Aimée Mazzenga

Aimée Mazzenga is a interior and lifestyle photographer based in Chicago where she lives with her husband, Jonny.
Real Life Closet Makeover: Aimée and Jonny’s Shared Catch-All Storage
Closet size: 25.3 square feet How many people use this closet? Two! My husband Jonny and I. How long have you lived in your home? 2 years Your closet in 5 words or less: jam-packed, chaotic, mysterious, lazy, hoarding Aimée and Jonny’s closet is a major multi-tasker. When they first moved into their current home, Jonny had the closet all to himself. A year later, Aimée started sharing it with him.
Jul 17, 2020
A Perfect Tiny “Modern Shed” in California
Nestled on the back of a gorgeous property just minutes from San Francisco, this tiny home is an oasis in just 364 square feet.
Nov 8, 2019
A Designer’s Modern Mix in a Sophisticated Chicago Loft
As a self-described "sensory driven guy," Gil's space isn't just pretty to look at. A mix of textures and materials blend beautifully to stimulate all the senses.
Jun 5, 2019
A Stylist’s Resources for a Modern Yet Timeless Look
Name: Mel Holmes Occupation: Stylist with Madewell Rush Street I spent a winter afternoon photographing Mel Holmes’ gorgeous Chicago loft. From the way she dresses herself each day, to how she styles her home and cares for her plants, to her David Yurman wedding ring, Mel’s look is one of beauty and grace. This girl is one to follow. She has a love for effortless, tomboy cool and crafts looks that seem both timeless yet modern.
May 3, 2019
Real Life Closet Makeover: Aimée and Jonny’s Shared Catch-All Storage is Now Super Clean
Aimée and Jonny just gave their shared closet a major makeover from head to toe, breaking it down and building it back up to be better than before. Their main take away? Don’t be afraid to purge! It makes all the difference. See what changed, and how they tamed their trouble spots. Aimée and Jonny’s linens refused to stay stacked neatly on their shelving, preferring instead to fall over, flop around, and unfold themselves.
May 3, 2019
A Chic Classic Home in Chicago
Name: Jonny and Aimée Mendez Location: Albany Park — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: Rented for 1.5 years Jonny and I were married in May of 2015. One of our deepest joys over the past year has been creating our home together. Soon after we were married, we really considered the questions, “How do we want to feel in our home?” and “How do we want others to feel when they enter our home?
Apr 30, 2019
A Playful, Imaginative “Desert Ranch” Style Home in Illinois
Name: Steve and Sarah Carter, Emerson, Mercy June and their pup Biscuit Location: Hoffman Estates, Illinois Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: Owned 2 years Steve and Sarah Carter have created a space that breathes freedom, imagination, whimsy and truth. The spirit of this home is playful. The walls are adorned with beautiful and curated art collected by Sarah, an artist herself who uses creative work, primarily painting, to advocate for vulnerable women and children globally.
Apr 30, 2019
Maximalism in Miniature: A Style-Filled 320-Square-Foot Chicago Studio
Name: Rene Valdez Location: Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois Size: 320 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, rented The tiny size of this studio apartment hasn’t stopped designer Rene Valdez from hosting and entertaining friends. He actually hosts a Christmas party for 30+ people every year. In only 320 square feet! For everyday gatherings, he removes the books from the coffee table, transforming it into a cocktail table. The closet stores over-sized pillows for extra seating.
Apr 30, 2019
This Chicago Home Has the Best Use of Color
This couple's inspiration comes from pop art, comic books, cinema history, and literature.
Apr 30, 2019
A 1950s Chicago Home’s Ever-Evolving Renovation
Name: Carly and Brad Moeller Location: Ravenswood Manor — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 3.5 years, owned For all you design-loving storage fanatics, this home is for you. Carly and Brad each have architectural backgrounds, and they were able to bring style and function to their 1950s Chicago home when they updated it. (Like a bold color palette that creates a playful atmosphere in every room.
Apr 30, 2019
A Blend of Two Worlds in a Scholarly & Creative Chicago Loft
Name: Olivia Mae Romano and her cats Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Sonia Sotomayor Location: Pilsen — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, rented Inspired by her mother’s eye for design and skill at finding home decor gems in back alleys, Olivia has made her Pilsen loft an inspiring space. As a little girl, Olivia remembers being driven to school by her mother who would constantly pull off the road to pick up furniture she spotted.
Apr 30, 2019
A Cozy English Cottage in Illinois
Name: Christine and Gabe Bridger, Emelia and Jenson Location: Evanston, Illinois Size: 3,000 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, owned During long summer walks, the Bridger family would peer into the windows of this 1920s cottage. When it finally became available, they purchased it without even stepping foot inside. The home was not period correct, nor was the space very functional, so they opened up every wall possible without losing the historic charm.
Apr 30, 2019
A Modest & Modern Tiny Home in a Garage
Name: Jeff and Sara Jones and their two dogs Location: Waco, Texas Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, owned You may recognize this couple from season three of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. After living in their Fixer Upper home for over a year, Sara decided to go back to school for nutrition…and it forced the couple to get creative with their finances.
Apr 30, 2019
This NYC Walk-Up Has an Incredibly Cute DIY Murphy Bed
Eclectic, functional and DIY'ed to the max.
Apr 30, 2019
A Chicago Shop Owner’s “Eclectic Parisian Bordello” Style
This home features an eclectic, maximalist mix of Parisian Chic, Hollywood Regency, and Art Deco styles.
Apr 16, 2019
An Artist’s Sophisticated Chicago Home
Italian Rationalism meets Scandinavian Chic meets New York '70s Glam meets Dutch coziness.
Mar 27, 2019
A French Country Style Gardeners Cottage, Reimagined
Name: Julie and David Holdsworth Location: Lake Forest, Illinois Size: 3,948 square feet Years lived in: 20 years, owned From its architectural design to pristine English gardens to the artists that have made this a home, this cottage is truly magical.
Feb 19, 2019
A Modern Farmhouse-Style Historic Home
Name: Kevin and Lori Shoults Location: Barrington, Illinois Size: 5,700 square feet Years lived in: Owned 9 years This home was once a farmhouse in the Historical District in Barrington, Illinois. When the Shoults family discovered the potential of the property, they were sold. With the help of a fantastic architect, who specializes in historical preservation, the family worked to create a gorgeous home while adhering to the architectural standards of the historical district.
Feb 19, 2019
A Stylist & Scientist’s Sunny Plant-Filled Chicago Loft
As modern as Mel and Austin's Chicago loft is, they've made sure it feels inviting and homey, thanks to filling it up with things they love.
Feb 19, 2019