Story: Sophisticated Shingle Style Meets Mid Century Modern

Lanterns light the entry to a modern house.

Introduction.This freshly completed new home construction project "was a designer's dream, because the client had very sophisticated sensibilities." says Chicago Interior Designer Lauryn Pappas. On the eastern coast of Lake Michigan, this home is a mix of Turn-of-the-Century Shingle Style with Mid-Century Modern. Lauryn led a design team which through collaboration, clear vision, beautiful details and repeated elements, fulfilled the clients vision of an airy, cool yet warm, weekend home with plenty of outdoor living space.

A window peaks out of the attic of a house.Process.The design process for this beachy home with a Hampton's flavor was unusual because it was designed "inside-out." First the interior spaces were designed around the flow of family life which gave the home great circulation. This was an "intuitive way to work but it made the exterior more difficult to design. Architect Scott Renken rose to the challenge," says Lauryn, "he created a low key, inviting, smart looking home." Beautifully sited on the shore of Lake Michigan, the stone and cedar shake home with eyebrow windows is in harmony with its surroundings.

Alabaster lights hang from the ceiling of the living room of a house.



Vision. Lauryn's vision was to emulate a Turn-of-the Century home built on the cliffs in Maine but with a light, airy interior. Lauryn used wainscoting throughout and traditional materials such as walnut floors and doors, with Mid-Century flavored furniture and a contemporary open layout. The Oriental influences common to both Turn-of-the-Century and Mid-Century design are evident; clean, simple linear and appealing. 

Lauryn combined traditional materials with modern sensibilities when designing custom hand-knotted Tibetan Rugs, case goods, tables and other furniture for the home. Lauryn's philosophy is that all parts have to be perfect to achieve a beautiful whole. "That's why your [Brass Light Gallery's] lights are so fabulous." asserts Lauryn, "they are obviously of exceptional value, but in the finest way. Each light fixture is a piece of art, while remaining tasteful and timeless."

An argine wall sconce is mounted next to a mirror.


Variations on a Theme. "The house is big so we needed to achieve a cohesiveness." recalled Lauryn. "We repeated elements throughout the house, with tweaks to prevent monotony." The color palette, drawn from the local landscape, (sage greens, soft grays, teal blues, creams and cocoas) is repeated playfully throughout. 

"Brass Light Gallery's families of fixtures proved invaluable for integrating the whole." For continuity, Polished Nickel finishes were specified for most of the interior. To mix it up, unique design families were chosen for specific spaces. And, within those spaces variations on the theme went further.


A two light argine wall sconce is mounted on a tile wall.A lantern lights the path to the door of a house."We picked a style for a room and kept it moving through..." recalled Lauryn. For example, in the master suite, the Argine™ family was chosen. Single candle sconces, double candle sconces, petite flush ceiling lights, pendants and a custom bell jar with Argine™ ceiling canopy, all variations within the Argine™ Family, were specified. For areas in and around the main kitchen the Morris™ Family of light fixtures including; single and double pendants, candle sconces and sconce with glass shades provide a through line. Consistent use of Aged Verdigris patina finish for exterior lighting extends the exterior's unity.


Outdoor lighting is used to light the patio of a house.Lighting Challenge. The client desired outdoor living during the summer. Thus expansive porches house Pendant lights are used to the light the kitchen of a house.multiple living spaces and an outdoor kitchen. While these outdoor spaces are lovely, it created issues with lighting the interior of the home. A massive porch cut the light to the interior kitchen, a challenge presented to Steve Kaniewski, Brass Light Gallery's Founder. "We didn't want a sea of cans," recalled Lauryn, "so Steve placed pendants around the periphery in addition to bell jars over the island. Steve's a genius when it comes to lighting."



Hand crafted ceiling lights hand from a panel ceiling in a living room.

Lighting Creates Comfort. A comfortable home should be properly lit. "Lighting is really important, to create a relaxing environment." Says Lauryn, "When my client needs high functioning task lighting she’s got it and when she wants to chill she can." 



Lauryn Pappas Interior Design

Renken + Associates

Nature's Way Landscaping

Regina Homes, Inc, New Buffalo MI, (269) 325-9979


Alabaster fixture hangs from the ceiling of a blue hallway.         Wall sconce mounted on a blue wall.

Cozy window seat lit by Ballantrae Light Fixtures in Polished Nickel.

Sunflower Wall Sconce brightens up a bathroom sink.

Villa bell jar Pendant hangs over a dual vanity sink in the master bath of a home.

Morris Light Fixtures illuminate a hallway with dark wood floors.        Morris Wall Sconce helps illuminate the hallway.

Oak Park Two Light Straight Wall Sconce and background, Oak Park Two Light Pendant, both customized with flat mount plate.        A wall sconce hangs over a mirror.

A large yellow house with a pool in the backyard.

Lanterns light up the seating area of the porch of a house.