Tub Tuesday

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Vintage Tub Takes Center Stage
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National Wife Appreciation Day

Who doesn’t love a relaxing bubble bath? Many of our clients want a master bath tub that makes a statement. Whether with a unique tile surround, a clawfoot antique, or simply something to create a focal point in the room, we can make all of your bubble bath day dreams come true!

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Millwork Monday

Staircase Motivation
Marlowe Stairs

We are spiraling out of control over this staircase at our Marlowe Residence. The sconces and paneled walls of the circular stair rotunda were precisely planned to align with the cascading windows. An inlaid French limestone compass-rose is the center-point of the rotunda floor and is set to true North to the delight of the client, who is an avid sailor. To complete the two-story space, the rotunda is crowned with a domed ceiling and cupola, washing the interior with daylight.

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Fireplace Friday

Fire It Up



It’s warming up inside at our fireplace feature homes. No matter the style, these fireplaces were designed as the focal point of the spaces they inhabit and create a cozy and relaxing place for people to gather around.

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Throwback Thursday



This week, our Game of Throwbacks is revisiting our Winnetka Residence. Winter is coming, but even covered in Snow, this expanded and renovated villa sure does fire us up! #GOT

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Tile Tuesday

Spruce Residence
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Subway tile is current and timeless, and we have found a variety of ways to use it to its full potential. From an accent wall in the master bathroom to the kitchen backsplash, subway tile of all shapes, colors, and sizes can add variety, texture, and warmth to a space.

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Facade Friday




We went through a lot of iterations to get to the final design of this renovated façade. Which one is your favorite?

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Throwback Thursday – Limestone Leads You In

This home has a traditional exterior utilizing brick and limestone and features an abundance of French doors and tall windows. The interior however has classical roots in its organization and use of symmetry while the style is transitional with a modern slant.

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Millwork Monday




This little condo overlooking Lincoln Park sure can play some big game. We showed the clients various kitchen design options to help them narrow down their choice. A combination of wood for warmth and flush cabinets for a modern streak helped bring together this kitchen. Not to mention the glass corner wine cellar and live edge island for a unique conversation starter!

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National Drink Beer Day


Drink up at our new brewery coming soon to Horner Park! The walls of the bar are finished with Shou Shugi Ban charred wood, while the custom bartop is made out of beer bottle bottoms. Bottoms up to National Drink Beer Day!

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Islands for Entertaining



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You don’t have to be on a secluded beach to experience a nice island (although you might prefer it). These kitchen islands are the perfect place for serving food for guests or for gathering the family around for pizza night.

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Millwork Monday – Attic Space

Marlowe Ceiling






A bathroom with a view, a cozy reading nook, a lookout point, a bunkbed room, and a comfy guest bedroom…who says attics are just for storage! At our Marlowe residence, we took full advantage of the bonus level and made it a desirable space to spend time. V-groove ceilings and custom millwork make this extra level feel as warm and inviting as the rest of the house.

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Fall is here!

Happy Fall Y’all! Tomorrow is officially the first day of fall! We love how our Deerfield Residence looks against the changing fall leaves. Get ready for bonfires, sweater weather, and pumpkin everything!

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Hello Hallways




A hallway is meant to get you from point A to point B. But we like to add a little fun for the journey. Curved ceilings, beams, floor transition pieces, and eye-catching light fixtures help to make a hallway a place you actually want to walk through.

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Millwork Monday – Thinking Outside the [cabinet] Box




Out with the old, in with the green! This dated kitchen is getting a much-needed makeover, complete with unique forest green cabinetry, industrial style shelves, and custom diamond patterned cabinet doors. This luxurious lodge is the perfect combination of cozy and contemporary!

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National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

Villa Blanco Kitchen

MJCO Kitchen
Spruce Residence

Sure it might get messy, but National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day should be celebrated in style! These kitchens are sure to bring the family together for an evening of baking and bonding!

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Water Wednesday – Attention to Detail

Marlowe

It’s easy to get caught up in the big picture, but as designers, we love to focus in on the details. This transparent two-level bay at our Marlowe Residence gives a 270 degree view out to Lake Michigan. Copper gutters, decorative trim bands, and a copper finial make this little slice of heaven in the house a perfect getaway spot to watch the sun set, even midway through the work week.

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Millwork Monday – Fashionista Fantasy

Villa Blanco

Imagine having an island with felt lined drawers for delicate accessories, hanging clothes behind glass front doors to keep them dust free, and floor to ceiling shelves for shoes and boots. If you lived in our Villa Blanco, this would be your reality!

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National Beer Lover’s Day



What better way to celebrate National Beer Lover’s Day than showcasing our new brewery project in Horner Park! Exposed bow trusses, steel windows, and original brick walls make this rehabilitated space a hot spot for a cold beer!

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Back to School – Back to Basics







With a new school year starting, we were feeling nostalgic about the days of drawing and coloring. So, we are showcasing some of our own artwork, hand sketches of some of our favorite client projects when they were just in the beginning phases of schematic design. We love this part of the design process, and it is always a joy to show clients the first drawing and see how excited they get about what is to come!

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Transformation Tuesday


This project is perhaps one of our biggest transformations yet. At our Prairie Fire Residence, the majority of the second floor and attic were overtaken by an electrical fire, leading the clients to a full renovation of their historic home. Here is a snapshot of what the master bedroom might look like once it is restored back to its original glory.

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Labor Day – Office Closed Monday




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Our office will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. We are sure our clients at the Winnetka Residence will be soaking up the last few moments of summer poolside with a drink in hand. Enjoy your long holiday weekend with friends and family!

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Family Room Fun


Geothermal Gem

College football season is upon us, is your family room ready for a party? Custom built-ins around a large TV plus a place for snacks make these perfect entertainment spaces for the big game!

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Mudroom Roundup for Back to School

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Spruce Residence
Marlowe Mudroom

The kids are headed back to school, and we know just the spot for them to dump all of their backpacks, shoes, and coats when they come home from their first day of school. Custom designed mudroom cubbies make each member of your family feel like they have their own spot for storage. You can hide things away in drawers or cabinet doors or add a bench for an easy spot to sit and throw on shoes before heading out the door in the morning.

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Feature Friday – National Dog Day

Minnesota Dog Bed



Sunday is National Dog Day, but at some of our clients’ homes, every day is dog day. Our Marlowe Residence and Minnesota Residence both incorporated under counter dog beds in their kitchens for their beloved pooches. At our Spruced Up Residence, “Frick and Frack” have their own built in food bowls, under counter crate area, and even wallpaper dedicated to them in the guest bath. Our custom designs were a barking success all around!

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Hakwood Flooring Feature




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Luminous Lanier

Shoutout to Hakwood flooring for featuring our Luminous Lanier Residence! We love how it turned out! Check out the link to see more photos and read all about our design process to bring the vision to life.

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Brews and Bows




We are excited to be working on a new brewery coming soon to the Horner Park neighborhood of Chicago! Located right on the river, this rehabilitated building combines the old with the new, celebrating the existing historic bow truss structure and exposed brick walls, while incorporating an enhanced floor plan configuration and state of the art brewing equipment. Cheers to historic remodels!

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Throwback Thursday Series – Go with the Flow

Pipes with Purpose
Porter Pipe

The new entrance to Porter Pipe and Supply really gets things flowing. A wall of decorative pipe leads to this reception station and then into the 11,500 sq. ft. of office space we designed.

We are excited to be working with Porter Pipe again on a new distribution facility coming next year!

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Transformation Tuesday – History in the Making




Prairie Fire Residence
After a fire ripped through their house in the middle of the night, the owners of this historic Prairie Style home are bringing it back to its original glory. Painstakingly recreating it from old photos is a challenge, but we are up for the task for our Prairie Fire Residence!

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Millwork Monday – Georgia Gem



Our newly constructed Luminous Lanier Residence is a perfect combination of contemporary and cozy. The custom kitchen cabinets have a sleek and modern finish, while the guest suite built-ins create the perfect spot to binge watch Netflix.

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National Book Lover’s Day


Circles improve intelligence! This round library creates a stunning environment that is sure to inspire reading on National Book Lover’s day. The two-story volume is surrounded by books and windows and has an overlook from the second floor above. This wonderful space will stimulate your next book binge, making you smarter, or at least make you appear that way to your friends!

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