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The hardwood floors throughout the apartment were refinished with a dark ebony stain. A tufted green chaise adds a jolt of color to the soft white walls. While the living room contains a Lucite coffee table from CB2, Guo dreams of replacing it one day with a vintage Lucite model from Roche Bobois.
Sofa: Arhaus; chaise: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; chair: Walter E. Smithe; lamp: Z Gallerie
"Given our panoramic view of the lake, we didn't want the inside of the house to compete with the view outside," Guo says. "All of the colors we picked are gentle and subdued; they blend well with the scenery outside."
The mantel and built-in bookshelves are original to the home. The double French doors to the right of the fireplace, part of the renovation, improve the flow from room to room. The third bedroom became a study.
Green accents, such as vases and an espresso machine, dot the dining room and kitchen. Guo feels most at home in the dining room. "I do a lot of work from the dining table as opposed to the office. The dining room gets tons of light during the day and has a view of both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan," she says.
The granite countertops and stainless steel appliances came from the previous homeowners, but Guo and Joung completely refinished the cabinets and added new lighting.
Kitchen backsplash: Porcelanosa porcelain tiles
A simple espresso-colored wood furniture set works perfectly in the guest bedroom. This room has a straight, unobstructed view of Navy Pier outside. The couple wanted to make this simple guest space feel like a beautiful hotel room.
The master bedroom features stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap the room, and sun pours in all day long. The couple enjoys the luxury of watching the sun rise from their bedroom.
A linen-covered armchair and patterned chest enhance the vintage Parisian feel, and a vignette of glossy white frames hangs from a corner column. A framed photo from the couple's wedding day sits on a side table.
Guo's favorite designer is Kelly Wearstler, and she tried to apply Wearstler's aesthetic throughout the space. "I like her fresh, glamorous and bold style," she says. In the master bedroom, mirrored nightstands flank a tufted headboard from Ethan Allen. The couple chose fabric wallpaper to accentuate the French hotel vibe.
The traditional master bathroom was the only space the couple did not remodel, but it's next on the list. "We want to completely redo the master bath to change it from the current traditional style into a more contemporary, Japanese-inspired style," Guo says. "I would like the master bath to have a more serene, tranquil and spalike feel." The couple made just a few simple changes in the meantime: a new paint color, light fixtures and a Parisian print above the bathtub.
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