Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly remodeled Chicago brownstone is featured in Traditional Home magazine, and when I saw the pictures, I was curious about what the house looked like before. After a little digging, I found the listing photos from 2013, and you can hardly tell it’s the same place now.
The brownstone has three floors connected by beautiful staircases and generous landings like above.
Formal living room and dining room, Bulthaup kitchen with skylight. Many vintage details remain: an exquisite staircase, pocket doors, wainscoting panels, natural woodwork and moldings. High ceilings. Three wood-burning fireplaces.
4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths and 4,600 Sq Ft
The kitchen looked small and out of place in the house and was one of the major changes they made in the house.
Once you walk through the front door — nothing inside the house looks remotely the same.
Bill Rancic grew up in Chicago and says, “We knew the family who lived here before, and they put a great vibe in this house that we hope to continue. We’ve always had one foot here, and now we have two. Finally, we’re home.”
Master Bath with Open "Skylight" Open to Dressing Room
Designer Lonni Paul, who you may remember as a contestant on HGTV’s “Design Star” a few years ago, says, “In this rowhouse, which doesn’t allow light to pour in from either side, the blue functioned as a tool to create light and airiness that wouldn’t read heavy and dull when the sky turned cold and gray.”
The reality-TV stars have been married since 2007 and are parents to Duke, who’s three. I thought I remembered seeing the same monogrammed crib in their former home in California, and sure enough, here it is in his old nursery:
The Kitchen Opens to a Covered deck with a Brick Fireplace
They turned it into a private outdoor entertaining space.
After 14 years in front of the camera, Giuliana signed off from her E! News hosting duties earlier this month and can now spend more time here. “This is the most meaningful of any place we’ve lived in together because it’s where we brought our baby home and became parents,” says Giuliana. “In past years, we’ve been in a hotel during the holidays. This year, we will put up our own tree.”