Linc’s Ledger | December 2016

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

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SAVE THE DATE ANOTHER DOOR OPENS JANUARY 18th

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 www.AnotherDoorChicago.com. 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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MODERN DECORATION MAGAZINE AWARDS IN SHENZHEN CHINA- 1st PLACE WINNER

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 MAGAZINE’S NAPA VALLEY SHOWHOUSE WITH KIM SCODRO

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.

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SAVE THE DATE IIDA’s STITCH

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!

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WAYFAIR INTERIOR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2017

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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TOTALLY FLOORED

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.

ipOAKBROOK GUT REHAB BEFORE AND DEMO

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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Crain’s Chicago Business, click here for full article >>

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Lux Woman, Portugal

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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In-SITE: Church Project, Construction and Finishes

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We’ve made a lot of headway since we last shared progress photos.  With ceiling heights soaring at 25′, scaffolding is a must during construction.  Shown above is a view of the family room just after the fireplace was built out.  The ceiling was opened up to expose the scissor trusses and turned buckle details (photo below).

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This is the view from the second floor overlooking the family room and the grand fireplace.  Cut-outs on the right of fireplace are for log storage. The fireplace is the focal point of the room and clad in stone slabs from TransCeramica.

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Family Room and Kitchen

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IMG_2556 Stained glass windows will be the focal point of the kitchen.  Kitchen cabinetry is custom hickory, floors are white oak, counters are white quartzite from Caesar Stone.

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Turn buckle ceiling detail

We also wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of the finishes…

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Powder Room Floor Tile

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Kid’s Bath, Flooring

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Picture Lights in Hallway

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Stay tuned for more progress photos.

– Linc

In-SITE: Farmhouse Framing

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Our farmhouse is under construction! Framing began on July 5th, only a month from beginning framing the house was up. We set the floor trusses and then began framing the walls. Second floor trusses were craned in then we added exterior walls and sheathing. After all the walls were framed the roof went up and then the windows went in.

The site faces the golf course so views are just magnificent from the second floor. The house is nestled into the natural landscape with fully mature trees.  Stay tuned for our next post, we’ll be roughing in plumbing, hvac and electrical.

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Linc’s Ledger- June

Hi everyone!

It’s been a busy spring.  Things are moving forward with the Farmhouse and Church projects.  Thanks so much to Kitchen and Bath Trends for featuring me for their May Designer Spotlight and Kitchen & Bath Design News for featuring me on the cover!  So exciting to be in last week’s Sun-Times SPLASH!  This year’s Guerrilla Truck Show was so much fun, below are some photos.  I have an upcoming show at Buckingham ID this fall during Design Harvest- stay tuned for details!

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In my truck in front of my new series, “Vintage USPS Bags”

A few of my favorite photos during the show this year….despite the rain we had a good time!

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Recent Press

Chicago Suntimes SPLASH, http://splash.suntimes.com/2014/06/03/sho-interior-life-playing-house/#.U5ChSRbt43Y

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Kitchen + Bath Design News, http://www.forresidentialpros.com/article/11318355/kitchen-offers-the-best-of-both-worlds

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make it better, http://www.makeitbetter.net/at-home/beautiful-home/6124-deerfield-home-brings-city-chic-to-the-suburbs

mit_covermib_may_1_2mib_p3mib_p4kitchen bath trends, http://www.kitchenbathtrends.com/2014/04/spotlight-designer-linc-thelen/
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Material Girls, http://materialgirlsblog.com/chicago/2014/04/12/the-perfect-artist-canvas/lt_material_girls_april14

IN-SITE: Church Drawings + Inspiration

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This month’s post is an introduction to one of my dream projects – a church conversion to a single family home. I have teamed up with my good friend and architect Elissa Scrafano. Over the past year we’ve created a design that will evolve into a stunning piece of architecture once completed.  This would not be possible without having imaginative clients that value innovative design.

This church was built in the early 1900’s .  The architecture offers unique possibilities that are not common in traditional homes:

-Vaulted ceilings create expansive space and a sense of awe.

– Large arched stained glass windows flood the space with natural light.

– Exposed brick provides texture, richness and character.

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Although we will take cues from the existing functionality of the site, we plan to create unexpected elements and pairings fit for this young urban family.  Below are some design details we are using as inspiration for the project.  As you can see, there is a juxtaposition between the rustic and refined.  We’ll be blogging and photo documenting the progress of the project as it develops. Hope you enjoy the ride!

-Linc Thelen

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Dining Concepts and Details:

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Living room volumetric space concepts:

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Interesting stair treatments:
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Kitchen cabinetry and finishes:

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Bathroom Ideas:

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IN-SITE: Farmhouse Inspiration

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This is the first post of a new column called, “IN-SIGHT”.  Over the next year I will be sharing two amazing projects with you- a new construction modern farmhouse in Michigan and a conversion of an old church into a single family home in Little Italy.

Modern Farmhouse-  It all starts with a client, a piece of land and a creative vision. Building a new home can be a fun but challenging process.  This blog will allow me the opportunity to share how the creative process evolves into reality.

The first thing we did before hitting the sketch pad was determine the size of the home and budget. Then we started collecting inspirational photos.  I’ve posted our ides below.  Which is your favorite detail?  I love the barn doors and outdoor shower.  We’ll be posting progress each month- see you soon!  -Linc Thelen

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