A Modern Clean Space in An Old House
THIS NEW OLD HOUSE: A vintage single-family home on the North Side gets a rejuvenating gut rehab
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1 The master bedroom has a soft feel, with pretty white bedding and an antique Swedish dresser Nelson found at the Chicago Antique Market. The tufted headboard is from Jayson Home & Garden. 2 The back of the house is a showcase for Skylar’s innovative ideas. Instead of centering windows on the back wall, she shifted them to one side; the unexpected asymmetry gives the structure a modern feel. She also raised the level of the backyard. “At the front of the house, you need to go up ten steps, but in the back, you are going down only four or five,” she says. “We don’t like decks as much as we like terraces.” 3 The entryway was all Nelson’s vision. “I was inspired by those really old European buildings where you’ll see painted stairwells because it’s just the fastest, easiest fix,” she says. This romantic look is enhanced by two Victorian doors turned into mirrors that Nelson found at Ipso Facto in Michigan. “I take pictures of things I love and keep them on file,” she says. “Then when I find the right spot or client for them, I call to see if they are still available—sometimes they are.” 4 Skylar’s smart double-sided walnut structure contains the refrigerator and storage on the kitchen side, additional space for glasses and other dishes in the adjacent butler’s pantry. 5 This niche off the dining room brings in a little extra natural light and is the perfect size for a built-in wet bar.
Photography: Nathan Kirkman