Name: Kate Heilman Location: North Center; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,200 square feet (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom) Years lived in: 6.5 years; owned
Kate Heilman has proved that it's possible to have a two-bedroom palace right in the center of Chicago. Drawing heavily on family heritage, a love of Alexander Palace, and a fascination with history, she has managed to build a cozy, light-filled sanctuary brimming with books, icons, Russian antiques, and bespoke art.
Name: Matt Leyes, owner and esthetician for The Men's Grooming Parlor Location: Andersonville; Chicago, Illinois Years lived in: 5 years
Matt knew there were men out there who wanted professional grooming services, but didn’t want to end up in a pink robe sitting next to five women in a typical salon waiting room. These men wanted a place just for them, a hidden place right in the middle of the city where they could feel at home in a darkly-paneled sanctuary, surrounded by worn and traveled objects of curiosity. But where could he find a storefront that would give just the right mix of visibility and discretion?
Name: Sabreen & Terrence Madden Location: Lakeview; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,250 square feet Years lived in: 4 years
There’s no better project for a newly married couple than to build a nest together – a place where the new commitment can grow with shared experiences. Finding the right place that represents both spouses can be tough, but Sabreen and Terrence found their perfect place in this historic loft, housed in the once popular Belmont Theatre. In the 1920’s it was Chicago’s most stylish movie house, and sat at the center of the Lakeview neighborhood: the 6 corners of Belmont, Lincoln and Ashland.
Name: Stephanie Guerkink and Jason Location: Albany Park; Chicago, IL Size: 768 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; rented
I'll admit that the first thing that caught my eye when I saw Stephanie's entry for this year's Small Cool Contest was her covetable card catalog. Ample storage, vintage charm, and a dash of nerdy chic are right up my alley. But now that I've had the chance to visit the home that Stephanie shares with her boyfriend Jason, I've realized that the card catalogs are only the beginning of the treasures they own.
Name: Johanna Lowe, food and prop stylist, and Derek Richmond, food photographer; together, they are the co-founders of Richmond Lowe Studio. Location: Logan Square; Chicago, Illinois Size: 3,000 square feet, with an additional 2,000 square feet of outdoor space Years lived in: 7 months; Rented
Could there be a more perfect pairing than a food and prop stylist and a food photographer? After moving into this breathtaking and loftlike space housed in a former warehouse in Logan Square, Johanna and Derek began Richmond Lowe Studio as a photography production and rental studio with a food focus, making this place the beautiful hub of their home and work lives.
Name: Elizabeth Tulipana, founder of Anticipation Events + Bad Loo Loo Location: Bucktown; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented
Putting together a space that functions as both a home and base for her event planning business and Etsy shop came naturally to Elizabeth. A lover of all things vibrant and patterned, her spacious one bedroom apartment reflects her dynamic spirit and boundless creativity.
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Name: Hallie Glennie Location: South Loop, Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,000 square feet Years Lived In: 2 years; Owned
From the rustic wood ceilings crisscrossed by painted red duct work to the castle-sized windows surrounded by floor-to-ceiling exposed brick, her loft is the real deal — that sleek, urban look that suburbanites (like myself) often try to emulate with faux brick panels and prepackaged beadboard, but can never quite capture for lack of authenticity.
Name: Brian and Molly Blonn, Associate Planner, Soirée Weddings & Events Location: Wicker Park; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,500 square feet, including porch Years lived in: 2 years; Rented
It's always fun to be able to visit the home of a couple in transition. Molly and Brian moved into this classic Chicago apartment when they were first married, and have spent the past few years enjoying their neighborhood and entertaining friends. Now that they're expecting their first child, they're getting ready to move, and I was happy to capture their newlywed home before they head to their first family home!