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European inspired home with a dramatic black and white palette in Illinois

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This modern European-inspired home was designed for a couple with two children by dSPACE Studio, located in Glencoe, a village in northeastern Cook County, Illinois. The homeowners were looking for a design that merged their vision of contemporary architecture with the warmth and elegance of a French country home.

The program requirements called for enough space to house multiple generations and aging in place, along with a minimalist home office, a sports court, and a great room that blurs indoor-outdoor boundaries. The finished result is a modern reinterpretation of classic design—think Apple store in the Loire Valley.

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​From the exterior facade of this 6,400 square foot home, a white brick facade is paired with high-contrast black exterior details and set against a lush garden landscape. The design integrates elements of contemporary and traditional architecture.​

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The dwelling’s refined style belies a structure that was created for active family living. There are three levels below grade: a 1,600 square foot basketball court with a viewing lounge; a fully-equipped gym; and a home theater. The footprint of the lower levels is larger than the house—the basketball court was constructed below the driveway and has an 18-foot high ceiling.

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Eco-friendly elements have been incorporated into the design of this home. These include durable and recycled materials, high-efficiency mechanicals, solar and electric car charging infrastructure, a tight thermal envelope, and plantings that are drought-resistant.

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What We Love: This European-inspired home has a classic black and white color scheme and a sophisticated palette of materials that evoke a timeless feel. The spectacular white brick exterior facade sets the tone upon arrival, while the interiors are equally exquisite. Natural light floods through large windows while helping to create a strong connection with the outdoors. This home is perfect for entertaining with a covered back porch that can open to the outdoors with its phantom screens that disappear into the wall.

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the ultimate family home? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that have been featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Illinois: Lincoln Park home is a stunning display of French-style architecture and Multi-level townhouse in Chicago showcases urban-chic interiors.

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Stepping inside this inviting residence you will find a two-story oval entry hall with a floating elliptical staircase. The floor plan was devised to maximize natural light. At the heart of this dwelling is the kitchen which opens to a family room with French doors that step out to the landscape. An edited palette of materials provides design continuity throughout the living spaces.

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Above: The cabinets in the living room are painted in Hague Blue – Farrow & Ball. The sofa is the Montauk Sofa modular sectional, while the handmade nesting tables are by MOS Design.

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Above: The pendants over the walnut butcher black island are from Circa Lighting. A custom blackened steel hood provides contrast to the white tile. The brass and wood stools are from Jayson Home.

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Above: The breakfast nook features charcoal Italian porcelain tile in a chevron pattern, inlaid into the hardwood flooring and defining the space. The Mutina tile is from Stone Source. A wall niche features wooden shelving and a polished Calacatta Statuario countertop from Transceramica.

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Above: The kitchen features white subway tile on the backsplash and Calcutta slab porcelain countertops.

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There are a total of five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms in this home, including this elegant owner’s suite. The walls in this moody bedroom are painted in Graphite 1603 | Benjamin Moore. The artwork above the fireplace is by local artist Francine Turk.

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Above: In this spa-like primary bathroom, the bathtub is by MTI Baths and sourced from Hydrology Chicago. On the floors, cheveron floor tile by Mutina from Stone Source. The vanity countertops are polished Calacatta Statuario from TransCeramica.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Soluri Photography

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