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.


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