Modern Renovation and Design

This story begins with a young family looking for the modern feel so they purchased a 1980’s home to renovate. A daunting task to complete, but a vision well-worth seeing through. This is where I step in and provide architectural, interior design and contracting services.

A sleek and sexy kitchen using white lacquered cabinets from Poggen Pohl. The center piece that anchors the island was a structural column that we wrapped and painted in high gloss lacquer.
The living room was closed off, dark and needed to be more inviting.
We opened up the back wall to the kitchen, allowing more movement throughout the house. The wooden rafters were drywalled and all the windows and doors were replaced.
This fireplace was definitely not the focal point we were looking for.
We re-invented it with modern wave tiles and a new surround.
Small bathrooms can be grand with the right design.
The interesting thing, architecturally, is that the sink and shower faucets come up from the floor. If you look closely you can see the shower head comes from the floor instead of the wall.
Special thanks to the clients who brought me in on this project and acted as a driving force for creating a sleek, modern home.

Behind the Scenes: Open House on NBC

Behind the scene photos from filming an episode of Open House on NBC.  To be aired on December 2nd. at 11:30 am.  What a great time filming,  we had many laughs at my expense. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Victorian Renovation and Design

Designing for a family of four, two beautiful young girls, and — of course — one golden retriever.  My vision for the Victorian home was to brighten up the space with youthful colors and rustic elements with a fresh, clean look. I incorporated Chicago based artisans, artists and suppliers to reflect my vision.


First thought when I saw this kitchen was, “I’m going to tear out this awful island, brighten up the cabinets and add some architectural details.” I purchased an old butcher block table from Scout. (Thanks to Larry Vodak)


Add warmth and character to your kitchen Island by using an old butcher block table.
Add extra interest by changing a common door to a barn style door with exposed track.


Dining room in darkness with poor porportions and Crate & Barrel Furniture (Need I say more?)


I found reclaimed wood taken from a South Shore Chicago school that we used for the dining room table, and the chairs are from a jury house. Lined fabrics, custom bench and new wood window coverings. Vintage, original bus signs purchased from Classic Remix.


I can’t even think of anything fun to say about this……


Special credit to Todd Mack for his original artwork purchased from Foursided. He used sign-letters that spell out famous people who lived in Chicago. He painted them white which gave the peice the modern look I was going for.


All About the Photos — An ecclectic mix of memories captured in photographs, music albums and vintage signage. I wanted to create a room that was personal with the family.
This all couldn’t have been done if I didn’t have a wonderful family in need of a make-over. I thank them for the opportunity to be part of the family and to create a Linc Thelen Design home.