It’s been three years since Sasha Adler – co-design director of Nate Berkus Associates – opened her home up to ELLE Magazine, but her 100-year-old apartment in Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive feels as fresh as ever.
Thanks to unexpectedly charming details, like the Indian wooden cabinet Nate gave her as a housewarming gift (“the most polarizing piece of furniture I own!” she told ELLE), and the library bookcases, painted in Farrow & Ball’s high-gloss Pitch Black, the home quickly became a blog sensation (Habitually Chic said it made her want to wear more color, go buy some new jewelry, and redecorate!)
So: are you as curious about the status of the apartment now as we are?
“It’s so fun to look back at this moment in time. I feel like my home has absolutely matured alongside my family. In fact, we still own a lot of the same pieces, but they have moved around within the space to find a new home,” says Sasha.
“We often explain to our clients that it’s important to build an amazing collection of furniture that you love because when you do it often works in various locations throughout your home, or even different residences.”
“I was pregnant with my son in these photos – and my daughter was just a toddler! Now my son is three and my daughter is six, so their personalities have really taken shape,” says Sasha.
“Initially, I was really experimenting with different ideas, colors, and furniture arrangements – and while I never think of our home as actually “finished”, I think it’s really found its voice.”
Photography by Paul Elledge for ELLE