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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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_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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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: 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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SOFA: “How Art Drives Design” Panel Discussion with Diana Bitting


Please join me at SOFA on November 1st at 3pm for “How Art Drives Design”.  It’s such an honor to be invited by Editor-in-Chief Diana Bitting from Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago to participate in this lively discussion.  Hope you can make it!  -Linc Thelen

RSVP- http://www.sofaexpo.com/vip/sofa-chicago-designer-reception

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ENCIRCLE: Debuting at Buckingham Interiors + Design 9.28.13

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I am proud to announce my collaboration with Buckingham Interiors + Design and the unveiling of my new show, ENCIRCLE which will debut at this year’s DESIGN HARVEST.

Saturday & Sunday, September 28th & 29th 2013, from 11am-8pm on Grand Ave between Damen and Wood Street

ENCIRCLE features 12 new paintings ranging from 24×30 to 80×65. Julia Edelmann’s new 1300 square foot showroom is a blank canvas with white brick walls- the perfect venue for my new work which is playful and more spontaneous than my last show.  ADVERSITY, my last solo exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center was this past Spring and featured a classical subject matter with dark undertones.  The new series is very airy and architectural and it is representative of the now in my life.

My new collection is the perfect compliment to Julia’s “Modernique” aesthetic, an integration of antiques and artifacts with modern design. She believes that blending these various objects of different worlds becomes the “glue” which binds her signature style and suits her unique aesthetic. Success can often come from the most unexpected of pairings as demonstrated in her new showroom.

My new work is a breath of fresh air and takes cues from my ever evolving and beloved circle motif. I experiment with the simple shape of the circle and allows the process to build into something unexpected and open. The collection has allowed me to examine myself and present a certain honesty in my work. It is a pure reflection of where I am in the present moment.

Images for a few of the pieces are below:

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Title: “Evolution”, oil on canvas- 90″w x 70″h

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Title: “Buoyant”, oil on canvas- 48″w x 60″h

Please visit www.lincthelenart.com for more information.

dh_logoAbout Design Harvest

West Town Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Design Harvest, a unique annual street festival for Chicago. This one of a kind fest features Chicago’s best local furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors, and local retailers of home design.  Between perusing a curated exhibit of design vendors, fest-goers can partake in art making activities, paint a pumpkin and raise money for a local elementary school, take a family hay ride, or enjoy a cold beer and delicious food. Sponsor Christy Webber Landscapes Farm & Garden Center will be providing the hay rides from Design Harvest to their Farm & Garden Center and back between 11am and 5pm. The Farm & Garden Center will feature additional family activities including a hay maze, face painting, scare crow making, petting zoo (between 12-4pm), and more.

Helping set the mood is the live musical entertainment area, programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. Historically we also feature a big square dance in the street! Beer sponsor Blue Moon will feature their Harvest Pumpkin Ale along with Crispin Cider and Coors Light.

A rain or shine event, design vendors are housed under very large tents which also shelters patrons. Patio heaters warm our lounge areas so once the sun sets imbibers can grab a seat on a hay bale, get cozy and stay a while! The 2013 event may also feature an after party sponsored by our media partner Chicago Magazine and Chicago Home and Garden.

Hope you can make it!  -Linc Thelen

Chairs for Charity 2013

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It is such an honor to be invited to participate in this year’s Chair’s for Charity event hosted by Chicago Home + Garden.  The 4th annual event auction’s off vintage chairs given new life by Chicago’s top designers.  13 one-of-a-kind chairs are available from the area’s top designers. While bidding on your favorite chairs, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and complimentary Peroni beer and cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tickets are $35. Auction proceeds and a portion of ticket sales will benefit Designs for Dignity.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Cosentino Center Chicago
1060 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Participating designers include: Linc Thelen, Alison Victoria, Beth Harlow of The Painted Lady, Greta de Parry, Jodi Morton of 2to5 Design, Kate Votava and Craig Hamilton of Modified Originals, Mary James of Classic Remix Chicago, Melissa Lewis and Cari Giannoulias of Lewis Giannoulias Interiors, Nicholas Moriarty, Rob and Jason Colosi-McCann of inside home, Sharon Burdett of Strand Design, Tiffany Brooks of You and Your Décor, and Tony Stavish.

To purchase tickets: http://www.chicagohomemag.com/Chicago-Home/Promotion/2013-Chairs-for-Charity/

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A few photos from previous year’s events.

30978-02 chairs-2-2Here’s a sneak peak of my chair.  I hope you’ll join me on September 18th to see how this chair is transformed!  Special thanks to Jen Olson at Urban Workroom for donating the labor to reupholster this chair.  Urban Workroom is a Chicago based window treatment, upholstery, and bedding workroom. All products are produced directly in the 3,200 square foot facility in the heart of Lakeview.    -Linc Thelen

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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.