Name: Jessica and Andrius
Size: 1200 sq. ft.
A reader (Thanks, Katie!) tipped us off to a great apartment owned by two artists in Northeast Lakeview/Uptown. The apartment has many distinct rooms each with a different vibe, all united by Jessica and Andrius's creative talents and eye for found style.
Andrius, an artist/craftsman (recent fun job: he worked on the set of Prison Break) told us all about the projects they have done in their home, from beautifully layered paint finishes and a complete bathroom renovation to creating a whole new built in shelf detail below the windows in their dining room. They have lived here for almost two years and have reinvented the space through hard work, pride and fearless decorating decision making. These two are not afraid to d.i.y.!
Design ideas are everywhere you look. The living room boasts alternating width vertical stripes of the same color/different finish creamy paint, topped off with a bold chocolate brown horizontal stripe. The window treatment solution: handmade coffee-stained vellum sheets framed with thin black balsa wood strips, suspended. They look like ancient milky glass panels and provide all the privacy needed for this garden-level apartment without sacrificing any sunlight.
Their talents for redesign and making things work extends to all of their furnishings as well, acquired nearly everywhere except from retail stores - literally four items were new when they got them. Jessica scored some amazing pieces from a library where she worked when they were clearing out, and Andrius loves their vintage stereo system (works perfectly!) that he has memories of listening to as a kid at his grandma's house.
Jessica makes the super-kitschy romance novel switch plate covers seen throughout the home, which contribute humor and style to unexpected corners. She calls them "Love Lights" and sells them at the online shop Alison Rose. Shop owner Alison (yes, another artist!) made the spray paint family portraits in the bedroom photos which look so graphic and mod against the partially stripped vintage wallpaper.
It was a treat to photograph this apartment - Thanks Jessica and Andrius!
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