When six degrees reduced to one, the owners of a Hinsdale property sought Wertepny after a friendly suggestion from their
landscape designer, Aaron Postma of Premier Landscape Contractors. “They wanted a clean aesthetic and they knew they wanted
their family to be more connected through the planning of their home,” she says. “From the very beginning of the project the client
wanted a neutral space that had a lot of contrast.” Wertepny transformed the 5,500-square-foot family home from its rustic Old
World formality, soaked in rich colors, wrought iron and wood, into the expansive, glamorously restrained opposite.
A serpentine staircase and cascade of sculptural Bocci pendants is a strong first impression. Architect Bruce George of Charles
Vincent George Design dropped the ceiling of the former two-story foyer, expunging evidence of the wrought-iron balconies and
reinforcing the modern curve.
The music room off the entry hall, with mirrored surfaces and a glowing fire, has the slinky, dressed-up feel of a lounge—a place
to have cocktails with friends after the kids have gone to sleep. “This is our take on a formal living room,” Wertepny says, revealing
that her favorite element in the room is the walnut-paneled ceiling, where linear slits hide ambient lighting that peeks through
gray glass. The area is a rhapsody of tonality, with a fireplace wall—decked out in Habana brown marble and glossy charcoal
tile from Porcelanosa—that contributed to many sleepless nights. Given its height and visibility from the entryway, they pored over
possibilities until the lightning bolt struck Wertepny. “I go back to a teacher at Harrington College of Design who said, ‘When you’re
stuck or you think you have the right solution, just try the exact opposite.’ And I try to apply that to my design.”
Melding cool, low-decibel hues and a mix of mesmerizing surfaces, the interiors flow from living to entertaining spaces, capturing
the postgame rituals of teenagers (on super-durable stain-resistant fabrics) and their mom’s calendar of nonprofit work gatherings.
The family room’s palette reveals details as varied as they are personal: Custom built-ins feature back-painted glass panels, a lustrous
foil to the oversized coral Wertepny discovered in a shop on Isla Mujeres, an island off Cancun. An heirloom console in the lounge