Happy Wednesday! I know we are neck deep in all things holiday, but today I wanted to take a quick break from it all and highlight the work of one of my favorite interior designers, Shelley Johnstone Paschke.  Based in Chicago, Shelley has designed homes across the globe and attended London’s Inchbald School of Design. Her European training can be seen in her rich use of layering and her spaces are eclectic but elegant and always fresh, tailored and never stuffy.

Needless to say, Shelley is on my top five list of interior designers I would personally hire and I have a feeling you’ll agree  once you see the spaces below.  I hope you enjoy work her as much as I enjoy sharing it!

P.S. A tour of Shelley Johnstone Paschke’s home decked out for the holidays can be found here!


What’s not to love about dark hardwood paired with white cabinets and pops of soft blue and lilac?


Transitional design can be tricky. Creating a harmonious blend of old and new while leaning towards a more contemporary feel can often look disjointed and out of place.  However, all of Shelley’s transitional spaces are fresh, clean, and inviting.


How incredible is this foyer? Everything about it from the symmetry, the neutral palette, and the large scale wallpaper, is  soothing and chic.


I love the striped wallpaper paired with the bamboo chairs and contemporary light fixture in this room from the 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse.


Another flawless kitchen. The mixed metals add a warmth and richness that blends beautifully with the contemporary feel the casement windows lend to the room.


Any room with Toiles de Nantes from Pierre Frey wallpaper is a home run in my book.


Topiaries and fresh herbs are the perfect accent to this sunny breakfast nook upholstered in a cheerful ikat fabric.


Also, one can you ever have too many topiaries? (The answer is no.)


I featured this space in my post featuring my favorite green rooms. Designed for the 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse, this elegant yet charming space with mint green lacquered green walls, chinoserie, and a tiger print bench is one of my all time favorites.


The green theme continues into a gorgeous coordinating bathroom with Farrow and Ball’s Acanthus wallpaper.


Isn’t this a cheerful workspace? The classic pops of green paired with blue and white, Schumacher wallpaper, artwork by Kayce Hughes, and a shell back chair have me obsessed with this office/gardening space.


A perfect example of how Shelley expertly gives traditional pieces a fresh, never stuffy look.


I have a new found love for striped wallpaper and am playing with the idea of putting it in up my son’s room.  This dining room has me itching to add a navy border along the top of the trim too! Genius! It’s all in the details.


This living room is one of my top ten favorite living rooms of all time and is another example of neo-traditional design executed perfectly.


Shelley’s breakfast room is so beautiful and clearly reflects her roots in European design. I want to sit here all day, avoid my mile long do to list, and just drink coffee. In silence. Oh and maybe do some more cyber week online shopping?


More gorgeous details…


I love this unexpected color combination of orange, pink, and mahogany with touches of turquoise in Shelley’s own home.


Classic foyers never go out of style.  I spy another tiger print bench…a designer after my own heart!


I love this sweet bedroom fit for a princess!



The exterior of Shelley’s house is just as breathtaking as the interiors she designs. From the landscaping and the detailing on the garden shed to greek key moldings and black and white striped poolside awnings, her attention to detail is impeccable.