A Chicago Victorian Provides Creative Inspiration


contemporary neutral living room couch...

An A. Rudin settee upholstered in a Holland & Sherry wool-flannel provides seating for family music recitals in the parlor of a Wicker Park residence. Also the site of game nights, the space includes an antique Victorian chess table from London's Thomas Crabb Antiques for friendly competitions. The armchair by Vincere, Ltd. wears Great Plains fabric by Holly Hunt, and the wool-and-linen rug with a leather border is by J. D. Staron.

contemporary dining room red velvet...

The setting for formal dinner parties features a Bausman & Company ebonized inlaid table from deAurora; the Pedworth dining chairs by Minton-Spidell--upholstered with Fortuny mohair and Egyptian cotton--are from Michael-Cleary. The French rubbed-steel light fixture is by McLain Wiesand, and the midcentury lacquered Aldo Tura bar cart is from Umbrella in Hopewell, New Jersey.

contemporary neutral music room living...

A Yamaha baby grand with a black satin finish from Grand Piano Haus dominates the music room. The Vincere, Ltd. ottoman fabricated by EuroCraft sports Clarence House fabric and a Samuel & Sons leather edge trim. In the dining room beyond, an abstract painting by homeowner and artist Mark Yee brings a contemporary element to the traditional space.

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In the open kitchen, the custom cabinets are painted off-white, the counters are durable Caesarstone, the brass lanterns are by Remains Lighting, and the barstools are from RH. Come mealtime, the family gathers around a 19th-century oak table, also from RH, and relaxes on Vincere, Ltd. seating wearing a washable Perennials stripe fabric.

contemporary bedroom desk flower painting

RH's Ariane storage desk is the perfect spot for finishing homework assignments in a bedroom. The Clemente table lamp is by Aerin for Circa Lighting; the desk chair is from CB2.

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In the living room, designers Tom Konopiots and Michael Stornello created a space where the homeowners could entertain formally as well as casually relax. The custom sofa designed by Vincere, Ltd. and fabricated by EuroCraft is covered in Glant linen purchased at Holly Hunt. The armchairs are by Gerard for Dessin Fournir, and the iron-and-glass coffee table is from Paul Ferrante.

contemporary bedroom blue red accents

In a child's bedroom, RH's Emelia panel bed is flanked by nightstands from RH and Bungalow 5's blue-glass Gabriella mirrors. The table lamps are by Aerin for Circa Lighting, and the wool micro-hooked rug is by Dash & Albert.

contemporary bathroom white cabinetry

Wooden Image fabricated a pair of marble-topped vanities in the master bathroom. The cabinets tout polished-nickel faucets from Waterworks and RH's Hanson pulls. Also from RH, the English aged-nickel mirror is flanked by Circa Lighting sconces.

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An original marble fireplace warms the master bedroom, where Century Furniture's Dauphine bed is upholstered with Holly Hunt's Great Plains fabric; next to it is Circa Lighting's Burt black-marble table lamp. A Christian Liaigre chaise from the homeowners' collection rests next to a round Andalusia Collection table from Century Furniture; the pair of black-and-white framed photographs is from the Trowbridge Gallery in Atlanta.

A welcoming backdrop for family life, beautifully appointed spaces for formal dinner parties and rooms that inspire creativity. Such was the laundry list of requests designers Tom Konopiots and Michael Stornello took on while renovating an 1880s Victorian home in Chicago.

“Stylistically, the Yee family wanted a home that felt collected, with a mix of new, vintage and antique pieces,” Konopiots says.

In the living room, the design duo merged an antique-style rug with a set of modern club chairs and a forged iron-and-glass coffee table. Italian reproduction chairs dressed in luscious Fortuny mohair, balanced with a modern rectangular wood table extend the collected concept to the dining room.

Additionally, because the homeowner and his three children are accomplished pianists, a carefully curated music room was configured to accommodate a baby grand piano along with a midcentury-modern settee. Playful stripes on the chairs and bold orange cushions in the family room and kitchen are reminders that children live there.

Learn more about the renovation and how the home blends sophisticated touches with everyday life.