The Lake Forest Showhouse has easily become one of the top designer events of the Midwest, and this year was no exception! Held bi-annually, this event is an opportunity for the top designers in the area to showcase their talent and a chance to push their creative limits to the edge. Partnered with the Infant Welfare Society, this month-long event inspires the senses while benefiting a great cause.
This year, the chosen location is a stately 9 acre property. It consists of a 16 room traditional red brick main house, a caretakers cottage, additional outbuildings, and 5 acres of conservation area.
The showhouse doors opened May 6th, and after two weeks of being teased with an overflow of photos on Instagram, I finally had the chance to tour it in person this week. This year was particularly special for me, as I had the opportunity to partner with several of the designers to create lacquered pieces, upholstered furniture and even custom window treatments. Getting a taste of behind the scenes and seeing all the hard work the designers pour into their spaces make enjoying the end result that much more special and awe-inspiring.
While each room is unique in their own way, there were definitely trends we were seeing…and loving! There was no shortage of wall covering, pattern play, texture and color. From ruffles & chintz to high-gloss lacquered ceilings, the house is truly a feast for the senses!
Green is definitely having it’s moment right now. From Seafoam Green silk walls in the Living Room to a more casual Hunter Green trimmed Mudroom, you can be sure this is a color you’ll be seeing a lot more of in home decor.
Another trend we spotted (and helped to create) are shower valences. You think a simple shower curtain is going to suffice? That’s a cute thought…try again.
Some of my personal favorites included the Girl’s Bedroom by Jenny Brown. You can’t help but smile when you walk into this cheerful, bright space. A mix of vintage furniture, bespoke upholstery, and whimsical accessories create a fun yet sophisticated look.
Another room that made my heart go pitter-patter was the Cottage Den by Emily Sturgess. Classic and timeless without being stuffy sums up this room. She pulled off my personal trifecta of bamboo, animal print & chinoiserie. Slam dunk in my book!
Honestly, there were too many standout rooms to mention them all. But from the sprawling Kitchen to the cozy She Shed, I was reminded that any space, no matter how big or small can be transformed into something magical. I really was amazed how much emotion some rooms exuded and how walking into special spaces like these really can alter your mood and enhance your overall being.
If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to visit the showhouse and experience the beauty and inspiration for yourself!