Parchment: A Chicago Colorway
I have always been attracted to old blueprint images from architectural renderings. Mainly because my grandfather was an architect but also because when I was in graduate school at SAIC I once found a dumpster full of old blueprints that an architecture firm was throwing away. I took them home and made collages out of them. I loved the renderings and how much time it must have taken to draw each straight, perfect line and the planning that goes into a building well before the first brick is laid. I don’t work well with that level of exactitude, so I wasn’t cut out for architecture school.
This colorway was inspired by the Windy City. Gray and Stone colored skyscrapers reach up to the sky. Deep blue lake reaches the sand. Neutral and muted and subtle and beautiful. It’s calm and cool almost to the point you feel cold. It has a historical feel to it, it’s pragmatic, it goes with anything. We took some guidance from Farrow & Ball‘s fan deck for this one and chose Hague Blue and Inchyra Blue to pair with our light tan paper.
This colorway came about while designing our space in the Lake Forest Showhouse 2017. I am very lucky to have been selected to be a designer of the back hallway and stair, and to get a chance to collaborate with my good friend Claire from Centered by Design. We selected these colors based on this mood board. Our concept really stemmed from an antique rug we’d borrowed from the South Loop Loft, a resale showroom for high end vintage furniture, here in Chicago.
The deep navy blues, paired with pops of coral and red, the neutral blue and the parchment colored wallpaper seemed timeless and whimsical. We chose a lot of antique brass fixtures to tell our story because we wanted some elements to look as if they belonged in this cottage-style home. Organic elements like sisal flooring, graciously donated by Stark Carpet give a homey feeling and softness to the space.
Even House Beautiful magazine loves our color choices. They published an article recently detailing the top 15 colors trending for wall treatments and home decor and picked Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball, which was our color on the ceiling in the hallway! Read the article.