Midwest Living: How One Chicago Family Turned Their Suburban Home into an Escape

A focus on earth tones and details helped this family transform their cluttered home.

Amy and Mike Bailey had lived in their 1959 ranch house for eight years when they decided they wanted to remodel. But they weren’t looking for standard updates—the family wanted to turn their 2,650-square-foot Suburban Chicago home into a sanctuary worth of a vacation or getaway.

Midwest Living spoke with the Baileys to get the inspiration behind their remodel. Their goal was to give their home more space, and make it reminiscent of styles most often seen in the South. To do that, the family brought walls down and lifted ceilings to create more openness in the main living area. They also brought in earth-ton furniture to go with their oak floor, and used horizontal lines to draw eyes across their rooms. Small details are also focal points of the new and improved home—wooden beams, for example, link the interior and exterior of the house.

Amy told the publication, “When you look through the house, the outside is what really pops. The furniture is just meant to go away.”

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Photo courtesy of Midwest Living and the Baileys.