CHI House Tour: Alan's Andersonville Loft

CHI House Tour: Alan's Andersonville Loft

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Janel Laban
Jun 5, 2008
Name: Alan Shull, owner of Patina Location: Andersonville, Chicago Size: 1400 sq. foot loft Years lived in:4 >> Enter Slideshow >> See All Thumbnails 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. >> Enter Slideshow >> See All Thumbnails AT Survey: 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 >> Enter Slideshow >> See All Thumbnails Resources: DINING ROOM: 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 HALLWAY: Fornasetti Plates: Barney’s Cuckoo Clock: The Conran Shop (NYC) KITCHEN: Stainless Steel Island: Design within Reach BATH: Tile: Waterworks Sink, Fixtures, Toilet: Max Gerber Vanity: Custom design Mirror: Custom design White Cross Medicine Cabinet: Conran Shop (NYC) LIVING ROOM: 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) BEDROOM: Bed: Marshall Fields Pillows: Paul Smith Side Tables: From my optometrist’s office (given to me after he closed) Lamps: Ikea White Hand: Vintage, tiny antique shop in Duncan Mills, CA Sunburst Mirror: West Elm Resin Artwork: Las Manos Gallery PAINT COLORS: Living/Dining/Bed Rooms: Grange Hall (Ralph Lauren) & Cathedral Gray (Ralph Lauren) Kitchen Cabinets: Cameroon Green (Ralph Lauren) Thanks, Alan! Photos: Janel Laban
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