With designer and Illinois native Mark D. Sikes at the helm, the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens showhouse will run from April 29 through May 21. The showhouse will include rooms and gardens by Shelley Johnstone, Michael Del Piero, Craig Bergmann and 30 other interior and landscape designers.
The house itself is a Historic Preservation Award–winning English country estate situated on more than two acres, with grounds featuring bluestone patios, fountains and a large fire pit. The house has five bedrooms, five and a half baths, and a five-room coach house and kitchen; it was built in 1922 as a summer residence and renovated in 2009.
Michael Del Piero will transform the home’s largest room, the living room; interior designer Alessandra Branca and florist Molly Flavin are partnering with Mariani Landscape on a large sunken garden and patio outside the house; and Craig Bergmann Landscape Design will rethink two spaces and include an outdoor market.
Proceeds will benefit the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago at the Angel Harvey Community Health Center.