House Tour: Meg and John's Big City Home

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Name: Meg and John
Profession: Owners of Evolve Creative, a design/branding agency
Location: Chicago
Size/Type: 2800 sq/ft townhome
Years lived in: 3 years

Meg and John made the move from a loft to a townhouse a few years ago. Spreading out (and up!) meant plenty of room for this creative couple to experiment with their style; an ever-evolving beautiful mix of high and low, new and used. We had the pleasure of spending a sunny Sunday taking photos of their city home and it is as warm and welcoming as any we've been in.

The use of white throughout is a natural unifying factor, but it shifts subtly from room to room. It's a high contrast to dark brown walls in the office, an overall warm glow in the living and dining area and a soft blend with the cooler colors of the bedroom.

More photos, survey and resources below the jump:

Clever details abound, such as the glass hearth in front of the fireplace (back-painted with white for a glossy clean look) and the extra built-in kitchen work and storage space hidden in the pantry - just two of many ideas from Meg and John's place to add to your style tray. Enjoy the tour!

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Meg and John's Survey:

our Style: Warm Modern

the Inspiration : Met Home, Domino, AT, The Healthy Home by Jackie Craven

favorite Element: Our rooftop in the summer is by far my most favorite place to be. We can escape the noises of the city and just relax.

biggest Challenge : I am sure AT readers can relate to this oneā€¦..what to do with the cat box!?

what Friends Say: "What is different this time?" I have a habit of changing my surroundings until I strike the right balance. I am always rearranging and editing.

biggest Embarrassment: Our living room sectional has seen many parties, 2 moves, one growing puppy, a lazy cat and 2 adults who like to lounge. It has clearly seen better days. But hopefully our embarrassment will soon be a showpiece. It will be covered in a custom/tailored slipcover in a mushroom/fawn colored microsuede. This turned out to be a much more affordable option than reupholstering the entire piece.

proudest DIY: Our pantry build-out. It used to be outfitted with builder-grade wire shelves that wouldn't allow canned foods to stand upright. Cooking and organizing was a frustrating experience. We decided to install base cabinets, a countertop and solid shelving. Much better!

biggest Indulgence: Floor to ceiling sheers in our family room

best Advice: Edit.

myDream Source: Jayson Home and Garden, Craigslist

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Mirror: Salvage Tin mirror from Chicago Antique Market
Runner: "Stampede" Flor tiles from CB2
Bench: Vintage (craigslist)
Accessories: Ceramic Umbrella Stand from Positano, Italy

Desk: Avantgard desk from Calligaris
Chairs: Burke, vintage (craigslist)
Shelving: Gallery modular unit from Calligaris
Lighting: Robert Abbey and CB2
Paint: Benjamin Moore Rockies Brown

Lighting: Moser pendants by Louis Poulsen from Source of Light
Stools: Lani Rattan by Euro Style

Couch: Martin by Rowe Furniture
Chairs: Barcelona style chair; Buttercup chair by Blu Dot
Tables: Prism coffee table and Portica from Room and Board
Lamp: Vintage tea tin(?) from John's grandmother

Sectional, Workbench Furniture
Chairs, Soho by Michael Weiss for Vanguard Furniture; Vintage Danish Modern chair from Jayson Home and Garden
Tables: Noguchi replica from European Furniture Warehouse; Portica and Classic tables from Room and Board (craigslist); Modern Man Bronze side table from Material Possessions (craigslist); Ottoman from Target
Art: "Glass Paragraph" Painting by Nick Butcher, Baroque Mirrors/Frames from Jayson Home and Garden
Lighting: Praha and Vintage
Media Center: buffet from Workbench Furniture
Rug: Cowhides International; Costco
Paint: Sherwin Williams 7035 Aesthetic White
Fireplace: Glass hearth fabricated by Glassworks

Table: Pine and Design
Chairs: Erica Chair in Ivory Leather from European Furniture Warehouse
Buffet: Channing Buffet by Jonathan Adler
Lighting: Logico from Artemide, Sconces vintage
Accessories: Horse, Cigar Molds from John's grandparents

Bed: Metropolitan bed by American Leather (craigslist)
Side Tables: vintage Chinoiserie chests (craigslist)
Lighting: Vintage lamps from Mod Life; Robert Abbey
Bedding: Chinoiserie Pearl pillowcases by Dwell; Laika and Riga Duvet covers by Area; Basics from Marshalls; Zinnia pillow by Galbraith & Paul
Art: Nick Butcher
Chair: Louis Ghost chair by Starck/Kartell (my birthday present!)
Dresser: Linear in Walnut from Room and Board

Many Thanks to Meg and John for sharing their home with us!

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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.