Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gallery: Lighten up in Lincoln Park

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When renovating the great room of the house on Mohawk Street that she shares with her husband, Rick, Katrina Lundmark-Kash laid large-slab textured porcelain tile as a way to complement the big, extant fireplace as well as to soak up the morning sun's warmth as it hits an east-facing wall of windows. The 7,400-square-foot, six-bedroom home in Lincoln Park, which has been renovated twice in the owners' 10 years there, comes on the market today, at $4.2 million. The listing agent is Joanne Nemerovski of Compass.

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Lundmark-Kash used a stylish orbital lamp and Belgian linen drapes to create a "quietly elegant" vignette for the dining room.

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Built in the mid-1990s on a lot and a half (37.5 feet wide, compared to the Chicago norm of 25 feet), the Georgian-style house has a ground-floor apartment the couple let young relatives use, and a three-car garage on the rear alley. The row of windows and French doors along the main floor's living space afford a view onto "our quiet street of trees," Kash said.

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The living room's coffered ceiling is 12 feet high. Its floors were a yellow maple until Lundmark-Kash redid them last year as part of what she describes as a "lightening process" for the entire room that played off the wall of windows along the front. In the summer, Katrina fills the balcony with flowers.

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The bird sculptures suspended in the living room respond to breezes coming in through the open French doors on temperate days. A staircase winds up through the center of the house, capped by a skylight so that the wide house's middle gets light.

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In the great room, Lundmark-Kash used a dark gray to set the fireplace and flanking bookshelves apart from the walls, as if it's a giant piece of antique furniture. The kitchen cabinetry and island are part of the first round of renovations, done shortly after Kash bought the house a decade ago. He paid $2.9 million at the time and declined to say how much he has spent in addition on the renovations.

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Wrapped on three sides by windows with a view of the garden, the breakfast room "is wonderfully cozy when the sun comes shining through in the morning, and when there's snow all around you," Kash said.

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The master suite includes this large bedroom and a bathroom that recently underwent a renovation.

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A sitting room with a fireplace is also part of the master suite.

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The home has six bedrooms, as well as a one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor.

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Kash's office is on the fourth floor, partially open so that it gets light not only from its own windows but from the sitting area next door and the skylight over the stairs. About those stairs: "I've made it my business to run up those stairs 10 or 12 times a day," he says.

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There's also an elevator.

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