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A 650-Square-Foot Rental Has Cute Cat Decor and the Perfect Pale Pink ColorTours
This creative couple fell in love with this Chicago rental apartment because of its older design and closed concept.
May 10, 2020
Fans of Vintage Bathrooms Will Love the Pink One in This Warm Chicago Rental ApartmentTours
This beautiful space also has tons of natural light, high ceilings, and built-in wood elements!
Apr 16, 2020
This Small Chicago Rental Has Great Art, Removable Wallpaper, and Gorgeous DecorTours
Each room has a beautiful, different vibe.
Apr 8, 2020
A 500-Square-Foot Studio Is Now a One-Bedroom Thanks to a Clever Bed PlacementTours
"Don't be afraid to use your space in non-conventional ways."
Apr 6, 2020
This Chicago House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Is Under $150,000Real Estate
You can own architectural history.
Mar 18, 2020
Glittering Gold Transformed This Chicago Apartment into a Holiday WonderlandTours
You won't find any multicolored Christmas lights in this apartment — Revae's color scheme is strictly white and gold with roses all over.
Dec 16, 2019
This Chicago Loft Masters Classic, Elegant Christmas Decor Tours
This warm, industrial modern Chicago loft is beautiful any day of the year, but decorated for the holidays it's even lovelier.
Dec 16, 2019
The “From Gutted to Gothic Glory” Living Room MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Renovation by: Laura Location: Oak Park, Illinois My husband Michael and I just purchased this 1892 gothic Victorian home in outlying Chicago’s historic Oak Park. (land of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace.) I own a jewelry boutique called Gem Jewelry Boutique and Michael is a general contractor. The home is perfect with its nearly 10 foot high ceilings and elegant moulding, original marble fireplace and gothic windows.
Dec 19, 2019
A Stylish 420-Square-Foot Chicago Studio Shows How to Use Every Bit of Space WiselyTours
Graphic designer Jonathan Black's small Chicago studio is a lesson in how to make the most out of a teeny space.
Dec 19, 2019
A Colorful, Maximalist Chicago Loft Has Maybe the Best DIY Patterned Paint JobTours
This Chicago rental apartment started out as a pretty bland, cold modern canvas, but now it's as colorful, patterned, and maximalist as ever.
Dec 19, 2019
Scott & Jerre’s Creative Chicago LoftTours
Name: Scott Duff, comic/radio host; Jerre Dye, playwright/opera librettist/actor/director, and dog Emmett Location: West Edgewater — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: 8 months; Owned Scott and Jerre’s Chicago loft is just…WOW! It is more dramatic and inspiring than any home you’ve probably seen in a while.
Dec 19, 2019
Jamie’s Wild Blue YonderDesign Ideas
Name: Jamie Bayer Location: Avondale; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; rented If there’s one word to describe Jamie’s apartment, it’s fun. Bright colors, vintage glassware, crafts, collections, and quirk — Jamie knows what she loves, and she has no fear in building her home around it. When I saw Jamie’s recent house call, I was practically drooling, and I knew that I had to see her space in person.
Dec 19, 2019
A Chicago Interior Designer Shares Her Chic and Budget Holiday Decorating TipsTours
Including what to buy from Trader Joe's and how to make those orange slice ornaments you see everywhere.
Dec 16, 2019
A Chicago Condo Makes Metal Carts and Acoustical Blankets Look Surprisingly LuxeTours
This apartment's decor will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to furniture.
Dec 15, 2019
I Went to the World’s Largest Starbucks, and Here’s What I ThoughtLife
This Starbucks, obviously, isn’t just any old Starbucks. It’s an experience in and of itself. Let me walk you through mine.
Nov 26, 2019
A Photographer’s Sunny Pre-War Apartment in ChicagoTours
When you're lucky enough to inherit good bones, less is always more. This beautiful rental is a love letter to vintage Chicago city living.
Nov 21, 2019
A Cozy, Warm Industrial Remodeled Chicago LoftTours
Sruthi and Gautam sought to create a cozy home with "come sit here and chill" vibes, something that would fit their family's personality.
Nov 21, 2019
A 1980s Cookie-Cutter Ranch House Was Turned into a Cozy Fiber Art-Filled HomeTours
The first thing this couple did when they moved in was rip down all the country, floral wall paper and paint all the oak trim white!
Nov 15, 2019
A Watercolorist Creates in a Cozy Chicago ApartmentTours
Carly and Scott have lived in this warm Chicago apartment for just over a year. It is both a haven from the busy city life and a creative space for Carly's watercolor business.
Nov 14, 2019
Terri & Adam’s Creatively Color-Coordinated HomeTours
Name: Terri Falvey (Advertising copywriter, freelance graphic designer, daydream comedy writer) and Adam Penly (Software engineer, musician, amateur photographer) Location: Albany Park; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,200+ square feet (townhouse w/ partially finished basement) Years lived in: 1.5 yearsYou know how some couples are simply fun to be around and some homes are simply happy homes?
Oct 21, 2019
A 550-Square-Foot Chicago Rental Masters a 'Miami Meets Texas' LookTours
Inspired by vintage tiki and western decor, Perry and Kenny love thrifting and hunting for one-of-a-kind pieces at flea markets.
Oct 4, 2019
An Artsy Compact Chicago Mini LoftTours
Even at just 400 square feet, Jaime's managed to create a chic space that takes advantage of the natural light that it's blessed with, compounded by warm and inviting pieces.
Sep 26, 2019
Mosaics, Stained Glass, and More: This Rental Apartment Is Enviably One-of-a-KindTours
This incredibly unique rental apartment is located in an old Victorian mansion that was reconstructed into individual live/work artist studios.
Sep 22, 2019
A Small Chicago Apartment Is Glam, Gorgeous, & Might Inspire You to Add Wallpaper to Your RentalTours
From the glossy and matted black print in the dining nook, to the wallpaper mural behind the bed, to the wallpapered bathroom, Blake has used pattern brilliantly in this apartment.
Sep 17, 2019
An Interior Designer’s Apartment Is Full of Affordable and Stylish (Yet Temporary!) Renter’s SolutionsTours
Along with sharing her beautiful home, Caroline Turner also reveals clever (and often affordable) expert tips on how to make a rental feel like a home and not look like a plain, boring rental.
Sep 13, 2019
Before & After: A Boring, Bland Rental Apartment’s $20 (and Temporary!) Fireplace FixTours
Caroline made a small, affordable (only $20!) and gorgeous update that elevates her fireplace, complements the rest of her decor, and adds a touch of elegance to the entire home.
Sep 13, 2019
Before & After: A Plain Modern Loft Was Transformed Into an Incredibly Colorful, Patterned, and Playful HomeTours
This cold, blank canvas was utterly transformed into a playful home with color, paint, and pattern!
Sep 9, 2019
A Chicago Garden Unit Is Bright and Full of Vintage FindsTours
"Have you ever looked at an apartment in the pitch black without heat? It's not great."
Sep 6, 2019
The Volcanos’ Cozy Coach HouseTours
Name: Rosie and Kara Volcano Location: Wicker Park, Chicago, IL Size: 1,000 square feet (2 bedroom coach house) Years lived in: 1; rented Volcanos are fiery and dynamic, leaving ribbons of blazing light in their wake. Kara and Rosie Volcano certainly fit this bill. Warm, welcoming, and downright radiant, they are an on-the-go-couple who are just as fearless in their home design as their personal pursuits.
Aug 30, 2019
The Kings’ Quirky CastleDesign Ideas
Name: Beth & Mr. King Location: Lincoln Square; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 7 years (3 as a couple); rented When you live in a place where the foyer looks like it could have been transported directly from a castle, there’s a certain degree of solemnity that might be expected of you. Beth and Mr.
Aug 22, 2019
See Why This Makeup Artist Calls Her Glam Chicago Home a ‘Loftice’Tours
She describes her style as "Parisian chic meets bohemian glam".
Aug 20, 2019
The Everygirl Co-Founder’s Modern Chicago HomeTours
Danielle Moss is a co-founder of the popular blog, The Everygirl. Not surprisingly, her home is a modern, dreamy space.
Aug 9, 2019
400 Square Feet Is Just the Right Amount of Space in This Cute Chicago CondoTours
At only 400 square feet, this condo might be on the small size, but it's just the right size for its owner.
Aug 8, 2019
This First-Time Studio Dweller Has DIYed an Organized and Beautiful 400-Square-Foot HomeTours
This may be Emily's first studio apartment, but she deftly squeezed in a private bed area, living area AND room for entertaining in only 400 square feet
Jul 12, 2019
Ashley’s Chic & Funky LoftTours
Name: Ashley Location: West Town; Chicago, IllinoisSize: 1,800 square feetYears lived in: 2 years; RentedAshley had quite a project on her hands. She had just finished her residency, and moved out of a three-bedroom apartment that was shared by a total of four roommates. With only a handful of furniture pieces in tow, she went searching for more space, and found a former embroidery factory that had been recently renovated in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.
Jun 27, 2019
A Chicago Condo Is Modernized, But Its Charm RemainsTours
This Lakeview home needed major renovations, but while the couple wanted to modernize the space, they didn't want to change its architectural charm.
Jun 18, 2019
Cory and Kristine’s Marriage of Classic and GraphicTours
Name: Cory and Kristine HankinsLocation: Bucktown — Chicago, IllinoisSize: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom + denYears lived in: 9 months — rented In a short amount of time, newlyweds Cory and Kristine Hankins have managed to turn their one-bedroom rental into a calm, inviting space. Kristine tends to favor a classic look, where Cory’s style is more modern, but the two have come together to form a cozy, surprising mixture.
Jun 6, 2019
A Designer’s Modern Mix in a Sophisticated Chicago LoftTours
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
Before & After: Andrew’s Long Time Coming Bungalow Kitchen UpdateProjects & Improvements
When I shot Andrew’s Vintage Berwyn Bungalow house tour, the kitchen was in the early stages of being torn apart for a rehab. It took almost two years but Andrew finally put the finishing touches on his new kitchen and is ready to share it with the world. Before I show you the “after” photos, let’s take one more look at the dated old kitchen that Andrew inherited when he bought his house: Those cabinets! That ceiling fan! Oof!
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Chicago’s FLOR Store Gets a MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Back in 2009, FLOR launched this Lincoln Park location as their first foray into brick and mortar retail. Since then, FLOR has launched stores in a number of other cities across the country. Now they’re turning their attention back to home base and giving their Chicago store a new look. The new layout feels more modern while also giving the store a homier vibe.  Gone are the old white concrete floors and walls lined with tiny samples.
May 5, 2019
The Family Matters House Will Be DemolishedLife
Sad news for TGIF fans: The house that was featured in the opening credits of sitcom Family Matters will be demolished to make way for condos. DNAinfo reports that the city of Chicago approved a a demolition permit on Tuesday for 1516 W. Wrightwood Ave. in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This comes after the owners got approval to demolish the detached garage back in April.
May 3, 2019
Get the Look: Contemporary & IndustrialTours
Laura and Nina’s Chicago home is simple and clean on the outside, and the interior is no different. The modern pieces they’ve put in their home create a contemporary and industrial aesthetic that also feels warm and comfortable—not cold and sterile. You can create the same vibe in your home and shop the style using the sources below. Green Cat with Lights — Similar (print sold out, but puzzle can be framed!
Apr 30, 2019
A Chicago Home Full of Textures & TextilesTours
Maven Collection founder Laura Hebden has traveled around the world looking for artisan textiles to sell in her shop...and put in her Chicago apartment.
Apr 30, 2019
A Pragmatist’s Simple Sky-High 640 Square Foot Chicago StudioTours
Name: Franke Chung, Jason Wark, Neko the cat, and Ozzy the dog Location: Streeterville — Chicago, Illinois Size: 640 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1 year Many folks who live in studio apartments might agree — they function quite efficiently… until you have company over. That’s when there’s a sudden shift in the equilibrium. There’s one too many bodies in here.
Apr 30, 2019
A Chic Classic Home in ChicagoTours
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 Dilapidated Chicago Home Brought to Life by Two ArtistsTours
A 19th Century Chicago home and studio to two artists.
Apr 30, 2019
A Florist’s Cozy, Nature-Filled Chicago HomeTours
Name: Dave and Kelly Marie Thompson, and cats Bootleg and Tippie Location: Kilbourn Park — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1500 square feet Years lived in: Owned 3 years Kelly is the owner of Fleur, one of Chicago’s hippest flower shops, and Dave is a manager at the incomparable Chicago Athletic Association. Each of them are passionate about their work, and are dedicated to making their home a personal sanctuary where they can relax after their long days in the city.
Apr 30, 2019
Get the Look: Organic, Floral & Full of Nature
Plants, flowers, and minimalism combine with pops of color and woodsy, cabin-inspired elements: welcome to Dave and Kelly’s Chicago home. Check out the shopping links below to get a similar cozy vibe in your home. charset="utf-8" src="
Apr 30, 2019
This Chicago Apartment is Like a 1950s Time Capsule
Name: Rose Schreier Location: Rosehill—Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: Rented 6 years Six years ago, Rose was hunting for a cute and affordable vintage apartment in Chicago. When she drove by her current home with a “For Rent” sign outside, she jumped on the opportunity to check it out. She nearly flipped when she saw it: the owner of the property had left the interior virtually untouched since the 1960s.
Apr 30, 2019
Get the Look: Musically Inspired Vintage Style
Rose’s Chicago home is filled with all things vintage, particularly from the 1940s and ’50s. While it’s common to find furniture and decor inspired by those decades, Rose’s home goes all out and features pieces from that point in time. It may be difficult to find some of these unique items for your own home, but you can shop for similar pieces using the links below.
Apr 30, 2019
A Bright Organic Modern Apartment in Chicago’s Logan Square
Name: Joe and Kim Klomes, plus their cats Laszlo & Eames Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois Size: 690 square feet Years lived in: Rented 8 months Kim and Joe’s Chicago apartment is inspiring for many reasons, but most importantly, it shows both their personalities and illustrates the true potential of patience and collaboration when decorating a home.
Apr 30, 2019
A “Just-Moved-In” Tour of a Chicago Bungalow
Amy's only lived here for little over a month, but she's created an eclectic space, filled with unique furniture and accessories from antique stores, estate sales, and her travels.
Apr 30, 2019
An Artist’s Cozy, Textile-Rich Apartment in Chicago
Every ounce of artist Hillery's place is dripping in warmth. There are stacks of cozy blankets to curl into and Mali the dog appears perpetually huggable.
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
An “Eclectic Granny” Patterned, Colorful Chicago Home
Name: Elizabeth and Tom (and Walter the dog) Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting Elizabeth and Tom have a fearless approach to decor and life. They had only been dating a few months before deciding to move in together. And I should mention that their version of moving in together was signing a lease on an apartment in disrepair and then spending a year fixing it up together.
Apr 30, 2019
A Pin Designer’s Chicago Home is Mid Mod Magic
Name: Victoria Pater Location: Bucktown, Chicago Years lived in: 2 years Victoria, her husband Joe, and their cute pup live in a colorful apartment bubbling with mid-century modern energy. After a look around their home, it comes as no surprise that Victoria is the owner of a charming pin business, Mid Mod Pin. In her day job, she designs brands, experiences and digital products. And in this home, her Mid Mod Pin headquarters is housed in a delightful mint green home office.
Apr 30, 2019
A Scandinavian-Inspired Renovation on a Budget in Chicago
Name: Nara, John, Halina and Lars Location: Bucktown — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1900 square feet Years lived in: 2 ½ years While house hunting, home designer Nara and her husband stumbled across a short sale home with a very neglected interior. Although hesitant to take the plunge, Nara could envision the potential under the questionable (and very red) cosmetic surface. Now, two years and a lot of work later, the family cozily lives in their Scandinavian-inspired home.
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 “Golden Girls” Meets “Mary Tyler Moore” Chicago Apartment
Name: Bridget McCullagh Location: Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting If Mary Tyler Moore moved in with the Golden Girls, their home might look something like Bridget’s vintage-inspired Chicago apartment. “I love the natural wood and plant-heavy look of the 1970s,” she says. Luckily, Bridget inherited a lot of decor and furniture from her mother and grandmother.
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 Kitschy, Comfy Chicago Apartment Inspired by Grandma’s House
Name: Timothy Scheel Location: Humboldt Park — Chicago, Illinois Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting If you told Tim his apartment reminds you of your grandma’s apartment, he’d likely take it as a compliment. Over the years, he’s inherited a ton of pieces from his family and bought from many estate sales, so the space exudes a comfortable, lived-in feeling.
Apr 30, 2019
Mid Century Meets Scandi Rustic Chic in Chicago’s Bronzeville
Name: Kenyatta Forbes Location: Bronzeville — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,450 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned Kenyatta is inspired by patterns in nature, textures, and bold and bright colors, all of which can be found in her Chicago apartment. “I think the thing I love most about my home is the elements of history, memories, and design,” Kenyatta says. “I love how they all come together and couldn’t exist without each other.
Apr 30, 2019
A Renovated Industrial Modern Chicago Condo
Name: Darcy Young & Mike Putizger with dog Moose Location: West Town — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned When Darcy and Mike arrived at a building in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago for a condo showing two years ago, another unit owner in the building happened to be moving out at the same time. The door was open and they popped their heads in.
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 Jewelry Maker’s Modern Yet Vintage Chicago Apartment
Name: Meghan Lorenz Location: Ukrainian Village — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 6 years, rented Meghan Lorenz is a jewelry maker and occasional prop stylist and her creative eye is on display all over her Chicago apartment. Her space is filled with pieces from her artist friends (and her artist boyfriend). She loves to go thrifting and antiquing, a skill she got from her mom. In fact, many of her awesome pieces were thrifted by her mother.
Apr 30, 2019
A ’90s Glam Downtown Chicago Loft for Art Collectors
They WON'T be renovating: Two art collectors bought a dated condo last renovated in the early '90s...and they love it just the way it is!
Apr 30, 2019
A Handsomely Designed, Warm Industrial Chicago Loft
Located in an old printing house building, massive original windows overlook the city.
Apr 30, 2019
A Modern Maximalist Neon Garden in Chicago
Name: Anna Rafferty and her husband Location: Irving Park — Chicago, Illinois Size: Approx. 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, rented I am not exaggerating when I say that Anna Rafferty’s home is the most colorful apartment I’ve ever seen. Every room is so thoughtfully curated with pinks, purples, and the ubiquitous green of plants throughout. And not just these colors, but the neon versions of these colors.
Apr 30, 2019
A Small 550-Square-Foot Chicago Rental Is Incredibly Cheeky
Name: Carlos J. De Jesus and Andrew W. Fallon Location: East Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois Size: 550 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting How do two people with slightly different style backgrounds and interests come together and design a home for themselves that explodes with attitude and fun? That was the challenge that Carlos De Jesus and Andrew Fallon faced when moving to this East Lakeview, Chicago, apartment a couple years ago.
Apr 30, 2019
This Colorful Home Nails Looking Cool Without Feeling Trendy
Name: Tes Hash Davison and Daniel Davison (And Lamb!) Location: Pilsen — Chicago, Illinois Size: 950 square feet Years Lived In: 4 years, owned On a recent work trip to Chicago, I stayed at my good friend’s house and was blown away by the style and design of the apartment. I got to sleep in the adorable attic guest room and am obsessed with the hot pink bathroom!
Apr 30, 2019
A Chicago Rental Home Is Full of Cute Cats and Clever DIYs
Name: Shannon Buckley; husband, Nick Huertas; and 3 cats Location: Andersonville — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, rented Looking at their apartment, it’s hard to believe Shannon and Nick only moved to Chicago one year ago. Leaving Boston, the East Coast, and a number of dark, dreary apartments behind, they were determined to find a home with outdoor space and lots of natural light.
Apr 30, 2019