Cindy Kuesis calls Barrington Hills home with husband Dan Kuesis and their three children, Max (12), Oreana (10), and Finn (8). They’ve created an indoor and outdoor haven on their “farm” tucked into the woods along Keane Lake—complete with black swans, geese, chickens, roosters, dogs, cat, paddle boat, and swimming and fishing dock. Kuesis is an administrative leader with Bible Study Fellowship, serves on Barrington Children’s Charities’ Board of Directors, and the Jeffrey Pride Foundation Auxiliary Board. She is also a BJWC member, volunteers with house of hope and serves as a foster family for Animal House Shelter and Almost Home Foundation.
Mantra? Love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, and strength and pray everyday.
Best grooming tip? Addicted to Rodan + Fields Redefine regimen.
Guilty pleasure? Renovating real estate and treasure hunting at Barrington’s vintage shops.
Favorite foods? Sloppy Joe’s, boxed mac and cheese, and angel food cake.
Music you love? Anything from Lauren Daigle to Metallica.
Best advice ever given to you? Don’t listen to anyone else’s advice.
Best advice you’ve given? It’s easier to be nice and harder to be mean. So just be nice, it’s easier.
Earliest memory? Sitting on my grandfather’s lap at the helm of his boat, The Siesta, navigating down the Chesapeake Bay.
When you wake up, you? Make a huge cup of coffee, pray, and read God’s word.
Before bed, you? Hugs, kisses, prayers, and tuck my kiddos into bed; check them twice for smuggled devices; check them a third time for peaceful sleep.
What’s on your bookshelf? The Bible.
You can’t live without? God, family, friends, and freedom.
Love to escape to? Vail Mountain’s Back Bowls. It’s the closest to heaven I can get.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Imperfection is the new perfection, and wear more face lotion, girl.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Cut-off jean shorts, t-shirt, muck boots, Peau-de-Pêche, mud on my cheek, and dirt under my nails.
Can’t leave the house without? An amazing pair of black patent leather stilettos for those impromptu girls luncheons!
Transportation? Tops down Jeep.
Driving music? Guns and Roses “Welcome to the Jungle.”
Place to eat? Meze Mediterraneo.
Shop? Pink Geranium and English Daisy.
Best thing about country? Backyard fishing and farming, fresh eggs, honey, and vegetable gardens. Five swans a-swimming, three roosters crowing, and one goose, he’s playing. The feeling of being in the north woods of Wisconsin, but only 5 minutes to town and tollway.
Worst thing about country? No sidewalks. I miss the sidewalks.
The perfect day is? Sunday—filled with family and friends; a wonderful community coming together to play in our backyard; grilling lamb chops, Caesar salad, a nice glass of wine; boating, swimming, fishing; barefoot on the grass, watching the sunset, and fireworks. Ahhh-mazing!
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Flowy black dress or crisp white shirt, black leggings, and simple necklace.
Can’t leave the house without? An amazing pair of black patent leather stilettos.
Transportation? Party bus. Driving music? Queen, T.I., Nelly, Lil Jon “Get Low.”
Place to eat? Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders.
Shop? Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
Best thing about town? Summer in the city with all the street festivals.
Worst thing about town? 4 a.m.
The perfect day is? An evening that starts with a black tie gala and ends with a party bus pub crawl. From the Art Institute of Chicago to the bowels of Hangge-Uppe.