Linc’s Ledger | December 2016

happy.jpgIt’s been one heck of a year!  Wishing you an amazing 2017.  -Linc



I’m thrilled to be participating in Another Door Opens at Architectural Artifacts, Inc. on Jan. 18th where 60 of Chicago’s most creative minds come together to re-imagine vintage doors. Another Door Opens is Chicago’s premiere design event. Tickets are on sale now at 100% of proceeds benefit Chicago House and Social Service Agency.  The event is expected to sell out for the second year in a row- purchase tickets here.

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The award ceremony for the 14th annual Modern Decoration International Media Award was held at the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai on Dec.5th in China. The Church Conversion  was awarded 1st place for the Annual Residential Space Award.  I am humbled and honored and feel extremely grateful to have been so welcomed in Shenzhen for the ceremony!  Pinch me please.

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TRADITIONAL HOME’S 5TH ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY SHOWHOUSE is from December 5th through January 8th.  You still have some time to swing by if you are in the bay area.  The home combines lush gardens, distinctive architecture, and world-class culinary experiences. Chicago interior designer, Kim Scodro was invited to create the great room and requested a colorful piece of art for above the fireplace.  Kim’s room is pictured below.  Her work is stunning and it was such a pleasure working with her and her talented team.




Stitch is back for the 12th anniversary, and this year the theme is Sweet Home Chicago! Models will strut the runway on March 2, 2017 at the House of Blues Chicago. This year teams will be creating garments!  I’m honored to have been selected as a judge for this year. Hope to see you there!




As the winner for 2016 Designer of the Year I was invited to New York City to present the 2017 Designer of the Year on Thursday March 23rd. Who will it be? Stay tuned…

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Honored to have been asked by Flor to provide the backdrop for their new catalog.  Pictured below are their cool new carpet tile designs in our Church Conversion.


Our project in Oakbrook is a complete gut rehab, scope of work including architectural drawings, design and construction management. This project is a real transformation from an old and outdated home to a sleek modern interior.  Stay tuned for more progress photos next time- you won’t believe it’s the same home.  Pictured below are images showing the fireplace removal and where the new kitchen will be located.

rpRecent press includes: Crain’s Chicago Business, Lux Woman, Kitchen & Bath Business, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Splash, Centras and American Lifestyle, a few of our favorites are below.


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Linc’s LEDGER August 2016

It’s been a while since we last wrote you.  We’ve received several awards including Wayfair’s Interior Designer of the Year.  In April I was asked to attend High Point Market in North Carolina and style the Wayfair Design Lounge. In addition we celebrated a win for the Church Conversion with Scrafano Architects at Architectural Artifacts for AIA’s Small Projects Awards.  My work has been officially installed at the Prudential Building so please stop by the lobby if you are in the loop.  We’ve had dozens of press placements in the last few months with three covers.  We’ve included some of our favorites including Chicago Magazine’s feature on our Michigan Farmhouse.  Below is a photo of new work in our new office and studio.  Please note we have moved.  Thank you all for your continued support and hope to see you soon!  -Linc


As many of you know I received the 2016 Trade Tastemaker Award for Interior Designer of the Year, watch the video here.

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We’ve MOVED!  Please make a note of our new address:

Linc Thelen Design
1620 W. Carrol Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612


We were recently awarded an AIA award for small projects with Scarfano Architects, our team pictured below.







Recent press includes: Wall Street Journal, Sophisticated Living, Kitchen Bath Trends, iw China, Decorist, Luxe Interiors + Design,  Chicago Home + Garden, CS, Mit Gottes Sega, HGTV, and 20 Private Wohn, a few of our favorites are below.






HOUSE SMARTS, we were recently featured on House Smarts TV, for the full tour click here.

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Linc’s Ledger: March Madness

1st quarter is off to a great start and I wanted to fill you in on the latest happenings.  This year’s Pantone color of the year is actually two colors- Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Our friend and talented designer Brynn Olson appeared on Windy City Live to demonstrate how to integrate these colors into your home without breaking the bank.  Brynn brought one of my paintings into the studio (shown on stage left) Watch the story here.Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 1.11.58 PM.png

In January we had the pleasure of participating in Architectural Artifacts- Another Door Opens where 30 designers and artists were asked to reimagine vintage doors for a philanthropic auction.  We are so pleased to have been part of raising $50,000 for Chicago House.


In February we were honored by HGTV as their designer of the month!  View my profile here.

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The Prudential Building was one of the first skyscrapers built in Chicago after World War II. It had the highest roof in the city at the time. I’ll be displaying work this Spring at the Prudential Building’s lobby- stay tuned for more details.


Photo by Eric Allix Rogers

I’m excited to share with you some new studio work:

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To see more work, check out my digital magazine here.

A few new and noteworthy new press features:



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Linc’s Ledger: November 2015

12238031_10208479730056748_3596273578998972505_oI am excited to share some special news with you!  I am a finalist for Interior Design Magazine’s Best of the Year Awards.  This is one of the most pretigious national award competitions in our industry and I am so honored!  We’ll be heading to NYC December 3rd for the award ceremony. Fingers crossed!  I also wanted to share some recent press.  I’ve finally made my new family proud with the placement in Architectural Digest Mexico!

Happy Thanksgiving,

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Linc’s Ledger October 2015


Hi Everyone-

So many exciting things happening.  I just returned from an inspiring trip to Italy with my wife Irene to celebrate out 1st wedding anniversary.  Our church project has gone viral!  It’s not too late to vote for our nominated projects for HGTV’s Fresh Faces Awards.  I have work on exhibit at Florense and Artemide. I also wanted to share with you some of our favorite press!  We’ve been featured over 100 times in print and online in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, China, Greece, France, Spain, Mexico and Israel.


Lonny Magazine,

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French Architecture Magazine:

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Casas Interiores:

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Objekt Magazine:

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For more print press please visit,


Architectural Digest RussiaArch DailyMartha StewartArchitectural RecordGessatoDesign MilkContemporist, Details MagazineApartment Therapy and Home Adore.

For more online press please visit,

Artemide Installation:

Founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi, the Artemide Group is an Italian design icon and an international leader in the field of lighting. Aside from being responsible for producing some of the world’s most notable lights, the Tizio designed by Richard Sapper and the Tolomeo by Michele De Lucchi, Artemide is recognized as a design innovator who continually works with globally renowned architects and designers including; Sir Norman Foster; Ettore Sottsass; Enzo Mari; Karim Rashid and Mario Botta. Artemide lamps are featured in permanent museum collections including the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The pieces I created for Artemide are part of their permanent collection. The works draw inspiration from architecture, design and art.  They are a representation of lighting and design manifesting the painting process with a minimal approach.  The paintings are stretched with raw canvas not primed, graphite pencil, with white, black and red paint.

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I recently participated in River North Design District’s Gallery Walk.  My artwork is displayed at Florense until November 11th.

HGTV Fresh Faces Awards
I have been nominated for HGTV’s Fresh Faces Awards in two categories: Kid-Tastic Spaces and Kitchen and Dining. I would love if you could vote for me. Out of thousands of designers they have chosen 10 designers per category so it’s pretty cool to be included.

hgtvJust click on the link, scroll down to Kitchen & Dining and Kid-Tastic Spaces.  I am in both categories.  Click on my project scroll through all the images  after the images a small blue tab will come up saying ready to vote. Click on it and then click on my project.  You will need to do this on both projects.

Please forward this email to everyone you know.  Voting lasts one month and you can vote once daily.  Links and more instructions below.  It’s a little tricky and we appreciate your support!

Voting link for Kitchen Dining Category:


Voting link for Kid-Tastic Spaces Category:


Need HELP?
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In-Site: Evanston New Construction

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I’m really excited to share some information about my new projects in Evanston.  I am working with BKM Development Company- we are teaming up again after working together on the Farragut Houses.  The architect is Mayer Jeffers Gillespie and I am the lead project designer.  The project consists of 3 new construction single family homes- each 4500 sqft with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths.

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The building’s exterior is made of steel, cement board and Ipe accents.  An interior open staircase provides a sculptural detail and is open from the basement to the top floor.  Above the garage there is a finished loft that could function as an office, studio or apartment.  Interior flooring is wide plank white oak.  Ceilings are pitched in the master bedroom and fireplace designs in the master and living room are modern using an aged raw cedar.


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As a seasoned interior designer I know the kitchen is the heart of the home and wanted to create a sleek modern design with a retro-vibe.

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Kitchen hi-lights include:
-Full slab Neolith countertops and backsplash
-Kitchen is completely custom designed by Linc Thelen Design and built by Homethings
-Includes lots of storage including a large pantry and wine bar
-Cabinets are a textured laminate by Uniboard and work well with the barstools and decorative lighting

A few inspiration images for the kitchen design:

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Here are some recent construction photos:

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Sophisticated Living Features Church Renovation

SL_0715_LT_sm_Page_01I am delighted to be featured in the July issue of Sophisticated Living and just over the moon about my project being featured on the cover.  Special thanks to Diana Bitting for her word smithing and the talented photographer Anthony Tahlier.  I am so grateful to have amazing clients!  Below is the full article, to read online click here>>SL_0715_LT_sm_Page_06SL_0715_LT_sm_Page_07
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Save the Date: Friday, September 11th for RNDD’s Fall Gallery Walk

CGN_ad_rndd The River North Design District (RNDD) is proud to announce their participation in this year’s annual River North Fall Gallery Walk on Friday September 11th 2015. Each participating showroom will be exhibiting artwork from some of the brightest stars in the art world today and I am honored to be part of the line up.   Most of the showrooms will be open until 10pm. The works will be exhibited until November 11th, 2015 during normal business hours.  I’ll be exhibiting at Florense and will be showing new work from my Traverse exhibition.

RSVP via Facebook and visit for more information and to view a map of participating showrooms.

Linc Thelen’s Traverse On Exhibit at Florense:
300 W Ontario, Chicago IL 60654

Painting for over two decades, Linc Thelen’s style fuses classical training with a modern perspective. Thelen’s works consist of abstract paintings described as dream-like and esoteric layered with calming emotion- an attempt to deconstruct the form. Thelen received his BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. Please visit for more information.

About Traverse
Linc Thelen’s new series “Traverse” is a study of lines and their intersections. By incorporating the fundamental use of light, texture and color he creates spontaneous emotion, which reflects the fluidity of life. The work represents real life metaphors relating to human relationships and the evolution of time.