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Zawitz pulls a great deal of his design inspiration from the various hotels he visits all around the world. The main color palette of his home is neutral, allowing him to add colors to the furniture without restriction. The backbone of the design is contemporary, but Zawitz chose to mix in some Asian influences with raw elements as well.
Chairs: Raul Carrasco
Onyx Console: Raul Carrasco
The majority of the furniture pieces in his living room and mirrored great room are sourced from the company of a friend, Raul Carrasco. Knowing that Carrasco's taste matched his own, Zawitz purchased in bulk and was able to furnish most of his home for a lesser cost.
Couch, coffee table: custom design by Raul Carrasco
Storage cabinet: Henredon
Zawitz's dining room was designed to be slightly elevated from the living room. The dining room table, which is custom made and finished with Macassar ebony wood, sits on a raised platform, creating a sense of separation. The floors are a custom rhomboid design by Timeless Wood Floors and made out of spalted maple and ebony stained oak wood.
Fun fact: When asked which four famous people (living or not) he would want to have over for dinner, Zawitz answered, "I would have Madonna, just because I'm a gay man and have always loved her and would just wanna hear a bit of the British accent, LOL! Oprah...who wouldn't? That's as close to God as most of us will get. Steve Jobs, because he would have brought great Apple swag as a housewarming gift. And probably Anderson Cooper, because he would keep the conversation educated and worldly."
Table and chairs: Raul Carrasco
Light fixture: Lightology
Mirror: Baker Thomas Phesant
Zawitz wanted the kitchen to have an element of surprise, "so that when people turn the corner, they walk into something unexpected," he says. The entire kitchen was purchased from the showroom floor of Clive Christian. Knowing that when he built his home, a Clive Christian kitchen was a must, he worked with the showroom to have that exact design in his kitchen. It was broken down piece by piece and reassembled in his home.
A large marble island rests in the center of the room and serves as a communal area while he's entertaining. "When people come over," Zawitz says, "we all just hang around the kitchen and talk." A hidden hood rests over a Wolf double oven, and a small, cozy breakfast table sits near the windows.
Table: Luminaire Chicago
The master bedroom on the second floor was designed to have a completely unobstructed feel. Glass panels modestly separate the bathroom but maintain the open flow of the room.
A small private patio opens adjacent to the bed.
Curtains: custom design by Basia Frossard
A custom-built closet was designed to have a seamless finish against the wall. Siding panel doors open to closet space, and custom mirroring closets were made to hide his washer and dryer, one for each. An additional washer and dryer are in the basement.
In between both guest rooms is a small communal area with wall-to-wall seating.
A second guest bedroom includes a warm color palette with Ralph Lauren Furniture. Similar to the master, this guest room opens up to its own private patio.
Zawitz's home sits on a corner, while the second one he sold to the developer sits just behind. Does he ever have regrets about selling? "My home is my haven," he says. "And my home is my passion. I love the process and the project!"
As for advice to other homeowners: Zawitz offers this: "Be prepared for all the extra money you are going to need for upkeep and maintenance that you may not have expected, even in a new construction." He adds, "Don't be afraid to be a pioneer in a neighborhood or area that others are afraid to venture into."
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