A Chicago Tudor Renovation Is All About Revival


transitional exterior entry tudor

A beautifully preserved 1928 Tudor revival home in Glencoe designed by Chicago architect Homer G. Sailor receives a respectfully modern update for a young family. Newly manicured, the front entry is lined with scented geraniums and pastel rhododendrons.

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The original tile floor in the entry was preserved, and all the millwork was painted white. Tucked into the curve of the stair rail is a custom settee by JamesThomas Interiors. The hand-knotted wool-and-silk stair runner by Hokanson was inspired by architectural details in the foyer's plaster ceiling.

neutral living room pink accents

In the living room, designers James Dolenc and Thomas Riker introduced a light gray sofa and armchair of their own design. A round-back chair and a rectangular-back chair from Donghia are dressed in burgundy; the glass-topped coffee table is by Bright. The Bella Figura chandelier is from Ferrell Mittman, the custom wool rug is by Cinar, and the floor lamps are from Tuell and Reynolds in Cloverdale, California.

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Bolier chairs from CAI Designs surround a walnut dining table by JamesThomas Interiors that expands to seat 12; a Jang vase by Thomas Pheasant for Baker serves as the centerpiece. Visual Comfort lamps from Circa Lighting sit on a custom scalloped walnut sideboard. The Niermann Weeks chandelier is from Michael-Cleary, and the painting by Markus Linnenbrink over the fireplace is from Gregg Lane Art Management.

transitional dining area glass lanterns

Architects Julie Cohen and Stuart Hacker reimagined the breakfast nook, which houses a cerused-oak Dan Parish dining table from deAurora and chairs by JamesThomas Interiors. The Vaughan glass lanterns are from John Rosselli and Associates.

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The existing Shaker-style kitchen cabinets maintain the vintage of the house. Barstools by JamesThomas Interiors line the island, which is topped with walnut. The white-glass-and-metal orb pendants are by Hudson Valley Lighting.

transitional living room white beam...

A sectional by JamesThomas Interiors topped with durable indoor-outdoor Holly Hunt fabric signals the casual intent of the family room. A pair of lounge chairs by Hickory Chair and two Charleston Forge fireplace benches from J. Marshall Design provide additional seating. The Venetian silver Porta Romana sconces are from Donghia, the Thibaut drapery fabric is from Area International, and the Castec woven-grass shades are from Countryside Drapery.

transitional bedroom gray white cabinetry

Quiet tones define the master bedroom, where the upholstered bed and clean-lined contemporary nightstand are both by JamesThomas Interiors. The lamp is from the homeowners’ collection.

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A Neblina chandelier by Ironies lights the master bedroom's cozy sitting area, which includes an inviting wingback chair, also by Ironies. The sofa and ottoman are custom by the designers. A Panama chair by Donghia completes the seating.

Let’s paint it white,” suggested designers James Dolenc and Thomas Riker about the natural woodwork in a historic Chicago-area Tudor residence. To which the owners balked, but just a little. “We convinced them that was how the house would have looked in the 1920s and they gave us the go-ahead.”

The reawakening of the somber interiors continued with a predominantly neutral palette punctuated with a healthy mix of contemporary furnishings and modern artwork with more traditional pieces. In the living room, for example, a wood-frame sofa and an equally clean-lined 1950s glass-and-bronze coffee table counter classic tufted chairs sporting burgundy fabric. “It’s a historic color,” notes Riker.

Meanwhile architects Julie Hacker and Stuart Cohen problem-solved the lack of connection between the family room and kitchen by restructuring the wall that divides the two spaces. They replaced the arched openings with squared-off, more contemporary versions and introduced interior windows on either side of the fireplace.

About the improvement Hacker says, “Now there’s more light in the enclosed kitchen and when the homeowner is in there she can keep an eye on her children in the family room.”

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