Caroline Turner designs Tudor-style home on Chicago’s North Shore


Like many during the pandemic, newlyweds Anthony and Chelsea Campagni have marked 2020 as the right time to give up city life in Chicago in favor of the picturesque suburb of the North Shore. The couple shared Anthony’s apartment in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Windy City before fleeing to Wyoming during the height of COVID-19, then found they had their first baby on the way.

They then enlisted the help of Chicago-based interior designer Caroline Turner, an alumnus of big names like Kelly Wearstler, Kara Mann and Nate Berkus, to help her translate Anthony’s downtown bachelor pad into a Tudor. 3,500 square foot family suburban area.

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“I had never designed a Tudor style house before and was a little intimidated, so I went straight to my design books for inspiration,” says Turner. “I wanted to pay homage to the original architecture and details, but bring the house to 2021 with elements such as bright colors, patterns, marble, brass and more.”

Dated and in poor condition, the house was in need of a thorough refresh. Turner and his team refurbished all of the flooring, gutted most of the second floor to create a dream master suite for expectant parents, painted the existing cabinets in the kitchen, and added new hardware, counters, and more. lighting, fixtures and a backsplash. She also installed beams in the living room to match those in the kitchen and knocked down a brick wall between the living room and the verandas (the latter of which had been added by a previous owner) to create circulation between the two spaces. .

“We wanted to lacquer the entire porch to make it look like less of an addition, so we plastered over the brick and added drywall,” says Turner. “These beautiful windows are original, however. Aesthetically, this is my favorite part of the house. He definitely has that wow factor.
For the interiors, Turner has layered moody hues, soft and inviting textures, durable fabrics that will stand up to the inevitable baby splash, and lively finishes, like unpainted brass, that will only get better with the look. age.

Turner finished the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in February 2021, and the couple moved in in just two days before welcoming their son, Roman. “Talk about good timing! Turner jokes. “At the end of the day, they wanted a house that was livable, beautiful, and not boring, and I think we got there.”

Take a tour of the entire house below.


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To keep the entrance clean and streamlined, Turner kept the original slate flooring instead of a heavy pattern replacement, then layered in a plaster side table from Leanne Ford’s collection with Crate & Barrel, a Target wicker planter, a Facebook Marketplace tapestry, and a Circa Lighting fixture. “Homeowners didn’t like the look of a heavy stair carpet, but they were going up and down the stairs with a newborn baby, so they needed something,” says Turner. “We had individual jute / sisal stair covers that simply snap onto the staircase. If something happens to one of them, you can replace it on its own. It’s also significantly cheaper than a traditional runner.


lounge under screened porch, green walls, white sofa, red lounge chairs

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“Chelsea liked the idea of ​​checkered floors, and Anthony didn’t,” laughs Turner. “Chelsea made a deal with him that she could have the floors in the veranda and he could set foot elsewhere.” Turner used a polished Carrara marble to tone down the look, then juxtaposed the material with organic elements, like a soft Crate & Barrel sofa, Four Hands black wood side table, and velvet upholstery that ensure it doesn’t read “like a living room in an 1800s mansion. A pair of matching brass floor lamps was a $ 50 find on Craigslist. Benjamin Moore Alligator Alley lacquer walls pair well with the backdrop of a layout mature landscaped outdoors.


family room with fireplace and orange sofas

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The fireplace in the living room originally had a bezel that looked “straight from Stonehenge.” Turner replaced the oversized rocks with a sculpted white mantle she found on Facebook Marketplace for $ 1,000. “It was a theft,” she said. “But it was literally in someone’s house, so we had to have it ripped off.” The mirror was another find from Facebook Marketplace – for $ 200! She coated the walls with Benjamin Moore White Dove.


bar with red walls, black and white worktops

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bar, red walls, black and white marble counters

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Turner had an IKEA cabinet transformed into a built-in bar with the help of his contractor, who added trim, brass shelves, lighting, wine fridge and stone counters to give the room a personalized look. . “You had to hide it,” Turner said. “They love to entertain but also love having a baby, so this is a hide and seek bar.”

Master bedroom

master bedroom, red curtains, white bed with black bed frame and white linens, black nightstand

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The radiators in the master bedroom forced Turner to get creative. She installed a double rod for the drapery, hanging shorter panels behind longer panels in the front. This way, homeowners can close the shorter panels for privacy when needed without touching the radiator, but can otherwise keep them hidden. Customers bought their own beds from Wayfair, and Turner added vintage bedside tables from Facebook Marketplace, vintage bedside lamps from eBay, a vintage rug, and artwork from Anna’s Mostly Mahogany.

Main bathroom

master bathroom, wooden cabinet with white marble countertop, gold sink with gold faucet

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white bathtub with gold taps and gold shower

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“Emotionally, this piece is my favorite,” says Turner. “I designed every inch and it was a labor of love. It was, in essence, my baby. She got the two vanities from Facebook Marketplace ($ 125 for a pair!) The unpainted brass sinks were handcrafted in Morocco and the mirrors are actually medicine cabinets for extra storage. The fixtures are from Circa Lighting; Roman blinds in linen are from 3 Day Blinds; and the tub is from Studio41.

Dining room

dining room with green walls, dark brown table with white worktop

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To create an organic texture in the dining room, Turner used JH paints to whitewash the walls, ceiling, crown molding and radiator by Benjamin Moore Hidden Falls. “The fixture is of poor quality, which was good with the walls,” says Turner. “Juxtaposition is what works. »The dining table is from RH.

Breakfast corner

breakfast nook, rattan chairs, gray breakfast table, side bench, orange and zebra print cushions

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“Everyone comes together here,” Turner says of the breakfast nook, which features a blackened dining table rated on Facebook Marketplace, a Zebra pillow from Jayson Home, dining chairs from IKEA and Circa Lighting. . “The way the Facebook Marketplace algorithm works, it filters more of what you open,” says Turner. “Once you figure that out, it’s a treasure. I search by keyword, such as marble or non-lacquered brass, then by newly added. The best things go fast.


kitchen, dark teal cabinets with white counters, rattan bar chairs

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Turner kept the existing cabinets, giving them a new coat of Farrow & Ball De Nimes paint. Then she brought in calacatta Chiara quartzite countertops – less porous than marble – and a weathered white backsplash. The bar stools are from, you guessed it, the Facebook Marketplace, and the island’s unpainted brass legs were handcrafted in Morocco. “People often think that a white kitchen is the most timeless, but I don’t think that’s true,” says Turner. “We wanted to do something bright and fun. ”

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