Inside of Summer season Thornton Design’s Chicago Renovation

Offered carte blanche by a trusting client, Summer time Thornton transforms a dreary Gold Coastline co-op into a present day next residence with major wow component.

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Living Room
An eye-catching bamboo silk lapis rug from The Rug Company adds classy pop to the residing place.

THE Consumer

Aiming to make a stylish pied-à-terre downtown to delight in with their two young sons, a successful pair of business owners in their mid-30s turned to star designer Summer time Thornton to create a modern-day get on a common co-op.

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Boys RoomThe sons’ bed room is a vision of verdant inexperienced many thanks to upholstery and Raphaël wallpaper by Scalamandré and carpeting by Stark.

THE Precedence

“They preferred anything city, chic and more colorful than what they dwell with in their primary residence—a design and style fantasy,” notes Thornton. “They allowed us to choose that and translate what that intended.”

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Kitchen“I’m obsessed with the kitchen,” raves interior designer Summertime Thornton, noting its incredible spaciousness and daring lacquered pink inset cupboards and crimson selection.

THE Problem

The kitchen’s first location—smack in the center of the apartment—meant a lost opportunity to seize the space’s breathtaking lake perspective. Thornton’s alternative? Moving the kitchen to the entrance of the condominium, more than tripling its size and opening it up to the major residing house. “In a co-op high-increase creating this was a feat of engineering,” states the designer, “but it produced this kind of a big difference in how the area life and feels. No one had at any time finished this in the developing right before, but we located a way to make it do the job, and it fully reworked the way the apartment flows and modernizes the format.”

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Master BedroomIn the master bedroom, Gilbert wall lights by Balineum body a caged king-sizing bed in oil-rubbed bronze and black leather upholstery by Baker Home furniture.

THE Detail

“I’m obsessed with the kitchen,” enthuses Thornton. “I like how roomy it is, how it has an monumental lake see and how it connects to the living region. I’m also obsessed with its shade and all round style—the pink insets in the cabinets and on the vary are so sudden and bold. The white oak all over the insets keeps it chic and complex. Kudos to my client for remaining so brave. I also appreciate how the major toilet turned out. It feels masculine and really distinct than your regular white marble predicament. The force for a lot more masculinity arrived from the customer, and the wooden paneled walls aided us achieve that.”

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Master BathroomThe mixture of Calacatta Monet marble and prosperous white oak wooden paneling provides the master bathtub a masculine vibe.

THE Outcome

Claims the designer, “They like the success, and I think the bathroom is one of their most loved spaces. Their sons also love the bed room with two twin beds, which occupies the outdated eating room. It’s a tiny fairy tale in the center of a extremely developed-up condominium.”

Style and design Specifics

Kind Co-op renovation

Spot Gold Coast

Contractor Soffer Construction

Interior Structure Summer Thornton Design

Millwork KWI

Paint and wallpaper Miroslaw Snarski Decorating, 847.309.9548

Stonework D & D Stone


ABC Stone Kitchen area countertop and master bathroom stone

Art Culinaire Kitchen area selection

1stDibs Residing home artwork, kitchen area dining table

Holly Hunt Lobby bench cloth

Paris Ceramics Lobby stone floor

Stark Boys’ place wallpaper

Urban Archaeology Kitchen area dining pendants

Waterworks Powder place sink

Images by: Werner Straube