“The minute you walk in, you get a feel of their personality,” reveals interior designer Carrie Savino of the Glencoe home of Kathy and Mike Paleczny she helped design.
Built in 2014, the custom home sits at the edge of the pristine greens of Skokie Country Club. Previously residing in Northbrook, where they raised their family, Kathy knew it was just off the grounds of the prestigious golf course where the couple, both avid golfers, would build their dream home. “We didn’t downsize, we funsized!” she says.
For Savino, the main challenge was how to allow the Paleczny’s interests—and many collections—to shine. “The question was: how do we make these things look like they were meant to be there?” she shares. “For Kathy’s sand collection, we knocked out a specific display area in the great room to make it a focal point, rather than an afterthought.”
This sand collection, collected from many family vacations— and even their daughter’s semester at sea—showcases everything from Hawaiian volcanic soil to sand from Hiroshima. Even friends of the family now participate in the fun, bringing samples back from their own travels.
Another of the home’s highlights is its penny floor, situated in the pantry. “When I mentioned the Roman and Williams-designed penny floor at the Standard Grill in New York, they loved the idea. I made the mockup, but Mr. Paleczny did all the work!”
In addition to Savino, the Palecnzys brought in Jim Malapanes of Homes by James; Vincent Baggetto, to create a “real cook’s kitchen,” complete with made-to-measure drawers for spices, utensils, and cookware; and architects Erick Wefing and Ed Deegan. Special attention was paid to the property’s verdant landscaping, with Midwest Arbor bringing the vibrant greens of the golf course in.
Inside, the light-filled, airy space has an East Coast feel, with warm wood tones and plenty of texture, such as suede wallpaper and natural woven fabrics, and varying shades of blue and gray. They sourced design elements from Jayson Home + Garden and Mitchell Gold, and fabrics from Cowtan & Tout. For lighting, Savino worked with Idlewood Electric, turning to Chadwick’s in Libertyville for the natural tile and stone.
“Our goal is to select homes that offer the attendees great design ideas,” shares Marla Bagan, Philanthropy Chair of the Winnetka Club, who will be showcasing the Paleczny home as part of their annual Housewalk. “From young families to empty nesters, these homes reflect how people in this part of the North Shore live.”
Since 1992, the Winnetka Club Housewalk, Lifestyles of the North Shore, has given us the opportunity to get an insider’s look into some of the area’s most interesting homes, all towards its mission of serving the community through philanthropy and volunteer service, promoting cultural and intellectual life.
Proceeds from the Housewalk and accompanying luncheon at the Winnetka Country Club, taking place this year on Thursday, May 17, go to the Winnetka Club Scholarship for high school seniors who reside in New Trier Township, in the past having given as much as $40,000 to several amazing students. As a thank you, each participating homeowner is also given $500 to donate to the charity of their choice.
“Meeting and working with the homeowners is for me the best part of the event. We are so fortunate to live in such a vibrant and generous community,” Bagan shares. “I met Kathy last April and was so impressed with her and her home. Everyone will be talking about it at the luncheon—what amazing surprise details and whimsy!”
To learn more about The Winnetka Club Housewalk, visit thewinnetkaclub.com. Tickets are $55 prior to May 14 and $65 thereafter; luncheon tickets are $35.