When I was asked to remodel an old four-square house in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, IL, my client indicated that she didn’t even know where to start. She had never owned a home of her own and wasn’t sure of her own style. So, where did we start?

Well, it just so happened that I knew my client very well. We had been friends since grade school and some of our most favorite moments in our friendship were when we were traveling together.  

So, when I got down to designing her space, I made sure I incorporated pieces that spoke of the places she loved and had experienced through travel, as well as evoking feelings of light, comfort and joy in the color selection.

In her kitchen remodel, we selected bright white cabinets paired with a chevron marble backsplash. The large black pendant lights grounded the space and gave it a graphic design element with their form and shape. Nestled in the eating nook were two pieces of original art that represented Hood River, Oregon. This was a special place where she had spent many vacations hiking in the mountains and playing in the river. It was one of her favorite pieces.

In the living and dining room, we chose punchy colors of bright yellow and magenta.These colors brought an air of playfulness to the light, bright space that was once dreary and dark.

Remember that memories of your life can bring you delight each and every day in your home. Incorporating pieces, colors and textiles that are unique to you tells stories. Your stories.


We worked together to ensure items from their previous homes/chapters were seamlessly curated to fit their new one.

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