Jodi Morton started her firm, 2to5 Design, over five years ago after spending a decade renovating old, historic homes with her husband for their growing family. Her recent project updated an 1880’s home in Evanston’s Ridge Historic District. The home has a large parlor and living room, office, dining room, kitchen and powder room on the first floor. On the second floor are four bedrooms and two full baths, but the biggest project was one floor higher. “The unused attic space was something the homeowners knew they would finish at some point,” according to Jodi, so she turned the unfinished crawl space into a gathering space.

“They wanted a large family friendly space to accommodate their high school aged children as well as an additional full bath. Being a historic home, this space was a wonderful opportunity to create a more clean and modern feel than would be appropriate in the other floors of the home.” Jodi was able to create a light, bright more contemporary space that accommodates lots of kids on sleepovers and family movie nights. Starting with a very light, clean palette for the walls, Jodi then selected large upholstery in family friendly fabrics to withstand the hard wearing habits of lots of kids hanging out.

Throughout the rest of the home, Jodi balanced the traditional style with the owners’ eclectic collection of outsider art, cartoon art and vintage safety posters as well as 1960’s furniture. See the home here!