An All-Star Home Makeover

With help from designers Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle, top TV producer Ellen Rakieten tackles her toughest project yether own family home in Chicago

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With help from designers Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle, top TV producer Ellen Rakieten tackles her toughest project yet—her own family home in Chicago

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Photographer: William Waldron
Vintage Living Room

In the living room, the Louis Philippe mirror is circa 1840, the Lucite cocktail table is from the 1960s, and the white armchair is vintage Italian; the painting is by Triscia Rumbholz, and the walls are painted in Blue Gray by .

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The tufted sofa in the living room, upholstered in an patent leather, and cowhide rugs are from .

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Photographs by Mark Shaw in the living room; the chair was found at a Paris flea market.

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The kitchen features a table with a custom-made stainless-steel top on a Saarinen base; the side chairs are vintage, and the light fixture is from .

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The brass dining-room table, custom made by , has an inlay of faux shagreen from and is ringed by a suite of late-19th-century Italian gilt chairs; the chandelier is Venetian, and the hand-painted silk wall covering is by .

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The library's collection of artworks includes Study for Self-Portrait by Michael Hainey, which hangs over a sofa by ; the ikat pillow is by , the walls are painted in Off Black, and the ceiling in Peace and Happiness.

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One of Rakieten's Emmy Awards sits on a custom-made desk in the family office; the vintage Chippendale chairs are upholstered in a fabric, the computers are by , and the wall is covered with nailhead-trimmed burlap.

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A Venetian-style mirror from is displayed above the bathtub.

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The master bath's mirrors are by , the towels are by , and the walls are painted in Cliffside Gray by .

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In Rakieten's dressing room, a vintage Baguès chandelier hangs above a Poillerat-style table from ; vintage ostrich-egg lamps flank a painting by James Brown, and the patchwork cowhide rug is by .

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Creative Storage

Upholstered wall panels in Rakieten's dressing room hold necklaces and mementos.

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bedding and an throw in Zack's room; the bedside lamp is from .

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Cork Wall

The facing wall is covered in cork, and the desk is vintage.

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The chandelier in the master bedroom is vintage Baguès, the curtain and sofa fabrics are by , the mirror-top brass cocktail table is by , and the Lucite bench is from .

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Television producer Ellen Rakieten in the Chicago apartment she shares with her husband, Peter Kupferberg, and their sons. It was designed by and and renovated by Oscar Shamamian of .

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Basketball Room

Rakieten with sons Zack (left) and Nicky in the basketball room.

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This article was featured in the March 2010 issue.

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