#12 - Nathan's Clean Slate

Name: Nathan
Location: Roger's Park, Chicago
Size & Type: 537 sq. ft. one bedroom

Favorite resource: "As an industrial designer, I spend a whole lot of time reading design blogs and magazines, so it all factors in... And IKEA is wonderful, selectively."

Pitch: "Starting with the clean slate of new construction, and being my first place living on my own, it's my first chance to work expressing my design philosophy from scratch."

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Pitch Cont'd:"Like many others have also related, I enjoyed a mass jettisoning of stuff when I moved from a much larger apartment. So, all the finishes, colors, furniture, and accessories were chosen or modified specifically for this space to create bold, rich, and modern graphic vignettes, describing areas and creating purpose in a space, which, being largely rectangular and open, has very little natural flow on its own."

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Your favorite element: "The exposed-brick 10ft-high wall in the living/dining area, washed with track lights."

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