Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A David Adler French Country Dazzler On The Market!

David Adler designed some very beautiful homes. One of them, in Lake Forest, Illinois, is currently on the market for a cool $7.9 million. The estate was designed in 1914 by both David Adler and architect Henry Dangler as a country house for Joseph Cudahy and his wife Jean Mortimer (of the meatpacking and salt industries, respectively). The home features 8 bedrooms, 8 baths, and offers 11,075 sq. ft. on two acres of property boasting a tennis court and a pool. While the interior decor choices would not be mine, the bones of the house and yard are truly sublime! Take a peek:

 {The front of the estate offers a chic but toned-down-for-the-country kind of facade, enhanced by elegant topiaries and other greenery. A pair of stone sphinxes flanking the entrance add a welcome spot of character. I love the symmetry here, but somehow I yearn to add some zest. Nothing too flashy, but something. Possibly an awning at the door, or a bolder door all together.}

 {The rear of the house has such dignity and symmetry! Truly a classic country house.}

 {Care for a stroll through the gardens? The grounds were at one time designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. There's nothing like a pedigreed estate!}

{Only good tennis players fully appreciate a court with no fence to stop the ball from flying into the hinterlands, but this court's about as gorgeous as they get, short of a true grass court. I'm sure I could train my dog to fetch those errant balls.}

{All those windows and lovely french doors! Imagine what could be done with this place! The parties to be hosted...the weekend guests to invite...} 

{Replace this boring-beige tent with a restrained version of one of these, and we're off and running!} 

{Ah, herringbone floors, we meet again. Yes, I might rethink this kitchen a tad--beginning with the ceiling fixture and moving on to those curtains and countertops/ backsplash--but the potential is there, baby!} 

 {Ditto for this room--remove the frosting and the cake is divine!}

 {This room would provide the perfect setting for my imaginary orangerie to become a reality. The terracotta floor is greenhouse friendly, and the light pouring in would make the plants and birds happy as can be.}

{This would make for a luxurious library or home office, with such peaceful, green views!} 

 {I believe this patio extends from my (for now) imaginary orangerie. A lovely spot to have friends over for drinks, don't you agree? Sigh. Sadly, this house is out of my budget for now.}


  1. I want to move in! Stunning home! David Adler is one of my all time favorites and not enough people today realize how stunning a talent he was!
    Elegant and insanely sophisticated!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Jamie Herzlinger

  2. Deciding on the correct kitchen countertops is the perfect way to beautify your existing cooking and eating area. When you are feeling the desire to do some refurbishing, this will be one of the main things to consider since you will be working with an existing setup.

  3. The house belongs in a Woody Allen movie. Love it!!