House Tour: Meg and John's Big City Home

House Tour: Meg and John's Big City Home

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Janel Laban
Dec 6, 2007
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! 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 Resources: ENTRY: Mirror: Salvage Tin mirror from Chicago Antique Market Runner: "Stampede" Flor tiles from CB2 Bench: Vintage (craigslist) Accessories: Ceramic Umbrella Stand from Positano, Italy OFFICE: 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 KITCHEN: Lighting: Moser pendants by Louis Poulsen from Source of Light Stools: Lani Rattan by Euro Style SITTING AREA: 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 LIVING ROOM: 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 DINING ROOM: 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 BEDROOMS: 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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