House Tour: Sage and Austin's Storefront

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Name: Sage and Austin
Location: Lincoln Park, Chicago
Size: 1400 s/f

Throughout Chicago, typically on corners, one can see a unique type of residential space - the converted storefront. What were once markets now provide the bones of great living spaces - huge windows, high ceilings and minimal interior walls.

We were lucky enough to photograph a beautiful example, the home of Sage and Austin. They moved into their condo last year and quickly created a home that is very well thought out; it seems as if they have lived in it for years. Austin’s expertise helped with the space; he is an architect, with an office walking distance from home.

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The commercial window bays create cozy spaces in a large open room. To one side of the door are two chairs and a half-moon game table (cleverly created by leaving one drop-leaf down on an oval table). In the niche on the other side there is a spot for reading, with a comfy armchair and standing lamp.

A partial wall centered directly across from the double front door ensures privacy for the main room and creates a formal entry way. It is useful on the living room side as well, blocking the view of the doorway, and providing a spot for the wall-hung television.

The fireplace, sofa and two overstuffed armchairs centered on an area rug comprise the living room. A classic Noguchi coffee table and two Asian end tables balance the light neutrals with their shots of black lacquer. Pillows, a throw, rugs and multiple table lamps provide texture and warmth.

A narrow table behind the couch marks the transition to the dining area and holds a gallery of family photos. Over the rustic dining table, a framed map is a focal point. The map is one of many in the home, along with photographs and antique aquatints of old Chicago. Sixteen framed pieces of art in all dot the walls of the main space, hung thoughtfully to create interest in the negative spaces between the architectural details such as the windows, fireplace, and doorways.


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A small enclosed office helps to separate the kitchen area, which features another drop-leaf table, a large island with storage, and creamy white painted cabinets with black granite counters.

The colors of the bedroom reflect the palette used throughout the apartment, white, a range of beiges, warm wood, black, and bits of vibrant color. A four poster bed, Asian cabinets, lambskins and woven rugs make for a calm retreat from the large main space.

Thank you Sage and Austin!

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