How a Designer Duo Transformed This Chicago Townhouse Into a Cool Family Home

Updated 04/17/19
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Decorating a home can easily take several years, but when Homepolish designers Beth Partyka and Meg Sullivan of Charlotte William Interiors were tasked with furnishing this newly built Chicago townhouse for their clients, they had a much tighter timeframe to work within—3 months, to be exact. The design duo set out to transform the recently completed townhome into a warm and inviting space—just in time for the arrival of the first-time homeowner's first child in a few short months.

The result is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse that's the perfect space for a growing family. It has an open-concept floorplan, with an adjoining entryway, dining space, and living room, yet it feels intimate and cozy. The Homepolish designers had just a few short months to bring the space to life, and ahead, they take us through the home to show us how they styled the family-friendly spaces. Step inside a 3200-square-foot Chicago townhouse, complete with a breakfast nook that you'll want to pin to your home inspiration Pinterest board stat.

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In this Chicago townhouse, the designers' thoughtful textile choices make all the difference. "The clients were drawn to layered spaces with warm woods and lots of texture so that played a large role in the aesthetics," explain Partyka and Sullivan. "In the months after they started working with us we knew they would be getting their first puppy—and also giving birth to their first child—so we made sure the pieces and fabrics were family friendly." In the dining room, durable leather chairs contribute to the warm, inviting look the homeowners desired while also being able to withstand wear and tear over time.

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The designers also used textural elements to ensure the overall aesthetic flowed seamlessly from space to space throughout the home's open-concept floorplan. "As we accessorized the first floor, we found ourselves pulling many textured, ethnic pieces and weaving more of the beautiful indigo color—from the banquette cushion and throw pillows on sectional—into the spaces to really create a beautiful and understated ‘found’ look," offer Partyka and Sullivan.

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Though the Homepolish designers typically incorporate more colors and patterns into the homes they decorate, this project pushed them "to scale back, keep it simple and rely more heavily on textures than print or pattern," they tell MyDomaine. In the dining room, earthenware pottery filled with greenery and wood serveware overflowing with fruit lend natural color and texture to the space.

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In the living room, a neutral sectional, cream-colored curtains, and white walls painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore anchor the space. "The background was really a neutral, blank palette, and, instead of building the design off of a specific color, we worked on really layering different materials and textures," Partyka and Sullivan tell MyDomaine. Blue throw pillows and a vintage rug add a burst of color to an otherwise neutral space.

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When asked about their greatest find, Partyka and Sullivan answer with certainty: The vintage rug in the living room. "We always love when we can mix old pieces in with the new and this provided the perfect layer and splash of color," divulges the design duo. The designers layered neutral rug in a larger size underneath the vintage find to make the entire living room look and feel more expansive and cozy.

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The custom-designed fireplace, complete with handmade tiles and a reclaimed wood mantel, is flanked by natural oak cabinetry and floating shelves that lend warmth and additional texture to the living room. A pair of leather swivel chairs offer prime seating and stonewashed cotton poufs look invitingly low-key.

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The Hompolish designers' favorite space in the home is hands down the built-in breakfast nook. "We love the way the new elements and old came together here—all of the art was the clients existing and we used it to design the gallery wall layout," Partyka and Sullivan explain. "It was the perfect dose of color and character to balance out the new banquette and furnishing." And we simply couldn't agree more.

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