Modern Rustic Charm in Highland Park
This 1929 Mediterranean style home had a 80s addition in the back of the house that included a kitchen, family room, and office. It was a contemporary design by a well-known firm at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. The scope of work was to redesign and rebuild the kitchen, update the butler’s pantry, relocate the laundry room from the basement to the first floor, and add a mudroom across from the new laundry.
The new owners wanted something more in keeping with the rest of the home which has details such as Spanish ceramic tile, wrought iron railings and window casings, and a stucco exterior. As happens with most projects, the scope of work expanded. New flooring was installed in the addition and the powder room was up-dated. Custom alterations were designed for the fireplace mantel and bookcases in the living room.
The kitchen, butler’s pantry, and laundry room uses Arbor Mills cabinetry and quartz counter tops. Wide plank flooring is installed to bring in an early world feel. Encaustic tiles and black iron hardware were used throughout. The butler’s pantry has polished brass latches and cup pulls which shine brightly on black painted cabinets. Across from the laundry room the fully custom mudroom wall was built around a salvaged 4” thick seat stained to match the laundry room cabinets.
To bring continuity from the front of the house to the back addition, the fireplace corbels were copied and used in the kitchen and the butler’s pantry. Iron straps and rivets were incorporated into the mantel and bookcases as well to further the Mediterranean feel.
In the end, the clients’ wishes were met with an open ear and creative collaboration. The project design often came down to fractions of inches. It covered three floors. It took many hands to craft many things. It was very much a labor of love.
Interior Design and Written by Momi Jahn, Allied ASID
Photography by Peter Bradica and Momi Jahn