House Tour: Molly & Raúl's Green Muse

House Tour: Molly & Raúl's Green Muse

Sep 6, 2007

Name: Molly & Raúl Location: Ravenswood, Chicago Owned/Rented: The bank owns our place, we just pretend to. Size: approx. 950 square feet Type: 2-bedroom condo Years lived in: 5 Walking into Molly and Raúl's 2-bedroom condo, the first thing that commands attention is the view. The expansive living room window of their English Garden unit opens right up onto, well, the garden. And being a poet, Raúl (whose work is available through March Abrazo Press) knows inspiration when he sees it.

Their clean, botanical style is reiterated throughout the home; from the various shades of green on the walls to the uncomplicated lines of their mid-century furniture. Molly and Raúl have obviously listened to their muse, edited down, and the result is design poetry. 1. Our Style... Minimalist. Clean, spare lines allowing light to travel & envelop as much as possible. Organic forms, materials & colors. 2. The Inspiration for our home... Design - Danish/mid-century modern. Color - sunlight filtered through a canopy of leaves, spring shoots, Dylan Thomas' "green fuse."

3. Favorite element... Being surrounded by mementos of our friends, family & travels. View of lush gardens. Continuity of space (u-shaped floor plan), sunny & airy throughout. Raúl's desk with lots of cubbyholes & drawers. Art deco coat rack - super handy since there's no entryway closet. Our skiff-like coffee table. Hugely expandable dining table. 4. Biggest Challenge in designing our home... Painting the place. 5. What friends Say about our home... Airy, bright, cozy, cheerful & pretty. Love woods & greens - Feels like we've brought the outside in. 6. Biggest Embarrassment in our home... Having waited a long time to replace some of our blinds. Still have a few artworks from friends that we haven't yet framed. 7. Proudest DIY... [see #4.] 8. Biggest Indulgence with respect to our home... A trip we made a few years ago to Danish Teak Classics in Middleton, Wisconsin (which, sadly, is now out of business).

9. Best Advice given or received... Buy only what you'll actually use. Less = more! 10. Dream Source for stuff... Scout, Architectural Artifacts, Design Within Reach. Resources: General CB2, Fast Frame in Andersonville, Manuel Zapata - Carpenter/Remodeler extraordinaire (773-509-9829) Furniture • Coat Rack: Architectural Artifacts • Raúl's Desk: Danish Teak Classics • Raúl's Desk Chair: Scout • Eames Bentwood Chairs: Home Office Solutions • Living Room Chair: Danish Modern antique store find • George Nelson Table: annual Winnetka Community House Modernism Show • Lamp on Nelson Table: Danish Teak Classics • Eames Stereo Table: Home Office Solutions • Molly's Desk: Passed from Grandma to Mom to Molly, purchased in Iowa in the '50s • Molly's Desk Chair: Danish Teak Classics • Set of 3 Nesting Tables: Danish Teak Classics • Couch: the Fairlane Sofa from Dania • Coffee Table: Danish Teak Classics • Replica Yanagi Butterfly Stool: Estate sale • Custom-made Shelves in Second Bedroom: Manuel Zapata • Hutch: Passed down from Molly's mom, purchased at Sears in the '80s Accessories • Vase on Raúl's Desk: Uber Modern (now closed) • White Porcelain Vase/Bowl on Raúl's Desk: Scout • Rubber Stamps: Paper Source (and gifts from friends) • Olympia Typewriter: Independence Business Machines • Stereo: Panasonic • Throw Pillows: Crate & Barrel • Quilt in Bedroom: Made by Molly's great great grandmother • Salt & Pepper Shakers in Kitchen: Uber Modern • Bloodgood Japanese Maple Tree: Gethsemane Garden Center Lighting • Lamp on Raúl's Desk: Danish Teak Classics • Lamp on Nelson Table: Danish Teak Classics • Floor Lamp: Danish Teak Classics • Lamps in Bedroom: Danish Teak Classics Paint • Entry: Sears Easy Living "Yellow Earth" • Living Room & Hallway: Sears Easy Living "Kiwi Lime" • Master Bedroom: Sears Easy Living "Twisted Lime" • 2nd Bedroom: Sears Easy Living "Two-Tone Lime" • Bathroom: Sears Easy Living "Springtime" • Kitchen & Dining Area: Martha Stewart Everyday Colors "Honeydew" Artwork • "Be Kind or Leave" Postcard: Amos Kennedy of Kennedy Prints • Skeleton with Typewriter figure: Gift from Mexico • "Cyrk Cyrk" Elephant Poster: Gift from Molly's mother (to replace the one that was lost from Molly's childhood). • Black and White Photography: Molly • "Gretchen" (above fireplace): Karl Erickson • Lifeguard Video Still (above couch): Karl Erickson • "Wings of Desire" Poster: One of both Molly & Raúl's favorite movies • "Con Solidavidad" Woodcut: Carlos Cortez • Poster in Dining Area: International Theatre Festival of Chicago, 1992

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