Bringing an art-centric, west coast vibe to the second city, Rebel House is a dynamo, challenging to create outside the box.

Photography courtesy of Aimee Mazzenga, Dustin Halleck.




Marli is incredibly talented with a keen eye and a fabulous sense of style. She can adapt to any design aesthetic you choose—modern, mid-century, classic, traditional, etc.—and pull together looks that will surprise, delight and inspire. She is incredibly artistic, flexible and creative with a vast knowledge of different brands, sources, themes and design approaches. Most importantly, she is an absolute joy to work with—warm, patient, sensitive to your needs and decisive when you need her to be. Not only did she help me discover my own sense of style, I feel like she became part of our family and am so grateful I found her.
— E. Stull, San Francisco, California


This was our third time designing in this mid-century Lake Shore Drive Building. Our team had never seen a newly purchased apartment in such disarray.

Our clients purchased a “fixer-upper” unlike anything we’d seen before. The unit had sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier, but the interior was 50 years old, untouched, and saturated with cigarette smoke. Our clients purchased the apartment with the hope of embarking on major renovations to turn the space into a second home with ample space for grandkids and family get-togethers. We cleared out the existing fixtures, knocked down walls, peeled up carpet, and created a millwork plan to imbue Parisian architectural detail into the otherwise plain vanilla box. We designed and laid herringbone hardwood, paneled the guest bedroom and entry hall, and created an elegant white kitchen outfitted in enormous slabs of white Macauba quartzite.


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The original architectural details rang too serious for our fun loving client, so we imbued this vintage charmer with a sense of playful modernism.

We started the project around a must-have Saarinen table and a luxuriously deep sofa upholstered in a rich charcoal velvet. We punctuated the long expanse of windows with a cognac leather settee and dotted the opposite side the of space with a modern staple: the womb chair in a white cashmere and wool fabric. The floor received our personal favorite touch: a knotty blue jute weave with style in spades. Our design-saavy client has a great eye for art (we're the luckiest to partner with an art-lover) and we established a colorful collection for her walls.



The project began with a text message, “are you available to meet and talk about designing our new home”

With grown children out of the house, our clients were looking to downsize, start anew, and make it fun. Rebel house and the homeowners traveled to dealers in michigan, around chicago, into southern states and abroad sourcing exciting finds for a fresh start.

Everything in the new home is custom - from the paint color on the walls and cabinetry, to the living room built-ins, down to the kitchen pendants. Mid century finds and the client’s ever-growing, eclectic art collection became a common thread throughout each level of the four story townhouse. The art collection culminates in a cheeky collage at the top floor retreat. Our goal was to blend old and new to create a layered gallery of the client’s treasures.


Hospitality Projects Coming 2019