Linc’s Ledger: February

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Hi Everyone-

It’s been a very exciting winter!  The church and farmhouse projects are coming along well.  Thanks so much for all your positive feedback on my IN-SITE column!  I was recently  awarded “Best Of Houzz”.

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In addition I’ve had a few press placements including the prestigious style makers in Luxe Interiors + Design and HGTV.  Thanks so much for your continued support.

-Linc

Recent Press:

Our Dining Room was featured in HGTV’s 2015 Trends Gallery! The editorial team looked at hundreds of design professionals and thousands of pictures to create this gallery. They picked the best forward-thinking design professionals to be a part of it. I am honored.

DSC_3966 So grateful to be featured in the winter issue of Luxe Interiors + Design as a Style Maker!

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Encompass was featured in Sun-Times SPLASH!SHO_LT_12414

Houzz“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of homebuilding, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Linc Thelen among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

One King’s Lane recently asked me “What is your Chair Crush?”

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There are so many sharp chairs to choose from but can’t deny the Madison Leather Barrel Chair in Rouge is my favorite-This barrel chair is upholstered in chic, rich burgundy leather and trimmed in silvery nail heads with an antiqued finish. And the best part? Made in the USA.

 

Have you heard about Refined Haystack? This new site is a hyper-local online resource where designers, showrooms, stores and clients come together to connect, share feedback and information, inspire ideas and facilitate the design process. We are so thrilled to have a profile on Refined Haystack.  Click here to view>>

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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_2554This is one of my favorite spots in the house.  Colleen’s office overlooks the entire living space from above.

IMG_2544This is the bell tower, a very vertical space with a 30′ ceiling height.  The room will have a glass floor.  We’re still unsure what this room will be used for.  So many possibilities!

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

Powder bath schoolhouse electric

Powder Room Schoolhouse Light Fixture

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Kid’s Bathroom, Pittock Sconce

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Nursery Wallcovering

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Kid’s Bath, Flooring

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Powder Room, Flooring

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Picture Lights in Hallway

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Stay tuned for more progress photos.

– Linc

Bold Design and Cool Patterns

This month’s post is about implementing bold design and cool patterns.  As a Chicago Interior Designer and artist I have been fortunate enough to have clients who allow me to be creative and do what I love.  Special thanks to Pam from Duralee, Wanye from Kravet, Lesile from Area International and Ninfa from Schumacher for their time and dedication to creating products that truly inspire.

Below are some of my favorite projects which incorporate bold colors and patterns.  Whether it be a splash of color with art, furniture, accessories, wallpaper, rug or a funky upholstery fabric, going bold has never been more fun!

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In this project I combined yellow, blue and red with furniture, lighting and accessories to make this vignette really pop. The subtle pattern in the chest and shape of the mirror turns an ordinary hallway foyer into a fun and stylish place- setting the overall tone for the home.

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Every baby needs a stylish “crib”. The baby’s room I designed for my client is hip and cool with built ins for storage, a touch of green and a great patterned wallpaper. Furniture is light and bright, with one statement piece. No baby should be without a classic Eames rocking chair.

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This living room I designed is clean-lined and modern. I added a punch of color with throw pillows. It’s easy to change the palette out with the seasons. A striped painting I created titled “Architect Series #3”, hangs on the wall and gives this room it’s bold charm.

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This dining room I recently completed includes:
-Hi-impact artwork
-Elegant charcoal grasscloth wallcovering
-Great accessories that bring in texture and interesting shapes
-Unique light fixture from Arteriors Home
-Comfortable Seating
-The dining room table was designed to fit the exact dimensions of the space
-Custom console table
-Great trim adds the finishing touches to the room, wainscoting, crown and window trim
Bold patterns were used on the upholstery and the large scale painting I created.

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Never know what to do with your collection of coffee table books? Build a wood rail for display and add a museum quality to the space. Pattern and color can come from unexpected places.

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A colorful den for teenagers is splashed with bold color and pattern with artwork, a geometric rug, accents of pink pillows and window shades and pop of blue, red and green.

Want to add a punch of pattern or color in your home?  Contact me at linc@ltdesignltd.com for a consultation.

Highlights of the Year

Untitled DESIGN PROJECT FEATURED IN INTERIORS CHICAGO

It was a huge honor to have one of my design projects featured in Interiors Chicago.  Thank you to the writer, Barri Leiner Grant for her eloquence and to Diana Bitting for publishing one of my favorite projects.

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REVISION HOME

On February 7th Revision Home featured “CURATED” where three talented designers worked their magic with the store’s new inventory.  Aimee Wertepny, Sean Cowan and Jennie Bishop were the celebrated designers who curated room scenes and  incorporated my artwork.  It was such an honor for one of my paintings to be featured in Interiors Chicago as part of Jennie Bishop’s vignette featured this past winter.  Some of my work is now available at Revision Home’s online store.

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Linc Thelen and Aimee Wertepny

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Craig Faust, Linc Thelen and Sean Cowan

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ADVERSITY, SOLO SHOW

Over 250 guests gathering for the opening of my recent show “Adversity” on April 19th at the Zhou B Art Center. Guests enjoyed cocktails from the Zhou B Café & Art Lounge while previewing my recent work. The collection featured large oils on canvas, the largest measuring 133″ x 96″.

“While the idea that art need not conform to a traditional aesthetic in order to accomplish its goals is hardly revolutionary, Thelen’s choice to apply abstract techniques to well-known classical paintings emphasizes this idea in a singularly vivid and thought-provoking manner. By applying expressive abstract techniques to canonical works of art such as the “Raft of the Medusa,” Thelen preserves and even heightens the emotion and intensity the originals convey. Thelen is a poet in oil paint. His carefully selected color schemes and bold brushstrokes reach beyond the physical reality of the images, accessing the fervor beneath the form.” -Emma Collins, Chicago Weekly

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“Mr. Thelen’s adaptation of the Raft of the Medusa, vaguely reminiscent of Géricault’s 1819 composition, illustrates the survivors of the wreck of the French naval frigate, Méduse, off the coast of North Africa. After enduring 13 days upon a hurriedly constructed raft, all but 15 of the 147 crew perished. In Mr. Thelen’s version loose, soft gestural marks create ghostlike impressions of those who have given up hope and approach death. The painting is a haunting glimpse of what is to be on the raft, to have lost everything. Indicated by stronger gestural marks, the survivors who might yet be rescued speak of hope amid despair.” -Mary A. Osborne, examiner.com

ADVERSITY PRESS

Below is some press about the show.  Click on the images to read the full article online.Circle in the Fire | The Chicago Weekly Circle in the Fire | The Chicago WeeklyThe Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc The Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc The Secret Life of High-End Chicago Architectural Designer Linc

JEAN DE MERRY DINNER WITH ELLE DECOR’S MICHAEL BOODRO

On June 6th I was invited to an intimate dinner hosted by Jean de Merry with the Editor of Elle Decor at the Chicago Arts Club.  The dinner brought together top designers and artisans from LA, Chicago and New York.

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Irene Duarte, Michael Boodro (Editor in Chief Elle Décor) and Linc Thelen

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Christian Darnaud-Marroselli (Jean de Merry), Kathleen Mann, Linc Thelen and Irene Duarte

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Every summer during Neocon, the worlds largest international trade fair, Morlen Sinoway Atelier hosts the Guerrilla Truck Show. The event serves as a platform for creatives of all types to showcase their work in a temporary gallery space within the back of a truck. Over the years, the event has blossomed from 13 trucks exhibiting to over 60 trucks.  June 10th marked the 9th annual show and it was my pleasure to participate.  Below are some photos of my exhibit and the event.

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1002713_10151689507244467_1537230057_nI just completed several new design projects and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you in upcoming posts!  -Linc

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.