Style File: Holiday Homes for a Cause

Shelia Title 2ASA was invited again to pair up with the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s Junior Guild Unit to make the holidays a little brighter for children who are staying at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Participants in the 36th Annual Reindeer Route are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the hospital’s young patients in the emergency and pediatric units who are unable to go home for Christmas. Six Elmhurst homes were to be dressed to the nines with whimsical and elegant holiday decor, but we were lucky to be paired with Teri Ford and Quin Kevin on Maple Ave.

It’s hardly surprising that Teri and Quin, moving their family from Lincoln Square to Elmhurst, built a home full of space and light. They just completed their farm style house steps to downtown this past July. Personal touches in the home from the white oak flooring to breathtaking outdoor views would encourage anyone to suburbs. Teri explains, “I like to say that we fought a good fight to stay in the city, but eventually the lure of family, friends and big yard won us over. Elmhurst is a great compromise though as it has a fantastic downtown area with great restaurants and wonderful boutique shopping.”

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Teri’s dream kitchen.

Quin was born and raised in the city and had an idyllic notion of living on a farm. So Tom Keane from Trinity Home Builders and architect  Patrick Fortelka of CVG Design stepped in to create just that.  Teri has her dream kitchen with Wolf and Thermador appliances and Cesar Stone countertops. Teri admits, “It’s a somewhat selfish design because I don’t like people to help me cook, but I love for people to hang out, drink a class of wine and watch me cook.  The space is flooded with light and has a great view of the outdoor space.”

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Julia’s craft room encourages all things artistic.

More amazing than the home itself is the family that enjoys it. Teri shared, “Our children have unique personalities and I love that the house allows us to support both of their interests.  With Jack, we spent a lot of time in the back yard playing wiffle ball, basketball and soccer.  Julia is the creative type and she loves spending time in her craft room creating her next masterpiece.  While I am not very creative myself, I love that I can at least support what she is interested in by providing her a special space.”

ASA was honored to work side by side with Teri and Kerry Kinsloe of Kerry Kinsloe Interiors to decorate the home’s exterior and interior for the holiday. Teri commented, “I was nervous about being partnered with a florist for the house walk because I was afraid that no one would “get” my style.  When I met Erin, I knew instantly that she was the kind of forward-thinking person that could create floral creations that would match the personality of our home.”

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The burlap and birch poles reflect the overall “farm” style of the home.

Just as the home was decorated by KKI,  the holiday decor contrasts modern touches with definitive rustic style. Outdoors, you are greeted by potted scented cedar, juniper berry, and pine tip bouquets surrounding huge birch branches and winterberry as you come up the walk. A simple burlap bowed 50″ balsam wreath hangs over a custom wood bench accented with twinkle lights, oversized pinecones and burlap. A personal touch is Teri’s skates and sled propped up at the door. The entire exterior is framed by a lit balsam garland wrapped around the stoic pillars.

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The 1st floor family room, basement entertaining area, and dining room all have holiday touches that are cohesive with the existing decor of the home.

The indoor decor includes Teri’s collection of vintage and modern nutcrackers as well as screen prints of holiday cheer. The family’s tree is accented with a burlap wrap and craft paper presents are strewn underneath. Teri and Quin’s main dining room table includes fresh-cut birch, fresh greens, and candle work. The decor simply melds into each nook and corner of the home and exudes winter warmth.

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