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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.
Sep 9, 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
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
A Poet’s Chicago Studio Apartment Is a Celebration of Queer ArtTours
Poet and artist H. Melt's home is filled with colorful art, captivating books, and a few flamingo-themed home decor items.
Apr 16, 2019
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Newly Renovated Robie House Is Open to the PublicStyle
Now that you’ve had enough time to shop to your heart’s content at Amazon’s Frank Lloyd Wright home decor shop, you may still be in need of a few more tips to bring your interior. Here’s a pretty effective way to gain some serious design inspo: Take a tour through the recently renovated Robie House. Built in 1910 for Chicago motorcycle manufacturing exec Frederick C.
Apr 4, 2019
This Artist Bought Her Grandparents’ Condo—Here’s What She Kept (And What She Changed)Tours
A mix between "Mad Men" and "Pee Wee Herman," artist Kim Alpert's self-proclaimed style is "Folk Futurism."
Mar 29, 2019
First-Time Homeowners DIYed an Awesome Walk-in Dressing RoomTours
Name: Aaron Morris and Vincent Uribe Location: East Garfield Park — Chicago, Illinois Size: 2,375 square feet Years Lived In: 1.5 years, owned Aaron and Vincent, both Chicago transplants, recently bought a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in East Garfield Park. “This was actually one of the first places we came across when we started searching for a home.
Feb 15, 2019
An Eclectic Chicago Reno Is Effortlessly ElegantTours
Name: Kira Cole and two cats Location: Gold Coast — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,080 square feet Years Lived In: 8 months, owned My home was built in 1892, originally as a single family. In 1978, it was renovated into condo units. I actually grew up in the unit below, so I was very familiar with the building and neighbors when purchasing! When I first got my hands on it, it had not been renovated (not even paint touch-ups) since the 1978 renovation, so it was in serious need of love.
Jan 14, 2019
Cool Furniture and Cat Paintings in a Chicago Rental HomeTours
Name: Kayla Benedict and Erick Pausz Location: Lincoln Square — Chicago, Illinois Size: around 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, renting Kayla and Erick met nearly seven years ago, and shortly after started selling mid-century furniture out of their garage together. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a business! Now their mid-century modern furniture company, Shark Gravy, has a store front, 16K+ Instagram followers, (and probably as many satisfied customers!
Dec 11, 2018
A Designer Finally Gets to Design Her Own HomeTours
When Sarah and her wife, Jamie, chose to buy a home together, they were finally able to turn their beautiful creative energy on their own space.
Nov 30, 2018
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 28, 2018
An Open Chicago Loft Apartment Is Full of ColorTours
What do you do with a white walls, brick, and cold concrete: Add lots of color! Holly Conrad's studio loft in the heart of Chicago is refreshing and full of vibrant colors.
Nov 26, 2018
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.
Nov 21, 2018
Two Chicago Chefs Share a Warm, Sustainable HomeTours
Amanda runs her business Baguette & Butter out of their home, and Guillermo is Chef de Cuisine at the popular Logan Square restaurant, Mi Tocaya.
Nov 20, 2018
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 16, 2018
A Chicago Rental Home Is Full of Cute Cats and Clever DIYsTours
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.
Nov 9, 2018
This Colorful Home Nails Looking Cool Without Feeling TrendyTours
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!
Nov 8, 2018
How Student Loans Couldn’t Stop Me from Buying a Home at 25Real Estate
My husband and I are “recession kids.” We were just starting high school when the Great Recession brought the most significant economic downturn in the United States since the Great Depression. We watched our parents, neighbors, and family friends struggle with unemployment and the housing market crash. Foreclosures surged throughout the country, and home values plummeted following the housing bubble.
Sep 30, 2018
Furniture Store Owners Have a Stunning Chicago HomeTours
Ty and Lynne are the owners of the award-winning furniture store An Orange Moon, located in the West of Western district of Chicago.
Sep 11, 2018
Harrison Ford’s Childhood Home Is Listed for $400KReal Estate
Before fame came knocking on Harrison Ford’s front door, this brick Tudor dating back to 1922 was where the future actor spent much of his upbringing. And now, diehard fans can rejoice: the home is up for sale and totally not out of budget. Located at 109 N Washington Ave in Park Ridge, Illinois—about 17 miles from Chicago—this property is currently on the market for $400,000.
Sep 10, 2018
A Cool Chicago Condo Didn’t Start Out This WayTours
Name: Jamie Nuccio, my cat, Ruby Location: West Loop — Chicago, Illinois Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, owned As soon as I walked into this space, I had a strong gut feeling that it was “the one” (it was only the second place that I toured when I started my condo search!).
Jul 14, 2018
10 NYC Quirks That Will Confuse Any Midwestern TransplantReal Estate
We Midwesterners are known for our polite ways (except when it comes to… well, pretty much every major sport), but moving to NYC is a different playing field. Truly. This hits on all facets of life – decorating and more – and living here almost a decade (wow, let’s pretend I didn’t say that), I am more than able to speak to the differences of the two. Here we go.
Jul 13, 2018
Instead of Moving, This Couple Rearranged, Updated, and Revitalized Their Current HomeTours
Awaiting the arrival of a baby and unable to find another home they liked enough to move, they decided to stick with the home they already have, updating it for their new life.
Jul 2, 2018
A Bold Home in the ‘Burbs Has the Perfect Plaid EntrywayTours
Name: Shawna Smith, her husband and two sons Location: Downers Grove, Illinois Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: 7 months, owned “Myself, my husband, and our two little boys lived in Chicago for years before deciding to take the leap and move to the ‘burbs,” writes interior stylist Shawna Smith. “We chose Downers Grove for its small-town appeal and outstanding schools.
May 30, 2018
A Chicago Shop Owner’s “Eclectic Parisian Bordello” StyleTours
This home features an eclectic, maximalist mix of Parisian Chic, Hollywood Regency, and Art Deco styles.
May 22, 2018
This Chicago Greystone’s Architectural Woodwork Is WonderfulTours
Name: Carly Martin, my husband, and our rescue pup, Norman Location: Wicker Park/Bucktown — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1600 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting My husband and I moved from NYC a few years ago where we lived in a 500-square-foot apartment for four years, so now that we have nearly triple the amount of space (for less money!) we try to use it wisely and don’t take an inch of it for granted.
May 18, 2018
A Small 550-Square-Foot Chicago Rental Is Incredibly CheekyTours
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.
May 17, 2018
A TV-Free, 600-Square-Foot Shared Chicago Apartment Fosters CreativityTours
Name: Katherine Corden and her fiancé Dave Location: Lincoln Park Neighborhood — Chicago, Illinois Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Dave and I moved in together about one year ago, around the same time we got engaged. We both are physical therapists full time but when we’re not working, we are pursuing our creative passions! Dave loves playing guitar and learning new music, and I am working to grow my fine art business.
May 12, 2018
An Old Chicago Church Is Now a One-of-a-Kind Forever HomeTours
While maintaining the integrity of the building's original architecture, Jim and Molly gave a modern face to areas like the kitchen and bathrooms.
May 1, 2018
A Modern Maximalist Neon Garden in ChicagoTours
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.
Mar 5, 2018
A Warm, Relaxed & Sentimental Chicago Studio ApartmentTours
It's the first time Sarah's lived solo...and she's LOVING it.
Feb 27, 2018
A Handsomely Designed, Warm Industrial Chicago LoftTours
Located in an old printing house building, massive original windows overlook the city.
Feb 15, 2018
A Fond Farewell to Crate & Barrel’s Chicago Flagship StoreStyle
After 27 years, Crate & Barrel has shuttered its Chicago flagship store on the Mag Mile. The four story location was once so popular, holiday shoppers would wait in line around the block to snatch up some of Crate & Barrel’s affordable and impressive wares. The building, built in 1990, was the company’s first flagship, after outgrowing their old space on Wells.
Jan 26, 2018
A Modern, Ever-Evolving Chicago BungalowTours
Diana and Jesse didn't let the fact that this house had just been renovated get in the way of adding their own personality to the space.
Jan 13, 2018
This Modern Loft in Chicago Checks All the Right BoxesReal Estate
An airy loft with exposed brick and plenty of natural light has to be the ultimate urban real estate fantasy. This Chicago penthouse ticks off all those must-haves and more. Chef’s kitchen? Private roof deck? Incredible master suite? Check, check, check. 2105 West Concord Place, Unit 7 Located in Chicago, Illinois $999,000 3,200 square feet 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, one half bath Tricked-out kitchens with not one, but two islands are usually the stuff of suburban real estate listings.
Jan 8, 2018
A ’90s Glam Downtown Chicago Loft for Art CollectorsTours
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!
Dec 21, 2017
An Artist’s Sophisticated Chicago HomeTours
Italian Rationalism meets Scandinavian Chic meets New York '70s Glam meets Dutch coziness.
Nov 18, 2017
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 5, 2017
A Jewelry Maker’s Modern Yet Vintage Chicago ApartmentTours
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.
Nov 4, 2017
A Real Estate Agent Turns a Blank Slate into an Earthy, Eclectic Bachelor PadTours
Name: George Morgan Location: West Loop — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,150 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned George Morgan saw a lot of homes before he finally found his perfect Chicago bachelor pad.
Oct 24, 2017
Both of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Booth Houses Are For SaleReal Estate
Frank Lloyd Wright fans will probably have heard of the Sherman Booth House, designed and built for Wright’s lawyer in Glencoe, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago. What you might not know is that the famed architect built Booth another house to live in while the main one was being constructed, and now they are both for sale. The main Booth House, as seen in the gallery above, hit the market in 2016 and is still available.
Oct 17, 2017
An Airy and Inviting Chicago BungalowTours
Name: Diana, her husband and their two kids Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois The basics: 5 years, owned — 1,000 square feet Diana and her husband decided that while their home was totally fine, it wasn’t really them. Being on a budget and humans with jobs and children they opted to do smaller fixes when they could find the money and time. The result is an airy home, perfect for a fun young family.
Oct 6, 2017
A Blend of Two Worlds in a Scholarly & Creative Chicago LoftTours
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.
Sep 29, 2017
The Family Matters House Will Be DemolishedLiving
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.
Sep 22, 2017
Netflix Sends a Cease and Desist to a Stranger Things Pop Up and It’s Probably The Most Entertaining Legal Notice You’ll ReadLiving
For 21 and over fans of the cult hit show, Stranger Things, Chicago-based Emporium Arcade Bar’s “end of summer” pop-up is the stuff Netflix (and chill?) dreams are made of. But the same cannot be said for Netflix. According to Variety, Netflix issued a cease-and-desist letter to the bar’s owners, albeit one that was worthy of a true Stranger Things enthusiast.
Sep 19, 2017
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 7, 2017
A Kitschy, Comfy Chicago Apartment Inspired by Grandma’s HouseTours
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.
Sep 2, 2017
A Renovated Industrial Modern Chicago CondoTours
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.
Aug 27, 2017
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.
Aug 15, 2017
This First-Time Studio Dweller Has DIYed an Organized and Beautiful 400-Square-Foot Home
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 20, 2017
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.
Jul 19, 2017
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.
Jul 12, 2017
A Sophisticated, Remodeled Chicago Loft in a Former Factory
Name: Kristin, Nathan, and Addison (a schnauzer/poodle mix) Location: Ukrainian Village — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 10 months, owned Kristin and Nathan haven’t been in their loft for long, but it sure doesn’t show. Especially impressive when you learn how much work they had to do after purchasing the space. The chain smoking previous owner had been there for years and the loft was covered in (stinky) carpet.
Jul 12, 2017
This Chicago Home Has the Best Use of Color
This couple's inspiration comes from pop art, comic books, cinema history, and literature.
Jul 10, 2017
Oprah Is Selling a (Surprisingly Affordable) Chicago House
Oprah Winfrey’s estimated net worth is $3 billion, but one of the properties in her real estate portfolio is surprisingly modest. The media mogul is currently selling a house in Chicago’s nearby Elmwood Park suburb—for under $400,000. The 2,250 square foot brick colonial has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage. Originally built in 1941, Oprah purchased the property in 2001 for $298,000, but has never lived in it.
Jun 29, 2017
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.
Jun 28, 2017
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.
Jun 6, 2017
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.
Jun 4, 2017
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.
May 23, 2017
A Mix of History & Modern Comforts in a Converted Chicago Church
This 3-bedroom duplex is a gem of a find in Chicago—a family-friendly home that is a gorgeous mix of history (the unit is situated in a converted church) and modern comforts. The unit itself is modern and bright without feeling sterile thanks to the abundance of hardwood floors and exposed brick as well as a wood-burning fireplace.
May 10, 2017
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.
Mar 31, 2017
Two Lovers of “the Hunt” Craft a Bright, Eclectic Condo
Jarod and Tim's home reflects a love of good design, an appreciation for quality, a willingness to go bold, and a sense of fun. In other words, there's a lot to love.
Mar 19, 2017
A Lovingly Restored Early 20th-Century Family Home in Chicago
Maybe you can have it all: spacious living (perfect for a family) in a vibrant, urban neighborhood. This four-bedroom Chicago home has hit the market (but we bet it won’t be available for long).
Mar 14, 2017
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.
Mar 12, 2017
Before & After: A Night & Day (Nearly Unrecognizable!) Rental Transformation
Richard added so much personality and warmth to his rental, it’s kind of astounding. The totally fine but pretty sterile space was full of the standard rental woes; outdated overhead lighting, bland cabinets and a kitchen floor that has seen better days. With a mix of gifts, Craigslist and new purchases, Richard turned the bland apartment into a welcoming and charming home.
Mar 7, 2017
A Chicago Home Where Repurposed & Restored Items Rule
It was the interesting architecture of this place that drew Jeannine in when apartment searching. She scoured estate sales, garage sales and Craigslist to fill it on a budget.
Mar 2, 2017
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.
Feb 28, 2017
The Everygirl Co-Founder’s Modern Chicago Home
Danielle Moss is a co-founder of the popular blog, The Everygirl. Not surprisingly, her home is a modern, dreamy space.
Feb 18, 2017
A “Joyfully Minimal” Chicago Apartment
Name: Mark Dye and Jeffrey Spivock Location: River North — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, renting Jeffrey and Mark have lived all over the world. Jeffrey is from Montreal, Mark is from London, and the two met while they were both living in Toronto. They then moved to Japan where they lived for two years, and most recently they relocated to Chicago.
Feb 10, 2017
“Everything Has Its Place” in this Black & Brass Chicago Rental
Wood floors, dark molding, lots of natural light and a gorgeous, contrasting black, white and brass palette. Even more impressive? Matthew's only lived here two months!
Jan 18, 2017
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.
Jan 15, 2017
A Baker’s “Hip Grandma” Small Studio Apartment in Chicago
Name: Ursula Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois Size: 500 square feet studio Years lived in: Renting for 8 months Turning a 500-square-foot studio into a visually vibrant and cozy home that feels personal and looks great is no small feat, but that’s exactly what Ursula has done with her Logan Square apartment — an apartment she took sight unseen when she decided to move from Los Angeles to Chicago to pursue a career as a baker.
Jan 2, 2017