After five years of renovating other people’s homes and helping them make their dreams come true, Mika of Interiors by Mika decided it was time to design the home her family had always wanted, based on their tastes and needs.
The house itself was originally built around 1910 and was a typical Chicago two flat brick building that she converted into a single family home with her husband in 2016. It was a complete gut rehab. Only two exterior walls remained, and all of the rest was taken down to the studs, and re-built for the layout the family needed.
Located in the neighborhood of North Canter, it’s a great place to raise a family. “We enjoy on one hand being in the city, and on the other, feeling like we are in the suburbs. It’s very safe, quiet, yet still has a lot to offer like lots of restaurants, shops, and parks - all within walking distance. It has great schools and a wonderful community too.”
Must-haves for the new home were an open-plan floor concept on the main living area, with as few walls as possible. Also, as a family with three young girls who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a large eat-in kitchen was important. As was a barista station for a professional coffee machine and grinder. Lastly, Mika wanted to include a powder room on the main living floor that was privately positioned, so now a small foyer area leads into it without sacrificing the open floor plan. As an added bonus, this foyer, with the console table that fits just perfectly, allows for some extra storage and adds a surprising, interesting element to the space.
During the construction work, a load bearing post was discovered where the kitchen island was to be positioned. Initially this was bad news as Mika was not planning on having a column in the middle of the room. But it was then decided to take advantage of this post and it was expanded to created a feature wall which now has three main functions. It defines the barista station and allows for extra storage for cups and mugs in the wall niche, it functions as a partition between the kitchen and the family room, and lastly, it acts as a magnetic/chalkboard wall in the family room.
This small wall has now become the focal point of the kitchen, both aesthetically and functionally, and it is the perfect solution for the family’s lifestyle and needs.
We couldn’t resist asking Mika which aspects of this stunning renovation she was most happy with.
“Oh, there are a lot. I really like everything about our new home! if I have to point out a few of those features it would probably be the open floor plan, so once you are in the house, the entire living space is in right in front of you. I also love the double, black and dramatic entry doors which lead into an inviting ,warm and functional entryway. The entryway is the first thing guests see when they come through the door so it’s important to pay attention to the details and give it the TLC it needs. Lastly, I love the larger windows that bring in a lot of natural light.”