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We first met Naz around 2000, when we were both members of a fledgling Chicago bloggers group. Later, we had an opportunity to write together when he co-founded Gapers Block, with Andrew Huff. During these past 8 years, it has been our pleasure to know this creative, great individual. When we saw the apartment Naz and his wife, Jen, a talented photographer, had created together we knew a tour was in order...
Photos by Evan Thomas
>> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails A lovely, open space with great flow, Jen and Naz's apartment seamlessly combines vintage finds, like complete bedroom set previously belonging to Jen's great aunt and a dentist chair, with iconic pieces such as an Eames Molded Plywood. The great personal DIY touches displayed throughout -- Naz's silk screened posters, the cardboard letters over the headboard, Jen's work on the dress form -- let their personalities come through. The total effect is charming, modern and eclectic.
>> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails Naz and Jen's Survey My Style: Americana, mid-century modern, minimal, clean and fun. Inspiration: Mid-century, classic Americana, things that endure. Favorite Element(s): Sitting corner in living room; the office - I spend all day in there. Biggest Challenge: Finding what we wanted. It takes time, especially when you want to avoid off-the-shelf mass-produced items, but it's sometimes unavoidable. Also, colour since we can't paint. What Friends Say: They like the colour, brightness and space.
>> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom. Proudest DIY: Our "fake" sconces. Construction paper! Biggest Indulgence: Other people's places. We're pseudo voyeuristic, looking into people's spaces while walking by to see how they did their space. Best Advice: Be creative in sourcing materials. Sometimes, solutions are in the simplest and obvious places. Re-appropriating items for other uses is what did a lot of good for us. Dream Source: We don't really think of a dream source but more of dream items - things that we have in mind but either don't exist or we haven't found.
>> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails Resources: Dining Room Bench - Ikea Pillows and drapes - Urban Outfitters Table - Target, Thomas O'Brien Chairs - CB2 Rugs - Cost Plus World Market Bar Stools - Praha (a vintage shop on Lincoln) Living Room Rug - Crate and Barrel Coffee Table - Ikea Chairs - Vintage Sectional - Ikea Book Shelf and Side Tables - Value City Furniture Square Bookshelves - Container Store Lamps - CB2 Sewing Machine - Vintage Pillows - Etsy and CB2 Drapes - CB2 TV Stand - Ikea Magazine Rack - Container Store Bedroom Bed - CB2 Side Tables and Dresser - Vintage Set Drapes - Cost Plus World Market Frames - CB2 and Ikea Floor Lamp - CB2 Table Lamp - Ikea Bedding - Bed, Bath & Beyond Office Desks - CB2 Bins - Ikea Shelves - Ikea Chairs and Ottoman - Ikea Rugs - Cost Plus World Market and Ikea Lamps - Ikea Frames - Ikea File Cabinets - CB2 and Ikea Thanks, Jen and Naz for the tour, and to Evan for the photos!