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Not a Typical Townhouse

Newly painted in Benjamin Moore's "Simply White."

Modern furniture is mixed with vintage modern finds.

Ligne Roset's "Extensia" glass table opens to seat 12.

A vintage modern dresser provides storage in the hallway.

A small cozy den is grounded by a soft wool, shag rug.

A hallway between the den and living room can be
used to serve drinks and snacks.

The kitchen is light and airy with maple cabinets and
glass tile backsplash.

A banquette in the kitchen is a place to eat, entertain
or relax. Coral Pendant by David Trubridge provides plenty
of light and interesting shadows.

Custom doors for the coat closet set the tone
upon entering the home.

When my clients spotted this 1980’s outdated townhouse in Lincoln Park, they knew they could make it into something special. It had lots of potential with its open floor plan set around a central staircase.

Painted in Benjamin Moore’s color of the year 2016, Simply White, the space became light and airy. The wood floors were stained dark espresso to dramatically contrast with the walls, while grounding the room with rich dark color.

To make the space feel even more open and light, square see-through cutouts were created in the stairwell, living room and den walls. They not only allow light to pass through, but they create interesting views from every room where you peek through to see what is beyond.

Lighting was especially key to make the small space with 8′ ceilings not feel closed in. Recessed can lights were installed throughout and placed on dimmers to allow the clients to create different effects.

The fireplace wall was redesigned with a new tiled mantel, niches for artwork and a deep teal blue accent wall.

Modern furniture is mixed in with mid-century modern finds from antique stores and inherited from family members.

A neutral color scheme of brown, taupe and olive is punctuated with oranges and blues. The kitchen was designed to be a place the whole family could gather for meals and to do homework or just hang out. Banquette seating gives the space a cozy feel and the perfect spot to lean back and relax with a book and cup of coffee.

With the right custom details this 1980’s townhouse is anything but typical.

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