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




Luminous Lanier
Luminous Lanier
Luminous Lanier
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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Water Wednesday – A River Runs Through It

Oregon Residence

Oregon Residence

Oregon Residence

If you’ve ever dreamed of walking out your back door and jumping into your kayak, then you will love our latest project in Oregon. You can run class 4 rapids or just watch the rushing water from the comfort of the outdoor living room. This house is designed to find the tranquility and adrenaline in everyone!

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Andy Warhol Birthday


Happy birthday Andy Warhol! At our Villa Blanco, the house design incorporated the perfect spot for this original Warhol painting of the owner’s grandmother. The opposing wall that separates the hall from the grand central stair was then carved with a square punched opening to provide a perfectly aligned portal to view the painting.

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Poolside Perfection

Family is the focus at our Minnesota Residence. The pool is perfectly situated to provide entertainment for everyone, whether you are splashing away or reading a book in the screened porch.

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Water Wednesday Series – Spa Like Serenity

National Wife Appreciation Day

We placed the hand carved marble tub in the center of the master bath. With lake views, a large chandelier and curved corner cabinets with curtains flanking the sink and make-up vanity, the space is truly spa like.

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Transformation Tuesday – Bookstore to Boutique


We transformed this vacant book store into a lavish art-deco influenced aesthetic boutique for Lalique in the exclusive shops at “The Crystals” located in the Aria resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Feature Friday – Lake Michigan Estate Construction


Serious progress has been made at our Lake Michigan Estate recently. The outer shell is nearing completion as siding is being installed, while the interior will ramp up as the weather gets colder.

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San FranStaircase


This hillside row house overlooking San Francisco Bay was completely renovated and expanded with a Spanish Mission Style vernacular. The winding stair leads to the entry portico with a timber beamed ceiling.

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Material Monday



The Brando
The Brando

A contemporary combination of materials makes the façade of The Brando a perfect blend of modern and sleek. Ipe wood siding, natural stone veneer, and Corten steel panels mix the homeowner’s desire of both warm and welcoming along with bold and dramatic. At night, the expansive windows glow like a contemporary lantern on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Feature Friday – Luminous Lanier Residence




Our Luminous Lanier Residence has us wanting to relocate to Georgia! This contemporary lake home has open site lines throughout the first floor, double height spaces to provide ample natural light, and a guest suite above the detached garage. Not to mention it is right on Lake Lanier, making any day feel like a vacation.

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Water Wednesday – Marble Master Bath

The Blue Lady Master Bath
The Blue Lady Master Bath
The Blue Lady Master Bath

This elegant master bathtub niche has an inset tile pattern that is reminiscent of older home but offers elegance for today’s aesthetics. The inset also draws your eye to the transom window that borrows daylight from the adjacent master bedroom.

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Transformation Tuesday – Under Construction


Dive into Designing


Dive into Designing


Construction on our MAuN Residence is underway! The shell is nearing completion with the interior construction soon to follow. Retractable glass walls will allow the interior and exterior space of the pool house to bleed together to make a seamless entertaining space. The open concept will allow the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining.

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