White brick gates open onto a gold sphinx, giving the entrance to this Northbrook home's front-yard pool a theatrical flourish. It was devised in the 1960s and 1970s by Richard Himmel, a nationally renowned interior designer who designed homes, jets, hotels and other spaces, often for celebrities. With his wife, Elinor, and two kids, Himmel spent weekends here at the retreat he designed. The Himmels sold it in the early 1980s to Cathy and Ed Wormser, who ran a family-owned pajama manufacturing firm. They've kept most of his flourishes, including the gold sphinx. "It's like a wonderland," Cathy Wormser said. "It's sort of Beverly Hills, sort of French, sort of English, a little Disneyland." Thirty-five years after moving in, the Wormsers plan to downsize. They'll list the four-bedroom house for sale June 7, asking a little less than $1.4 million. It's represented by Honore Frumentino and Todd and Eve Trawinski of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Real Estate Group.
PHOTO CREDIT: Larry Malvin Photography