good bones, this kitchen needed only a cabinet paint refresh, a
marble top and chandelier to give it a stylish, family-friendly
A North Shore
couple with a colorful business portfolio discovered how to put their
home life in neutral (no pun intended) with the help of a local interior
designer, who is ironically now part of their corporate family.
began a little more than six years ago, when Kelli Gabel walked into
Kate Kazlo’s The Home Market store in the Historic Third Ward. She and
her husband had just purchased a 3,500-square-foot colonial in Fox Point
on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, just south of Doctors Park.
really felt like home, but it needed work," Gabel says. Turns out,
the homeowners and Kazlo took much of the home’s first floor,
originally built in 1940, down to the studs.
Kate Kazlo created a comforting master bedroom retreat with an
upholstered headboard, tan leather winged chair and a Brazilian
rug — a signature element seen throughout the home.
a livable space where they could unwind," Kazlo says. The couple,
expecting their first child — a daughter, also wanted to move in
"I had a
pretty tight timeline, just 12 weeks," Kazlo says. It would be the
project’s first phase.
Not only did she
meet the timeline, but Kazlo continued to work with the homeowners. The
result is a blend of a soft neutral color scheme dotted with myriad pops
of dark as well as brighter colors, geometric patterns and
conversation-inducing fabrics such as Brazilian cowhide area rugs.
master bathroom extends comfort and clean lines with a stand-alone
tub and dual vanity on a penny-round marble tile floor.
reign, various rooms exude individuality. A rustic farmhouse table,
layered patterns and a combination of winged and captain chairs round
out the dining room. An upholstered scalloped headboard, rustic
chandelier and winged chaise share the master bedroom. Bright pink
splashes across furnishings and cornice
trim in the child’s bedroom create a playful oasis, and penny-round
marble tile gives a throwback character to a neutral, spa-like bathroom.
gives way to whimsy in the homeowners’ daughter’s bedroom.
designer alike agree the home’s centerpiece transformation is the
open-concept family room and kitchen. Like the rest of the home, the
family room is a blend of rustic and modern with furniture draped in
stylish, washable slipcovers that protect an active family lifestyle,
which includes a youngster and two rescue dogs. Kitchen cabinetry was
retained, painted and refreshed with antique silver hardware. The
island, built to be a family-friendly informal gathering place, is
topped with Calacatta marble that extends white walls
says the project’s success was forged through trust. "I look at
anyone who is a professional that they know what they are doing,"
she says. "We had very few changes because she (Kazlo) knew what we
wanted, and our vision was compatible."
family’s favorite hangout is the informal section of the living
room that sports layered floor coverings of hides and geometric
pattern as well as a leather ottoman table and washable blue-gray
and off-white slip covers. Style and pragmatism coexist here, no
also impressed Gabel’s spouse, Craig Karmazin, CEO and founder of Good
Karma Brands. The company’s holdings include radio broadcasting,
sports marketing and retail, and given the basis of her home design
expertise, Karmazin recruited Kazlo and The Home Market into the Good
Karma Brands umbrella.
work with people, you find those who have brilliant minds and others who
are good project managers," Karmazin says. "Kate is both. I am
not a person who loves houses or furniture, but I spend 90 percent of my
waking day at home in that living room. It is comfortable. I have
learned to love the neutrals." M