Jen Talbot Design

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Modernizing the Historical Home

At the turn of the 20th Century, the Neoclassical Revival was in full swing. Chicago deeply embraced the movement. It represented stability and rebirth after a devastating fire ripped through the city. A style that was once reserved for public buildings trickled into residential homes.

From Hyde Park to the North Shore, our team has several projects on the books to revive these 100+ year old beauties. Rather than replicating a bygone era, we are pumping in fresh ideas. Say goodbye to stuffy wingbacks in dark corners, and hello to soaring ceilings with epic crown moulding! Take a look at our inspiration:

Salvage  the intricate moulding and add quirky artwork.

Salvage the intricate moulding and add quirky artwork.

Layer with modern furnishings and accessories.  Source link.

Layer with modern furnishings and accessories. Source link.

You don’t have to live in the Sistine Chapel to enjoy a mural in your home. Overscaled wallpaper can offer the same flair. Check out Ashley Woodson Bailey’s  collection  of dramatic florals.  Source link .

You don’t have to live in the Sistine Chapel to enjoy a mural in your home. Overscaled wallpaper can offer the same flair. Check out Ashley Woodson Bailey’s collection of dramatic florals. Source link.

Parquet flooring in bad shape? Consider playing with a more modern pattern, like chevron.  Source link .

Parquet flooring in bad shape? Consider playing with a more modern pattern, like chevron. Source link.