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My Daughter's Freshman Dorm, Columbia College Chicago, Dorm Rooms
Shabby chic, A room to relax in, Living Rooms
Confused Living Room, This was originally the study, but we've repurposed it as a living room instead. It has tall, coffered ceilings and heavily molded throughout. I wanted to the foal point of the room to be the windows, but I'm having trouble rearranging the furniture we already have. I liked the idea of putting the loveseat at a diagonal, but it seems to create awkward spaces in junction with the rest of the pieces. I was thinking of placing the sofa table (half hidden, behind the chairs, in the picture) as a desk, right against the windows, but the style of the table doesn't lend itself well as a desk (in my opinion). I'm also not sure about the placement of the sofa table anymore. Should I put it somewhere, in sight, upon entering through the french doors? What sort of decor, accent pieces, lighting and colors would lend itself well with the existing pieces. What type of art work would be fitting? Mirrors, etc? I would really appreciate your help!, Living Rooms
Reinvented Laundry Room, This mom of young twin boys needed a functional laundry and drop off area when entering their home from the garage. The original laundry room did not have a designated drop off zone, which meant everything ended up on the floor. She also wanted a space to fold laundry and store additional home goods. 

To create the new space, the wall between the existing laundry room and an underutilized spare bedroom was removed. A new drop zone made from Alder with a bench and cubbies was built so the boys had a place for their things. New Alder cabinetry in an espresso finish provided additional overhead storage.  A Kohler apron sink with a decorative pendant light allow for easy clean up, while a built in marble folding counter gives easy transition from the washer/dryer units. A backsplash made from 4x8 subway tile, bar tiles and decorative flower tile accent the walls and blends well with the new porcelain tile floor. Next to the drop zone is a new storage/utility closet. Additional features of the room include a wider opening into the area, additional counter space and cabinets, and a door that leads to the back yard.

Now this busy family can enter their home and easily unpack the day in their new laundry area.

Photos by Tommy Kile, Other Spaces
Art Filled Powder Room, Had this idea to do floor to ceiling artwork on all walls, I have 79 pieces hanging in there my guests seem to be in there forever taking it all in. You can see the cord as my electrician has yet to install an outlet for the lamp on the corner chest out of view, Bathrooms
Asymmetrical Kitchen Remodel, Before moving into this newly purchased home, the owners had an opportunity to remodel the kitchen. Built in 1990, this kitchen was compartmentalized and outdated. The island was too small and a bottleneck formed between the island and refrigerator. The owners wanted to open up the space to the living and dining areas. 

Inspired by Mexican contemporary architecture, the kitchen was transformed. The tile backsplash, dark counters and small island were all removed. The florescent light box was swapped with cool pendants and recessed lighting. A new kitchen sink is now located under a new picture box window allowing views to the street. Overhead cabinets in a bright, fun hue and open wood shelving with accent lighting and decorative tile bring functionality to the space. The cooktop remains in the enlarged, asymmetrical island and now accommodates seating. Some appliances were updated and a new pantry with additional storage was constructed around the refrigerator. Finishing the look is new Brazilian Pecan hardwood flooring. 

Now this family has an updated, contemporary kitchen that is open to the living spaces and can freely enjoy hosting friends and family. 

Photography by Paul Finkel, Kitchens

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