A Chicago Family Home Beams With Bright Bolds

HOME TOURS | BY | June 21, 2017

House Details

Style: Contemporary

Produced By: Shannon Sharpe

Photography: Nathan Kirkman

Interior Design: Summer Thornton and Whitney Mersman, Summer Thornton Design

Architecture and Home Builder: Ken Brinkman, Environs Development, Inc.


hicago homeowners Mark and Isabelle Lane didn’t want to hit pause before completing the design of their new Lincoln Park abode.

So they tapped interior designer Summer Thornton — whose unconventional, quirky style piqued their interest — to help them achieve a clean-lined, modern look before the big move-in day.

Embracing a mix of spirited hues, gutsy fixtures and bold wall coverings, Thorton approached each room with dynamic pieces and an audacious color palette.

She decorated the living room with dazzling metallic furnishings, fitted with soft grays and greens; transformed the dining room with seafoam blue lacquered walls that highlight the silver-leafed ceiling; and styled the outdoor deck with vibrant hues and an azure umbrella.

The splashy color theme also extended to the master suite, where the design team covered the walls in a dark mauve, complemented by navy- and cream-accented furniture. The daughter’s room features a hot-pink-and-peacock-blue wall pattern, along with a solid lilac color that extends to and covers the ceiling.

The resulting kicky yet elegant aesthetic was one that dazzled the couple.

“Summer not only helped me narrow down what I liked,” Lane says, “but she also pushed me to take risks.”