Nestled in to the scenic village of Northfield, Illinois just outside of Chicago is a picturesque home redesigned by award winning designer Julia Buckingham. Each room in the home artfully marries antique glamour with modern sensibilities. The home’s distinctive flair comes from an eclectic mix of colors, styles, and evocation of different time periods, giving it a warm elegance. Subtle touches of antiques throughout the home make the Northfield Residence as charming as it is chic. Julia Buckingham sat down with us to give us an inside look into the home and her inspiration for it’s design.
Can you give us a little background on the home?
The Northfield Residence was built in 1981 with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The style of the project is Modernique® – my trademarked aesthetic which mixes modern, antique, and unique elements. Overall the project took seven months to complete.
What did the owners of the home want out of the remodel?
They wanted a fresh, youthful insurgence of color and style.
What sorts of architectural improvements were made in the home?
We had to add paint and wall covering throughout the house. The kitchen cabinets, hardware, and bathroom vanities also received a new coat of paint. The master bathroom was retiled and new decorative lighting was added (chandeliers, sconces, and pendants). And major renovation happened in the family room, including a wet-bar renovation.
How involved were the clients in this project?
It was a total collaboration for the overall kickoff of the project, but then they graciously let me run with it.
You used antiques and vintage pieces throughout the home. Where did you source them? Were they family heirlooms?
I have local, national, and international sources for fabulous antiques.
Where did you draw inspiration for the project?
As for all my projects, inspiration is drawn from my global travels, fashion, and fine art.
What kinds of challenges did you face when designing this project?
Before we started, the majority of living spaces (for example the den, family room, playroom, office, kitchen, and several bathrooms) had dreary brown wood cabinetry and wall paneling. I needed to create a new vision and brighten up their home by painting and removing the dark brown wood throughout.
What’s important to consider when including antiques and vintage pieces into a new (or at least newly remodeled) home?
I always find that by infusing vintage pieces in to design projects, there is much more visual interest. It certainly makes the house a home with great style and character!