Monday, May 10, 2010

Illinois Estate for Sale


Architectural Digest is featuring a French manor-inspired estate for sale just north of Chicago that has my absolute favorite kitchen of all time in it.  The kitchen was designed by Mick DeGiulio.  It encompasses everything that I dream about in a kitchen. 


High ceilings tower over this mastery of this kitchen.   From the professional range to the marble-topped island and breakfast table, this kitchen is the epiphany of class, French inspiration,  sophistication and airiness.  The open shelving next to the window beautifully displays their pottery, while the pot rack centers the room and reminds us that this is indeed a place where meals come together… not just a place of beauty to be admired.


Looking to the other side of the room, the floor-to-ceiling French doors span the length of the seating area and look out onto a patio that becomes part of this breakfast area.   For chillier mornings, a fireplace can be drawn while you cozy up on the slip-covered sofa with your cup of hot steaming tea.


A closer view of the kitchen shows the glass tile backsplash, the professional range and oven and the beautiful built-in cabinetry in the background.  Notice how they have the light fixtures centered in the middle of the pot rack.



Another view of the kitchen, which was taken from the real estate site.  Notice the island has been changed out to white and the window casings have been painted white.  Which do you like better?  Blue or white?



This is the exterior of the home, which is located in Lake Forest, IL.  Can you say French chateau???


Even the gate is pretty entering the estate.


I am not sure if this is the entrance or not, but it does resemble the kitchen aesthetic, with the marble floors,  beamed ceiling and white walls.


The living room with the coffered ceiling is very formal.  I love the pale blue chairs in the space, giving it some color.


The dining area  and adjacent sitting room looks a bit sparse, but it could be because the house is so expansive.


View from the other room.


I believe this is an office area.  Interesting use of the zebra rug with the more formal desk.

This home is 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and is 9000 square feet and sits on 2.68 acres.  It was built in 2004.

All this can be yours for the mere price of $7.999 million!  Just pick up the June copy of Architectural Digest to be wowed!




“I used to believe in forever, but forever is too good to be true.”

-Winnie the Pooh


“Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.”

- Winnie the Pooh


Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."”


Style Redux 2 said...

I grew up in Lake Forest and believe it or not there are far nicer homes than this. I love the old historic estates on the lake especially.

Blarney said...

It is gorgeous but I have to be honest in saying I'd have to walk around with a covered coffee mug in that place. It just seems so ... sterile. I'm pretty sure I'd be worried about my kids walking around the house with any beverage of any kind. It sure is purrrtttty though.

Developing Designs said...

I am already wowed. WOW... the kitchen, that black and white floor, the windows, the errrr,ummmmm, yeah, everything is stunning. Could you even imagine? I prefer the trim painted white, but that was a hard decision (surprisingly). :)

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Gorgeous is right! Thanks for posting the pictures, I haven't seen AD yet.


It's stunning!

vicki archer said...

Gorgeous Becky.....I am glad you hd a wonderful trip to France. Happy weekend dreaming of that house, xv.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

wow, that house is amazing!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Gorgeous house. I'm going to be linking to this post on my blog soon. Thanks! :)

Jessica said...

I have to say I definitely like the kitchen better with the dark wood island and blue accents in the french doors, windows, built ins, etc. It makes the space more vibrant and welcoming. The white redo is too sterile looking for me. I would be afraid to cook in that kitchen, lest I spill tomato sauce or something else of vibrant color in there. The exterior of the home, and the before kitchen is amazing. The rest of the house could surely use some work to make it more inviting.

recklessbliss said...

Hi, I found your blog from Julia at hooked on houses! I also really liked the dark wood island more. It gave much more interest for the eye to look at. Love your blog! I'd love to have you over to my blog for a visit sometime. I just did a post on tours of fabulous mansions.

Lisa said...

I agree that the rich brown of the island and vibrant blue were gorgeous and needed. They already have so much white, I can't believe they did that! I love the house and would love to put my personal stamp on it's near perfectness...

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Thank you so much for bringing us such fabulous House Tours! It's like going to a Showhouse right at our own computer ... I'm new to your blog and loving it!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

I just posted my comment and had not answered your question of whether I liked the all-white painted window and island or the original dark blue window and wood island. I think the original had more character. The blue was so unique. Would also be beautiful in black. The all-white I'm sure was recommended by a real-estate agent to appeal to the masses, but the kitchen lost a little personality in the process.

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