Just like the Antiques + Modernism event in Winnetka, artist Lee Thinnes describes her style as a mash-up of traditional and modern aesthetics.
“I am definitely leaning more toward modern. But when I decorate I like to mix traditional with an edge to create a very fresh, sleek environment,” said Thinnes, a Winnetka resident and owner of Lee’s Antiques & Interiors.
Thinnes’ eye for all things beautiful will be on display at Antiques + Modernism Winnetka November 3-5 at the Winnetka Community House. She is one of approximately 45 dealers who will display home furnishings, accessories, artwork, clothing and jewelry in the show, which is renown for its collection of items that range from modern to traditional.
Thinnes is also one of several dealers who have teamed with local designers to curate four historical homes in Winnetka that will be available to tour on November 5. New this year, the house walk will allow visitors to see real life examples of antique and modern decor blended fashionably together.
“I am absolutely thrilled and I think it is the perfect event for the show,” Thinnes said.
Thinnes’ interest in architecture and home design began when she was a child. “When I was young I was always reading Architectural Digest instead of Vogue,” Thinnes said.
That passion ultimately led Thinnes to start her own business, collecting and selling unique items from the 1930s through the 1970s she has found all over the world. “I think I love objects, art and anything that is beautiful. I just have an overall passion for design and creating a beautiful environment,” she said.
At the house walk, Thinnes will be showcasing a few select pieces in a historical 1910 home, as well as a recently renovated, very traditional Tudor home. She plans to create a fresh, bright and contemporary feeling by adding modern elements to each of the homes that creates a real wow-factor. “My goal is to create an experience right when you walk in the foyer,” Thinnes said.
The addition of the house walk to the Antiques + Modernism Show was an effort to mix things up a bit, according to Christina Cripe, a member of the Woman’s Board of the Winnetka Community House and chair of the show. “I think it will be fun. It is a cross between a show house and a house tour,” Cripe told DailyNorthShore.
Trolleys will run from the Winnetka Community House to the four homes located in east Winnetka to ensure the house walk is accessible to everyone. Beforehand, Doug Van Tress, owner of the showroom The Golden Triangle in Chicago, will give a presentation providing insights on the antique purchasing process.
All of the funds raised from the show benefit the Winnetka Community House, a nonprofit organization that provides educational, cultural and recreational activities for all ages and receives no tax dollars. “The Winnetka Community House is a wonderful place where people come together. It’s a great community meeting place. It is makes our community special and unique,” Cripe noted.
For more information about Antiques + Modernism Winnetka, as well as the Antiques Talk & Trolley Tour, go to www.thewinnetkashow.com.