Name: Gil Melott
Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 879 square feet
Years lived in: Renting 6 months
It's a shame you can only see Gil's bright, modern Logan Square loft. As a self-described "sensory driven guy," this designer's space isn't just pretty to look at. A mix of textures and materials blend beautifully to stimulate all the senses. Gil is the founder of Studio 6F, and his home reflects his style, work and passions. Born in Texas, he now calls Chicago home, along with his American bulldog, Chap.
As a designer, his work allows him to be a design connoisseur, with the eye of a decorator, the logistical skills of a general and the grit of an entrepreneur. Though, he's also got the soul of an artist. Inspired by the magic in small details, his home is the very definition of eclectic, but with a look that's wholly his own.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Collected — an urbane mix of styles, cultures, textures and art, curated from my experience. It has the backbeat of international R&B music and the soul of an eccentric painter.
Inspiration: Comfortable handmade shoes and suits — there's something about small details, texture, subtly in lines and craftsmanship that translates. I'm forever inspired by the environment around me — the city, nature or magazines like Architectural Digest and Surface or listening to nuance in conversation. I'm a sensory driven guy.
Favorite Element: Besides the space wherever my dog Chap lands, I would say it's my dining table; it's the one item I had custom made. I've never sold it even over my many moves, and it always finds the perfect home and hosts great meals.
Biggest Challenge: Finding a place for art when you have mostly windows; really rough huh?
What Friends Say: When friends walk into my space they say it feels like me — which is a great compliment; and then they say it matches the dog... generally followed by a request for a glass of wine.
Proudest DIY: Knowing when I was in over my head and calling an electrician to finish the job. Most of us dive in and keep on going until it is too late. Bad move. I'm glad ego didn't get the best of me!
Best Advice: When you see art you like, buy it. You will always find a home for it. Trust your gut and trust me about this advice.
Table - Round Top Texas Antiques (originally from a brothel in Paris, Texas) Round Top Texas Antiques
Lamps - Ted Harris Lamps - Scout Chicago
Art - Michael McGuire - Las Manos Gallery
Art - Joe Boudreau
Hans Olsen Sofa - Find Furnish
Domore Aluminum Chair — Scout
Rug - Oscar Isberian
Series 11 End Table —- Blu Dot
Lily Ceramic Lamp - Schoolhouse Electric
Kent Coffey Credenza - Charish
Senufo Stool - Chelsea Flea Market
African Bamileke Tables - Wavearelier
Sonneman Chrome Lamp - Dial M for Modern
Michelle Peterson Albandoz Art - Las Manos Gallery
Michael McGuire Art - Las Manos Gallery
Sylvia Schuster Watercolor Faces
Jacob Thomas, 'Mickey Mouse' - Degenerate Art Gallery
Butch Anthony Art - Shop Rider
Curtis Speer Photography
Sentrock Art - Galerief
Wooden Boxes - Garth Borovicka