Designer Devon Wegman of popular Chicago design firm, Devon Grace Interiors, is opening the doors to a special project today: her own home. The historic building is in Lincoln Park—it was originally St. Michael’s High School but converted into condos in 1987. “As a result, every unit in the building is completely unique and different,” Devon tells us. “My husband Michael and I were fortunate enough to get a unit with double height ceilings in the main living space and took advantage of this space to create a dramatic focal wall, and to also add an additional bedroom and en suite bathroom above the kitchen.”
They moved in about six months ago, after an extensive 8-month renovation. “As owners of an interior design firm, we knew that we wanted to make this space completely unique and really customize it, so it represented our personal style,” Devon says. “We are both very aligned in terms of the aesthetic we are drawn to and knew right from the start we wanted the space to feel bright, open, modern and minimalist with natural materials throughout to add warmth and texture.”
Of course, the designer admits she might have been one of her toughest clients. “Designing for yourself is one of the hardest things to do. As designers, we are exposed to so many different things, and while it is easy and natural for us to know what would work best for a client’s space, working on your own space brings so many emotions into play, and makes it really difficult to commit to anything,” she explains. Throughout the process, the couple made sure that they viewed the condo as an opportunity to create a space that would serve as a brand showpiece—highlighting their talent while staying in line with their minimal aesthetic and low-key lifestyle.
“I often found myself second-guessing decisions and wondering if we should “do more” or push boundaries even more, but at the end of the day, I trusted my gut. The final result is something we are incredible proud to have represent both ourselves and our design firm. And every single detail is customized to fit our lifestyle and day to day routine perfectly.” She chuckles, “Although, we do get made fun of quite a bit by our friends and families about what this place is going to look like once kids come into the mix. Time will tell.”
Take a tour in the slideshow.
Floors: Legno Studio // Stone: Beckerworks (fabrication) and Terrazzo Marble Supply (slabs) // Cabinetry: Custom Cabinet Source // Plumbing Fixtures: Brizo and Delta // Tile: Artistic Tile, Ann Sacks, Tilebar, Porcelanosa, Fireclay // Drapery: It’s Oksana