Now & Zen: A Renovated Chicago Flat

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

A large rear foyer delineates the house’s private spaces, including the master suite. Japanese shoji screens just outside the bedroom enclose an office. This foyer can be conveniently accessed through the home’s back entrance, which leads to a garden room and garage. Ray bought the antique silk kimono, framed and displayed under museum-quality ­lighting, during a trip to Tokyo.