Sophisticated Living Chicago May/June 2018

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Architect Patrick Fortelka of Moment Design and builder Julie Laux of J. Jordan Homes found a harmonious mix of materials for the home’s exterior.

A FARMHOUSE FAIRY TALE In Hinsdale, Chicago interior designer Brynn Olson appoints a truly timeless farmhouse alongside the dream team of builder Julie Laux and architect Patrick Fortelka. By Jessica Moazami / Photography by Cynthia Lynn “When I saw the house, I knew it was something really special,” says interior designer Brynn Olson of the Belgian-style farmhouse she recently redecorated. Olson, who runs Brynn Olson Design Group, the firm she launched in 2012, out of her chic new showroom in Chicago’s River West neighborhood, has worked her design magic on hundreds of homes over the last decade. But this one, in Hinsdale, provided a particularly beautiful blank canvas, starting with the dramatic cathedral-style entryway and continuing through a series of living and dining spaces rich with high ceilings and clean lines. “The direction was very clear from the architecture—the foundation was really clean and crisp,” Olson says. For her, that meant the opportunity to bring in modern art and accents while still respecting the history of the property, and “pulling in these antiques and vintage items I’ve been eyeing for what feels like a lifetime,” she says.

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