When Jen Talbot took on the remodel of a three-story home in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, she knew she was in for a challenge: The 120-year-old house was badly damaged and in need of a total gut renovation. But Talbot, a designer known for her minimal, sculptural aesthetic, was more than prepared to meet the moment.
Built in 1900, the house was located in the diverse area surrounding the University of Chicago that’s filled with turn-of-the-century beauties. (It also happens to be where the Obamas live when they’re in town.) “The husband is a history professor at the University of Chicago and the wife is an acclaimed writer with a book landing on Oprah’s Must-read List,” Talbot says of new owners, who have two young children. “They had spent years walking past the