A Chicago-Area Home Masters Casual Elegance

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contemporary staircase leather couch walnut...

In the entry of a Hinsdale home decorated by interior designer Steve Kadlec, an Estudio Furnishings bench covered in Townsend leather complements the curve in the walnut handrail designed by architect Catherine Osika; to the left is Holly Hunt's Forsyth table. The rug is from Oscar Isberian Rugs, and the Diane Thodos painting is from Thomas Masters Gallery.

contemporary living room cocktail table...

A Holly Hunt D'Orsay cocktail table is the organizing feature in the living room, where the sofa, wearing Great Plains fabric, is by Estudio Furnishings. The lounge chair and ottoman are by Ironies, and the Janet McGreal painting is from Gruen Galleries.

contemporary dining room neutral white...

The oval-shaped Raleigh Legacy table from Donghia introduces an intentional soft, rounded element in the dining room, where the Lee Industries chairs from Jayson Home follow suit with their curved profiles. The chandelier is by The Urban Electric Co. in North Charleston, South Carolina, and the rug is from Oscar Isberian Rugs.

contemporary kitchen white-oak cabinets

On the lower level, the rec room features an Andover table from Room & Board and counter-height barstools purchased at Blu Dot. The Endless Straight light fixture is by Roll & Hill in Brooklyn, and the custom-stained white-oak cabinets were designed by Kadlec Architecture + Design and fabricated by Lambright Woodworking in Topeka, Indiana.

contemporary kitchen white-oak cabinets

On the lower level, the rec room features an Andover table from Room & Board and counter-height barstools purchased at Blu Dot. The Endless Straight light fixture is by Roll & Hill in Brooklyn, and the custom-stained white-oak cabinets were designed by Kadlec Architecture + Design and fabricated by Lambright Woodworking in Topeka, Indiana.

contemporary master bedroom neutral gray...

>Kadlec upholstered the niche in the master bedroom to create a cozy frame for the custom Estudio bed topped with Muse Bespoke bedding. The viscose rug is from Lucid Collections, the Nessen table lamp is from One Source and the bench is by Oly Studio.

contemporary master bedroom draperies gray...

The subtle print on the master bedroom draperies from Tres Joli Designs creates a soothing background for the Anees Upholstery chaise, which is swathed in mohair from Larsen Fabrics. The bureau by Lagomorph Design features Lucite drawer pulls.

contemporary bathroom glass mosaic tile...

An Ovo tub by Hastings Tile & Bath is the sculptural centerpiece in the master bathroom; a wall of glass mosaic tile from Daltile adds drama. The limestone floor is from The Fine Line, and the goblet table is from Holly Hunt.

contemporary bedroom blue dresser iron...

Wallpaper showing a black-and-white world map from Wallpapered in London makes a statement in a bedroom, where a Missoni throw on a Room & Board bed introduces a shot of color. An existing dresser was sanded and repainted. The iron orb chandelier is from RH, and the tailored draperies are from The Shade Store.

contemporary bathroom bold pattern gray

The bold pattern of the Phillip Jeffries wallcovering infuses the powder room with whimsy and charm. A Normandy hammered-copper sink stand with a rectangular overmount from Waterworks continues the ambience.

contemporary study library brown hanging...

The whole family uses the library, where Kadlec refinished a table from the homeowners' collection and added Lee Industries chairs from Jayson Home; draperies from Tres Joli Designs frame the windows and French doors. The rug is from Stark Carpet, and the Kevin Reilly hanging light is from Holly Hunt. Phoenix Day portrait lights from A. Rudin top the painted white-oak cabinets by Exclusive Woodworking.

contemporary living room sitting area...

A forged-iron chandelier from Casamidy in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is suspended from the sunroom's white-oak ceiling. Three pairs of striped sheers from Tres Joli Designs provide the backdrop for a Dennis & Leen coffee table from Holly Hunt, Eno skirted lounge chairs from The Bright Group and a Marian Jamieson floor lamp.

It was time to see the light.

After life put the renovation of their fixer-upper on hold for 15 years, a Chicago-area couple decided to enlist the help of architect Catherine Osika and interior designer Steve Kadlec to transform their 1960s builder-grade Tudor into the bright, open-concept space they desired.

“The landscape was beautiful, but it was the darkest house I had ever seen,” Osika says of the property in the Hinsdale neighborhood.

To achieve the 10-foot ceilings on the homeowners’ wish list, the team proposed moving forward with all-new construction, which would allow for more design flexibility. The clients agreed, and Osika began work on developing a French Provincial style that would exude casual elegance.

Today, pink brick, a gray slate roof and limestone trim make up the exterior, while the interior showcases a classic contemporary look, with modern interpretations of traditional pieces–including wingback chairs, leather seats and chandeliers–peppered throughout the home.

The dramatic windows that now flood rooms with natural light are accentuated with sleek coverings that act as points of visual interest. Peering outside, the owners are greeted with evergreens that offer a sense of privacy.

It’s a look they say was a joint effort in accomplishing.

“We had design principles,” the wife says, “but it was our design team that took what was in our hearts and minds and made it come to life.”