Monday, May 9, 2011

Design Digest: The Sullivan's Oak Park Tudor

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Last week STUDY was thrilled to be a part the Oak Park and River Forest Kitchen Walk for a third time. We're beginning to feel like veteran stylists for this much anticipated event, benefiting the Parenthesis Family and Child Center. Almost a year ago we got a call to assist interior designer Julie Sullivan select paint colors for her newly renovated English Tudor. We were immediately struck with her and husband Noah's amazing space, with a kitchen designed by our friend Jobeth Halpin of Figg-Halpin Design. Selecting paint colors is about my favorite thing in the world, and to add to the fun Julie and kitchen designer JoBeth Halpin asked me to style the entire first floor, including placing Julie's amazing collection of paintings, sculpture, and accessories. This was an incredible collaboration and we were thrilled to be contribute to this remarkable home.



Kitchen design and cabinetry: JoBeth Halpin of Figg-Halpin Design
Interior Design: Julie Sullivan
Paint colors, styling: STUDY

And so, without further ado, enjoy the photo tour of Julie and Noah's Oak Park remodel. We rarely do house tours here at STUDY, but think this is cause for an exception. Upon entering the foyer, we are greeted by a case piece from Scout, and a Mexican paper hanging from Ridge Art:

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

The foyer opens to an elegantly appointed living room, connected to a formal dining room.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

We loved assisting Julie choose the grey color of the fireplace, breaking up the rich wood tones that dominate the formal spaces of the home. The shelves were styled with simple black and white books and pottery.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Art books, a black box from Scout, and air succulents from Moss adorn the coffee table.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Julie's collection of found natural artifacts makes an interesting centerpiece atop Le Jacquard Francais runners from The Careful Peach.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Heading down the hallway from the foyer you pass Julie's tiny office concealed by pocket French doors. We selected a Robin's egg blue for the walls - an unexpected surprise among the serene, muted palette dominating the majority of this gorgeously appointed home.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

A magnetic board upholstered in fabric displays inspirational clippings and family pictures. STUDY would like to take a partial credit for the addition of this practical element.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Julie purchased this typewriter from The Vintage Bazaar... we suspect it could be from Manly Vintage? Anyway, Julie adores it and keeps it readily available for guests to type out their thoughts, musings, and secret notes.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

The staircase was formerly enclosed prior to this drastic renovation, and contains some of the only remaining original wood in the house.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

And finally, we give you the KITCHEN, with adjoining sitting and eating areas.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

We were especially proud with this vignette, featuring a vintage sifter hanging on the wall next to embroidered art from the Art Institute Student Sale, and a chair from Scout.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

The adorable powder room with a mirror from The Careful Peach.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

And just in case you were wondering if STUDY really styled this place, we had to include a cloche assemblage featuring a stack of books, an emu egg, and a fern. Oh, and that amazing huge paintbrush is courtesy of the homeowner.

Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk - Sullivan Residence

A kindred spirit? We think so...

Thanks again to homeowners Julie and Noah, and kitchen designers Frances and JoBeth!  We loved being part of this project.

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