A Condo Gets A Casual Makeover With A Little Bling


contemporary entry hall neutral stools...

The entry of a River North apartment establishes a soft neutral palette that reverberates throughout the home. A Lexington Home Brands mirror from J. Marshall Design hangs above a console table by John-Richard from CAI Designs; underneath, Sunban stools sit on a rug from Oscar Isberian Rugs. The Arteriors lamp and the Hudson Valley Lighting pendant are both from Lightology.

contemporary neutral living room

The living room's neutral sectional sofa and armchairs, all from Bernhardt, gather around an Interlude Home wood-plank coffee table from Kenneth Ludwig Chicago sporting a distressed-iron base. The selenite- crystal lamp is by John-Richard from CAI Designs.

contemporary living room wood-framed armchair...

In the living room, a wood-framed armchair by David Edward from Pauline Grace wearing Pollack fabric from Donghia sits next to a petrified-wood side table from Phillips Collection. The Moroccan-style hand-knotted wool rug is from Oscar Isberian Rugs.

contemporary dining area neutral abstract...

In the dining area, a polished-nickel-and-crystal Sputnik-style chandelier illuminates the natural- teak trestle table--both from Regina Andrew Design--and Bernhardt chairs with Osbourne & Little seat fabric. The abstract artwork by Carol Benson-Cobb in a floated acrylic frame is from CAI Designs.

contemporary white kitchen white cabinetry...

Designed to accommodate as much storage as possible, the renovated kitchen is outfitted with white-painted cabinetry by Western Custom Cabinetry in Cincinnati, quartz countertops from Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies and an island designer Stephen Young had extended and waterfalled to add a modern edge to the room. The antique-nickel bistro-style counter stools from Dovetail wear seat cushions covered in Pollack fabric from Donghia. The backsplash is from Mosaicos Tile.

contemporary neutral gray bedroom bed

A diamond-patterned woven grass-cloth wallcovering and a pair of linen-wrapped Bernh ardt bedside tables with nailhead detailing add textural layers to the master bedroom. The tufted-velvet-upholstered bed, also from Bernhardt, is dressed in Holly Hunt Great Plains linen sheers. The ceramic tribal-patterned Resource Decor lamps are from deAurora.

contemporary gray bathroom sconces

Clear fluted-glass diffuser sconces in polished nickel by Hudson Valley Lighting from Lightology are mounted to the mirror in the master bathroom, which has painted cabinetry from Western Custom Cabinetry and pure white quartz Vicostone countertops from StoneTek Design. The Kohler sinks and faucets are from Crawford Supply.

It takes a lot of planning to create a carefree look. That’s a lesson Stephen Young learned when he teamed up with Chicago newlyweds to completely redesign their tired River North condo with an aesthetic that embodies casual sophistication.

Today, sunlight floods through the sheer draperies in the living room, where a Moroccan-style woven wool rug defines a cozy seating area in front of the limestone fireplace. New wide-plank white oak flooring evokes the casual ambiance the clients envisioned, while black doors and strategically placed dark wood furnishings introduce a sense of sophistication.

“The feeling is rich with texture and materiality, so it doesn’t feel like a plain white box,” Young explains.

It’s exactly the right formula for the owners — self-described homebodies who enjoy curling up on the cozy sectional with a glass of wine and having friends over for impromptu dinners.

“Stephen is young and totally understood where we were coming from,” the wife explains. “This place turned out exactly how I imagined it would be.”