An Interior Designer and a Real Estate Agent Walk into a Chicago Landmark

Posted by Mike Kravitz on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 2:26pm.


As a real estate agent I’ve developed an appreciation of both architecture and design, but I’m no expert. When looking for a place to call my own I fell in love with the Fisher Studio Houses, a 12-unit landmark in the Gold Coast. The property was built in 1936 and designed by Andrew Rebori.

Although developed over 80 years ago the architecture was ahead of its time with an Art Moderne style. To further my intrigue my unit even included Edgar Miller paintings on the windows.

When it came time to redesign my new home I wanted to update it but still honor the original concepts. That’s when I turned to Brianne Jones for help.

“I have been obsessed with the Fisher Studios since I moved to Chicago,” Jones said when I asked. “I responded immediately and said, ‘Sign me up.’ I don’t even care what scope it is.”


Brianne spent almost four months redesigning my condo and focused on the kitchen, breakfast nook, and fireplace. She used contemporary flair, adding a quartz countertop, and unique white glass subway tiles that offered modernism with antique undertones. Drawing inspiration from the spiral staircase leading up to the second story, Brianne mirrored its curvature in my breakfast nook.

“It was all about preserving as much as possible of the original architecture,” Brianne explained.

The wood burning fireplace is one of my favorite parts of my home, which also happened to be Brianne’s favorite part to renovate. It’s unique because many of the wood burning fire places that exist today are no longer in working conditioning. Brianne had it restored it to its original, prewar masonry, then glazed the exposed brick.

Having an interior designer on my side while tackling such a large project put my mind at ease. Without Brianne’s help I could have never envisioned how beautiful my new home could become.

If you’d like to see more of Brianne design’s check out her website at

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