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By Tate Gunnerson | Photo: by Dustin Halleck | July 16, 2018
Inspired hourly by her Instagram feed, a young mother seeks an expert to bring her ’d images into the third dimension.
Too much of a good thing can be a mixed blessing, and that was definitely the case when the newly minted owner of an elegant condo in a 1920s-era Gold Coast building began following her favorite interior designers and tastemakers on Instagram. “I kind of fell down the rabbit hole,” the wife, mother of two and busy professional explains. “I always joke that this is the house that Instagram built, but I really needed somebody to help me pull it all together.”
It was during one of those benders that the owner stumbled upon interior designer SuzAnn Kletzien’s portfolio. During their initial consultations, Kletzien identified the common themes in her client’s inspiration images—jewel tones being one of the most apparent—and then suggested ways to bring them into the space in the form of furnishings and wallcoverings. “This is a very chic apartment, and it has a lot of simple yet striking elements,” Kletzien explains. “We helped her to make it shine.”
The transformation begins in the spacious front foyer, which has been reimagined by architect Amy Mangold, with new wood flooring laid in a herringbone pattern surrounded by a thick black stone border. Standing out boldly against the white walls, a large colorful abstract painting by Philip Wofford is the first hint that the inhabitants are partial to bold hues. “A team of five people built a stretcher for it in my living room,” the owner says, noting that it was far too large to fit into the elevator unless rolled up. “It was pretty amazing to witness the whole thing.”
A pair of chairs covered in teal velvet punctuate the neutral furnishings in the great room; there are also distinct seating areas around the fireplace—an ideal spot for a nightcap—and in the window niche, where there is another pair of chairs covered in a deep aubergine fabric. Every hue can be found in the host dining chairs, which are covered with a patterned velvet fabric that the wife loved straightaway. “Every room has something, a textile or wallcovering that drove the color story for that space,” she says.
An ethereal blue-and-white wallcovering with a tie-dyed pattern, she explains, pops against the white marble tile in the powder room and also inspired her to paint the walls, molding and custom built-in cabinetry in the adjacent office in a dramatic dark-blue hue. An emerald-green office chair and brass light fixtures punctuate the look. “I live in my office,” the wife says, noting that she can simply close the French doors for privacy.
Brass also plays a supporting role in the family room, a cozy space with dark-gray walls where parents and kids can often be found huddled up on the blue velvet sectional sofa watching movies together or playing cards at a brass occasional table with half-moon seats. “The brass complements the coolness of the gray, and I love that juxtaposition,” Kletzien explains, pointing to the modern chandelier.
The bedrooms are no exception to the colorful design scheme. A large map mural adds a fun jolt of color to the son’s room. And in the daughter’s room, the ornate original moldings have been painted in a dark blue pulled from the white-and-blue wallcovering. “My daughter’s personality is fearless and bright, and we wanted the room to mirror her personality,” the wife says.
With its whimsical butterfly-patterned wallcovering, bright blue cabinetry and funky light fixture, even the laundry room is something special. “Why shouldn’t it be a happy place?” the wife remarks.
Indeed, happy is not a strong enough word to describe the way the owners and their children feel about their new home. “SuzAnn just ran with it and did a fantastic job,” she says. “You can’t help but smile as you walk through this place.”
SuzAnn Kletzien, SuzAnn Kletzien Design
Chris Pintinics, Hewitt Horn
Built-in tile in dining room
Ottoman in master closet, desk chair in office
Side tables in living room
Light fixture in laundry room
Fabric on living room host chair, office drapery
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Living room sofa, dining room chairs, sitting area swivel chairs
Living room chairs
Dining room table, living and dining room chandeliers, nightstand in son’s bedroom
Chandelier in powder room
Wallpaper in laundry room, fabric for drapery in son’s bedroom
Fabrication of custom drapery
Sconces in sitting area, light fixture in son’s bedroom