Water Wednesday – Blanco Baths

Villa Blanco Master Bath
Bathroom_Villa Blanco



Our Villa Blanco has beautiful custom cabinetry and vanities in the bathrooms, not to mention the intricate tilework and lighting selections that help bring the space together.

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Millwork Monday – Elevations vs. Reality


Villa Blanco Kitchen
Villa Blanco Kitchen
Ever wonder how we get from black and white line drawings to the final product? A lot of coordination is required to do so! From overall layout of appliances down to the profile of the cabinets, all of the details and thought pays off when you get to see the finished result.

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Hoppy Easter!

Easter Photo 2016

Hoppy Easter! Hop into this weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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Wine Wednesday




Ligan Residence_Bar Rendering

It’s wine Wednesday, and we are celebrating with a few of our favorite wine cellars! Whether constructed of brick and in the basement or in the main living area with transparent doors, these wine cellars certainly know how to impress.

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Small Spaces – Big Results



National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day


Place for Platters
MJCO Kitchen

City lots are often very tight, and one of the biggest challenges is optimizing the usable space. Borrowed daylight and shared sightlines make spaces feel larger and let clients live happier! Check out a few examples of our spacious city homes.

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Water Wednesday – Going Tubbing



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Vintage Tub Takes Center Stage

Tub Niche

We are going clubbing … er, tubbing, with some of our favorite bathroom tubs! Whether built-in or freestanding, these tubs make each bathroom unique and statement worthy!

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Opening Day – Cubbies!

Mudroom Cubbies
Mudroom Cubbies
Mudroom Cubbies



Buy us some peanuts and…mudroom cubbies! Check out some of our homeruns in cubby design while enjoying the Cubs opening day in Chicago!

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Girl Power





These girls are all about the pink and purple. We wish them sweet dreams that lead to productive days after resting up in these girl-powered spaces.

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Construction vs. Completion




Good bones before great beauty. Under construction vs. completion for our Marlowe Residence!

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April Fools!

Laundry Room
Laundry Room





You never have to do laundry again…April Fools! While laundry may always be a reality of your life, we can help you do it in style with a beautiful laundry room.

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Feature Friday – Daylight

Luminous Lanier

Kitchen 2
Minnesota Sunroom
Villa Blanco


Can you feel the vitamin D soaking in? The sun is finally starting to make its spring appearance! Check out some of our favorite daylit spaces!

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Water Wednesday – Bathrooms




Bathroom_Cortland


Bathroom_Villa Blanco

When designing a bathroom, we strive to strike the perfect balance between open space, storage, and natural light. We’ve gotten creative over the years in ‘mastering’ how to give a client what they want while still working within their space and budget. Transom windows above mirrors, center storage towers between his and hers sinks, creative cabinetry, and full height mirrors to make the space feel larger. All ways we can make your morning routine go a little smoother and your bathroom fit your lifestyle a little better.

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Millwork Monday – Cabinetry Types

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day


Villa Blanco Kitchen

The first decision when designing cabinetry is whether it should be inset or full overlay. From there, you decide on paint vs. stained, panel profiles, rail dimensions, and other details. Each decision helps give the space its own unique look that leads to the final desired aesthetic. Which style do you prefer?

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Feature Friday – City Homes



The Blue Lady Exterior
Marshfield Residence_Color Rendering


Being in Chicago, we have numerous clients with homes within the city limits on deep and narrow lots. These types of projects pose a handful of unique challenges, such as efficient use of the lot, maximizing natural daylight, and addressing very strict lot setback lines. Here are a few examples of some of our solutions to city standards!

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Happy First Day of Spring!

175 Sheridan



Spring has officially arrived and we are READY. We are hoping these outdoor inspiration spaces will ward off any lingering snow and bring on the heat. Fingers crossed Mother nature gets the memo!

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Millwork Monday – Bars


Villa Blanco Bar

Geothermal Gem Bar


In honor of the Irish, we are featuring a few of our favorite bars! Happy belated St. Patty’s Day!

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Feature Friday – Construction Progress







So it’s still a little messy…but progress at our Lake Michigan Estate is coming along nicely! Our owners can’t wait to enjoy their new home (and the amazing lake views that come with it).

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Sleep Mondays

Got a case of the Monday blues after daylight savings time? Maybe the pop of color in this master bedroom at our Marshfield Residence is just the pick me up you need to start the week off right (as long as you get to bed at a decent time, right?)

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Feature Friday – Roof Detail

The final product may look simple enough, but the detail behind this porch and roof system took a lot of forethought. Worth it to get this beautiful result at our Marlowe Residence!

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Water Wednesday


Would you believe these bathrooms are in the same residence? One bathroom celebrates simplicity with its timeless black and white color palette, while the powder room’s bold wallpaper makes a small space feel like a big deal.

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Millwork Monday – Stair Stringer

This custom designed stair railing opens up the space to allow continuous flow from one level of the house to the next.

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Dreaming of Sunshine

We are in need of some Vitamin D after these past few gloomy weeks! We love how the light hits the façade of our Winnetka Residence on sunny mornings.

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Basement Feature





This basement got upgraded to the major leagues with new rustic-style TV cabinetry and industrial beams. It is fit for an all-star athlete to get pumped, or for a weekend on the couch pretending while watching three different games simultaneously.

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Millwork Monday – Built-In Bench

This bay window at our Villa Blanco residence is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise with a hot cup of coffee (assuming anyone actually has the time or energy to do that on a Monday morning).

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Feature Friday


We love this bold statement kitchen at our Marshfield residence. Not only is the color wow-worthy, but the functionality is perfect for this growing family!

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Wine Wednesday

Happy hump day! We can help you get through the rest of this week with a beautiful custom wine cellar like this one. Our avid collectors finally have place to display their extensive wine collection, and a place to enjoy drinking it!

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Transformation Tuesday





This existing kitchen is being reconfigured to give the client more space and an updated clean look. White perimeter cabinetry contrasts nicely with the oversized grey island, allowing ample space for cooking, dining, and family time.

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Feature Friday – Ligan Prgoress










A lot is happening at our Ligan Residence! Tile is being laid, stair railings are being installed, wainscoting is starting to appear, and cabinetry is going up. We are anxious for the spring completion date!

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Water Wednesday





Tub Niche

We are loving the unique finishes in these powder rooms and master bathrooms. Antique brass hardware, dog wallpaper, grey cabinetry, bathtub paneling…and of course you can’t go wrong with timeless subway tile!

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Transformation Tuesday – Charred to Charming






This historical and now fire damaged home is getting a complete makeover to restore it back to its original glory. Check out the transformation we are proposing on our Prairie Fire Residence from charred to charming!

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