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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.

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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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