Twenty-something's Brett and Deanna wanted to be closer to work and family so they moved from the city to one of Chicago's northern suburbs. Since they're just starting out they've had to furnish their new home with a sparse collection of hand-me-down furniture that doesn't really reflect their style. So Meg is going to create a hipper, more contemporary home for them by tearing down the wall between their two smaller living spaces and creating one large great room. Meg will divide the room into three areas for relaxing and entertaining through the use of various wall treatments, seating arrangements and area rugs. Custom pieces like an artistic sculptural wood wall, a do-it-yourself stenciled rug, and a unique puzzle motif painted on their old game table will bring in lots of personality and style to the room. The overall design will be sophisticated and elegant but still have lots of fun, eclectic, elements for these young homeowners.
Emilios and Nicky are a well-traveled, active couple with two young boys. Their kitchen is the stomping ground for all their family activities and unfortunately, the dumping ground for their junk. Their disorganized mudroom is attached to a kitchen that lacks style, comfort or function. Meg's plan includes a designated dining area with a colorful built-in banquette, storage that doubles as art and a new moveable island. Meg also uses a colorful blue glass backsplash as a nod to Emilios' Greek heritage while keeping Nicky's love of earth tones in check with dark cabinetry and custom-designed clay hardware.
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