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While the Rostans had always imagined their kitchen would have marble counters, the designers convinced them that the material is porous and stains easily, making it impractical. The couple went with white quartz and have no regrets. ::: View Photo Gallery
If you’ve ever been pregnant—or been close to someone who has—then you’re probably familiar with a phenomenon called “nesting.” The term refers to a primal instinct that leads females, be they birds or humans, to clean up their houses in preparation for a baby’s arrival. The only difference is that while birds throw together some twigs in a tree, women redo their kitchens and bathrooms.
This was the situation in the Rostan household. During her fifth month of pregnancy, Chicago Home + Garden’s art director, Megan Duffy-Rostan, decided it was time to finally tackle the project she had contemplated since the day (six years ago) she and her husband, Tim Rostan, moved into their Roscoe Village Victorian row house. Tim had painted and put stylish hardware on their dated, cottage-style cabinets, but Megan couldn’t help but mutter under her breath every time she had to grab silverware from the canisters on her counter (the ancient drawers threatened to collapse under the weight of the couple’s forks and knives).
For years she had saved a photo of a kitchen she’d ripped out of Domino magazine, a clean, modern design featuring open shelving, Ikea cabinets, and marble countertops. Tim, too, was a fan of this design. So by the time that nesting instinct kicked in, the couple had only to hire a design/build firm (they went with Hudson Home, whose work Megan was familiar with through the magazine) and figure out a budget (they had decided to install a master bath while they were at it). The countdown to baby and project completion began.
In the end, Steve Bruss and his teams at Hudson Home pulled off the job in three months. Baby Patrick arrived about a week later. “It was like giving birth twice,” says Megan, who is thrilled with both babies. She shared some behind-the-scenes moments of the project with us.
Photography: Nathan Kirkman
Styling: Barri Leiner