Interior designer Donna Hall stays inspired in her stunning home on East Lake Shore Drive.
“The rug makes the sofa look even better,” says Hall of the family room’s custom Oscar Isberian; on the wall is a collage of notables, from Albert Einstein and Anne Frank to Steve Buscemi and Kate Middleton.
When Mesirow Financial’s Dominick Mondi first asked interior designer Donna Hall to decorate his new home, Hall was less than thrilled. The problem? She and Mondi had just started dating. “I was like, I can’t make money off this guy,” Hall deadpans.
Still, she took on the project, which evolved as their personal relationship progressed, and for the last year and a half, Hall—now engaged to Mondi—has lived in the gracious residence in the Benjamin Marshall co-op at 229 East Lake Shore Drive.
Hall compares each room to a child (“I can’t pick a favorite”), though she is particularly fond of their unorthodox dining room. “I wanted it to feel really cozy,” she says of the black-walled, oval-shaped space. Punctuating the dining room with her edgy-meets-traditional touch, Hall moved an Ed Paschke portrait from the master bedroom (“It’s so perfect because it jumps off of the wall,” she marvels) and added vintage European bar carts for a more layered, collected look.
“My approach to design is, if it has any architectural significance, to honor that, but then twist it in a way that brings my mark,” says Hall, whose inspirations run the gamut from travel and fashion to literature and social media (“It’s like porn for me,” says Hall of Instagram, where she follows accounts like @JWSInteriors and @ADesignersMind) while overseeing her 15-year-old interior design studio’s offices in both Hinsdale and, now, Chicago.
“I always wanted to know, is the grass greener?” says Hall, a Villa Park native, on making the move to the city for the first time. “I absolutely love it. This is where I’m supposed to be.” Donna Mondi Interior Design, 40 E. Hinsdale Ave., Suite 204, Hinsdale, 630-537- 1578; 1242 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-291-8431