Name: George and Sara Aye Location: Logan Square, Chicago Size: 1300 square feet Years lived in: 1.5
George and Sara are a very creative Chicago couple. He is a creative director and she is a design researcher. In addition to their full-time work, they teach design innovation at the School of the Art Institute, and run a small travel apparel company called Hubwear. Whew! We love it when people are passionate about design.
And, from what we've heard, they are just as passionate about each other as they are about design - just check out this really wonderful video of George's proposal to Sara. Talk about putting your creative side to good use!
My/Our style: Mid-century modern mixed with whatever style you'd call CB2
Inspiration: We read the Apartment Therapy book and decided that we wanted our new home to be hip, warm, clean, bright and purposeful. George brings the hip, Sara brings the warm and together we work out the rest.
Favorite Element: The view. We adore Logan Boulevard and the second floor vantage point makes it feel like a treehouse. Also the dark wood floors, they were love at first sight.
Biggest Challenge: We gave up TV a few years ago, when we realized that Netflix had everything we needed. So we wanted to optimize our living room for movie-viewing, but this actually left us with no obvious way to arrange the space. We drew multiple configurations of couch, projector and screen before finding the current solution. The screen pulls down into action, making the area feel like its own little theater, and rolls up and out of the way when it's not in use, contributing to a sense of openness.
What Friends Say: They love the open layout of the front room, and they are usually impressed by the ridiculously large projector screen. They are also curious to see the Hubwear workroom, where we make our t-shirts.
Biggest Embarrassment: There is nothing on the wall above the bed. We haven't found the perfect thing, so we've left it blank. But we have a feeling it might remain blank for a while, and it just feels incomplete.
Proudest DIY: Sara - painting every room in the house, with little assistance and no blue tape. George - laying the Astroturf on the front porch.
Biggest Indulgence: Our bed. George's mom gave us a bed budget as a wedding present, so we found a memory foam mattress (Room and Board), a tufted bedframe (Crate and Barrel), and a lovely duvet cover (Amenity). The pillows, sheets and duvet itself are also extremely soft and dream-producing.
Best advice: Set a reasonable housewarming date when you move in. We gave ourselves 3 months to paint, buy furniture and generally get the house worked out, and after the housewarming party, we really relaxed. We've only made minor changes since then - we really declared our place "done" and resolved to love it as-is.
Dream source: A little shop called Found, in Powell, Ohio. Most amazing and beautiful home store we've ever seen.
Appliances LG Fridge Generic SS dishwasher, stove, microwave Whirlpool Duet Sport Washing Machine and Dryer Dualit 2 slot toaster Krups panini grill
Hardware Throughout house: IKEA handles on drawers and cabinets Container Store closets and shelves
Furniture Living Room: CB2 Annex Sectional Sofa and chaise CB2 Halogen credenza AyeBerman Perforated Side Table
Dining Room: IKEA expanding dining table Crate and Barrel Sloane leaning bookcases Eames Molded Plastic Armchairs with Eiffel base Magis Air Chairs CB2 Halogen counter stools CB2 Halogen side table Wicker planters from Found, shop in Powell, OH
Master Bedroom: Crate and Barrel Tate queen bed Crate and Barrel Nito hampers West Elm nightstands IKEA Hovet floor mirror Hans Wegner Wishbone armchair
Master bathroom: Container Store boxes (toiletry box and makeup tray) Crate and Barrel glass canisters Crate and Barrel Embossed White Numbers clock Crate and Barrel Nito magazine basket Crate and Barrel Marimekko shower curtain
Guest bathroom Ceramic milk jug from antique store Lotta Jansdotter tissue box Emily Berman audobon collage painting
Hubwear production room: IKEA GALANT table tops IKEA VIKA BYSKE standing height table legs 15 yr old Knight Heat Press IKEA KOMPLEMENT shelf organisers IKEA bar stools Metro shelving t-shirt hanging unit
Accessories Living room: Sanyo PLV Z2 home theatre projector In-ceiling speakers from contractor Da-Lite screen
Dining Room: Marc Newson glass ashtray Durrel Bishop bakelite clock M&Co. paperweight by Tibor Kalman Hug salt and pepper shakers Crate and Barrel glass candle holders
Lighting Dining Room: Artemide Tolomeo Mega floor lamp Office: Artemide Tolomeo desk lamp Hubwear work room: Flos Toio floor lamp Overhead wall sconce (multiple rooms): IKEA Calypso Bedroom: George Nelson Cigar Bubble Wall Sconces
Paint Benjamin Moore Aura used throughout Living room: HC-144, Palladian Blue Kitchen: 171, Sweet Butter Master Bedroom: 562, Cucumber Salad Master Bath: 618, Robin's Nest Hallway: OC-123, Bavarian Cream
Flooring Dark stained floors
Rugs and Carpets Living room: Crate and Barrel Pebbles shag rug Front doorway: FLOR tiles
Window Treatments Master Bedroom: Restoration Hardware Thai Silk Coffee Banded Drapery IKEA BOMULL cutains and rods used throughout Sheers from Bed Bath and Beyond used throughout
Bed Crate and Barrel Tate queen bed Amenity duvet cover Ralph Lauren sateen sheets and pillow cases Room and Board memory foam mattress
Artwork Silk screen, pattern print on ultra suede bought at an artist open house in SF CHROMAsome photography project (hallway) by George Aye Living room photography by George Aye Bird mirrors, Index Book, Barcelona