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.

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Before:
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)

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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.

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

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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.

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Before:
I can’t even think of anything fun to say about this……..help.

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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.

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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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