Project Name: Michigan Avenue Residence

Location: Chicago, USA

Date Completed: November 2017

Architect: William Hicks

Interior Designer: Kim Scodro Interiors

Construction Company: LS Contracting

Prior to the 10-month renovation, the spacious entry was dark and secluded and lead into the living room, overlooking the lake. Kim Scodro Interiors collaborated with the architect to widen the cased opening from the entry to the living room to achieve a direct view of the water and to infuse more light into the space. The warmth of the antique silver light fixture balances the muted blue grass cloth wallcovering. The designers reupholstered gold leaf antique chairs with mohair to add a textural change. A mirror above the console table opens up the grand entry and reflects delicate artwork by a local artist.

To the right of the entry is a custom bar room created to house the clients’ bourbon collection. Antique mirror covers the wall and iron shelves frame the space above wire-brushed cabinets. The clients loved the idea of keeping their family history alive by redesigning some of their current and beloved furniture pieces. Kim Scodro Interiors worked with local craftsmen to bring new life to their furniture by refinishing case pieces and reupholstering chairs and ottomans. Lighting was added throughout the home to create ambience and was customized to match the clients’ activity. Changing the lighting in a building of this size was challenging and exceeded the initial budget, but the clients were thrilled with the result.

The kitchen in the original space had an unnecessarily large dining area. Since there was already a formal dining room, Kim Scodro Interiors decided an additional bedroom for their visiting children or guests would be a more functional use of the space. The designers worked with the architect to close part of the kitchen to form the bedroom, while still allowing space for a built-in banquette and table in the kitchen. In the new bedroom, they created a custom built-in that surrounds the bed used for storage and contains nightstand “nooks”. The living room is a long and narrow space, Kim Scodro Interiors created multiple groupings and conversation areas making it feel more intimate rather than intimidating. They also designed a built-in cabinet that slides open to reveal a large TV for Sunday football gatherings but is closed for Saturday night cocktails. Every inch of this space is designed with thought and is authentic to the client.