This Chicago Home Proves Why You Should Decorate with Statement Pieces

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This Chicago Home Proves Why You Should Decorate with Statement Pieces
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With two teenage daughters about to run off to college, Kanwar and Avanti decided the time had finally come to move out of the suburbs and back into Chicago’s East Loop. A finance guru and a physician of an alt medicine practice, they can easily be classified as a “power couple,” but when it came to downsizing their space, they felt, well, powerless.

Going from 6,000 square feet to 4,000 is a big shift. As Kanwar says, “The thought of what furniture, art, and decorative items to keep and take with us and what to let go of seemed an impossible task.” We know the feeling. Before they moved out of their old home, they had Homepolish designer Jennifer Talbot visit their abode to get a sense of their relaxed way of living.

As described by Jennifer, the new house “was very much a white box with an ordinary floorplan and no character.” Admittedly, it was a stunning piece of real estate, but it lacked a sense of history. And history is what this family is about. “We very much wanted to incorporate our Indian cultural tradition and heritage,” says Avanti.

The finished home is decidedly modern, but it seamlessly blends those elements that are essential to the family. A custom prayer cabinet, vignettes filled with treasures from their travels, and original artwork all come together to make a home that could only be theirs.

Click through the gallery to see the stunning space.

Written by Matt Powell | Photos by Dustin Halleck.

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When Kanwar, Avanti, and their two teenage daughters moved from the suburbs to a townhouse in Chicago's East Loop, they called in Homepolish's Jennifer Talbot to help them bridge their cultural heritage with their affinity for modern design. The art was a gift from the client's mom.

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Originally, the space was a "white box," designed by a developer and completely lacking in personality. "We changed about 90 percent of the space," Jennifer remarks. Contemporary furnishings and imports from India, such as the living room's rug, made sure the family felt right at home.

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The polished iron and crystal glass chandelier shines a spotlight on the tufted sectional.

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The floor-to-ceiling fireplace that spans the entire double-height living room was actually a build out suggested by Jennifer. It's the first time she's added a fireplace, and it couldn't look better!

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Allusions to their Indian culture come through details such as pillows, artwork, and small knickknacks. You can even see that one of the books is called India.

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The kitchen is stunning in striated Calacatta marble.

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A 1960s pendant globe shines light on another painting by the client's mom.

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The coffered wall panels were also an addition from Jennifer. "It adds great interest and dimension to the common areas, without adding a ton of cost," she says.

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In addition to the family's books and heirlooms, Jennifer found a smattering of vintage finds for this bookshelf. Can you spy the Boy Scout bugle? How about the xylophone?

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One of the most important additions from Jennifer was a metal-screened prayer cabinet. "Jennifer made space for our beautiful collection of art and also created a dedicated space for housing our holy book and for meditation and prayer," the couple gushed. "For all of this, we are truly and immensely grateful."

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Even the bed spread evokes an Indian theme.

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The tree is a Jennifer original, and we're crazy about it! She makes designing it sound so easy: "I pulled branches from my local forest, added twinkle lights, and hung white feathers wrapped in gold thread."

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In the library, you might be forgiven for rocking out on the musical instruments imported from India.

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Brushed brass table lamps in the master bedroom shine some light on the couple's important religious pieces.

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One of Jennifer's favorite rooms is the bathroom with its floor-to-ceiling tile and punched-tin pendant fixture.

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A room fit for a princess wouldn't be finished without tassels!

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Obviously, this girl has good taste. Aubrey Hepburn gets approval in our book.

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Vintage bells are also imported from India.

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