House Call: Gregory & Christine's Custom Chicago Style

Names: Gregory & Christine
Location: Chicago

Some classic Chicago style arrived in our inbox recently. Here is what Gregory had to say about the home he shares with Christine: Our two bedroom condo in Chicago, IL - full of antique furniture, painted wall murals, and custom built shelves. The inspiration for our home stems from the characteristics of the 100+ year old building mixed with our love for kitschy DIY aesthetics... with a sprinkling of modern mirrors, art, and sculptural objects that I have created as an interior designer for commercial properties. Custom shelves that I have built in the kitchen, bedroom, and living room along with the appropriately scaled furniture make the most out of this small space...

Wall murals add interest and color without taking away floor space. When I purchased this condo more than three years ago it was owned by a sixty-year old lady and the entire apartment was painted pink along with a pink kitchen floor, pink counter tops, and a shell-shaped bathroom sink. The entire bathroom, which is very small, was remodeled with a touch of modern influences. My wife and I painted (& sealed) the pink ceramic-tiled kitchen floor a dark gray. The built-in shelf over our bed houses an alarm clock, books, and has a light switch that turn on a night-light hidden behind the colored owl candle holder. The second bedroom is used for sewing and crafts by my wife and a wood-shop, bike shop, and art studio by myself.

Thanks Gregory & Christine!

Images: Gregory & Christine

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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.

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