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Living It up in the Chicago Suburbs

Living It up in the Chicago Suburbs

Living It up in the Chicago Suburbs

Who

Laura Branning, beer purveyor, Rian, consultant, and their family

Designer
Where

Moving from central Lakeview to the suburb of Elmhurst, the Branning family literally had no furniture to sit on when Homepolish's Megan Born arrived. Now, the space is absolutely luxurious.

Photos by Dustin Halleck.

City folks. We constantly live in the reality that our apartments are about the size of a normal-sized living room. For Laura and Rian Branning, this realization was harshly evident when they moved from downtown Chicago to the suburbs. All of their furniture fit into the basement family room… which meant they had a whole 5-bedroom house to furnish. Homepolish’s Megan Born came in when they had virtually no place to even sit.

To make things even crazier, both Laura and Megan were seven months pregnant when the redesign started, giving them all of two months to wrap everything up. But looking at the photos (which were shot with newborns in hand), you’d never guess that it was a quick job! Each space is carefully considered and absolutely luxurious, and even family-friendly to boot.

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I really liked working with Megan, because with very little explanation, she understood my style and the look I was going for in our home. She also picked out pieces that I would have never considered myself. Many of these ended up being some of my favorite pieces in the home. She even balanced style and function for a family with small children.

- Laura Branning, Homepolish client
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    Hi Jessie–It’s actually a pretty common color: Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. Hope that helps!

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    Hi Alexandra–that’s actually a very standard color used by contractors. Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray!

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    They’re both from a place called Lulu & Georgia, Shan!

  • Viv

    Hi, where are your pillows in the sitting room from?!

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      Hi Viv, All pillows in this space were either Urban Outfitters or Loloi. Best!

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    Still Stonington Grey by Benjamin Moore!

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    Hi Manuela, that’s a West Elm midcentury tripod lamp. Hope that helps!

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    Hi there–those are from West Elm!

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    Hi Sarah, unfortunately, the contractor of the home specified that color, so we are unaware of the name.

    • Sarah Wilson

      Oh okay, thank you.

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    Hey Madison, believe it or not, IKEA has those sheepskin covers! Pretty swanky but totally budget-friendly!

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    Hi Michelle, those are the Phillipe Starck Ghost Chair, a very famous design, available at DWR. Hope that helps!

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    Hi again, Michelle. We actually weren’t in charge of the wood stain. But from the looks of it, it looks like a dark ebony.

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    Hey Michelle, the lucite are Phillipe Starck’s Ghost Chair by DWR and the throne-like ones are classic Restoration Hardware designs. Hope that helps!

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    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for your question! Unfortunately we were not provided with the exact specs of this table, but just by eyeing it we would assume it is on the larger side. So sorry about that!