Location: Logan Square, Chicago
Size: 900 s/f
Kevin's apartment is going through an interesting and common transition. Having lived in the large two-bedroom with his girlfriend for a year, he is now dealing with more space, less stuff, and decisions about how to restructure since she moved to Montreal.
Since living alone, Kevin had to rearrange a little and do without a few things, like a dining room table, which has actually worked out well. Kevin says, "I've been doing a bunch of artwork. The dining room floor has become my working studio because I like to lay down when I draw." In addition to his art, Kevin manages Danny's Tavern (a converted apartment-turned-bar), and DJs (check out one fraction of his record collection in the slideshow). He is also currently on break from a T-shirt business...anyone remember the much-discussed "I (circle) Chicago" shirts? Those were Kevin's.
With so much extra space now, Kevin finds that he actually makes a point to use all of the rooms on a regular basis, just to switch things up. His landlords allowed him to paint as he wished, and the results are much more inviting than your typical renter's white. Kevin's also an advocate of painted ceilings, which helps to make the ceiling "disappear" and create a sense of more open space (in the long, narrow hallway, specifically).
Since Kevin works late nights, this bright, open apartment is the perfect place to spend his afternoons. The bay windows face west, looking out onto the trees and allowing a ton of light to stream through.