Arthur's Long Distance Home

Arthur's Long Distance Home

Janel Laban
Mar 13, 2008

Name: Arthur
Location: River West
Size: 1000 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 10 months

We met Arthur at the AT: Chicago House Tour Party last December. He has recently moved to Chicago - nothing unusual about that - but what is quite out of the ordinary is that this design- minded person was able to shop for and purchase his new home remotely. The first time Arthur stepped inside his place was after the closing! He then proceeded to keep the long-distance "romance" going by designing the space from afar; as he says in his questionnaire, he "relied primarily on photos taken and measurements recorded during occasional weekend visits". That takes nerves of steel and the ability to really be decisive - and the results seem totally worth it....

...the space is so well organized! From a great landing strip with built-in shoe storage, a streamlined home office set up, and compact but fully functioning kitchen to the hands down neatest-closet-ever featured on AT:Chicago, this place simply works. But it is not all about function - the choices of furniture, artwork and all the details that make a house a home are there. The mementos and books and colorful art warm up the crisply designed and outfitted urban space, giving a glimpse of the interests of the owner and making it warm and inviting. A fantastic job, remotely done or not - we think Arthur is rightly proud of his new Chicago home!



AT Survey:

My Style: Modern Hip

Inspiration for my home: Mid-Modern with Urban Flair

Favorite Element: Open, bright, airy feeling that maintains a continual flow throughout the footprint.

Biggest Challenge in designing my home: Living out East when designing the space. Relied primarily on photos taken and measurements recorded during occasional weekend visits. Plus this was an online purchase…… first time I entered was after my closing.

What Friends Say: Bright, airy, clean & functional.

Biggest Embarrassment: Bathroom, still haven't decided final direction to take.

Proudest DIY: Maximizing, visualizing and designing the space to it's fullest potential while living out of state.

Biggest Indulgence: Kitchen

Best Advice given or received: It's not what something costs it's what you pay for it.

Dream Source: Design Within Reach, Dwell, Metropolitan Home, New York Home, Phaidon Design Classics Vol.1,2,3, IKEA, Craigslist, Jayson Home & Garden,,,,, & MoMa. Fortunately, my job requires domestic and international travel allowing to experience some amazing hotels & cultural sights. I always carry a small digital camera and constantly snap photos of anything that inspires or provides simple beauty of what's real.



GE Profile Appliances – Refrigerator, Stove, Dishwasher & Microwave
Zephyr Europa Collection Hood
Ariston Washer/Dryer Combo
Dualit Toaster
Capresso Coffee & Espresso Machine

Franke Faucet
Franke Stainless Steel Sink
Grohe bathroom fixtures
Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Lance Console Extension Table
LEM Piston Stools
Brio Table
Vintage Eames Aluminum Lounge Chairs
Thayer Coggin Black Leather Low Sofa
Eames White Side Chairs
Modernica Eames Rocker
Eames E-Wire Base Tables
Nelson Platform Bench
IKEA Bedroom Side Table

Cirrus Ceiling Fan – The Modern Fan Company
Custom Ebony Desk, Shelves, Wall Credenza
All White Cabinets from IKEA
IKEA Pax Closet, customized
Diesegno 5 Piece Tool Set
Vision Iron Fireplace Screen
Tivoli Satellite Radio + Tivoli PAL (great systems, highy recommended)
Nakamichi Soundspace 3

Random Light by Bertjan Pot
Tolomeo Floor & Desk Lamps
Toto Cube Lamp
Bedroom and Kitchen Hanging Lights From IKEA
Track Lighting throughout entire space

Benjamin Moore Super White Flat on all surfaces, except for trim in Satin
Benjamin Moore Midnight Horizon Flat on entire Eastern Wall
Benjamin Moore Black Satin on all baseboards & doors.

Oak Ebony Semi Gloss Finish

Rugs and Carpets
FLOR – House Pet (easily the best flooring product….. convenient to install and easy to live with)

Tiles and Stone
Carrera White Marble - Honed

Window Treatments
Hunter Douglas Remembrance in living space
Hunter Douglas Black Out shades in bedroom
Custom Wool Drapes in bedroom

Cassona Honduras High Bed Queen

Stango – Philadelphia, PA
Steve Kaufman – NYC
Large Abstract and all Photos are original by owner. Have collection looking to show one day.

Custom Closet Drapes & Hardware – Chicago Canvas & Supply
Patte Doormat
DWR Percale Duvet & Bedding Set + custom pillows
Standline Pedestal File Cabinets
Aeron Chair

Thanks Arthur!

Photos by Evan Thomas

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