• Sun. Apr 14th, 2024

House Beautiful Whole Home 2023: Hinsdale, Illinois

For House Beautiful’s sixth annual Whole Home, the editors went all in, heading to the beautiful, 150-year-old village of Hinsdale, Illinois. There, we partnered with Julie Laux (the most fashionable builder we’ve ever met) and her build-design team, J. Jordan Homes, to renovate a 13,000-square-foot David Adler estate dating to 1906. A nearly 20th-century architect, Adler was renowned for his traditionalist work in and around Chicago, and many of his homes still remain. This particular house stands as a neighborhood gem, so a large part of the mission was preservation.

With a focus on honoring the home’s legacy while updating it for today, 13 design teams from around the country—each woman-led—took on a space. There were mandates like “Make it work” and “No, you cannot demo that!” And the result is a home with an abundance of color-filled lounge spaces for IRL catch-up conversations and a decidedly noticeable focus on cocktail hour. If Whole Home is trend forecasting for 2024, the prediction seems to be that everyone wants a bit of a break and a martini!

Joking aside, the finished project offers a fresh perspective on working within an existing blueprint rather than starting from scratch. The designers found clever work-arounds for complicated issues, such as turning dated structural columns into must-have features and using battery-operated bulbs where electricity didn’t exist. It all goes to show that, whether a home is brand-new or steeped in history, if you treat it with care, the future will always look bright. See all the makeovers on display in House Beautiful’s Renovation Issue—on newsstands November 28—and on HouseBeautiful.com right now!

Welcome to Whole Home.


Thanks to our Whole Home 2023 project sponsors: Architectural Grille, California Closets, Fabricut, Farrow & Ball, Fibreworks, Hunter Douglas, Kravet, Lee Industries, Minted, Monogram, Morris & Co., O’Brien Harris, Phillip Jeffries, Serena & Lily, Trane, Visual Comfort & Co., and Zephyr.

Committed to the principle of helping everyone live beautifully at home, House Beautiful has also partnered with Humble Design, a national nonprofit that provides design services, furniture, and everything that goes into turning a house into a home for families emerging from homelessness, and Wellness Within Your Walls, an internationally recognized resource group created to provide education and guidance on toxins in the living environment.


Our all-female design team gave Whole Home 2023 the refresh it deserves.



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