A "Go Gold or Go Home" Chicago Apartment

A "Go Gold or Go Home" Chicago Apartment

Nora Taylor
Oct 27, 2015

Project by: Stephen Young
Location: Chicago, Illinois

The client wanted GOLD, and it was hard to say no. As a designer, I practice two equal and opposite principles, either less is more or more is more! In this case, we decided to work with both concepts. The client wanted modern lines with a whimsical flair. Selecting furniture, fabrics, and finishes that all coordinated created a canvas for our gold elements to pop against.

The rich wall color, grey/brown wood floors, and original concrete ceilings created the perfect backdrop for furniture with sculptural interest.The living room sofa & coffee table are custom and handmade my Chicago artisans. The side table is from Made Goods, accent chair from Scala Luxury, and wall sconces from Arteriors. The wool & silk area rug was actually won at auction on eBay!

The kitchen was a simple fix with some fresh paint and gold hardware. We changed the countertops to a marble-like quartzite material and had antique mirror subway tiles installed along the entire wall for a backsplash. This detail helped open up this narrow galley style kitchen and added a touch of glamor to the entire space! The dining area off the kitchen needed a space saving solution as well, so we had a channel tufted banquette made to pull the seating group into the corner. We then added a fabulous crystal chandelier that is actually made entirely of plumbing pipes! It was important to me that although our design direction was not necessary industrial, that certain details reflected that this Chicago loft that was actually a warehouse and part of a historic complex of buildings called the Montgomery Ward.

The master bedroom and en suite bathroom carried the go gold or go home theme throughout. We completely gut remodeled the master bathroom using carrara marble & gold leaf backed glass subway tiles. Rather than using more gold plumbing fixtures in the master, I decided to use oil rubbed bronze finishes and let the gold tile be a stand out feature. Keeping with the industrial feeling, I had mirrors installed that are actually suspended from the ceiling and all the faucetry has "X" handles as a traditional water spigot would have. We updated the existing vanity with some paint and new hardware, a cost effective solution to help our design budget go further. Love the gold urchin light from Arteriors that not only provides ample light, but also doubles as wall art!

Thanks, Stephen Young !

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