An Elegant Remix for a Stylish Family Home

Exterior of the home with a pergola

When you’ve got style, you’ve got style in any era and this Wayne, Illinois couple has it to spare. They were first on the block when they moved into their home nearly 30 years ago. It’s where they’ve celebrated their children’s milestones and made memories with friends.

After all that entertaining, the home and its owners had earned a refresh. Normandy designer Maury Jones interpreted their inspired choices into an addition and updates that have this crew ready to set the neighborhood trends for another 30 years.

Vaulted ceiling with shiplap and contrasting beamsAdding on created more space for the kitchen and an informal dining area, which flows into the light-filled sunroom. “The sunroom was original to the home,” Maury says, adding, “We updated it with new windows and enhanced the eye-catching ceiling with beams.”

Removing interior walls opens things up beautifully. With the family’s encouragement, Maury added architectural touches and details throughout. “We changed out the doors, added trim that moved the eye up and gave the home a distinguished feeling,” Maury says. A new railing for the staircase and a super cool shiplap ceiling treatment enhance the elegance.

Rustic bar“She has a designer’s eye and they both really knew what they wanted. They suggested the wrapped the columns in the dining room and requested the beautiful custom door. It is Accoya wood straight out of California. It’s nice to see all the ideas come together,” Maury shares.

Guests notice special touches around every turn. An intriguing example is in the bar area where a reclaimed wood backsplash and hammered nickel sink are just two of the “wow” elements that catch the eye. The gorgeous fireplace has a similar reclaimed wood feeling, but is executed in tile for safety.

Of course, the kitchen is extraordinary. Maury created extra space through the addition and put it to great use with a 60” range and custom hood. The lady of the house makes great use of the glass-front cabinets by switching out accents for different holidays and seasons.

White kitchen with an open floorplanBar area with casual dining


It’s just the sort of home that makes everyone feel welcome and possibly just a teeny tiny bit envious. But one nibble of yummy food or handcrafted drink from the well-planned bar and that feeling will surely fade away.

If it doesn’t, why not set up a time to talk with Maury about bringing your home into the future or adding on to make more room for fun? You can also join us

for an upcoming virtual webinar. There’s also lots of inspiration to be found in the Normandy Remodeling photo galleries and on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Fireplace with a rustic look

A Spirited Kitchen Refresh

White painted kitchen cabinets in a shaker door style with island and carrera marble countertopsSometimes a kitchen remodel means a radically new layout, moving a sink, or breaking down a wall into the dining room. Other times, the floorplan is already excellent, the family enjoys the flow of the space and it really does work. It just needs to be refreshed.

Normandy designer Amanda Heyland did exactly that for this Winnetka family, taking their kitchen from good to great with an eclectic mix that feels just right for living life beautifully.

Natural stone countertops, sophisticated glass pendant lights and pretty, but substantial hardware all add to the welcoming feeling of this kitchen. Another appealing design choice is the mitered edge on the countertop.  Amanda says, “Gives it a presence without having to change the finish.”

Storage is important for busy family life. Between the cabinets, pantry, and extra-wide refrigerator with plenty of wine room for wine, Amanda gave them all the nooks and crannies they need. The blend of glass-front and closed cabinets is perfect for showing off collections of pretty dishes while keeping other essentials hidden.

“Not all of the glass-front cabinets are lighted, which makes it a little less formal,” Amanda explains. She adds Glass front cabinets that go down to the counter that the space is bright on its own and additional lights in every cabinet aren’t necessary.

This is a testament to the efficiency of the original kitchen layout.

If you cross your kitchen too many times while cooking or if there’s never enough counter space, you probably need to start from scratch with a new layout. If your kitchen feels dated and you’d like to update, but the functionality is there for your meal prep and entertaining needs, a pretty refresh and touches that enhance livability might be just right.

Not sure which is right for you? Schedule a time to talk to Amanda about a kitchen remodel. You’re always welcome to join one of our upcoming virtual webinars to learn more. The Normandy Remodeling photo galleries are full of inspiration. Finally, our Facebook and Instagram are great for a daily dose of design.

White cabinets in a butler pantry

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