A Look Back: The Mills' Midwest Modern

A Look Back: The Mills' Midwest Modern

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Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 2, 2011

Over the years we've featured many creative homes and unique spaces, but one of my favorites is this 100% suburban home that's been gutted, cleaned up and fighting to be a little hipper than it's mini-van driving neighbors.

The Mills' house tour with Apartment Therapy was my very first and it had all sorts of problems the day it went live. Words were missing, the gallery wasn't working right and I truly felt that the work that had been done in this home was lost amongst all the technical noise that was happening. It wasn't until a friend asked me the other day what my favorite tour had been that I got to thinking about the Mills' space.

When the Mills first purchased their home the floors were honey and there were lots of walls — so many walls. For the better part of a year they lived in drywall clothes as they renovated and tore things down to the studs. When the dust settled, what was left was a large open space where there used to be tiny small rooms.

You can tell where the walls used to exist around the stairs to the basement, but now with things opened up, the once small living room and dining room are one giant room that play nicely together. The floors were taken dark and the walls remained light and the overall effect of this space is cool, calm and most definitely modern. It serves as a great reminder that just because your home is suburban, doesn't mean you are!
Tour the Mills Midwestern Modern Home (again)

Note: This property has recently been listed for sale, so if you're local and interested you can reach the Mills' through email and they'll be happy to give you a tour.

Images: Sarah Rae Trover

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