Location: West Loop, Chicago
In our seven years in Chicago, we've moved seven times and this is honestly the most interesting building we've ever lived in...
We packed up and purged from a 3-bedroom house into a 900-square foot space with our dog, Max. As soon as we unloaded the truck, people began welcoming us into the building and telling us about its history. We were invited to the annual progressive dinner where you visit different units. All of the spaces are unique, so it's a fun way to meet your neighbors and see all the amazing interiors. Even during this year's "Chiberia" storms our neighbors shared food and hosted indoor happy hours.We've tried to honor the building's eclectic vibe and its residents in our own space.
Our style is like most couples - a co-existence of two worlds. I like things simple, unique and elegant. He likes things more rustic. So, the pieces in our home have bits of each of us.
We love taking old materials and helping them find new purpose and life. Andy's made some of our furniture, including the coffee table. The top of it is an old ship hatch rescued from Lake Michigan. Our dining room benches are also made from the same sunken ship.
We love that people come into our home and want to talk about the different elements. For awhile, we even had a yellow VCR. Friends couldn't help but comment. Things like that spark great conversations where you can in turn learn about other people's styles and interests.
A few guy friends were over and as I walked out of the room they commented on the "awesomely rugged" sofa. From three bachelors that I respect, it is the ultimate compliment!
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(Image credits: Submitted by Lindsey)