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Simply Stylish

Inspired by the Shaker tradition that embraced basic shapes, natural materials, repetitive forms, and down-to-earth function, Shaker Grove celebrates the simple life. Tour our interpretation, where you'll find modern, yet classic, ideas for bringing simple pleasures into your own home.


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    Cubic forms and repeated gables lend the exterior an unassuming grace.
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    Built-ins, a display shelf, and the staircase share the hall with a 6-foot Shaker reproduction bench made by artisan Marty Travis.
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    Lined up like fence posts, rows of low-emissivity glazed and insulated double-hung windows keep the home cool in summer, warm in winter.
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    Delta's faucet arcs gracefully above the sink.
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    A practical addition, the bench at the end of the bed makes an idea dressing seat.
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    Soft sage green creates a natural backdrop for an arc of stars over the headboard.
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    Modeled after a bench used in Shaker meeting hall, this 6-foot long settee greets visitors in the entry hall at Shaker Grove.
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    You'll find easy outdoor living on the cantilevered balcony or lower-level deck.
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Step Inside

Shaker Grove's 6,000 square feet, and you'll find four distinct levels of living space: a main floor, an upstairs, a mezzanine, and a lower-level walk-out area (see floor plan). The main level includes gathering spaces in the great room, kitchen, and breakfast area, as well as an intimate and luxurious master suite.

Much like Shaker homes, where wall cabinetry eliminated the need for extra furnishings, maple cabinetry from Schrock used in innovative ways helps organize. In the hallway, for instance, drawers and cupboards stash mail and briefcases. A shelf skirts the mirror, where you can drop keys or take a last look before leaving the house.

Built-ins also keep clutter at bay in the home office, which doubles as a guest suite, with an adjacent bath. Custom wood blinds from Lafayette Interior Fashions blend with the maple trim. Indiana weaver Marcia Chambers fashioned the area rug, incorporating colors such as burnt orange, copper, and indigo from the room's upholstery fabrics.

You get to the dining room through French doors off the great room. The milky glazed table, chairs, and buffet from Ethan Allen suggest formality in this room that's ripe for entertaining.


Natural materials carefully chosen for their beauty and simplicity repeat throughout the house. Warm wood tones, blackened iron, and fossil-embedded stone tiles lay the foundation in the great room. The well-proportioned spaces feel cozy in spite of the lofty ceilings and two-story framed dormers. To evoke a sense of age as well as protect the walls, architect Stuart Cohen designed 9-inch-deep baseboards, a detail found in homes built centuries earlier. Aligned with the tops of the 8-foot solid-maple doors, a 3-1/2-inch chair rail wraps the great room, kitchen, and bedrooms.

From their company's extensive portfolio, Ethan Allen Chicago interior designers Sherie Thomas and Sherry Grapes combined traditional furnishings with more contemporary selections to give the home a collected-over-time look. The mixture of styles softens the clean architectural lines, creating casual comfort in the spacious living area. By narrowing the color palette and varying the textures used, the design's overall Shaker sparseness finds harmony beside cushiony upholstered pieces, graphic accent tables, and accessories both rustic and refined.


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