Midwest Semi-Finalist #1: Michael and Mindy's Urban Modern

Here is the first of our 4 semifinalists from the Midwest. There will be 16 semifinalist entries (4 from each region) in total, each showing off new photos for your perusal. Our 4 judges are making the final decisions, but your comments and support can help them out...

Name: Michael and Mindy
Location: Chicago, IL
Size & Type: 608 sq ft - 1 bedroom heavy timber loft in a 1920’s shoe factory, rented

Original Entry: Click Here

1. Who was your favorite entry and why?

Our favorite entry is #19 - Bryan's Zones of Light from the East. The series of bookcases evenly filters the light throughout the volume and divides the space into intimate zones. This entry showed the most innovative and efficient use of space while easily allowing for manipulation.


What's your next improvement?

We would be thrilled to say that our next improvement would include installing hardwood floors, updating our 1987 white laminate kitchen/bath, replacing our dated track lighting, and installing Mechoshades. Unfortunately, we are encumbered by the realities of living in a rental apartment. However, we are pleased that our home has historic significance and unmatched architectural features. For now, we will continue to paint accent colors that reflect our changing moods and the seasons.

Two years ago we graduated, sold our car and moved from rural Kansas to downtown Chicago. Without the financial burden of car ownership, we will continue to invest in things we really care about – furniture and accessories.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.