Chris' Casually Artful Studio

Chris' Casually Artful Studio

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Elizabeth Giorgi
Sep 13, 2014
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Name: Chris
Location: Denver, Colorado
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Rented

Chris is the kind of dude you want to get a drink with. He has incredible taste in art, an appreciation for smart furniture from all eras of design, and he's a talented artist, but too humble to point out his own work in his apartment.

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Nestled just outside of downtown Denver, it's easy to see from the minute you step into Chris's place that it's going to be great. The long tall windows in the entry provide amazing morning light and his window garden takes advantage of every ounce of sun.

His place is short on storage, but you'd never know it. Everything is smartly organized and boring white cupboards and dressers are upgraded with incredible geometric art that Chris created himself. It makes what little storage he has seem like art installations in the galley style apartment.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern/Eclectic. It's always changing. I'm more interested in creating moments and individual areas than having an unified style. Its important for my space to feel like its mine, I need a space to connect to and feel at home in. I create here, I entertain here, and I escape here.

Inspiration: Everything really. I love mid century modernism, the tropics, video games, sea life, robots, and just about anything green.

Favorite Element: Bay windows, a great spot for my plants and a wonderful source of natural light. The light is beautiful in the morning.

Biggest Challenge: Storage. I have one closet for the entire space. As a collector and an artist, there is an seemingly endless stream of materials, supplies, books, prints, and toys needing a spot to call home. With the floor plan the way it is, i don't have a lot of space for art, hence the salon style approach to hanging. Ideally i'd change pieces out on a regular basis but they pretty much stay as they are for 6-7 month at a time... i might have too much (never).

What Friends Say: "Damn I love those windows!" They also say it's very "me". It tends to be their place of choice after the bars close.

Biggest Embarrassment: The industrial carpet is great for rolling chairs and when I make messes, but otherwise I really wish I could replace it.

Proudest DIY: I think it would probably be the faceted line work on my cabinets and wardrobe. It turned out to be a great way to customize the cabinets (which I'm not allowed to paint) and is slowly spreading through out my place. It's simply chartpack tape and can be removed and replaced very easily.

Biggest Indulgence: I've probably spent more on some of my collectibles than I should have... I also spend a lot trying to keep the place cool in the summer.

Best Advice: If you've never lived in an open floor plan, they are more challenging that you might think. Also 120-year-old exposed bricks produce a lot of dust.

Dream Sources: I'm often fond of West Elm, CB2, Ikea, Craigslist, ebay, society6, ModLivin, Ironwood and Etsy.

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Resources of Note:

LIVING ROOM

  • Karlstad corner couch from Ikea
  • Coffee table from West Elm
  • End Table from West Elm
  • Entertainment console from Ikea
  • Rug from CB2
  • Bamboo lamp (a gift from my mother)

DINING ROOM

  • Extendable table from Scandinavian Design (A great craigslist find that doubles in length)

BEDROOM

  • Bed from Ikea
  • Mid century credenza from craigslist
  • End tables from old roomate
  • Pax wardrobe from Ikea
  • Le Clochard duvet cover by Snurkengoed (for the Big Issue Foundation)

ART

Prints and paintings by Adam Doyle, Audrey Kawasaki, Chris Grill, Chris Huth, Daniel Danger, GodMachine, James Jean, Jason Edmiston, Jason Grill, Jed Henry, Jeff Soto, Jim Mahfood, Ken Taylor, Ken Wong, Kevin Tong, Marko Manev, Randy Ortiz, Ravi Zupa, Sam Webber, Victor Melendez... to name a few (and a few of my own)

VINTAGE

  • Velvet Love seat from my great grand-mère
  • Mid-century China cabinet by Drexel
  • Mid century Credenza
  • Set of 4 vintage Saarinen-knock-off tulip arm chairs
(Image credit: Elizabeth Giorgi)

Thanks, Chris!

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