Celebrating 30 years – Morgante Wilson’s Best 30 Ideas for Architecture and Interior Design!

By award-winning Chicago architects Elissa Morgante and Fred Wilson

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Morgante Wilson Architects (and our 30th wedding anniversary too, but that’s another story!), we’re compiling 30 of our best architecture and interior design tips, tricks and ideas from three decades of building and designing homes for the greatest clients ever. Over the next several months we’ll tell you how to:

  • Make the most of your renovation dollars
  • Ensure a good relationship with your contractor
  • Bring more light into your home
  • Create an outdoor oasis
  • Personalize a white kitchen
  • Change your life with a bunkroom
  • Maximize views
  • Stretch your tile budget
  • Ask the right questions before hiring an architect
  • Decide whether or not to dress windows
  • Divide rooms without walls
  • And so much more!

Our hope is these ideas will inspire you to make your home a uniquely beautiful - and exquisitely personal - expression of your lifestyle.

To kick things off:

Make the most of a mudroom by thinking beyond closets and cubbies.


We get it: you need a closet or cubbies with doors to stow coats, mittens, and maybe even a broom or mop. But when it comes to mudrooms, a variety of storage – especially open storage - is the key to making a mudroom truly functional. Borrow some of the depth you may have intended to use for a closet and instead build exposed shelves to hold outgoing library books, those jeans you’ve decided to return, and the birthday gift for this weekend’s party.  Giving stray items like these a dedicated home will go a long way toward de-cluttering your house.

See you next time, with more of our 30 best ideas to celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Elissa Morgante and Fred Wilson
Morgante-Wilson Architects
eamorgante@morgantewilson.com     fwilson@morgantewilson.com
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