This split-level Skokie home was transformed into a spacious two-story colonial home for a family that entertains for business and pleasure. The main entry moved from a busy street to a more tranquil side street, employing limestone quoins to give the columns a dimensional look. A 2-car garage was conveniently attached. Exterior masonry and round top windows envelop the first and second floor additions, revitalizing the home both inside and out. A Brazilian cherry floor with a decorative border warms a large foyer, creating a place for this business owner and family to welcome friends and colleagues. The custom-designed kitchen and tranquil living room radiate outward from this central greeting spot. Pillars, arches, and rounded windows – the couple’s favorite decorative elements – appear throughout the home. In this Skokie kitchen, decorative ceramic tiles detail a backsplash crowned by a stainless steel hood, while an ultra-modern refrigerator is concealed behind more traditional matching cabinetry. The chef also appreciated the built-in double oven and the inset sink centrally-located in the marble-topped island.