Chicago Design State of Mind

This lovely writer, Michael Shannon OKeefe, reached out to me via email and said he was on the Homepolish website researching designers in the Chicago area for a piece he was working on. Every room he gravitated toward happened to be my work. Incredibly flattered, he asked to permission to use my work in his upcoming feature on Chicago, design in the city and fun things to do on the weekend.

Check it out. 

https://www.consumersadvocate.org/features/chicago-design-state-of-mind

 

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Painted Surfaces

Gone are the days of the classic feature wall, but using paint in a creative way is it a great way to bring interest and break up the space.  I love highlighting details of the existing space, if the space has some history. You can also play with scale in the space by painting unexpected sections of the top of the wall or ceiling. 

 

Check out a couple of my favorites. Paint is not dead!

Who Doesn't Love a Good Before and After?

This summer, I have had the pleasure of transforming several rooms of an historic home in the Kenwood neighborhood of Hyde Park. For the locals, everyone knows it as the "Poppy House". It is famous for the poppy stained glass windows through out the original part of the home. The second owner added an addition, which included kitchen and family room. 

My client has a modern eclectic style that needed to blend with the history and the prevalent wood work. My goal was to blend a modern vibe with the prairie history. For the living room, I wanted to keep it elegant, calming, layered textures- with a pop of jade green. 

Below is the living room, next week I will share the before and after of the family room.

 

Modern Living Room

One Room Two Ways

It is not often there is an opportunity to design the same room twice! When my client first moved into her new house she had two kids and which naturally translated to a girls room and boys room. Flash forward to a year later and her third kid on the way, I had the opportunity to re-design the space as a gender neutral room to accommodate her son and daughter. 

The first image is the space as the sons room. The second image is the room transformed into a black and white gender neutral room.  As you can see the only items we reused were the window treatments, rug and a black & white pillow. Have a favorite? Share it in the comment box.

Boho Office Make Over

I think we all dream of a sun filled room, a "clear of clutter" desk to set the stage for a productive day. I recently wrapped this office redo for a wonderful client on the North Shore. She is the best kind- open to my ideas, loves what I pitch and willing to take little risk. This partnership has garnered the best results because she trusts me and therefore then gets the best work from me. The creative juices flow freely and she gets to reap the benefits because she was able to give up a bit of control. Miss J, hats off to you! 

We carved this office out of a room formally overcome by HVAC. The window and cove ceiling is original and was simply lost in a tangle of ugly pipes. We reconfigured the HVAC system to fit under the new built in bench and shelves.  I, sadly, do not have before pictures so you can not truly appreciate the make over. Below are links to a couple key sources. Enjoy!

 

Jen Talbot Design Boho Office

1. Semi flush light, Cedar & Moss. 2. Black and brass fan, Target 3. Desk Sconce, Cedar & Moss 4. Desk Chair, CB2 4. Indian Boho Rug, Semikah Textiles