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sneak peek: winifred gundeck

by anne

Jewelry designer Winifred Gundeck (better known as Winifred Grace) and her filmmaker husband, Benjamin Fingerhut, live in a charming flat in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The two work from home, which makes juggling work and parenting the latest addition to the family — six-month-old Alexander William — much easier. In Winifred’s own work and life, she is inspired by different cultures and the artisanal works from those countries. (In August, they’re launching a lower priced line of simple everyday pieces produced in a workshop in Mexico that teaches a trade to local women.) She loves to infuse a few clean, modern lines into her home to offset the otherwise bohemian feel of her aesthetic. Plants are another way that Winifred loves to add warmth, texture and color to the home (but her trick is to buy plants that are easy to take care of). Thanks so much, Winne! — Anne

Image above: This apartment is much darker overall than I am used to, so for this reason, the sunroom is my most favorite room in the house. The sofa is from Jayson Home & Garden, pillows are from Mexico & West Elm, and the tapestry is from India. The figure in the back is a bronze sculpture that was made by my grandmother in the ’60s in San Miguel de Allende. The rug is Japanese Art Deco.

Image above: This chair was the very first piece of furniture my parents ever bought, and it is now my favorite piece of furniture, with the original upholstery. The watercolor above the plant was painted by my grandmother of her mother’s house in Fort Lauderdale. The hand-painted low side table is from India, and the pillows are from Mexico and West Elm. Since this apartment is a rental, I have no idea what paint color this is, but the darker grey is a nice change from the all-white apartment we lived in previously.

See more inside Winifred and Benjamin’s Chicago home after the jump . . .


Image above: This wall is the perfect place for a gallery of my favorite art. Some highlights include a flat penny from Indiana (where my husband is from), a black and white print from a dear friend for our wedding, a silk-screened tree full of owls from my grandparents, and my favorite oil painting of a beach scene in Michigan. The sectional is from Jayson Home & Garden.

Image above: This is a detail shot of our sunroom. The white chinoiserie pillow is from Dwell Studio, the hat is from J. Crew, the teak rope seat chair is from my grandparents, and the bronze candlestick holder was a gift from my talented interior-designer friend, Ruth Stebbins.


Image above: Our TV and all other electronic equipment are stored here in this teak armoire (hence all the cords), which was the first piece of furniture I ever acquired. The Chinese chair came from my parents, and the beautiful painting of the magnolia bloom in a bowl was done by my gifted friend Marlis Cornett. The pillows are from Mexico and West Elm, the rug is Ikea, and the antique jugs were bought while playing hooky from my very first job.


Image above: I keep our son Alexander’s towel hung in the kitchen since this is where we bathe him. The light fixture is from Ikea, the floral folk art came from an antique market in the countryside of Illinois, and our son’s high chair attaches to an antique butcher-block piece I bought at a sidewalk sale in our neighborhood. Off the kitchen is the dining room, which features our Ikea dining table, Hans Wegner chairs, and signed Big Lebowski poster (my husband’s pride and joy).


Image above: This is the only room in our apartment that we painted. (It’s actually still not finished, as it was a project we started right before I went into labor!). The wooden bed frame painted gold was my parents’ first bed. The gold leaf side table was a gift from my mother-in-law (a pair purchased at auction for $20), the lamp and shade are from Target, the antique velvet mirror was bought at the ever-inspiring Robin Richman in Chicago, and the bedding is from West Elm.


Image above: There is a somewhat gender neutral animal theme in this nursery since we did not find out the sex of our baby. My mom bought this papier-mâché gold angel mirror in Mexico City when I was 7 and carried it home on the plane! The framed antique tribal tapestry from Africa was a gift when Alexander was born. The standing giraffe is Jonathan Adler, the papier-mâché giraffe bust is from Anthropologie, the hand-me-down changing table is from Room & Board, and the Door Store dresser that is painted black is mine from childhood.


Image above: The crib is from Walmart, the blue linen curtains are from Restoration Hardware, the bed linens are from West Elm, and the recycled sari baby quilt is from a charming eco-friendly gift shop in Wicker Park.


Image above: This is the view of our back door in the kitchen, which leads to our porch. The red stool is from Ikea, and the monster magnum of wine was from Alexander’s baby shower. All of my friends signed the bottle for little baby Alex, and we will open it on his first birthday with all our friends and family!


Image above: This is the beloved Guffman, our first and hairiest son. The rug is from Ikea, and the basket for Guffman’s toys is from West Elm.

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