The 2023 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens is actually several showcases in one. In addition to the two-story, six-bedroom main building, there are a three-bedroom East Cottage and a smaller but no less stunning West Cottage set on nine spectacular acres north of Chicago. All told, 41 design and landscaping firms created spaces to benefit Chicago’s IWS Family Health.
Although the rooms differed vastly in style, several trends emerged. Scalloped silhouettes brought curves and whimsy to numerous spaces, while fringe, embroidered tape, and other types of trim referenced classic elegance. Ceilings were treated as much more than an afterthought (something we previously spotlighted), and wallpaper was just about everywhere.
The Lake Forest show house is open through June 4. Can’t make it? Check out a few favorite spaces at left and below.