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Project Tour: Kenwood Residence

Located in the charming south Chicago neighborhood of Kenwood, this 100+ year old home was designed to integrate its vintage charm with new modern furnishings. Original details can still be found in the leaded glass windows, tiled entry floor and ornate stair railings. We complemented those details in the modern updates to the bathrooms and kitchen with a design that blends styles.

Scroll down to see the full home tour!

The dining room is one of the first rooms you see upon walking through the front foyer. This room is filled with sunlight most days, making it cozy and welcoming. We kept the palette fairly neutral in this room with light walls, grey boucle dining chairs and a white marble table. The color and pattern in the room is seen underfoot with a large Turkish rug that the owners sourced while visiting family!

The kitchen was just begging for a punch of color. To complement the all-white cabinet scheme, we selected a muted blue glazed tile from Fireclay Tile. The "H" shaped tile added a subtle unique texture.

The small powder room is one of my favorite rooms in the home. It's a break from the all-white interiors of the main level and gives a warm vibe the second you walk in. The walls are covered in a textured, chevron wallpaper that looks like a luxe woven paper but is actually a cleanable vinyl! Below that, a gray wainscotting was added for extra durability. At the vanity, we designed the sink to be wall mounted to make this tight room feel a little more spacious. And because counter space is limited, we selected a sink that has an asymmetric look with a small counter space for soaps and styling. Lastly, to work with the asymmetric design, we added two sconces to the side of the mirror in a gray smoked glass. They are a perfect match to the grays in the room.

The first floor included a "bonus room" which started as a study and quickly turned into a whisky room! The room was closed off using black framed glass doors to give it a little privacy and to add a contrasting element to the space.

The most transformative space in the house is, by far, the primary suite (as it should be!!). The owner's vision for their bathroom was minimal yet warm. We achieved that by blending tile styles throughout. The minimal look was created by covering the walls and floors in a gray, large format tile. At opposite ends of the room, we covered the walls in a gorgeous textured tile that is lit from above, adding a spa-like warmth to the room.

Moving through the primary suite and into the closet, this space was given a major upgrade with new custom designed closets and an absolutely stunning marble countertop.

The primary bedroom has the perfect little reading nook area. We added a super cozy chair and dim accent lighting to make this spot perfect for rainy days. Color was brought into this room again by rugs sourced by the owners in Turkey!

Another important bathroom renovation was the baby's bathroom. We wanted the design to be meant for a children's space, but not feel too childish so it will age well as he grows up using it. The walls are covered in tile (read: durable and washable) in a light white so the room feels bright and clean. In the shower, we covered the walls in a blue accent for a little more fun at bath time.

Throughout the home, we let the vintage details sing by sticking to a neutral palette and brought in color where it made a big impact. We couldn't be happier to see our client's vision come to life in a home they will cherish for years!

Interior Design: Kuchar

Photography: Wittefini Photography


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