrated quartzite sink.
“They wanted a fresh update on an existing, more traditional home,” explains Goldman. “They have two grown children who live in the area and often return home with friends and partners. The family enjoys life, including entertaining on a regular basis and spending time outside with friends and family, dining alfresco on their beach and boating on Lake Michigan.”
“Since it was a remodel, we were slightly limited by the existing footprint and space configurations,” notes Goldman, who was joined on the project by lead designers Maize Jacobs-Brichford and Rachel Patek. “AGD worked closely with the client to create a practical and functional program for the various living spaces, including the dining room, great room, kitchen/breakfast room and lower-level entertaining space.”
The family room/game room exudes loungey appeal with a custom banquette and console table plus custom wall art designed by the Andrea Goldman team.
“We wanted to maximize the views when available but also create interiors that felt equally weighted in use and finish level regardless of the location in the house,” Goldman explains. “For many years, the clients were spending the majority of their time in a small family room that didn’t have lake views or access to a lot of natural light. We convinced them to flip the program and convert the once-formal dining and living rooms into the great room/sitting area with a television and back-to-back sitting spaces.” In addition, taking a cue from the owners’ love of the water, the design team incorporated nautical-inspired touches like high-gloss shiplap walls that evoke the hull of a boat; and utilized accent colors of rich, water-inspired blues and mixed materials like metal, twine and rope. They also arranged the layout of the upper level to emphasize the home’s stunning view of Lake Michigan.
The inviting wet bar in the game room
“At AGD, we live for and love a great reveal,” enthuses Goldman, “and this client was on board for the experience as well. We shared the newly installed interiors with the client, their family and the entire project team with cocktails in hand. In addition to being some of the most generous and grateful clients to date, they rewarded us with asking us to design their next project in Florida. It doesn’t get better than that. We are still working with them and look forward to another rewarding reveal in a warmer climate.”
A handsome District pool table by California House and custom-designed sofa in fabric by Cowtan & Tout add appeal to the game room.
Scott Lyon & Company
Andrea Goldman Design
Mary Ward, Woodhouse Tinucci Architects
Game room pool table
GREGORIUS | PINEO
Living room console tables, kitchen dining chairs
HOLLAND & SHERRY
Living room area rug, various fabrics
Sitting room side tables
Living room sofa
OSCAR ISBERIAN RUGS
Family room area rug
Dining room wallcovering
RICHARD WRIGHTMAN DESIGN
Living room chairs
THE RUG COMPANY
Kitchen area rug
THE URBAN ELECTRIC CO.