With two teenage daughters heading off to college, these soon to be empty-nesters decided the time had come to move out of the suburbs and back into Chicago’s East Loop. They were excited, but intimidated by the move and enlisted support from designer Jen Talbot of Jen Talbot Design.
Jen describes the challenge: “A finance guru and a physician of an alternative medicine practice, they can easily be classified as a ‘power couple,’ but when it came to downsizing their space, they felt, well, powerless. Going from 6,000 square feet to 4,000 is a big shift and they were overwhelmed with the thought of what furniture, art, and decorative items to keep and take to the new home.”
The clients also wanted to ensure that their relaxed way of living was reflected in the space. As described by Jen, the house “was very much a white box with an ordinary floor plan and no character, it lacked a sense of history.”
The finished space is modern, but integrates important family pieces; a custom prayer cabinet, vignettes filled with treasures from their travels, and original artwork all come together to make a home that could only be theirs.
Soaring ceilings and an open floor plan create a light-filled space.
Artwork is hung low on the walls to ensure a bold impact even when one is reclining on the decadent sectional sofa.
Although small, the kitchen design packs a punch with a fully-clad marble island and oven wall. The U-shaped counters provide separation from the living and dining spaces without blocking views to each room.
Opting for a square dining table and high-back chairs, Jen created an intimate setting for gathering family and friends.
In the Moroccan-inspired study, dark walls and beautifully worn leather furnishing create a sense of calm and invite you to snuggle up with a great book.
I love the space in between art and décor and to examine the point at which they begin to intersect, finding the things that blur the boundaries. I view the world with the eyes of an artist, and love the challenge to fill a room with objects that push the very definition of décor. Jen Talbot
In a girl’s bedroom, a fanciful canopy and icon pillow provide a whimsical touch.
The master bedroom is a calm retreat.
I am not a cookie cutter designer and like the challenge of creating space that is inspired by that individual client and their unique needs. Jen Talbot