A Cool and Sophisticated Chicago Home

A Cool and Sophisticated Chicago Home

A Cool and Sophisticated Chicago Home


Jenny Luedke and Ari Officer, ER nurse and commodities trader


For an aspiring interior designer in Lincoln Park, Homepolish's Guinevere Johnson was just the design collaborator to bring her home to the next level.

Photos by Dustin Halleck.

Interior design, like all things, goes through trends and cycles. There are styles and concepts that come into prominence and affect the way we live. In the last couple months at Homepolish, we have seen a word on the rise, and that word is hygge. A funny little Danish word (pronounced “hue-gah”), it refers to “the art of creating intimacy…” sounds like the sort of concept we can totally get on board with at Homepolish. In Chicago, Jenny Luedke and her fiancé Ari Officer were looking to accomplish just that sense of hygge in their home.


With that, they were introduced to Homepolish designer (and queen of calm, collected hygge) Guinevere Johnson. Since she’s currently interning for the mega-design firm Holly Hunt, Jenny had a good idea of where to start, but she wanted a design collaborator to aid her along the way. When Guinevere first walked into the home, there were plenty of beautiful plants and the built-in shelving was full of personal treasures, but the rest of the space was bare. Between the three of them, they decided to take the classic Chicago midcentury vibe and marry it with a Californian coastal feel.

To maintain the light airiness of the space, a soft gray coated the walls, perfect for allowing the sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows to shine throughout. A pair of sofas in the exact same shade complement the space, facing each other for intimate conversations. From there, the furnishings do the talking. From the Serge Mouille chandelier to the lush velvet-upholstered chairs to the jagged side table, each corner is perfectly polished. A neon sign in the dining area reads the words of impressionist artist Gauguin: “Je ferme les yeux pour voir.” Translated, it means “I close the eyes to see.” Perhaps the best phrase to communicate the palpable comfort of the home.


Guinevere and I saw eye-to-eye on the design of the home, and she helped to open my eyes to new possibilities. She actually encouraged and inspired me to start persuing my own career in interior design.

- Jenny Luedke, Homepolish client
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Living Room
  • fourmore

    what a refreshingly beautiful home…clear of any excess without feeling sterile and cold. light, bright and beautiful. nicely done.

  • Colleen

    The neon is so cool–source please? Also, I would love to know more about the rug (not the cow hide).

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Colleen–Guin had that neon piece custom made by a designer in Chicago. As for the rug, the client sourced it.

    • Jenny

      The jute rug is from West Elm! Good quality for the price.

  • Jessica Merrill

    Cool and clean! Where is the white, three arm light fixture from?

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Jessica, that amazing piece is by Serge Moulle for Horne. Hope that helps!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi there–someone actually asked this earlier! It’s a West Elm piece. Hope that helps!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi Mary–the designer said that was actually the existing paint color of the home. None of them know what it is, but it’s close to American White 2112-70 by Benjamin Moore.

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    The table is from West Elm!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hey Christina,

    The sofa is from CB2!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi Alissa,

    Unfortunately we don’t have the sourcing info on-hand, but we can tell you that a fair amount of pieces from this home came from stores in the local area or were owned by the family prior to the design project. Sorry we can’t be of more help!