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The Many Details of a Victorian-Era Home

Posted on May 5, 2016

True to its name, the Victorian-era home emerged in the period between 1830 and 1910, during the reign of Queen Victoria. It was designed at a time when beauty trumped practicality. Therefore, this type of home is known for being large and ornate.   Typically, Victorian-era homes are asymmetrical in size with two or three stories… more

St. Charles Kitchen Renovated with Retirement in Mind

Posted on May 3, 2016

This traditional St. Charles home boasted over twenty years of cherished memories. However, the kitchen showed its age with outdated oak cabinets and bulky soffits that weighed down the ceiling. But with retirement right around the corner, the homeowners decided it was time to renovate the space and complete their warm and inviting home. While… more

Glamorous, New Traditional Kitchen Remodel

Posted on April 28, 2016

These Hinsdale homeowners loved to cook and entertain their family. Therefore, when their appliances and cabinetry started to fail, they knew it was time to call upon Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan to whip their kitchen back into shape. While a remodel was crucial, a new footprint in the space also needed to be addressed. “The original layout… more

Defining Boiler Heating Systems

Posted on April 28, 2016

Heat has always been a necessity and has evolved throughout the years. First there were camp fires, followed by fireplaces and stoves.  Eventually, the boiler was introduced.          Boilers date back to the late 1700’s. Originally, they used coal, were operated by hand and generated very little heat. However, thanks to technology,… more

A Guide to ‘Going Green’ at Home

Posted on April 22, 2016

Drinking out of a reusable water bottle and grocery shopping with a canvas tote are common ways to eliminate waste. However, there are also sustainable products and practices that can be incorporated into your addition, kitchen or bathroom renovation to ensure your home is beautiful, durable and eco-friendly. In honor of Earth Day, here are… more

What is a Bungalow?

Posted on April 21, 2016

The Bungalow originated in the Bengal region in South Asia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, however it quickly gained momentum across the globe due to the fact that it was easy to build and customize. Closer to home, it started popping up in the Chicagoland area between 1910 and 1940 during a period of significant economic… more

Classic Meets Playful for this Victorian Kitchen Remodel in Hinsdale

Posted on April 8, 2016

The homeowners of this 1920’s, Victorian foursquare style home shared a love of classic architecture and antique finds, collected over many years in their travels throughout Europe and the U.S.   So when it came time to remodel their kitchen, they knew that maintaining a unique and vintage style was important. But because this busy family… more

Whole Home Transformation: From Split Level to Arts and Crafts

Posted on April 6, 2016

The owners of this Palatine split-level preferred the look of an Arts and Crafts style home and were looking for an addition that would result in some traditional curb appeal. However, outward appearance was not the only priority. Additional garage space, a walk-in closet addition for the master suite, family room, mud room and screened-in… more

Chicago Condo Renovation with View of Lake Michigan

Posted on March 17, 2016

The family residing in this Chicago high-rise appreciated their spectacular view of Lake Michigan; however, the condo itself was in need of an update. They called upon Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider to make the inside of their home as stunning as their surrounding scenery. The first issue to be addressed was the kitchen, which was… more

Intro to Wainscoting: Chair Rails, Bead Boards and Applied Moulding

Posted on March 11, 2016

A little woodwork can go a long way in your home. In fact, artfully done wainscoting can add architectural interest and dimension to any room. “Wainscoting is a detail that makes a big difference,” said Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner, AKBD. “The true beauty of this detailing is that it can suit a variety of tastes…. more