Inside The Design | The Lane

Inside The Design
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Haylie Lapinskas

Inside The Design | The Lane

Let us walk you through the Interior Design journey of The Lane, a quaint ranch situated in the beautiful neighborhood of Hinsdale, IL. 

The Lane started as a typical 1950s ranch. With a closed in kitchen, tiny rooms, and low ceilings. 

When the developer and HaylieRead Design walked the space, the dream of bright open spaces with continuous flow was proving to be a challenge. 

After much planning and studying, a layout was landed on that provided continuous flow and an open kitchen. 

Challenges included:

  • Rearranging the existing staircase to the finished basement
  • Flipping the existing kitchen orientation
  • Opening up ceilings to create dramatic impact
  • Reconstructing the HVAC system throughout the home
Decorative throw pillows

Once the bones were in place, the design started to come together. Inspiration came from contemporary metals, bright whites, and warm woods. We wanted the space to feel like a haven from a hectic work day.  A space where the homeowner could just kick back and relax after a long day of work. There is a place for everything. Every corner has a purpose. 

We started with the mudroom. We looooovvve a good mudroom. All homes need one. Reality is, the homeowner is not going to enter their home through the front door. You need a space to drop your coat, bag, and especially in Chicago, a place to drop your salt covered winter boots!!

We utilized a nook just off the garage and side patio. This space is the perfect stop number 1 as the homeowners venture in from a long day. A large built-in will serve as storage space, porcelain tile was laid to create a durable long lasting finish, and large windows bring tons of warm natural light into the space.


Then we moved into the kitchen. We were able to add a pantry, 6’ island, 36”W range, and even a wine fridge! Stop number 2 after you come in from a long day’s work. The kitchen sink looks straight out onto the adorable neighborhood. I think most people would enjoy doing dishes here.

We used a slight pop of blue at the backsplash to add interest. The size of subway tile was crucial here. We didn’t want to use too small or large of a tile, as it would have started to feel out of scale. We chose solid flat panel doors to modernize the kitchen and avoid any unnecessary visual lines. The result? A modern kitchen that feel warm and functional.


We then moved to the open dining room and living room. A beautiful chrome ring fixture was selected to set off the dining room. The existing fireplace was refinished with bright white paint and polished marble hearth. We were able to open up the ceilings to create a vaulted effect. See how open it feels? The challenge was getting all the HVAC and electrical coordinated. Once that was roughed in, the space started to take form, and a wow moment was created.


After a lot of coordination and collaboration, the owner could not be happier with how the design turned out. The space feels inviting, warm, and functional. Every corner was considered and ultimately the perfect nest for this busy family was created.

Do you have an itch to update your space? Contact us for a complimentary design assessment!

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