For a family of six living in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, space is always at a premium. So is the purpose of those spaces, a guiding principle for the Inspired Interiors team when designing this new construction home that spreads square footage in meaningful ways so every family member is empowered to thrive. 

An abundance of communication was called upon while collaborating with this exacting family, helping them identify and implement their design aesthetic. Referencing Chicago’s storied steakhouses and speakeasy culture, a residence of refined finishings and functional flow gradually came to fruition.

A restaurant-grade kitchen was a number-one priority. The design team pulled out all of the stops, outfitting the space with everything from a BlueStar Salamander broiler and multi-functional spice storage to a special chopping block area and multiple warming drawers and dishwashers. All the better to entertain at home (or just feed a nightly crowd). 

In order to streamline the kitchen’s usefulness, there is also a clever cafe area, separated from the rest of the kitchen by a perforated metal sliding door. Here, kids can grab and go drinks and snacks thanks to easy-access refrigerated drawers, parents can man the lunch box assembly line and small appliances can be stored away without taking up valuable kitchen cabinet capacity. 

With so much real estate dedicated to the kitchen, the living room required careful planning to maximize the space. Storage areas flank the fireplace to keep everything organized, while the addition of window seating offers everyone comfortable accommodations.

The home’s many bathrooms are a carefully crafted reflection of each family member’s personality. The his-and-hers master bath is a study in finely tuned balance, elegantly marrying two distinct design narratives.

There’s no shortage of areas to escape and enjoy, such as a hidden office loft for uninterrupted afternoons, an interior basketball court for friendly pick-up games and, yes, speakeasy-style dens for just chilling out. Here’s to the the good life.