Name: Dominic Albanese, owner of Metropolis Modern
Location: Gold Coast, Chicago
Size: One bedroom
Years lived in: 1
Sometimes it's just a good email day - we had one earlier this year, when Dominic got in touch offering to share his apartment with AT: Chicago. His one bedroom is in a 1920's building in the Gold Coast and has all of the beautiful vintage details that add so much style to a space, such as coffered ceilings and graceful archways. He is the owner of Metropolis Modern, which explains his eye for design AND for spotting a bargain - his home was done on an extreme budget. Jump below for all the (thrifty!) details...
The apartment's style is simple, urban, masculine and just a touch traditional. It's an elegant look, but Dominic managed to pull off the decor on an admirable budget. He says, I bought the apartment last year, then painted it and furnished it...I purchased every single item (including dishes and wine glasses) through either Craigslist, eBay or nearby thrift stores along with Ralph Lauren bathtowels and Calvin Klein bedding from Filene's.
I did the whole apartment for under $3,000, which was the original price of the living room's custom made sectional sofa with Mohair upholstery--I paid $650 for it.
My style: Modern Traditional
The Inspiration: Ralph Lauren's modern room settings, Thomas O'Brien at Aero Studios
Favorite Element: Wood
Biggest Challenge: Carpeting
What Friends Say: They like the sectional and the neutral color scheme
Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom vanity—I haven't gotten around to replacing it
Proudest DIY: Painting the coffee table
Biggest Indulgence: The sectional sofa which was custom made and covered in Mohair; it also opens into a full size bed.
Best advice: First figure out the color palette, then select the "big" anchor pieces for each room; sofa, bed, etc., and design around those pieces.
Dream source: Ralph Lauren
The White Elephant and Salvation Army thrift stores
Various antique malls on North Broadway
Filene's and TJ Maxx for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren bedding and bath towels.
Photos: Evan Thomas