Name: Rachel Yacapraro, blogger at Taffeta and Cedar, and Brian Willard, Visual Effects Artist at Radar Studios
Location: West Town; Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years; Owned
Warmly considered and lovingly maintained, Rachel and Brian's flat has the broad, open feel of a loft, while retaining the flow and privacy of a traditional apartment.
Luckily for this couple, Rachel and Brian share a similar clean, modern aesthetic with a vintage twist. Since Rachel moved into the space a few years ago, they have made a few updates, but they generally stay true to the bones of the apartment and add only things that are significant to them or that they truly love.
I appreciate that even with quite a bit of space and a very organized style, they maintain a sense of warmth by adding texture (like the great textile piece hanging in their main entryway), greenery, artwork, and important personal items. A beautiful way to keep clutter at bay and promote a sense of calm and creativity!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: An eclectic assortment of mid-century, clean lines, and antiques.
Inspiration: We love traveling, history, and simplicity.
Favorite Element: The natural light and open space. It’s not a loft, but more open than your standard two bedroom apartment.
Biggest Challenge: Storage and closet space. We’ve had to maximize available closet space and creatively hide storage in plain sight. Striving to edit down what we have helps to keep things fresh and minimizes clutter.
Proudest DIY: The floating credenza. The cabinets are IKEA kitchen cabinets mounted to the wall, and the top is a custom piece of butcher block ordered from John Boos & Co.
Biggest Indulgence: Hands down, the Francis Knoll credenza in the bedroom. It’s such a beauty piece of furniture and has a high sentimental value to us, having belonged to our friends now living abroad.
Best Advice: Remember to pay attention to space, function, and necessity. Allow your interior to be a reflection of you, not just a collection of items.
Dream Sources: Antique stores, traveling, artists, and great design.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
Living Room: Benjamin Moore - Stonington Gray
Bathroom: Benjamin Moore - Nacho Cheese & Lighting White
Hallway: Benjamin Moore - Chelsea Gray
Bedroom: Benjamin Moore - Yarmouth Blue
Master Bathroom: Benjamin Moore - Mandarin Orange
Gumball Coat Rack in Walnut: Sugar Stores
Platform Bench: Concord Seating
Sofa: Darrin 89”, JCPenny
Mid-Century Chair: Tiger Tree
Coffee Table: Crate & Barrel
Rug from Morocco
Hanging windows: Craigslist
Table: Design Within Reach
Floating credenza: DIY – Ikea & John Boos & Co.
• Glass Vase: Murano
Fiber wall art: Soñadora
Coffee/drink bar: Crate & Barrel
Converted radio cabinet
Painting: Jesse Reno
Painting: Cheri Lee Charlton
Shadow Puppets: Andrea Everman
Bed: Design Within Reach
Martini Side Table: West Elm
Credenza: Francis Knoll
Mid-Century corner table
Lucite chair: CB2
Desk: Design Within Reach
Photo Wall: CB2 record frames
Rug: West Elm
Shelves: The Container Store
Art: Cheri Lee Charlton
Thanks, Rachel and Brian!
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