This year was full of news for Marshall, a wife and mother of two young children and a recent transplant from Charlotte, NC., to Chicago: a new city, a new home and with it, an entirely new interiors aesthetic. With input from her husband and two young children, she chose a 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit in a modern high-rise building overlooking Lincoln Park. And after a near-gut renovation brought a brand-new, minimal Italian kitchen and built-in murphy bed from Home Element in River North; a clean, white paint palette and modern millwork details; the foursome moved in and made it their own.But this time, instead of the vintage industrial vibe of her last residence, Marshall embraced the urban architecture and committed to a modern look through and through. Which was a perfect fit for our floating, midcentury-inspired Prichard Sectional Sofa, which sits center stage in the living room—with the best views in the house! We chat with her about the project’s process, her go-to decor shops, her personal style and how that translates into her stunning, glass-clad condominium.
ID: HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THIS UNIT IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD?
Marshall: Well, its a total departure from our life in Charlotte, where we lived in a very traditional, 1960s split-level, single-family home. I had a Chesterfield sofa in the living room, and a cantilevered chaise, with some industrial touches all around—it was pretty eclectic. When we realized that we were moving to Chicago, we wanted to depart from the residential suburban area and do something authentically urban. We wanted to be in the city and have that experience as a family. We looked at some older homes, and then we decided on the high-rise for safety and access to the park. We left everything behind and started over. It’s fun and exciting.
ID: HOW DID YOU APPROACH DECORATING YOUR NEW HOME?
Marshall: I let the architecture dictate the direction of the decor; super sleek and contemporary for the most part, but some color here and there. I brought the main colorful Persian rug from Arman Rugs (in the living room) with us when we moved, so i knew i was working with that. From there, it was a mix of higher and lower end; some pieces from IKEA, some from Design Within Reach. I shopped a lot online too: allmodern.com and etsy.com are favorites. Most of the art came from Studio 312. We love to travel, so we have some Hawaiian quilted pillows and Australian aboriginal art pillows on the sofa for extra comfort.
ID: HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE PRICHARD SOFA IN SMOKE FROM INTERIOR DEFINE?
Marshall: The Prichard was the first one I fell in love with when I went on the website. I just loved the midcentury feel of the legs, and it was a big enough piece to anchor the living room, but not too big that it felt crowded and awkward. I knew it had to be low so as not to obstruct the view of the lake—that was important. It’s clean and sits really well, with a modern aesthetic. The color, Smoke, is a good backdrop for colorful textiles and, with kids, the darker gray color hides stains well. I was really excited when I found the Interior Define website; I had scoured the internet for stylish and well-made sofas for weeks, but they were all $10,000 plus. I just couldn’t justify that expense with kids running around, and the dining room so close. So the Prichard was the perfect fit in every way.
Photos by Suzzane Brown