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  • A designer turns up the glam on a Lake Forest mansion

    It's the third house in this suburb that Megan Winters has revived in the past decade. She's asking just under $3.8 million for it, on Crabtree Lane near Lake Michigan.

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    Interior designer Megan Winters spotted "this charming house snuggled into a very private piece of property” on Crabtree Lane in Lake Forest a few years ago and decided to “bring it back to life.”

    79彩票注册网址In its new incarnation, the house sizzles, with large doses of her signature glamorous touches, such as the use of the color black and big horizontal stripes. After buying the house in 2017 for $1.5 million, Winters moved walls to open up sight lines through the house and wrapped a conventional staircase banister in plaster to give it a sensuously curving look.

    79彩票注册网址Now preparing to shift their home base to Florida, Winters and her husband, Patrick Winters, listed the five-bedroom, 5,700-square-foot house on about 1.8 acres for sale Jan. 13. Priced at just under $3.8 million, the home is represented by Annie Royster Lenzke of Coldwell Banker.

    79彩票注册网址The house is a combination of buildings: a onetime outbuilding from a larger estate; the main section of the house, designed in 1962 by an institution in Lake Forest residential architecture; and a piece built in the late 20th century to connect those two.

    Winters, whose firm Megan Winters Design is based in the 79彩票注册网址 Coast, previously revamped and sold two homes in Lake Forest, where she and her husband live and where One of them is a Green Bay Road home that they bought in 2011 for $910,000 and sold in 2017 for $3.15 million. ( in January, for $2.32 million.)

    On Crabtree Lane, the centerpiece  of the house, the facade with corner quoins, a cross-shaped window and a cupola, “is such a classic,” Winters said. She reorganized the outdoor arrival to focus visitors on it instead of the garage door.
     

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    Once inside, her changes are immediately apparent. A slightly stodgy old design gave way to a sleek modern style.

    79彩票注册网址When Winters bought the house, the foyer looked like this:

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    The foyer before renovation.

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    Now it looks like this (below). The original spiral staircase is still there, she said, encased in a scroll-like plaster wrap. Winters also removed the far wall of the dining room (at the right in photos above and below) to create a longer visual axis through the house.
     

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    The home’s kitchen was dated, with mission-style cherry cabinets and wainscoting.
     

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    The kitchen before it was redone.

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    As redone, the kitchen is an Instagrammable space with jet-black finishes, mod light fixtures and big openings to the outdoors.

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    “I wanted to be able to walk right out to the outdoors,” Winters said. The house is in a wooded area with estates all around and Lake Forest’s public beach about five blocks away.

    The revamp was not strictly for aesthetics. Winters also added a thick layer of foam insulation inside the house’s walls, so it consumes less energy for heating and cooling.

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