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Functional and vibrant: This Chicago home gets a new lease on life

Transforming underutilized spaces in a Highland Park/Ravinia home.

Contemporary living room
  • Entryway with mirrors
  • Contemporary living room
  • Contemporary living room
  • Sunroom
  • l-shaped banquette
  • Maximalist dining room
  • Mid-century modern dining room
  • Bathroom with blue wallpaper

In Chicago's Highland Park/Ravinia neighborhood, a homeowner wanted to re-energize her home and enlisted the help of Inspired Interiors to transform the underused spaces.

The team at Inspired Interiors, led by Emily Mackie, focused on creating a flow from room to room and transformed the first floor into a collection of functional and vibrant spaces.

The foyer was overhauled to make a statement the moment you walk in, with twin, full-length mirrors with tempered glass shelves on either side of the entryway to allow light to filter better through the space.

Entryway with mirrors
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckFull-length mirrors on either side of this entryway to allow light to filter better through the space.

A once desolate furniture graveyard, the living room, was transformed into a cherished space for intimate moments. Another underutilized space in the home, the sunroom was given a new lease of life with the addition of a chic L-shaped banquette and table, a cozy reading nook, and space for a piano. The room was brought to life with vibrant artwork, colors, and patterns that harken back to the client's Indian heritage.

Contemporary living room
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckThe curved and comfortable sofas make this living space perfect for enjoying quality time together.
Contemporary living room
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckThis living space also functions as a home library with elegant book shelves clevery installed on one wall.
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckA chic l-shaped banquette and table, a cozy reading nook, and piano fill this revitalised sunroom.
l-shaped banquette
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckAn L-shaped banquette anchors this corner nook in the sunroom.

A cramped and clunky space was transformed into a fabulously functional dining room by incorporating a luxurious banquet and table set along the wall, opening up circulation throughout the home and making the room feel spacious.

Maximalist dining room
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckThe dining room offers luxurious seating options with a long banquet set along the wall and a set of stunning dining chairs.
Mid-century modern dining room
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckThis dining room include mid-century modern touches including a tulip-style table and a Sputnik chandelier.

Finally, the powder room was overhauled to go from 'meh' to 'wow', proving that even a small space can be transformed by impactful design. The custom vanity, lively wallpaper, and elegant lighting now match the energy and style of the rest of the first floor.

Bathroom with blue wallpaper
Photo: Dustin Forest HalleckThis bathroom features a custom vanity, lively blue wallpaper, and elegant lighting.

"We are thrilled with the results of this project and are happy that the client and her family are now able to enjoy their home to the fullest," says Emily Mackie, principal designer at Inspired Interiors.

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