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Victoria Dreste, owner and designer at the eponymous Victoria Dreste Designs, walked into the Show House with an idea in mind for the design aesthetic she wanted to pursue – her goal was to find the perfect room to bring her vision to life. “When I walked into the house and saw the living room, I knew that was the space for it – the natural light that comes in, all the beautiful details, the architectural trims and moulding, and everything that’s part of that space,” Dreste says.


With so much forward planning, Dreste almost never deviated from her original design plan. “My concept is to take what was most likely a Victorian parlor originally and keep that concept – but update it for today’s style of living and entertaining,” Dreste says. Tall front-facing windows, covered with lustrous white window treatments, provide rich visual juxtaposition with the wall color – Havana Green, a saturated teal from Dreste’s recently debuted Victoria Dreste Signature Colors collection by Sherwin-Williams. The trim and ceiling are painted in Sherwin-Williams Cloud, and the fireplace mantel and bookshelves are in Blazer, a deep, saturated blue – all from the designer’s own paint line.

Part of Dreste’s design is transforming pieces of furniture that already exist – Dreste gave a pair of vintage French chairs a new life by painting their frames in her signature Blazer color and upholstering the seats in a fabric toile pattern by Designers Guild that Dreste describes as the “focal fabric” that brings in the deep blue-and-teal colorway on a vanilla-white background. A creamy Ethan Allen Hastings sofa gives guests a front-row seat to the cozy fireplace, while a mirrored cabinet allows interplay between the sunlight and saturated wall color. Accent pieces in gold – a fireplace screen, table lamp, side table and ceiling light fixture – create a cohesive, high-design feel.

Victoria Dreste Designs, 314-308-5759, victoriadreste.com

Denise is a contributing writer at Ladue News. She is a Chicago native, wife to Vince, mama to two and Chicago magazine dining team alum. She hopes to one day live in a world where semicolons are used responsibly.

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