Like many during the pandemic, newlyweds Anthony and Chelsea Campagni marked 2020 as the right time to abandon city life in Chicago in favor of the picturesque North Shore suburbs. The couple had been sharing Anthony’s condo in the Wicker Park neighborhood of the Windy City before they eloped in Wyoming during the height of COVID-19—and then found out they had their first baby on the way.
They then called upon Chicago-based interior designer Caroline Turner—an alum of designer powerhouses like Kelly Wearstler, Kara Mann and Nate Berkus—for help translating Anthony’s downtown bachelor pad into a 3,500-square-foot family-friendly suburban Tudor.
“I had never designed a Tudor-style home before and was a bit intimidated, so I went straight to my design books for inspiration,” says Turner. “I wanted to pay homage to the original architecture and details but bring the home into 2021 with elements like bold color, pattern, marble, brass and more.”
Dated and in rough shape, the house needed a top-to-bottom refresh. Turner and her team refinished all the flooring, gutted most of the second floor to create a dreamy primary suite for the parents-to-be, painted the existing cabinetry in the kitchen, and added new hardware, countertops, lighting, fixtures, and a backsplash. She also installed beams in the living room to match those in the kitchen and knocked down a brick wall between the living and sunrooms (the latter of which had been added-on by a former owner) to create flow between the two spaces.
“We wanted to lacquer the entire sunroom to make it feel like less of an addition, so we plastered over the brick and added drywall,” says Turner. “Those gorgeous windows are original, though. Aesthetically, it’s my favorite part of the house. It definitely has that wow-factor.”
For the interiors, Turner layered in moody hues, soft and inviting textures, durable fabrics that will withstand inevitable baby spills, and living finishes, like unlacquered brass, that’ll only get better with age.
Turner finished the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home in February 2021, and the couple moved in just two days before welcoming their son, Roman. “Talk about good timing!” jokes Turner. “Ultimately, they wanted a home that would be livable, beautiful and not boring, and I think we accomplished that.”
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To keep the entry clean and streamlined, Turner kept the original slate flooring in lieu of a pattern-heavy replacement, then layered in a plaster accent table from Leanne Ford’s collection with Crate & Barrel, a Target wicker planter, a tapestry from Facebook Marketplace, and a Circa Lighting fixture. “The homeowners didn’t like the look of a heavy stair runner but were going to be going up and down the stairs with a newborn, so they needed something,” says Turner. “We had jute/sisal individual stair covers put on that just snap onto the stair. If anything happens to one, you can replace it on its own. It’s significantly cheaper than a traditional runner, too.”
“Chelsea loved the idea of checkboard floors, and Anthony did not,” laughs Turner. “Chelsea made a deal with him that she could have the floors in the sunroom, and he could put his foot down somewhere else.” Turner used a honed Carrara marble to tone down the look and then juxtaposed the material with organic elements, like a slouchy Crate & Barrel sofa, black wood Four Hands accent table and velvet upholstery that ensure it doesn’t read “like a parlor in a mansion from the 1800s.” A pair of matching brass floor lamps were a $50 Craigslist find. The Benjamin Moore Alligator Alley lacquered walls play well with the backdrop of mature landscaping outdoors.
The living room fireplace originally had a surround that looked “straight from Stonehenge.” Turner replaced the oversize boulders with a white carved mantel she found on Facebook Marketplace for $1,000. “It was a steal,” she says. “But it was literally in someone’s home, so we had to have it ripped out.” The mirror was another Facebook Marketplace find—for $200!—and Turner also added sofas from Interior Define, pillows from CB2, spindle chairs from Salvage One, and a durable jute rug from Rugs USA. She coated the walls in Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Turner had an IKEA cabinet retrofitted into a built-in bar with help from her contractor, who added trim, brass shelves, lighting, a wine fridge, and stone countertops to make the piece look custom. “It had to be hidden,” says Turner. “They love to entertain but also have a baby, so it’s a peek-a-boo bar.”
Radiators in the primary bedroom forced Turner to get creative. She installed a double rod for drapery, hanging shorter panels behind longer panels in the front. That way, the homeowners can close the shorter panels for privacy when they need to without touching the radiator, but can otherwise keep them hidden. The clients bought their own bed from Wayfair, and Turner added vintage nightstands from Facebook Marketplace, vintage bedside lamps from eBay, a vintage rug and art from Anna’s Mostly Mahogany.
“Emotionally, this room is my favorite,” says Turner. “I designed every single inch, and it was a labor of love. It was, in essence, my baby.” She sourced the two vanities from Facebook Marketplace ($125 for the pair!) and had her fabricator mimic the architectural details of the tops in calacatta gold, which she also applied to the floors and shower tile. The unlacquered brass sink basins were handmade in Morocco, and the mirrors are actually medicine cabinets for extra storage. The light fixtures are from Circa Lighting; the linen roman shades are from 3 Day Blinds; and the tub is from Studio41.
To create organic texture in the dining room, Turner used JH Paints to limewash the walls, ceiling, trim, and radiator in Benjamin Moore Hidden Falls. “The light fixture skews fancy, which was purposeful with the walls,” says Turner. “The juxtaposition is what works.” The dining table is from RH.
“Everyone congregates here,” Turner says of the breakfast nook, which features an ebonized dining table scored on Facebook Marketplace, a Zebra pillow from Jayson Home, dining chairs from IKEA, and Circa Lighting. “The way the Facebook Marketplace algorithm works, it filters in more of what you open,” says Turner. “Once you figure that out, it’s a treasure trove. I search by keyword, like marble or unlacquered brass, and then by newly added. The best things go fast.”
Turner kept the existing cabinetry, giving it a fresh coat of Farrow & Ball De Nimes paint. Then, she brought in calacatta Chiara quartzite countertops—less porous than marble—and a weathered white backsplash. The bar stools are from—you guessed it—Facebook Marketplace, and the unlacquered brass island legs were handmade in Morocco. “People often think a white kitchen is the most timeless, but I don’t think that’s true,” says Turner. “We wanted to do something bright and fun.”
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