Interview with our Interior Designer on Townhouse Renovation Project

123 Remodeling interior designer Stephanie Weinstein was tasked with renovating a three-story townhouse at N Clark St in Chicago to create a more open, updated layout perfect for renting. The dated interior was completely transformed by removing restrictive half walls and columns to allow for an effortless flow between the living room, dining area, and kitchen.

What was the client looking for with this renovation?

“Our client wanted to update their upscale townhouse at Rush & Division to create a more open floor plan and bring the style up-to-date. There were many half walls and columns cutting off the kitchen from the dining room that disrupted the flow. Since they planned to rent out the unit after renovating, they needed it to have a fresh, turnkey look.”

What major changes did you make?

“We started by demolishing all the half walls and columns to open up the main living areas. In the kitchen, we installed all new cabinets from Fabuwood with beautiful quartz countertops from StoneLux. To add a pop of color, we chose a vibrant blue tile backsplash that complements the powder room and fireplace accent wall.

Replacing the half walls with iron railings maintained an open visual from the living room through to the dining area. The powder room received a dramatic makeover with darker Benjamin Moore paint, gold accents, and tile from TileBar. We painted the living room accent wall and fireplace mantle in the same deep blue hue to create a focal point upon entry.

In the primary bathroom, we removed the dated jetted tub for a freestanding soaking tub and enlarged the shower by removing the pony wall separating it from the toilet area. Keeping a timeless, elegant feel, we used lighter tones with the dark wood vanity for a transitional style. We also restained all the floors a deep, warm brown tone after removing the carpeting on the stairs.”

What other updates were made?

“New lighting from Lightology and Pottery Barn was installed throughout to complement the fresh new interior style. We used appliances from ABT and bathroom fixtures from to complete the renovation with quality brands. The overall aesthetic achieved is a timeless transitional look with pops of color for vibrancy and visual interest.”

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