Sonia & Mike's "Quaint & Cozy" Loft

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Name: Sonia & Mike
Location: Chicago

The highest compliment we have received regarding our apartment came from our dog walker. She described her route--how she would go from house to house, and literally see the same piece of artwork over and over again, and she really liked our house because she'd never seen anything like it! We love books (Mike has all of the real literature, my books are all art books), patterns, and pop art.

To us, things that look new are so boring! It was our challenge to turn an open loft into a cozy, quaint environment. To make concrete comfortable, we filled it with pieces that have integrity, history, curiosity and memories. Oriental rugs, 70's replica wallpaper, an old family trunk, flat files, and collections of our favorite things like matches from all of the places we've been, pillboxes, legos and shoes.

Thanks, Sonia & Mike!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.