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The villa's grander facade and its sunken garden face Lake Michigan; its original owners imagined they would arrive primarily by boat.
No jaunts to the Italian countryside on your calendar this spring? Do the next best thing: Take a scenic drive up Sheridan Road to see the 2013 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens.
The highly photogenic estate--with its 15,000-square-foot, Italian Renaissance-style villa and gardens overlooking Lake Michigan--was designed by Chicago starchitect David Adler in 1916. When it was purchased by its current owner last spring, decades had passed since the villa?s last decor overhaul.
To get the place spotlight-ready, a team of nearly three dozen of the city?s top interior and landscape designers has taken on the project room by room: There?s a dream kitchen with clear glass cabinetry by Susan Fredman, an elegant party room by Julia Buckingham Edelmann and an upper gallery by Summer Thornton, who filled the space with bold vintage prints.
The home is open this Saturday through May 19, but if gardens are your thing, it?s worth waiting a few weeks until the grounds are in full bloom. General admission tickets are $35 online and $40 at the door (proceeds benefit the Infant Welfare Society).
We?re playing hooky on Wednesday, May 1, when HGTV?s Monica Pedersen will give a design presentation in the morning followed by a book signing and refreshments (tickets $65).
Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, parking at 1150 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest; lakeforestshowhouse.com
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