Stylish Great Room Redo

Designer Michael Abrams provided a much needed makeover for this outdated room.
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Photo by: Scott Shigley

Scott Shigley

By: Jeannie Matteucci

The design of this Chicago home's existing great room didn't suit the taste of the owners and lacked much needed soul and style.

Designer Michael Abrams shares how he redesigned the room to give it a chic new look.

What was the main issue that you addressed in this remodel?


The kitchen and family room needed something to tie them together and make them more cohesive.

We achieved this by creating a light bridge above the cabinets and extending it into the family room. This provided ambient light and brightened the space.

Bright and Inviting Great Room

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Cozy Space

A comfortable sectional, rich draperies and a large area rug add texture and definition to the family room, located right off the home's open kitchen.

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Warm and Inviting

An EcoSmart fireplace adds warmth to the updated family room, with the owners' large TV sitting above.

Layers of Gray

Various shades of gray were used throughout the main living spaces, giving the home a cohesive design.

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Exquisite Floors

The home's existing Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors were refinished and complement the kitchen cabinetry.

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Glamorous Dining

The combination of the large mirror, glass top table and sparkling chandelier add a dazzling quality to this room.

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Did you run into any obstacles during this project?

Since the dining room had no windows, the addition of an extra-large mirror made the room appear larger and provided needed brightness. It took five men and some maneuvering to get it in there, but it was well worth the effort.

What were the "hidden gems" that made the difference in this design?

The light bridge from the cabinets into the living room unified the spaces. Replacing black granite on the island countertops with a medium gray solid surface extending down the sides of the cabinets refreshed the look for a modest price.

Michael Abrams

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Michael Abrams Limited
www.michaelabrams.com 1901 North Clybourn Avenue, Suite 204 Chicago, IL 60614 773-248-3039