Abby & Jesse's Artsy Live/Work Apartment

Abby & Jesse's Artsy Live/Work Apartment

Jason Loper
Feb 24, 2011

Name: Abby Wynne & Jesse Hora
Location: West Town — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 — rented

When Abby and Jesse were looking for an apartment they knew it had to be a place compatible to a live/work situation. As the creative forces behind ReadySetMake, their apartment needed to be a space where they could welcome clients while also allowing room for their own living quarters.

This West Town apartment perfectly fits the bill for a live/work scenario. The giant room in the front of the apartment serves as a meeting area and office for Abby and Jesse. The couple set their desks up near the large windows, where the sun can stream in, while a meeting area is set up in a corner deeper into the space.

That meeting area is adjacent to one of my favorite features of the apartment — the kitchen. To some the orange tile on the floor, bar top, and backsplash in this kitchen may seem dated and somewhat out of place. Personally, I love the tile! The orange is an unexpected bright pop in an otherwise subdued apartment. I can see why Jesse and Abby's friends clamor to play bartender!

While the front of the apartment is set up for business, the back of it is where Jesse and Abby truly live. One of the two bedrooms has been converted into a TV room, complete with a roomy sectional sofa. Being able to segment the space in this way makes it an ideal set-up for this creative team. With the living space tucked away from the main room, where all the business happens, Abby and Jesse are able to separate the personal from the professional. And it also means fewer rushed clean-ups before client visits.

To learn more about Abby and Jesse's design and illustration work, visit their website: ReadySetMake

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Our place is artsy, colorful, playful, random and inviting, but most importantly — functional. We love to make stuff with our hands so inspiration and tools are always where we can reach them.

Inspiration: Well-designed, old, vintage, artsy, funny, quirky, weird, cool stuff.

Favorite Element: The combination of the spacious wood-floors and amount of natural light that comes in throughout the day.

Biggest Challenge: Doing the dishes. Isn't that always the case? Since clients are coming in and out, and since it's hard to get work done when you are sitting in clutter, there's no putting off the daily chores for tomorrow.

What Friends Say: Friends love to pretend to be the bartender, serving drinks and wiping down the retro orange counter.

Biggest Embarrassment: The carpet (yuck). If we owned the first thing we would do is rip that stuff out of there!

Proudest DIY: The quilt in the bedroom; made with handpicked fabric, hand drawn stitch pattern, and extra help form Mama Wynne.

Biggest Indulgence: Honestly we don't spend a lot of money on our apartment, but we did splurge on the letter-pressed Framers' Market prints from Yeehaw Industries.

Best Advice: Keep the classics, cut the cheap stuff. Things aren't made like they used to be, so find old stuff and make it new. That way it won't be lost forever in a landfill.

Dream Sources: An eighty-year-old hoarder's storage space and Salvage 1 on an unlimited budget.

Resources of Note:
• Thrift stores
• Found (alleys)
• Friends/Family
• Estate Sales
Crate & Barrel
• Seek Vintage
RR #1 Chicago

Thanks, Abby & Jesse!

Images: Jason Loper

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