Michael Del Piero throws the style rulebook out the window in a Lake Forest library.
Designer Michael Del Piero travels the world for creative inspiration. “In Europe, instead of libraries or studies, they have reading rooms,” she says. Using the reading room concept as inspiration, she turned this traditional Lake Forest study — think forest green walls and dark stained built-ins — into a comfortable and modern space ideal for reading, working and hosting small gatherings. Most notably, the rough and refined look has a lighter color palette. “I painted the doors and millwork a medium gray so the space invites one to come in and read and explore,” she says. Michael Del Piero Good Design, 1914 N. Damen, Chicago, (773) 772-3000; Michaeldelpiero.com
Wing chairs: $4,600; Michaeldelpiero.com
Side table: custom, Bradley U.S.A, 222 W. Merchandise Mart, Suite 6-157, Chicago; Bradley-usa.com
Window treatments: Fishman’s Fabric, 1101 S. Desplaines, Chicago; Fishmansfabrics.com
Art: Joe Boudreau, pieces start at $650, available at Michaeldelpiero.com
Sofa: custom, Michael Del Piero Good Design, 1914 N. Damen, Chicago; Michaeldelpiero.com
Table with vase: Found at the Kane County Flea Market (525 Randall, Saint Charles), the $100 coffee table is made from an old tree. To play up the dramatic appeal, Del Piero had it lacquered in black.
Paint: walls, All White 2005; shelves, Charleston Gray 243, Farrow and Ball, 222 W. Merchandise Mart, Suite 105B, Chicago; Us.farrow-ball.com
Chair: The sculptural leather chair is an antique from Denmark. “Part of the feel of the room is to look collected, like things that had been purchased on trips and travels,” she says. Similar styles available at 1stdibs; 1stdibs.com
Table: Del Piero covered the 84-inch round table with fabric, washed to soften the color and give it a more rumpled, antique look. Schumacher, 222 W. Merchandise Mart, Suite 6-133, Chicago; Fschumacher.com