A CHICAGO KITCHEN + LIVING ROOM EMBRACES A NEW FOOTPRINT
PROJECT | North Side of Chicago Town Home
BEFORE | The main living spaces were 1990’s dated, drab and lacking in full functionality. The kitchen was connected to the living space by a cut out in the wall, used mostly for our homeowner to work from on his laptop. This dividing wall from the kitchen to the living and dining room was just that, dividing.
DESIGN OBJECTIVES | Our client wanted a warm, beautiful abode to proudly come home to with honored treasures and remembrances along with entertaining friends + family. Our primary objectives were to improve the spaces both aesthetically and functionally while infusing the personality of our homeowner. The living room space yearned for commonality, connection and unification. Additionally, the dining room was/is very long and narrow. We needed to find creative ways to open up the space and conserve room at the same time.
What started out with a basic kitchen and closet refresh turned into a full on gut rehab and merchandising program resulting in nothing short of spectacular!
AFTER | In the kitchen, we removed the main culprit… the wall, opening up the space drastically. We installed 42” wall cabinetry and capped it with gorgeous crown molding which was the key to increasing the visual height of the spaces throughout. Blue accents throughout start in the kitchen with the stools and pendants. Color is an essential component to unification and composition.
Lead Glass Cabinet Door
Fine details, such as this custom door, were added for interest, personality and pizzazz!
'A kitchen is at best a gathering place for friends and family • A place where memories are made and seasoned with love'
In the dining room, we created length and space by balancing out the fireplace wall with a long custom mirror opposite. And check out that table - It’s a custom made piece to size with caning and glass. We created extra room for moving around the table by fabricating low back, ottoman style, chairs! They are tucked underneath the table - These were a perfect fit for the space as they didn't over crowd visually, but still provided a comfortable 8 person dining space.
In the living room, the sienna sofa was a treasured piece by our client. We incorporated it as a statement and driving factor to the overall design. The warmth of the color balances the coolness of the navy beautifully. We include hints of it throughout the town home renovation such as pillows, lamps shades, dining table caning etc. The horizontal linear marble tile on the fireplace wall add dimension, length, color and substance to the space in the center and grounded the room. The prominence of the wall gives unification to the living room and kitchen. If you notice, the window treatments and upholstery mimic the lines in the stone adding length in a vertically, enhancing the visual spaciousness.
Overall the MOOD and functionality of these spaces is warm, cool, current and high quality with a nod to contemporary and eclectic design. All of the details were taken into account to complete this domicile retreat for our well traveled entrepreneur to happily come home to with surprise and delight over and over again.
If you are interested in updating your property whether it’s a complete renovation or a kitchen and/or bathroom, contact us. We’d be delighted to discuss how our teams can be of great service to you.