A Home That’s Luxe and Loungy

Their first two home makeovers played it safe. They were boring. Third time's a charm.
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Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

By 2018, Crystal Hinnant Ferguson and Jeff Ferguson were frustrated. They’d hired two design studios to help them warm up the 10,000-square-foot home in Country Club Hills they’d bought two years earlier as newlyweds. But it still didn’t feel right.

Although each firm had delivered what they’d asked for—traditional interiors to match the home’s classic stone façade—the results were a letdown. “We played it safe,” Crystal says. “It didn’t excite me. It didn’t feel authentic, but I didn’t know what ‘authentic’ was.”

Enter designer No. 3—Zoë Feldman, whose fearless aesthetic sensibilities and pattern play caught Crystal’s eye.

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A Laine cabinet by Amber Interiors adds texture and interest to the third-floor landing.

“Bigger houses can be challenging to have a cozy feel, and she wanted a more casual, sophisticated kind of L.A. vibe,” says Feldman, whose firm is based in D.C. “We tried to keep the integrity of the [four-level] home so it still felt cohesive between the spaces.”

Feldman’s team started by dialing up the colors and patterns on the top floor, transforming the space into a ladies’ lounge for Crystal—who during the course of the project became pregnant with the couple’s daughter.

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The ladies’ lounge is anchored by an AmericanEye sectional upholstered in hot-pink velvet, with cowhide ottomans from Room & Board. Miami wallpaper by Jupiter 10 accents the bar wall. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

“In spaces where you’re not living in them all the time, you feel more confident taking risks,” says the designer. Hot-pink sectional sofa? Check. Genuine cowhide poufs? Why not.

Fellow designer Tenley Masson created sketchy watercolors of female figures to create a gallery wall behind the pink sofa. Feldman designed a wet-bar area along an empty wall, lining it with a graphic wall-covering and adding a fridge—which, in non-Covid times, will be used to chill wine for Crystal’s girlfriends, but for the time being keeps the sippy cups cool for little Elle.

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Custom pillows and upholstery dress up a CB2 daybed.

The aesthetic softens in the master bedroom, where tonal touches of blue silk wallpaper and a painted ceiling offset an antique Regency chest and mirror paired with a tiger-print chair.

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The master bedroom features China Silk Weave wall-coverings from The House of Scalamandré, an antique dresser from 1stDibs and a chair by designer Meg Braff. Carpet by Stark. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg


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The spacious master closet is outfitted with custom cabinetry by Fry Woodworking.

“We love to sprinkle in organic patterns—an antelope rug, a dalmatian-print stair runner, leopard wallpaper in a powder room, and the tiger stripe on the chair in the master bedroom,” says designer Zach Stamatis. “It creates movement and it’s a great way to bring color into a space.”

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A powder room goes wild with Cole & Son wallpaper. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

On the main floor, Feldman gave the kitchen a face-lift with new backsplash tile and a dark coat of paint on the island (which previously was painted white). For material continuity in the open plan, she placed a custom plaster range hood on the kitchen side and a plaster fireplace surround on the opposite wall in the family room. An adjacent breakfast niche only needed the right wallpaper to make the family’s existing table, chairs and banquette shine.

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Designer Zoë Feldman repainted the existing kitchen cabinetry and island base, adding a new backsplash by Clé Tile. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg


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Feldman replaced the family room’s original stone hearth with a sleek plaster fireplace surround. A linen-covered Bronson sectional by Croft House sits opposite a gold velvet Rua Ipanema lounge chair from Avenue Road. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

The sprawling basement lounge, which includes a wet bar and billiards table, is Jeff’s domain—but it needed more definition to keep it from feeling cavernous. The solution: custom carpentry in the form of paneled walls, built-in seating and an elegant fireplace surround. An archway now frames an existing kitchenette to give it more presence. Feldman also added doors that separate the lounge space from a vestibule at the bottom of the stairs. “We tried to make it feel less like a basement,” she says, “and more like a proper room.”

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Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

At last, the Fergusons feel at home. “We love it so much more now, and it just feels right,” Crystal says. “I’ve not been able to host my girlfriends in my ladies’ lounge yet, but I do all my Zoom happy hours there!”

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Crystal and Jeff Ferguson with their daughter, Elle.


Project Credits:
Zoë Feldman Design
Fine Point Construction
Michael DiGuiseppe (wallpaper installation)
Fry Woodworking

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