Linc Thelen Gives an Indiana Farmhouse a Modern-Minimalist Makeover

Lightology pendants hang above an island topped with Caeserstone, with a Franke sink and Delta Faucet; the bar stools are by Article, refinished by Home Things. Photography by Jim Tschetter.

The Chicago-based architect, interior designer, and artist Linc Thelen has transformed a church into a showplace home and studied chiaroscuro techniques in France, so he was a perfect choice to turn a blank canvas of a farmhouse in Rolling Prairie, Indiana into a work of art.

The 3,200-square-foot house is located on 80 acres of woods and ponds. “We wanted to capture the natural beauty of the landscape where the house is situated,” Thelen says, “connecting the outside and inside and connecting people together.” First, the team stripped the house down to its studs, removing exterior balconies and a roof overhang. They added a porch, pool, and vertical siding, and painted the whole structure a dramatic black. The garage became a bedroom and bathroom, bringing the total to four bedrooms and a bunkroom with rows of beds, along with five full baths.

Thelen’s oil-on-canvas is framed by Lighting NY sconces above an Interior Define sofa, near a Restoration Hardware coffee table and floor lamp. Photography by Jim Tschetter.

“Materials are minimal to embody the surroundings,” Thelen says, explaining the palette of rift white oak for kitchen cabinetry, white oak flooring, and a white shiplap ceiling with white oak beams. And Thelen’s own oil painting hangs in the living room, like an artist’s signature on his work.

Article dining chairs surround a custom, 10-foot live-edge white oak table in the dining area; the credenza is by Poliform. Photography by Jim Tschetter.

A Soco pendant illuminates the Interior Define bed in the master bedroom. Photography by Jim Tschetter.
The kids’ bathroom on the second floor incorporates custom concrete sinks and vanities, with custom mirrors and Delta faucets. Photography by Jim Tschetter.
The kids’ bunkroom offers custom beds and ladders, with Wayfair sconces customized to operate individually. Photography by Jim Tschetter.
In the master bathroom on the first floor, Porcelainosa stone clads the shower; Porcelainosa also made the showerhead and the tub. Photography by Jim Tschetter.
The new ipe deck supports a Design Within Reach table and Blu Dot chairs; below, Unilock XL pavers surround the pool, with chaise lounges by Frontgate. Photography by Jim Tschetter.

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