Teresa's Goldberg on the Gold Coast

House Tour

Name: Teresa
Location: Gold Coast, Chicago
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 1

Today we have a "slightly smaller sized slideshow than usual but totally worth a peek" tour of Teresa's (now former) apartment in Chicago's Gold Coast. Before she hit the road for Brooklyn, her highrise home was captured for the Apartment Therapy readers. Located in a Bertand Goldberg building this is a classic mid century Chicago apartment decorated by a thoroughly modern resident - hope you enjoy!

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A little bit about her home in Teresa's own words: The building and accompanying views of the lake is a looker and really speaks for itself. It was a rock star hotel back in the 50s/60s, designed by Bertrand Goldberg of Marina City fame. I try to keep the décor of my place minimal so as not to distract from the light and views.

If (interior) architecture is a manifestation of all that we desire to be and seek, then I think my bedroom does a pretty good job at expressing it. While I love my job, it’s pretty chaotic so I really wanted my sleeping quarter to feel like a hotel: clean, generic, devoid of character. I wanted to it have a very hushed and silent effect. (As for the typewriter and desk, I work in advertising so I guess I couldn’t help but pay some homage to Mad Men!)

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My style: In this case, relatively minimal: I wanted the apartment (and accompanying views) to show for itself. Otherwise, 1960s/ Mad Men/ Hollywood Regency. I love the anonymous feel of hotels so I tried to replicate that mood for the bedroom.

Inspiration: Apartment Therapy, other design blogs, my friends’ apartments, my parents, Post27, Mies, James A. Speyer homes

Favorite Element: The Paul McCobb-esqe marble coffee table and desk which I got for steal; cowhide rug from Argentina

Biggest Challenge: Not getting the place to look like a CB2 catalogue. That it’s true to my sensibilities and doesn’t just seem like an apt. that has the “right” design pieces and elements. Also, never having enough money for my expensive taste. :)

What Friends Say: “It’s very you.” “You could never have this if you lived in New York.”

Biggest Embarrassment: None to date. Though I do regret hiring my flat screen installer from Craigslist. He did a horrible job and how I have a huge hole in my bedroom with a tube sticking out.

Proudest DIY: Spending the five hours to put together and mount an Ikea workstation…Worst DIY: only to have it fall apart 5 minutes later

Biggest Indulgence: The unit itself and accompanying heated parking space.

Best advice: 1. Don’t take design too seriously. 2. Be patient: invest in quality pieces.

Dream source: Recent estate sale from the Ben Rose home (a/k/a Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Resources: I am brand and source-agnostic: pieces are from travels to Argentina, Shanghai, antiques from my pop... down to Post27, yard sales, Crate & Barrel and Ikea.

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(Thanks, Teresa!)

Images: Evan Thomas

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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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