LAKE FOREST – The Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago releases its list of over 30 participating designers who are transforming a Howard Van Doren Shaw-designed estate for the 17th Biennial Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens. Honorary Chair Mark D. Sikes, author of Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, will be joined by Showhouse design veterans Susan Brunstrum of Sweet Peas Design, Shelley Johnstone and Michael Del Piero, as well as newcomers such as Sarah Whit Interior Design, Jodi Morton of 2to5 Design and Wendy Labrum Interiors. Award-winning Mariani Landscape will partner with past Lake Forest Showhouse Honorary Chair Alessandra Branca to design the 920-square-foot back patio, while Craig Bergmann Landscape Design will re-imagine two spaces and feature an outdoor market. A complete list of interior and landscape designers can be viewed here.
Michael Del Piero Good Design will take on the largest room in the house: the living room. Michael’s design concept will create a relaxed, sophisticated mood and offer an element of surprise with an antique rug layered over the coffee table, rather than underneath. In the dining room, Shelley Johnstone Design will give a nod to the Showhouse’s honorary chair by featuring Mark D. Sikes fabric for Schumacher upholstered on the walls and a banquette, beneath a light blue lacquered ceiling. In the center of the master bedroom, Susan Brunstrum and her team at Sweet Peas Design will float an upholstered bed which they custom-designed with curved wings at the head and foot. The placement maximizes views of the estate’s expansive backyard.
Moving outside, interior designer Alessandra Branca and florist Molly Flavin are teaming up with Mariani Landscape to design, install, furnish and decorate one of the primary outdoor spaces – a large sunken garden and patio just off the back of the house. Craig Bergmann Landscape Design will feature a collection of antique faux bois ornaments and teak furnishings in a warm rustic style in its patio area, as well as an outdoor market featuring a curated collection of antique, vintage and contemporary garden containers, statuary and furnishings.
The Showhouse is a Historic Preservation Award-winning English country estate set on more than two acres, featuring exquisite gardens with bluestone patios, fountains and a large fire pit. The house is a five bedroom and five-and-a-half bath masterpiece with a five-room coach house with kitchen. Originally built in 1922 as a summer residence, the present owners meticulously renovated the home in 2009, restoring original materials, including mercury glass windows.
The Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens will be open for tours seven days-a-week from April 29 through May 21, 2017. Tours will be offered Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets will be available online for $35 per person and at the door for $40 per person. Mark D. Sikes will lecture and sign books on the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, 2017. Tickets are $135 per person, which includes the tour of the house and its grounds, Mark D. Sikes’ presentation and his book Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style. Shuttle information and other details are available at www.lakeforestshowhouse.com.
Proceeds from the home tour will benefit the Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center, located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Since its inception, the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens has raised more than $4 million.
Founded in 1911 with a mission to provide fresh milk in response to high infant mortality rates, Infant Welfare Society (IWS) of Chicago now provides an array of services to women and children of Chicago’s working poor through its Logan Square clinic. Medical services include pediatric medicine, dentistry and optometry, child and adolescent mental health counseling, early child development assessment and literacy support. For women, the agency offers prenatal family planning, preventative care and management of chronic diseases. Starting this year, the clinic began providing medical care for men. Through fundraisers like the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens and other events, the Auxiliary of the Infant Welfare Society has donated over $30 million
to IWS since its founding in 1913.
Submitted by the Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago