Kelly & Kevin
West Town — Chicago, Illinois
Kevin and I are both transplants from Ohio where we met as undergraduates. We moved to Chicago for Kevin to complete his Masters in Architecture. After the move, I joined an urban design-build firm to practice landscape architecture. After enduring 2 Chicago winters in a small apartment with just one window, we feel liberated by the tall ceilings and natural flow of light in our new West Town place.
It was not easy to find a two bedroom (one for us, one for our bikes) that 1.
does not consume our entire income and 2.
embraces the presence of Arlo (our 75lb adopted dog with separation anxiety) and his stuffed otter.
Our style is really mixed. We try to embrace a balance of utility, beauty, and individuality in our apartment. The drafting and dining tables along with the living room rug were inherited from family. I found the McCobb dresser through an Apartment Therapy ad (thanks!), the Herman Miller fiberglass shell chairs are from Urban Remains, and the LCM was purchased from a local eBay seller. Kevin made the bench as part of a group project at Ohio State. He is also the brain behind our recycled bike-part hanging devices (they were saved from his bike shop's dumpster). Most of the other furniture is collected from garage sales, alleys, or DWR floor sample sales.
The art is mostly a collection from travels to Slovenia, Italy, Russia, the Czech Republic and Panama. Kevin painted the living room piece, and the dining room canvas is a photo I took when we biked through Oregon.
Professionally, Kevin and I are inspired by the urban spacial challenges of Chicago. We try to instill this solution-driven creative approach directly into our home. There is so much awesomeness to draw from in this city!
Thanks Kelly & Kevin!
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