Fabulous Foyers

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Minnesota Stairs




It’s almost Thanksgiving, is your foyer fabulous and ready to receive guests? We love the statement these entry ways make. Our Minnesota Residence foyer was even featured recently on Houzz! Feel inspired by the bold floor patterns, grand staircases, and wainscoting wall finishes.

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National Indiana Day


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Indiana Autobarn
Indiana Auto Barn_Gallery

Happy National Indiana Day! And shout-out to our favorite car barn (our only car barn) down in Indiana!

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Kitchen Hoods

Villa Blanco Kitchen


Spruce Residence
Island Oasis 3

Have any graduates getting hooded this winter? We certainly think these kitchens are award worthy with their custom hood designs.

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Millwork Monday – Bracket Racket

Luminous Lanier





Need a lift? Brackets are a great way to provide support in style. We often use them to extend roof overhangs to create a nice covered area to protect from the elements while still having a detail piece to add character.

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Feature Friday – Chimneys

175 Sheridan

425 Sheridan



Chim, chimney
Chim, chimney
Chim, chim, cher-ee
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be…

Chimneys are a great way to add a unique statement piece to the exterior of your home. Whether serving its purpose for an interior fireplace, or extending the warmth in an outdoor fireplace, the highest point on the house should also be unique.

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Thankful for Dining Rooms








Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away, and our clients are already preparing for the big feast. Built-in cabinetry, custom trim profiles, and wow-worthy chandeliers make these dining spaces (almost) as exciting as the food to be consumed in them!

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Catering to Curb Appeal


Marlowe
175 Sheridan
175 Sheridan

You get one chance to make a first impression! Even before entering the front door the arrival sequence sets the stage. We have helped our clients enhance their properties with a dramatic axial driveway or the slow reveal of a winding approach, using paver patterns to articulate functions, granite cobbles to define borders, seat walls that enhance social gatherings and porticos that are inviting and protecting to guests.

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Daylight Savings!

Marlowe Stairs

Tick tock! Don’t forget to turn back your clock an hour this weekend for daylight savings time, even the grandfather clocks!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! No tricks, just treats at the office today!

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It’s Fall Y’All!






We are loving how the Marlowe Residence looks against this beautiful fall landscape. Enjoy the last few weeks of fall weather before winter makes its grand entrance!

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Feature Friday

Ship ship hooray! Shipping containers are being repurposed as the façade of our new Bulldog Cartage project. The modular design allows for flexibility and a unique finish on both the interior and exterior.

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1 week until Halloween!


Luminous Lanier


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One week until goblins, princesses, and super heroes galore come knocking at your front door for goodies, treats, and more! Check out a few of our favorite front entries that will make the perfect Halloween memories for centuries!

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Transformation Tuesday








Big progress has been made at our Ligan Residence! Limestone is coming along on the exterior, flooring and tile are being installed, and cabinets are going in!

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Throwback Thursday




Paulina Stair





The street façade at our Paulina Residence establishes the craftsman influence seen throughout the home’s design. The rear façade is a balanced composition with features to connect the living space to a tailored yard for seamless entertaining. Windows provide dramatic and functional light throughout the interior spaces.

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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
Laundry Room







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



Kitchen 1

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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