City to Suburbs

INTRODUCTION

This project was incredibly special to work on, because I actually had the pleasure of working with this client three years ago on her last home! This family decided to move from Lincoln Park to the Western Suburbs and needed to make some updates to their new house in order to make it work for them.

Obviously the biggest (and most enjoyable) change for them, was that the new house was so much bigger than their home in the city! We helped set up a formal dining room, a sun-filled family room and a true master suite by combining the guest room and master bedroom, allowing us to create a walk-in closet and a much larger master bathroom.

THE DESIGN PROCESS

The moodboard for this project depicts a cheerful, warm and inviting space with brass accents and fun geometric patterns and classic details.

The moodboard for this project depicts a cheerful, warm and inviting space with brass accents and fun geometric patterns and classic details.

The first challenge was figuring out how to reconfigure the master bedroom to create a larger bathroom and a true walk-in closet. We achieved this by merging the two bedrooms, shifting back the entry to the bedroom and turning the existing bedroom into a closet. We then merged one of the existing closets with the bathroom to create a larger bathroom where we’re able to fit a larger walk-in shower and a double vanity.

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The original master suite was hardly a suite. The bedroom could barely fit a king bed, the closet was cramped, and the bathroom…

The original master suite was hardly a suite. The bedroom could barely fit a king bed, the closet was cramped, and the bathroom…

…the bathroom could hardly fit one person let alone a couple.

…the bathroom could hardly fit one person let alone a couple.

The existing dining room was surrounded with windows, and had a unique ceiling with beautiful beams running across it to add some height and texture to the space but it needed to be brightened up, and it deserved a longer table to really take advantage of the space.

The existing dining room was surrounded with windows, and had a unique ceiling with beautiful beams running across it to add some height and texture to the space but it needed to be brightened up, and it deserved a longer table to really take advantage of the space.

My favorite room in the house, the family room, is sunken off the kitchen and has sunlights that flood the room with light. This room needed some contrast and needed a better layout to make it more usable.

My favorite room in the house, the family room, is sunken off the kitchen and has sunlights that flood the room with light. This room needed some contrast and needed a better layout to make it more usable.

THE REVEAL

We pulled in some fun, cheerful patterns in this space to add contrast to the otherwise light and soft bathroom. The gray and marble vanity gets warmed up with brass accents, which we carried throughout the rest of the bathroom in plumbing fixtures and door hardware.

We pulled in some fun, cheerful patterns in this space to add contrast to the otherwise light and soft bathroom. The gray and marble vanity gets warmed up with brass accents, which we carried throughout the rest of the bathroom in plumbing fixtures and door hardware.

Behind the vanity and in the shower, we installed long subway tiles to give a modern yet familiar feel and add a soft touch to balance out the bold floor tiles.

Behind the vanity and in the shower, we installed long subway tiles to give a modern yet familiar feel and add a soft touch to balance out the bold floor tiles.

Above the vanity, there’s a skylight that floods the space with natural light. The perfect spot for doing makeup!

Above the vanity, there’s a skylight that floods the space with natural light. The perfect spot for doing makeup!

In the shower, we carried in large format white tiles towards the front and back and then played with the pattern of the long subway tiles on the side wall so that all of the horizontal grout lines aligned with the larger format tiles.

In the shower, we carried in large format white tiles towards the front and back and then played with the pattern of the long subway tiles on the side wall so that all of the horizontal grout lines aligned with the larger format tiles.

Every three rows, we introduced a white Schluter trim piece to break up the pattern and add some texture.

Every three rows, we introduced a white Schluter trim piece to break up the pattern and add some texture.

Now that the bathroom took over the existing closet, we converted what use to be the master bedroom into a large, walk-in closet.

Now that the bathroom took over the existing closet, we converted what use to be the master bedroom into a large, walk-in closet.

The closet acts as a buffer space between the bedroom and bathroom and creates a true “suite” for the couple to enjoy.

The closet acts as a buffer space between the bedroom and bathroom and creates a true “suite” for the couple to enjoy.

In the bedroom, we pulled in a black accent wall to tie into the contrast in the bathroom and add a dramatic backdrop behind the light, white bed. Where the existing closet used to separate the two bedrooms, there was a niche left behind, which we filled with a floor-length mirror to create a true “dressing area” adjacent to the closet.

In the bedroom, we pulled in a black accent wall to tie into the contrast in the bathroom and add a dramatic backdrop behind the light, white bed. Where the existing closet used to separate the two bedrooms, there was a niche left behind, which we filled with a floor-length mirror to create a true “dressing area” adjacent to the closet.

Our client fell in love with this chair during the design process and it became the perfect sitting area in the niche beside the bed.

Our client fell in love with this chair during the design process and it became the perfect sitting area in the niche beside the bed.

In the dining room, we painted the ceiling beams white and added some contrast with a light gray paint on the ceiling between them. At the end of the room, a navy wall adds some contrast and breaks up the space. We carried in a light neutral rug and a dramatic, modern dining table with brass detailing. The chairs around the table are navy velvet with brass accents and we pulled in modern cane chairs at the head. To top it off, we pulled in a modern, sculptural chandelier that fills the space and adds some playful, bubbly sparkle to the space.

In the dining room, we painted the ceiling beams white and added some contrast with a light gray paint on the ceiling between them. At the end of the room, a navy wall adds some contrast and breaks up the space. We carried in a light neutral rug and a dramatic, modern dining table with brass detailing. The chairs around the table are navy velvet with brass accents and we pulled in modern cane chairs at the head. To top it off, we pulled in a modern, sculptural chandelier that fills the space and adds some playful, bubbly sparkle to the space.

I couldn’t get enough of the chandelier! It’s quiet yet bold at the same time and adds the perfect amount of drama to the space.

I couldn’t get enough of the chandelier! It’s quiet yet bold at the same time and adds the perfect amount of drama to the space.

One unique detail in this home is that there are large cutouts between the rooms, allowing for separate spaces that are also tied together. We carried the same navy accent walls throughout to create a cohesive feel and add some contrast.

One unique detail in this home is that there are large cutouts between the rooms, allowing for separate spaces that are also tied together. We carried the same navy accent walls throughout to create a cohesive feel and add some contrast.

This family room is perfect for both sunny days and rainy mornings. We introduced two sectionals to round out the space and create the perfect areas to curl up in front of the fire or TV.  Beside the TV, we carried in the same shelves I installed in the clients last home to add some texture and styled them with some brass accessories to tie everything together.

This family room is perfect for both sunny days and rainy mornings. We introduced two sectionals to round out the space and create the perfect areas to curl up in front of the fire or TV. Beside the TV, we carried in the same shelves I installed in the clients last home to add some texture and styled them with some brass accessories to tie everything together.

The only thing more enjoyable than working with a wonderful client is getting to work with them twice! I’m so happy this family found their perfect home in the suburbs and can’t wait to see how they enjoy and grow in it over the years to come!

-dgw

Design Team: Devon Wegman and Sandra Chavez

Photography: Gene Yoon

Mini Home Tour - River North Dining Room

INTRODUCTION

We have had the pleasure of working with this special client on two phases on their project at this point. When this couple bought their home last summer, we stepped in to help swap out flooring, paint the walls throughout and add in new window treatments. This year, we helped them pull the first floor together with some updated light fixtures, finishing touches in the living room to work with their existing furnishings, and a bold new dining room which is what we’re featuring on today’s blog.

THE DESIGN PROCESS

This home started with maple floors and crystal chandeliers everywhere, but had some beautiful modern elements and an incredible layout. In the first phase, we pulled in darker floors with rich, chocolaty undertones and a more muted, gray presence. During our imaging phase for the second part of the project, we learned that the client wanted to soften the ultra-modern touches of the adjacent kitchen with some modern-farmhouse elements to add some character and make a really welcoming first impression when you come up the stairs.

We reflected this in the moodboard we created with light oak wood tones, warm neutrals and interesting yet subtle geometric patterns.

We reflected this in the moodboard we created with light oak wood tones, warm neutrals and interesting yet subtle geometric patterns.

When we started, the living room and dining room felt like one oversized room. We wanted to define the dining room, to allow it to be it’s own space and create a strong first impression when you come up the stairs from the front door, since it’s the first thing you see.

When we started, the living room and dining room felt like one oversized room. We wanted to define the dining room, to allow it to be it’s own space and create a strong first impression when you come up the stairs from the front door, since it’s the first thing you see.

Our big move in this space was to add paneling to the dining room wall. There were existing planters built in on the wall separating the dining area from the kitchen, so we picked up that linear language and mimicked it with a modern take on a board and batten wall. In the center, to really expand the space and add drama, we incorporated two antique mirrors. To soften the space up, we pulled in a modern farmhouse table and chairs and added a second junction box above the table so we could have two lights instead of just one.

We presented 3D renderings of the design to our client to show them exactly how the space would feel so they can visualize it and really understand the design.

We presented 3D renderings of the design to our client to show them exactly how the space would feel so they can visualize it and really understand the design.

THE REVEAL

We made some adjustments to the design, studying different chair options and ultimately swapping three chairs for a bench. The final result is an inviting, bright space that commands attention when you ascend up to the first floor. The modern paneled wall is softened with the antique mirror panels and defines the space nicely between the living room and kitchen.

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It always amazes me what a big impact just one space can make on a home. This dining room sets the tone for the floor and marries the modern kitchen with the modern farmhouse living area that it stands between.

Hope you enjoyed!

-dgw

Design Team: Devon Wegman and Sandra Chavez

Photography: Gene Yoon

Wallpaper Mecca

INTRODUCTION

I am so excited to finally reveal this project which was about a year in the making! This client was so much fun to work with, that after the design presentation her only request was to “please do more!”. Originally starting as some finishing touches and master bathroom updates, this project quickly evolved into bold moves (including wallpaper on the ceiling) and three full bathroom renovations. Read on to see how we added some unique touches to this home!

THE DESIGN PROCESS

This client and I have a very similar personal aesthetic which made it even more fun one to work on. Our plan for the design was to incorporate lots of moody contrast, interesting textures and patterns and most importantly, to go bold. Any time a client asks us to “add even more black”, my heart skips a beat.

This client and I have a very similar personal aesthetic which made it even more fun one to work on. Our plan for the design was to incorporate lots of moody contrast, interesting textures and patterns and most importantly, to go bold. Any time a client asks us to “add even more black”, my heart skips a beat.

When Mike and I first walked into the house for the consultation, we were honestly confused why we were even being hired. This client has wonderful taste and had already done an amazing job setting up her living room and dining room. It was instantly clear that we spoke the same design love language and I knew I was going to love working with her. While the home was beautiful (and new construction), there were areas that the client wanted to make bolder and more dramatic, and I was more than happy to step in! The main things we planned to focus on were painting throughout, ripping out the carpet in the basement, updating the master bedroom, and incorporating wallpaper as much as possible. As the project evolved, we ended up gutting all three bathrooms and wallpapering more than just the walls.

The existing furniture was beautiful and we incorporated just about all of it into the design but the basement needed some more drama and excitement.

The existing furniture was beautiful and we incorporated just about all of it into the design but the basement needed some more drama and excitement.

The basement hallway was begging for some excitement. With such a long space, we knew we needed to incorporate something bold and fun so that it didn’t feel overlooked.

The basement hallway was begging for some excitement. With such a long space, we knew we needed to incorporate something bold and fun so that it didn’t feel overlooked.

The bathrooms had dark brown tile and builder-grade vanities and lights. These needed some spice!

The bathrooms had dark brown tile and builder-grade vanities and lights. These needed some spice!

The master bedroom was beautiful but our client wanted a bigger bed and wanted to make the room feel less feminine.

The master bedroom was beautiful but our client wanted a bigger bed and wanted to make the room feel less feminine.

THE REVEAL

Their living room was already done perfectly, and just needed a new piece of art above the fireplace. These feathers set the tone for the rest of the house…bold contrast and rich texture.

Their living room was already done perfectly, and just needed a new piece of art above the fireplace. These feathers set the tone for the rest of the house…bold contrast and rich texture.

Recognize this room from the before photos? We ripped out the carpet and installed wood-look LVT that matches the wood tone in the floors upstairs, but are more resilient for water damage (safer for a basement). We completely blacked out the interior room (appropriately named the mancave) to create a moody spot for entertaining. To add even more drama, we carried a geometric wallpaper across the entire ceiling in the basement and pulled in a new, linear light fixture.

Recognize this room from the before photos? We ripped out the carpet and installed wood-look LVT that matches the wood tone in the floors upstairs, but are more resilient for water damage (safer for a basement). We completely blacked out the interior room (appropriately named the mancave) to create a moody spot for entertaining. To add even more drama, we carried a geometric wallpaper across the entire ceiling in the basement and pulled in a new, linear light fixture.

The furniture in the basement was already well-suited for the space, so we completed the look with some new artwork and decor.

The furniture in the basement was already well-suited for the space, so we completed the look with some new artwork and decor.

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In the basement hallway, a black accent wall and the wallpapered ceiling create a cohesive feel with the rest of the space. Under the stairs, we hung a wall sconce above a bench styled with pillows to create a cozy nook and add some spice to an otherwise overlooked space. Down the wall of the hallway, we incorporated an oversized gallery wall complete with pieces our client picked from Brazil to represent home!

In the basement hallway, a black accent wall and the wallpapered ceiling create a cohesive feel with the rest of the space. Under the stairs, we hung a wall sconce above a bench styled with pillows to create a cozy nook and add some spice to an otherwise overlooked space. Down the wall of the hallway, we incorporated an oversized gallery wall complete with pieces our client picked from Brazil to represent home!

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In the front of the basement, we kept the existing furniture and pillows (told you, she has great taste) and added some art to the walls to marry the textures in the space.

In the front of the basement, we kept the existing furniture and pillows (told you, she has great taste) and added some art to the walls to marry the textures in the space.

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This basement is one that I’m never going to forget. We ripped out the brown tiles and blacked out out the shower with large, matte black porcelain tiles and black fixtures. The walls in the bathroom were covered in a marbled black and white paper and concrete-looking porcelain tiles on the floor add some brightness and allow the wallpaper and shower to be the focal points.

This basement is one that I’m never going to forget. We ripped out the brown tiles and blacked out out the shower with large, matte black porcelain tiles and black fixtures. The walls in the bathroom were covered in a marbled black and white paper and concrete-looking porcelain tiles on the floor add some brightness and allow the wallpaper and shower to be the focal points.

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Here, we kept the original vanity and swapped out the faucet for a matte black to match the shower fixtures. The client’s existing wood mirror was the perfect pop of warmth for the space to balance things out.

Here, we kept the original vanity and swapped out the faucet for a matte black to match the shower fixtures. The client’s existing wood mirror was the perfect pop of warmth for the space to balance things out.

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The guest bath upstairs has a softer vibe to it but just as much drama. In here, we pulled in a marble-look porcelain tile on the floor and a soft, white glass tile in the shower as an accent between the white porcelain tiles on the sides. A soft purple and gold cork wallpaper adds major texture to the room with a warm, inviting touch. We carried the gold tones from the wallpaper into the plumbing fixtures and hardware in the room, even incorporating the client’s existing mirror which had originally been in their bedroom.

The guest bath upstairs has a softer vibe to it but just as much drama. In here, we pulled in a marble-look porcelain tile on the floor and a soft, white glass tile in the shower as an accent between the white porcelain tiles on the sides. A soft purple and gold cork wallpaper adds major texture to the room with a warm, inviting touch. We carried the gold tones from the wallpaper into the plumbing fixtures and hardware in the room, even incorporating the client’s existing mirror which had originally been in their bedroom.

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The master bedroom got a moody update as well with dark gray walls and a textured wallpaper behind the new canopy bed. Black and brass metals add a sharp contrast to the otherwise soft palette.

The master bedroom got a moody update as well with dark gray walls and a textured wallpaper behind the new canopy bed. Black and brass metals add a sharp contrast to the otherwise soft palette.

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In the master bathroom, we carried in a geometric concrete tile, echoing the pattern from the wallpaper in the basement. Overall, we kept this bathroom bright and clean with darker accents for contrast.

In the master bathroom, we carried in a geometric concrete tile, echoing the pattern from the wallpaper in the basement. Overall, we kept this bathroom bright and clean with darker accents for contrast.

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In the office, we carried in one last black wall with a luxe, green velvet sofa in front of it. The rug in here pulls in a black and white geometric pattern to create a cohesive feel with the rest of the house.

In the office, we carried in one last black wall with a luxe, green velvet sofa in front of it. The rug in here pulls in a black and white geometric pattern to create a cohesive feel with the rest of the house.

As thrilled as I am to see the photos of this design now that it’s complete, I’m sad that it’s over! Let the search begin for the next client that will trust us to wallpaper their ceiling!

-dgw

Design Team: Devon Wegman and Sandra Chavez

Photography: Gene Yoon

Michigan Lakehouse

Michigan Lakehouse

We recently completed the design for a beachhouse by Lake Michigan and incorporated modern and rich, natural colors and textures throughout. Custom built-ins add texture and warmth to the living room and kitchen while also celebrating the double-height ceilings. Upstairs, we maximized the efficiency of the space with built-in bunkbeds, creating a fifth bedroom out of awkward dead space.

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Old Town Remodel

INTRODUCTION

I am so excited to reveal one of the most dramatic before and after transformations we’ve worked on to date! This client came to us with a new condo in an older, classic building that had a very unique and complex floorplan. The kitchen was poorly laid out, with minimal room for circulation and an island and column right in the middle of it. The master “suite” was the most comical, with a vanity right in the bedroom at the foot of the bed! This place needed a huge update and was a really fun one to study and design. We came up with a new solution for the floorplan, effectively creating a larger master suite with a full en-suite bathroom, a walk-in closet and a modern yet moody palette and still managed to keep a second bedroom in the layout.

BEFORE

The original kitchen was a solid yet failed attempt at making the layout work given the awkward column right in the middle. The column housed some important electrical connections so we weren’t able to remove it. However, we found a way to add even more storage and countertops while also making a more functional layout and circulation path.

The original kitchen was a solid yet failed attempt at making the layout work given the awkward column right in the middle. The column housed some important electrical connections so we weren’t able to remove it. However, we found a way to add even more storage and countertops while also making a more functional layout and circulation path.

The best part of this before reveal is the original master bedroom which literally had the bathroom vanity at the foot of the bed! The toilet and shower were just behind it, separated by a sliding barn door (which left little to the imagination).

The best part of this before reveal is the original master bedroom which literally had the bathroom vanity at the foot of the bed! The toilet and shower were just behind it, separated by a sliding barn door (which left little to the imagination).

The original master bathroom was so tight that you literally couldn’t even open the shower door all the way! It hit the toilet at the half-way point. This was a challenge to reconfigure, because in condo buildings it’s almost impossible to move plumbing connections, but we made it work!

The original master bathroom was so tight that you literally couldn’t even open the shower door all the way! It hit the toilet at the half-way point. This was a challenge to reconfigure, because in condo buildings it’s almost impossible to move plumbing connections, but we made it work!

THE DESIGN PROCESS

We always start each project with a moodboard to communicate the vision for the design before we get started. For this particular design, we pulled in rich accents with navy cabinets, black metal trim and marble textures throughout. We wanted this apartment to be modern yet warm and inviting which we achieved with sleek profiles and warm, textural materials.

We always start each project with a moodboard to communicate the vision for the design before we get started. For this particular design, we pulled in rich accents with navy cabinets, black metal trim and marble textures throughout. We wanted this apartment to be modern yet warm and inviting which we achieved with sleek profiles and warm, textural materials.

The new floorplan that we came up with maintained the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms but completely reconfigured the apartment! Off of the living room, there had been an extra den space that opened up to the room with no door. We closed that off, and created an entryway from the side, creating a new second bedroom and a larger living room. Then in the back of the apartment, we split the existing master bedroom (which originally had the bathroom INSIDE of it) into a larger master bathroom and a huge walk-in closet. We then converted what was originally the second bedroom into the new master bedroom. In order to update the master bathroom without moving any plumbing, we left the toilet in it’s original location and replaced the existing shower with the vanity, giving some breathing room between the two. We used the plumbing hookups for the original vanity and replaced it with a larger, glassed-in shower.

The new floorplan that we came up with maintained the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms but completely reconfigured the apartment! Off of the living room, there had been an extra den space that opened up to the room with no door. We closed that off, and created an entryway from the side, creating a new second bedroom and a larger living room. Then in the back of the apartment, we split the existing master bedroom (which originally had the bathroom INSIDE of it) into a larger master bathroom and a huge walk-in closet. We then converted what was originally the second bedroom into the new master bedroom. In order to update the master bathroom without moving any plumbing, we left the toilet in it’s original location and replaced the existing shower with the vanity, giving some breathing room between the two. We used the plumbing hookups for the original vanity and replaced it with a larger, glassed-in shower.

THE REVEAL

The next step after determining the new layout was to select finishes for the palette. We started with lighter, ash-colored floors throughout the condo to brighten the space up and bring in some warmth. In the kitchen, we introduced navy cabinets with flat panels on the uppers and shaker below. Brass hardware and plumbing fixtures add a feminine touch and balance out the cooler tones. Dark cabinets can feel heavy if there are too many of them, so we removed some from the corner and installed some floating wooden shelves which we stained to match the dining table in the adjacent room. To complete the kitchen, we chose quartz countertops and carried a matching large-format porcelain tile up the backsplash to mimic the look of continued countertops for a fraction of the cost!

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We carried the new, lighter floors into the master suite to contrast the moody, dark bedroom. The bedroom opens up to the new walk-in closet and en-suite master bathroom.

We carried the new, lighter floors into the master suite to contrast the moody, dark bedroom. The bedroom opens up to the new walk-in closet and en-suite master bathroom.

With the new layout of the bathroom, we were able to create a larger walk-in shower where the vanity originally was. We carried in marble-looking porcelain tiles with black metal accents and frosted the window for privacy without blocking natural light.

With the new layout of the bathroom, we were able to create a larger walk-in shower where the vanity originally was. We carried in marble-looking porcelain tiles with black metal accents and frosted the window for privacy without blocking natural light.

The new vanity tucked in where the shower originally was. We pulled in some warm wood tones and modern, clean lines to keep the space feeling fresh and spacious.

The new vanity tucked in where the shower originally was. We pulled in some warm wood tones and modern, clean lines to keep the space feeling fresh and spacious.

This was such a fun project to work with and we’re thrilled with how it came together. It’s rare that we get such a unique challenge to work on but it makes the final result so much sweeter when we have to get extra creative!

I hope you enjoyed this home tour! -dgw

Design by Devon Grace Interiors

Photos by Dustin Halleck

River City Apartments - Part Two

We’re so excited to be revealing the second part of River City Apartments renovation! In total, we renovated 448 apartments, with 14 different unit types ranging from studios to 1-beds all the way to triplex penthouses. Each one is incredibly unique and has its own set of challenges. In this tour, we’re taking you through one of the duplex 3-bed “Townhouses”. All of the townhouses in River City open up to “River Road”, an indoor sky lit atrium that resembles a private neighborhood.

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THE CHALLENGE:

Similar to what you saw in Part One, these units were incredibly dated, crowded, and inefficient. Our biggest move, was to open up the galley kitchens and create an open concept kitchen, living and dining room.

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THE PROCESS:

We really focused on modernizing these floorplans to create an open concept space with plenty of storage and an efficient kitchen layout. Upstairs, we removed a lot of closet doors and unnecessary walls to create a huge master bedroom with a walk-in closet and two standard bedrooms that share a bright, modern bathroom.

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THE REVEAL:

The first floor transformed into an incredibly bright, modern, and HUGE kitchen, living and dining area. We moved the soffit in order to expand the kitchen into the dining area (still leaving plenty of room for a dining table and chairs) and arranged appliances and plumbing along the back wall, with a huge island in front of it. We kept the finishes cohesive with the other units in here, but upgraded the countertops for a marble-look quartz to give a more special look in here and really amplify the lightness and airiness of this unit.

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The living and dining area are huge for an urban apartment. We styled the model unit with an 8-person dining table, backed with a modern gallery wall to tie in with the other model unit’s wall, and an oversized white sectional facing the TV wall. Ordinarily, I’d shy away from a pure white sofa, but this is a model unit, so YOLO! We mounted a wooden media console on the wall to frame the TV and styled the room with warm textures, organic materials and clean, modern profiles.

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This gallery wall is one of my favorites we’ve done. We pulled in nostalgic imagery to relate to the building’s branding and added a mirror in to reflect the living room and tie the spaces together. To top it off, We added a wall sconce to arch over the dining table add another light level.

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In the front of the unit, the townhouses have a laundry room with a washer dryer and space for shelving or a desk as well as room for a reading nook to create a cozy first impression from the entryway.

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The townhouses also have a powder room tucked up front, where we pulled in a wooden accent tile to add an unexpected pop.

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Moving upstairs, we’ve got two bedrooms, one that we styled as a bedroom and the other as an office.

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The two bedrooms share a bathroom that we updated with a modern, textural tile in the shower and concrete-looking floor tiles, similar to the other units, as well as a wooden vanity with a white quartz countertop.

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Completing the second level, there is a HUGE master bedroom overlooking the city skyline and river. We styled this room in the model with a king bed, a console table with a TV and a desk in the nook behind the walk-in closet. We kept this room bright and white with textural bed linens along with wood in the desk and concrete in the console table to tie into the finishes we brought into this unit.

The master bath isn’t huge, so we had to get creative to brighten it up and make it feel more spacious. We weren’t able to expand it due to existing plumbing locations, however, we opened up the wall between the vanity and the toilet to create one unified room and then maximized the space with a linen cabinet tucked behind the door where there originally was another tiny, cramped closet. Bright, natural textures modernize the bathroom and make it feel luxurious and cohesive with the rest of the unit.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this tour! I had the best time working on this project and I’m so proud of how it turned out. This space has been completely updated to be relevant with today’s expectations while still tying in with Bertrand Goldberg’s original unique design. If you’re interested in touring the apartments or learning about the building further, check out the website to schedule a showing!

River City Apartments - Part One

We are so excited to be sharing the behind the scenes tour of the renovations we designed for the newly minted River City Apartments here in Chicago.  Today, we're sharing some before and afters and walking you through our design for these updated units.

THE CHALLENGE:

There's no use in sugar-coating it, these units were in ROUGH shape when we started.  Most units had original finishes, fixtures and layouts, which were very compartmentalized and felt crowded, dark and impractical.  

I felt like everywhere I looked there were doors. Areas were divided and closets were tucked everywhere...even when they weren't practical to access.  Our first priority was to clean up the layouts and make them feel more spacious and efficient for users.  From there, we aimed to brighten up the space and introduce more modern, warm finishes. 

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THE PROCESS:

The entire team agreed we wanted to honor the existing modern architecture of the building but brighten up the units with warm, natural textures.  We immediately gravitated towards inspiration images that pulled in white walls, concrete textures and warm wood tones.

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From there, we created a moodboard, highlighting the finishes and textures we wanted to incorporate into the design.  We primarily focused on natural and organic textures, pulling in  the lines from the concrete structure and curves from the serpentine design of the building. 

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The palette that emerged included concrete tiles and counters, wood accents and floors and sculptural wall tiles.

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We cleaned up the floorplans, taking advantage of the existing large bedroom and living space and cleaning up the closet layouts to make the space more efficient and practical for today's standards of living.  The Junior 1-Bed units have an open concept kitchen spilling into a large living room with the iconic curved windows.  A sliding barn-door separates a huge bedroom, large enough to fit a king-bed comfortably.  The custom closets along the back wall provide plenty of space for one or two people to share.  The front area includes a washer/dryer space, a coat closet and a large bathroom opening up off the kitchen.

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THE REVEAL:

We completely opened up the kitchen and incorporated modern, clean lines into the cabinets to really brighten up the space.  Wooden upper cabinets tie in with the light wood floors and add warmth to the white lacquer lowers and concrete-looking countertop.  We incorporated a unique, sculptural backsplash, imported from Spain to add a dramatic texture and tie in to the fluid forms of the building.

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The kitchen opens up to a bright, large living room, featuring the iconic curved window.  We styled the living room with retro-inspired modern furnishings and created an area that users can unwind in at the end of the day or comfortably entertain in.

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A barn door separates the living room from the bedroom where we styled a modern king-bed along with a full-sized dresser and accessories to tie the space together with the living room.

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The bathroom off of the living room mimics the kitchen with a modern wood vanity, concrete-look floors and a white quartz countertop.  

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I hope you guys enjoyed this tour!  If you're interested in learning more about the River City Apartments and want to schedule a showing, check out their new website here.  At the end of the week, we'll be sharing a behind the scenes look of one of the duplex townhouses next!

Modern Farmhouse Project

I absolutely love when clients have a special focal point that they want to focus a project on. This particular family reached out about a family room and mudroom addition that they were working on for their home. They were building out a back deck and adding on a mudroom leading into their open concept family room and kitchen. The client wanted to create a space that was cohesive with the sophisticated, modern front half of the house with a subtle modern farmhouse twist to add a casual element to the space. The added challenge: incorporate the great-grandfather’s antique cash register (weighing several hundred pounds). Challenge accepted!

To start, we incorporated bright white built-ins for the mudroom with a reclaimed wood (from a Wisconsin barn) backing to add some texture and warmth. Each family member get’s their own cubby space with room for shoes below the bench and a basket above their coats. Along the side wall, we incorporated a blue glazed brick tile, installed in a herringbone pattern to tie in with backsplash in their existing kitchen. Beneath the countertop, we built out a custom dog gate by Icon Modern for their two little french bulldogs to sleep in.

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Moving into the family room, we pulled in a huge corner sectional from Lee Industries upholstered with a denim-look fabric to suggest a more casual atmosphere. We loaded the sectional with textural throw pillows to add some playfulness. To round out the seating, we included some cane accent chairs and hand-knit poufs in front of the fireplace. Grounding everything together is a cast-concrete coffee table to tie in with the concrete-look tiles on the mudroom floor.

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At the back wall, we’ve opened up the family room to the new deck with modern black french doors, matching the single entryway to the mudroom from the deck. Between the doors and the mudroom entryway, we brought in a large tapestry by Lauren Williams, adding a some texture and intrigue to the back wall, which can be seen through the entire first floor.

Most importantly, along the side wall, we created a custom built-in with Ganas Manufacturing, reinforced with steel supports to showcase the family cash register. The reclaimed wood top mimics the wood incorporated in the mudroom built-ins while the black steel supports allude to the doors. Vintage cabinet pulls tie into the delicate curves and sculptural forms of the register, creating a larger unit altogether. Behind the built-in, we installed a hand-painted wallcovering by Vahallan, reminiscent of a wall stripped of tiles. Reclaimed wood floating shelves provide space for the family to display photos and other significant pieces.

In the front of the house, we worked with some existing pieces and helped the client’s complete their living room after removing the dining table. We replaced the table and chandelier with a credenza and pendant lights to create a bar area for entertaining. In the living room, we pulled in sculptural accent chairs that tied in with the existing color palette will alluding to the silhouettes of the chairs in the family room.

Lastly, in the butler’s pantry, we installed a geometric accent tile by Ann Sacks to add some interest and speak to the angular herringbone patterns in the kitchen and mudroom.

We are thrilled with how this project came together and love that we finally have some modern farmhouse in our portfolio! We always love bringing a client’s own style to life and creating a space that truly reflects those who live in it.

Photography by Dustin Halleck

Illume Condo

Our latest tour takes you through the new condo we just completed in West Loop’s newest building, Illume. We used wallcoverings and custom built-ins to add some personality for this adorable young family. This concrete wallcovering creates a textural accent wall in the living room and ties in with the industrial nature of the neighborhood. For the media console, we wanted to create some closed storage for the kid’s toys and a spot to tuck a pouf for additional seating. We worked with Icon Modern to create an asymmetrical live-edge surface with sleek closed storage below.

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In the dining area, we tied in the concrete texture with the extendable table and surrounded it with sculptural, woven chairs, carrying the global-inspired theme through the home. To keep things cohesive, we chose woven counterstools to balance things out.

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In the entryway and hallway, we kept things simple and clean to mitigate clutter but still added in some personality with a gallery wall of family photos along with oversized hooks and a mirror to expand the space.

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We carried the theme of moody wall-coverings into the powder room with a global-inspired black on black paper by Relativity Textiles.

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Last but not least, we added some moody textures to the master bedroom to create cohesion with the rest of the apartment, and of course a dreamy wallcovering to complete the space.

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All photography is by Dustin Halleck

Pilsen Home

We just wrapped up the first floor design for a family of seven in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood and we are so excited to share the photos! This home needed comfortable, family-friendly pieces that look polished and modern. In the living room, we worked with Icon Modern to build a custom TV-cabinet so that the family can hide the TV when it’s not in use, and sprawl out on the corner sectional to relax with a movie when it’s open.

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In the dining room, which had originally been the family room, we worked with the existing white-lacquer paneling above the fireplace and built a floating shelf into the bottom of it, allowing us to arrange oversized artwork and hide the opening for a TV. We used FLOR tiles to create a stain-resistance area rug that accommodates the custom table for 12.

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Van Buren Model Unit 2 Bedroom

We used a more feminine palate for the two bedroom model unit in the Van Buren building. In both rooms we incorporated a variety of textures but kept the colors pretty neutral. The “Rose s’il vous plait” print is oversize so it makes quite a statement and adds a playful touch.

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Thanks for checking out this model unit. We have lots of new projects being photographed in upcoming weeks - stay tuned for more!

Van Buren Model Unit 1 Bedroom

This is the first of two model units we did for the new Van Buren building in the West Loop neighborhood in Chicago. We focused on clean lines to echo the modern vibe of the new build. Here are a few of our favorite scenes from the one bedroom, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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The blue bed adds quite a pop of color to an otherwise simple and sleek bedroom. Plush velvet brings warmth and texture.

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The living space in the apartment is open concept so we wanted to keep the design simple and cohesive. Using the same lamp on the office desk and the couch ties the spaces together.

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The open concept kitchen takes advantage of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows throughout the apartment.

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We hope you enjoyed this apartment tour as much as we loved putting it together! Stay tuned next week for the two bedroom next door.

West Loop Townhouse Reveal

We have an exciting new reveal today featuring a project that was almost a year in the making.  This client moved into a 3 bedroom new-construction penthouse in West Loop from a 1-bedroom apartment and needed all new furniture to fill it up.  Starting with wallpaper, light fixtures and window treatments to set the scene, Devon incorporated a clean, modern aesthetic into the space with touches of modern industrial to reflect the neighborhood. Family antiques were thoughtfully introduced to balance the modern base. 

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The space is set up for entertaining with a large living area complete with green velvet sculptural accent chairs. 

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The dining area  sets a dramatic tone with a dripping black metal chandelier and a bold diptych on a silk wallpaper.  To balance the dining area out, Devon incorporated an antique corner cabinet that belonged to the client and had it refinished with MegMade to modernize it and help it fit with the rest of the space.  

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The master bedroom is one of Devon's favorite's yet.  The accent wall behind the bed is a suede wallpaper, adding a soft touch to the room along with a moody, dramatic statement.  Everything in this room was kept simple and clean, to provide a calm space for the clients to recharge each night.  

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We hope you enjoyed the reveal!  See you next time!

All photos by Dustin Halleck

FORD Models Chicago

We had the honor of completing not one, but two of the offices for Ford Models this past year.  Here's a look inside at the minimal, modern and industrial space we designed for their new Chicago office.  

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We pulled in elements similar to those seen their New York office, such as a monochromatic palette with rich textures and clean lines.  To tie the brand into their new neighborhood, we blended the sleek, modern aesthetic with the industrial vibe of the West Loop using exposed concrete floors and rich wood accents.

A modern, black and white gallery wall showcases their new work in the reception area.  

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The model lounge provides a space for models to relax in between meetings.  We layered a lot of textures in here such as suede drapes, a hide rug, a tufted bench and a velvet sofa to give a rich, inviting feel. 

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The open office is sleek and clean, with white benching stations along the windows and floating shelving to display model cards throughout.  Relativity Textiles created a custom plaid wallcovering to introduce a subtle texture throughout and breakup the white walls.

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And finally, the conference room gets right to business with a white lacquer table, black leather and gold chairs, and a black strung light fixture.

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We hope you love the space as much as we do!  If you want to see what we did in Ford's New York office, check out the tour MyDomaine featured here.

 

Design by Devon Grace Interiors

Photography by Dustin Halleck

Timeless "Trends" for 2018

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In my opinion, a great designer creates a space that is timeless and tailored to a client's specific aesthetic, not one that is trendy and will need to be redone in two years.  For this reason, I typically tend to tune-out when I hear of the latest trends, however there were a few that caught my attention for 2018 that I think are worth exploring.  Read on to see the three "trends" predicted for 2018 that I believe are here to stay and will leave you with a design that you can enjoy for many years to come.

1- Monochromatic Decor:

I know, surprise surprise, I love monochromatic decor.  While this has now been labeled "trendy", in my opinion there is nothing like a neutral color palette to create a timeless canvas for your space.  If you like trends or colors that change over time, bring them in as small accessories which will fit in perfectly with your cohesive, "tone on tone" backdrop.  Monochromatic palettes also allow natural materials like woods, metals and greenery to really pop and become the focal points of the room which adds a level of elegance and sophistication.

DGI design for Ford Models NYC Office

DGI design for Ford Models NYC Office

2- Mixed Metals:

You can trace this "trend" back centuries.  In fact, I think this is the safest way to introduce a new metal if you're nervous about how it'll age with you.  Matte black piquing your interest?  Or satin brass?  Mix them in with some chrome fixtures to balance things out.  My general rule of thumb is to stick to two or three per room.  Any more than that and you risk visual clutter.  The kitchen is a great room to try this in.  If you have stainless appliances, add chrome plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware with some copper accessories styled throughout.

DGI design for Seven 10 West

DGI design for Seven 10 West

3- Greenery:

If you've ready any of my previous blogs, you'll know that I am obsessed with creating healthy homes and healthy spaces.  One of the BEST ways to do this while enhancing the decor is adding in plants!  Check out my post on 5 Houseplants You Need in Your Life if you need ideas to get started.  

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