Name: Kate Korroch, adjunct faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and art and culture critic, and Chad Jewsbury, front end web developer at Groupon
Location: Ravenswood; Chicago, Illinois
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 9 months; Rented
Art leads the way in Kate and Chad's colorful and curated Chicago home. Working with a simple, open layout, with white walls as their canvas, the couple bases their apartment design on what matters to them most.
Although we knew each other
from classes at grad school, I was definitely certain that Kate and I had a lot in common when I visited her and Chad's apartment and beheld their enviable
cocktail cart/mobile bar and energetic collection of art. As a young married
couple working within a budget and the parameters of a rental unit, they
prioritize and practice patience in order to make their home comfortable and
stylish without breaking the bank, all the while developing their young art
collection and making the space useful for multiple purposes, like working from
home and entertaining.
Bringing together their
somewhat disparate individual aesthetics — he prizes simplicity and clean lines,
she loves pops of color and vintage — has been part of the challenge, one that I
think has worked out well in this latest edit of their space. Great Ebay and
Craigslist industrial finds like the tanker desk and silver-stemmed chair mingle easily
with their vibrant and growing art collection, while DIY projects geared toward
items that would be expensive to purchase, like the bare-bulbed lamp and tufted
headboard, help round out the space and add a layer of luxury living without
the cost. I especially love how they use the colors of their favorite displayed
works to guide the hues in different areas of the space, subtly creating visual
delineations that convey their sense of enthusiasm and delight in composing their home.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Equal parts eclectic and deliberate, two dashes of retro, with
a twist of modern.
are inspired by our art collection. Each piece acts as a marker in the timeline of our lives— our
tastes, our travels, people we know.
Favorite Element: Chad: the
globe and the black lamp. Kate: the
commissioned Hazel Dooney painting and the "butt" (aka the dress form).
Biggest Challenge: We
have two tiny closets, so storage has been a challenge. We have purged many of
our possessions and slowly purchased items that have increased the space for
What Friends Say: “It’s
so urban!” This comment is in reaction to the “L” train right outside our east facing
Biggest Embarrassment: Chad: Kate's "butt" (aka the dress form). Kate: a lamp that has never been used and shifts around the
Proudest DIY: Kate: The black standing lamp and vintage bulb (which was
transformed from a dusty, old, brown lamp without a blub into what it is now).
The most intense and collaborative DIY is the tufted headboard.
Biggest Indulgence: Our
bar. We love having friends over and making new cocktails!
Best Advice: Only buy the things you love, the rest will fall into place.
Trust your taste.
Dream Sources: Praha, Architectural Artifacts, Salvage One, and art from around
the world, especially from Angelica Dass, Chang Jia and Gyun Hur.
Resources of Note:
Porcupine Star: gift from an aunt in Michigan
Tanker desk: Craigslist
Tanker chair: Ebay
Easel: Dick Blick
Poang chair: Ikea
Bird pillow: Urban Outfitters
Bar cart: CB2
· The PDT Cocktail Book: The
Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy: gift from sister
Lamp: parents' garage, spray-painted with
new light bulb
Cocktail mixing glass: Cocktail Kingdom
Female form: from a closing retail chain (maybe Liz
1950s black globe: Ebay
Karlstad loveseat in Gray: IKEA
Couch pillows: IKEA
Candle on book near pineapple: Anthropologie
Lamp on desk: IKEA
Orange tractor stools: Bizchair
· Pineapple, Kate Korroch
Phai (man with bong), Vietnam
Ballerinas, Thrift Store in Bloomington, Indiana
Face painting by Karen Gagich from Anne Leuck Feldhaus
Dune View I by Sandra Lummen (on ease), gift
from Kate’s sister
Ghost With Mirror by Hazel Dooney: commissioned Christmas gift from Chad to
Feel the Confidence, Jon Hewitt
You Anchor Me print: Blacklist Studio
Abstract oil painting by Brenda J. Clark
Wine rack: furniture store in Sutton Bay,
Hot dog print by Delicious Designs purchased at
Renegade Art Fair
Tale of Two Cities pitcher: wedding gift from
Kate’s aunt in Michigan
Green hutch: Nadeau
Yellow Les Creuset
Red cabinet: IKEA
Batman vs. The Shark, silkscreen print by Justin Mages
White Girl Problems, silkscreen print by Justin Mages
On kitchen dresser: Study For Modern Strageties Of Survival: Resized For Mass Consumption by
Hazel Dooney; Justin Mages print; ice bucket gift
Vintage enamel table from Carlos and Sarah's Surplus of Options
Red retro chairs: Model Furniture in Chicago
• Painted bowls from Katiedid Studio based in Virginia
(Kate’s Mom’s former art studio)
• Red metal basket: Praha in Chicago
• Color bowls: Williams Sonoma
• Wooden knife blocks: Williams Sonoma
• Tufted headboard inspired by this DIY
• Duvet, shams, and throw: IKEA
• Expedit bedroom shelves: IKEA
• Bedside table: old painted furniture with Anthrolpologie
• Lamp: gift from Kate’s Mom (I think the shade it’s Target?)
• Bedside photo: Kate and Chad’s engagement photo by Wedding Creativo
• Golden pig on shelf: from South Korea
• Sweet Olive Blossom candle: Anthropologie
• Bench custom-made from Kate’s childhood bed
• Leg print, Lake
Michigan, Chicago by Daniel Seung Lee
• Kate’s dress forms are from various found object stores in
• Rug: Anthropologie
• Candle: Anthropologie
• Mary Cassat prints of little girls
• Raoul Dufy print
Thanks, Kate and Chad!
(Images: Alexis Buryk)
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