Now & Zen: A Renovated Chicago Flat

In Chicago, a dilapidated red-brick brownstone gets a makeover that blends historic with modern Asian.

Though modest in size, the kitchen provides creative cooking space under the auspices of the Laughing Buddha, who invites prosperity and abundance into the household. Because the kitchen conveniently opens onto the dining area, the FSC-certified maple cabinets, arched faucet, and elegant granite can be enjoyed from other parts of the house. “I chose this gorgeous granite because it reminds me of swirls of sea foam left on the sand when the tide goes out,” Ray says.