Name: Alan Shull, owner of Patina
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
Size: 1400 sq. foot loft
Years lived in:4
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Early this year, we stopped in at Patina, the new-ish antique and home shop that Alan owns. Located up on Damen, it's a cozy ground floor space filled with very good finds. Alan does all the searching for the shop, bringing together a well edited mix of vintage items from auctions and sales across the Midwest. It was obvious that he has a great eye so we asked about his home, hoping to possibly share it with the AT community through a tour. As you can see, it all worked out (it turns out he's very nice, too!).
When we asked about the tour, the first thing Alan said was that the loft decor was quite different than the style you see at the shop - and after seeing them both, we'd agree - to a point. The loft is a bit edgier and glamorous, maybe a touch more urban, but the love of found objects, curiosities and a very American type of vintage design is evident in both of the places that Alan has designed; his shop and his home.
Great vintage pieces and a focus on textures and materials such as glass, stainless, wood and organic materials exist in both, along with a sense of humor and the ability to celebrate simple objects and raise them up to a new level by treating them as art. Along with his skills in choosing pieces, Alan did the paintings you'll see in the loft and many DIY projects throughout, such as the horizontally striped paint treatment in the bedroom and the leather fireplace.
We premiered this house tour at our last Design meetup, and Alan was there to answer questions and meet some of the AT community - if you missed the chance then, be sure to drop by Patina to say hello.
My style: A mix of modern and vintage
The Inspiration: Designers Kelly Hoppen, Darryl Carter, and all flea markets
Favorite Element: High ceilings (22± feet) and natural light
Biggest Challenge: Having no walls between rooms can be a problem--especially when having overnight guests.
What Friends Say: ““Where’s the gin?”
Biggest Embarrassment: The master bath which still has the worst white laminate cabinets and cheapy Home Depot tiles—but to be fixed soon! Thankfully, it’s not shown here.
Proudest DIY: I just redid my fireplace mantel and upholstered it in leather. Love it!
Biggest Indulgence: The Italian glass tiles from Waterworks in the bath.
Best advice: Edit—But buy what you love (you’ll always find a place for it).
Dream source: Kelly Hoppen (London), John Derian (New York), and the flea markets at Broomfield, Massachusetts
Glass Table: Ikea
Wood Chairs: Arne Jacobsen Series 7 (vintage; purchased at auction)
Aluminum Chairs: EMECO (Design Within Reach)
Primitive Wood Vessel: Sandwich flea market
Deer Head: ID
Religious Sculptures: Closed church from the south side
Gold Pig: ID
Oil Paintings: Me
Fornasetti Plates: Barney’s
Cuckoo Clock: The Conran Shop (NYC)
Stainless Steel Island: Design within Reach
Sink, Fixtures, Toilet: Max Gerber
Vanity: Custom design
Mirror: Custom design
White Cross Medicine Cabinet: Conran Shop (NYC)
Bar Cabinet: Design within Reach
Accessories on top of Cabinet: Glass oil lamps (ID), dart board (Patina)
9-Drawer Sideboard: Thrift Store (vintage; $10; refinished myself)
Garden Orbs on Sideboard: Sprout Home
Crystal Skull: Vintage; 26th Street Flea Market (NYC)
Oil Painting and Rorschach-inspired Prints: Me
Sofa: Urban Nest
BRNO Chairs: Vintage, at auction
Bertoia Diamond Chairs: Vintage, at auction
Stainless steel coffee table: Custom design
Steel end table: Marshall Fields
Wood side table: Rothschild Antiques (St. Louis)
Stainless Steel Dental Cabinet: Vintage, Pavilion Antiques
White Table Lamp: Crate and Barrel
Accessories: Ostrich/wood tray (Lille), ashtray & Lucite lighter (Kelly Hoppen London), Fornasetti coasters, dish, and vase (Barney’s), slate & leather boxes (Armani Casa), acrylic spider (John Derian), pottery (Jonathan Adler), gold skull (Collier West, Columbus), roe deer trophies (vintage; flea markets), Indian clubs (Patina)
Bed: Marshall Fields
Pillows: Paul Smith
Side Tables: From my optometrist’s office (given to me after he closed)
White Hand: Vintage, tiny antique shop in Duncan Mills, CA
Sunburst Mirror: West Elm
Resin Artwork: Las Manos Gallery
Living/Dining/Bed Rooms: Grange Hall (Ralph Lauren) & Cathedral Gray (Ralph Lauren)
Kitchen Cabinets: Cameroon Green (Ralph Lauren)
Photos: Janel Laban