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A City Dweller Aces DIY & Design in a Chicago Apartment
Name: Jess Goodwin and Andi (Anderson Pooper) the corgi Location: Ravenswood — Chicago, Illinois Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting What can you do with a 750 square foot rented apartment in a multi-unit building in the middle of Chicago? If you’re designer Jess Goodwin, a lot. Jess has transformed her apartment into a warm and inviting home that is filled with personal projects and smart solutions.
Feb 19, 2019
A Converted Hardware Shop Home with a 60s Camper Guest Bedroom
Name: Karie Leonardo Location: Pilsen — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: Owned 5 years All around Chicago, there seems to be a residential rehabilitation of once-commercial spaces on a massive scale. But rarely does a single person attempt it with a sole commercial property.
Feb 19, 2019
A Luxurious “Modern Not Stuffy” Chicago Apartment
Name: Ashley Beaumier Location: Lakeview East — Chicago, Illinois Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1 Year Ashley Beaumier has hit the sweet spot of home design, that moment when all those one-of-kind finds that took you months of searching to find finally all come together and fit perfectly into your home. You know it’s right because there is nothing to add, and nothing to take away.
Feb 19, 2019
A Contrasting “Calm with a Punch” Chicago Home
Name: Claren and Ashley Boyer Location: Old Irving Park, Chicago Size: 3,000 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned Claren lives in a single family Chicago bungalow built in 1911 and renovated in 2013. She writes: “I am interior architect and this is my personal space. I consider my style to be transitional, mixing modern with more traditional pieces. The space has high contrast with dark floors and white walls as well as cooler tones with inky blue window treatments.
Feb 19, 2019
Get the Look: Natural, Neutral and Modern Chicago Style
Jess’s Ravenswood Chicago rental is bursting with inspiring DIY projects, both from scratch and simple furniture upgrades. They fit together seamlessly with her overall natural and modern style. If you aren’t quite as handy or patient as Jess, check out her resource lists to source some similar ready-made items to add your home.
Feb 19, 2019
A Beautifully Bold Rule-Breaking Chicago Home
Eva isn't afraid of color or breaking a few of the usual design rules. Her advice: "You'll never regret going with the bold choice."
Feb 19, 2019
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.
Feb 19, 2019
“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!
Feb 19, 2019
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 19, 2019
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.
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
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.
Feb 19, 2019
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.
Feb 19, 2019
A Real Estate Agent Turns a Blank Slate into an Earthy, Eclectic Bachelor Pad
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.
Feb 19, 2019
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.
Feb 4, 2019
How Student Loans Couldn’t Stop Me from Buying a Home at 25
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 Home
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 $400K
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 Way
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 Transplant
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 Home
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 Entryway
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
This Chicago Greystone’s Architectural Woodwork Is Wonderful
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 TV-Free, 600-Square-Foot Shared Chicago Apartment Fosters Creativity
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 Home
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 Fond Farewell to Crate & Barrel’s Chicago Flagship Store
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
This Modern Loft in Chicago Checks All the Right Boxes
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
Both of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Booth Houses Are For Sale
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 Bungalow
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 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 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
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 Vintage Chicago Home with a Personal Artistic Touch
Name: Roger Location: Chicago, Illinois Our home is considered a Vintage home. It has four bedrooms and the upstairs is a bedroom suite. There is also a basement and one car garage. We are located on the northwest side of Chicago and we live across the street from a large public school which is grades K to 12 that takes up the entire block. We choose to live here because my husband works downtown and we wanted to be closer and have the opportunity to utilize public transportation.
Jan 2, 2017
A Chicago Couple’s “So Us” Vintage & Modern Mix
It seems like a constant challenge to find space for art supplies, music equipment, books and records, but this couple loves using their home to showcase their passions.
Dec 30, 2016
Put a W on It: 4 Weird Items to Celebrate the Cubs’ World Series Win
HOLY COW! The Cubs broke a 108-year curse and won the World Series and the city of Chicago is reeling. Be you a die-hard supporter, bandwagon fan or Bill Murray, you’re probably still celebrating this momentous occasion. Or perhaps you’re a Chicago native who doesn’t really care about sports, but is breathing a sigh of relief at how easy your holiday shopping just got (hi mom). Turns out there’s a Cubs logo on just about anything, and here are some choice selects.
Nov 3, 2016
A Well-Designed Chicago Loft
Name: Mollie Location: West Loop —Chicago, Illinois My husband, Dave, and I have lived in this space for a little over a year. Prior to moving in we did an entire gut rehab of the space. The condo was originally a factory that was later converted to residential condos (imagine maple cabinets and dark granite counter tops).
Jun 24, 2016
Jessica’s Funky & Cozy Apartment
Name: Jessica Location: Portage Park — Chicago, Illinois My husband, two feline companions and I live in a spacious, open concept apartment on Chicago’s Northwest Side (Portage Park) The apartment is roughly 1100 square feet and is one of two units in a vintage brick building. It’s a cozy apartment with lots of day light and a funky angular layout. I am currently wrapping up my degree in interior design and love to work with patterns and textures.
May 23, 2016
Hannah’s Bright & Beautiful Apartment (With a Show-Stealing Dog)
Name: Hannah Location: Chicago, Illinois Two years ago my husband and I and our winsome Goldendoodle, Hadley moved out of a typical, dark, old Chicago three-flat apartment and into this beautiful, new construction condo near the hip neighborhood of Logan Square. My husband, Josh is in medical school and I work from home as a Creative Director so it was very important to us to have a bright, sunny, and inspiring space to spend our days studying and working!
Mar 26, 2016
Brandon & Kate’s “Minimal – but Cozy- as Possible” Apartment
Name: Brandon & Kate Location: Humboldt Park — Chicago, Illinois Our home is the top floor of a quaint little two-flat from 1891 in Humboldt Park Chicago. We fell in love with all the beautiful natural light that floods the apartment during the daytime and the simple white walls that were just begging for some artwork. We used to sell vintage furniture so we have a large collection of furniture and home decor to pull from.
Feb 10, 2016
Sarah & Lindsay Share a Simple, Southwestern-Inspired Space in Chicago
Name: Sarah & Lindsay Location: Humboldt Park — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 5 months; Rented Sarah and Lindsay haven’t even lived together for half a year, but their styles have already merged seamlessly. Sarah brought the cozy Southwestern elements while Lindsay brought the Mid-century modern, and all the colors and patterns work with the nature-inspired elements to create a space that is warm and inviting.
Feb 10, 2016
Anna’s “Accidentally Minimalist” Chicago Apartment
Name: Anna Location: Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois I live in a small studio apartment (350 square feet) in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. I’m actually right on the border between Lakeview and Lincoln park, which is a popular location for 20-somethings who have recently moved to the city (I’m 25) which is nice because all of my friends live a few blocks away.
Feb 3, 2016
A Small & Sweet Chicago Studio Apartment
Name: Anna Zajac and her cat, Isaiah Location: Lincoln Square — Chicago, Illinois Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Anna Zajac is a talented wedding photographer in Chicago with a background in design. Both she and her lovely studio apartment could not be more welcoming. The space is truly a reflection of her: warm, sweet, positive, and stylish. Delicate thrifted pieces are carefully juxtaposed with bold, dark walls and modern elements.
Jan 19, 2016
Ashlee’s Happy & Bright Chicago Apartment
Name: Ashlee Location: Roscoe Village — Chicago, Illinois I want to submit my apartment because I’m freaking obsessed with it. It’s a 2-bed unit in an old turn-of-the-century smokehouse in Roscoe Village. My landlord lives in the front unit and is the former drummer for 90’s power pop band, Material Issue, and he’s always plodding around doing cool things to the building.
Dec 22, 2015
Meg’s Memphis-Inspired ’80s Apartment
Name: Meg Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois Last year my boyfriend and I scored a Memphis Design Group exhibit poster at a garage sale down the street for $7. I’d been wanting to do an ’80s apartment for ages, but never pulled the trigger (I was getting my design fix through my blog). Neal was on board and began to make a copy of our favorite Memphis pendant lamp, “The Santa Fe” by Matteo Thun, out of balsa wood and an IKEA lamp cord. Thanks, Meg!
Dec 2, 2015
A Shared, Real-Deal Artist’s Loft in Chicago
Name: Heidi Unkefer (left), Brittany Meyer (right) & Jess Manning Location: Wicker Park/East Village; Chicago, Illinois Years lived in: 3 years (Brittany), 1.5 years (Heidi), 0.5 years (Jess) This is no brand-new condo made to look like an industrial space with high ceilings and exposed ducts; this is a paint-on-the-floor, full of history, open and raw, ever-evolving space, one that has changed in size and configuration over the years depending on whomever was living there at the moment.
Nov 3, 2015
Becca’s Bright & Free-Spirited Loft
Name: Becca Kannapell Location: Noble Square; Chicago, Illinois Size: Approximately 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented When Becca and her boyfriend moved from New York City to Chicago a year ago, they were amazed by their new-found apartment options. Both of them lived in tiny 400-square-foot apartments in Manhattan, and now they have all this space to create in — and Becca has been taking full advantage.
Sep 30, 2015
Maria and Tristan’s Colorful, Art Filled Home
Name: Maria and Tristan Location: Chicago, Illinois My husband Tristan and I have shared this classic Chicago graystone apartment together for a little over 3 years. It is roughly 1,200 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, featuring a giant kitchen, and separate dining room. We moved here from a very small garden apartment with low ceilings and little light, so we instantly fell in love with the 12’ ceilings, giant windows, and nearly double the floor space.
Sep 16, 2015
Topaz’s Basement “Burrow” Retreat
Name: Topaz Location: Downtown Wheaton, Illinois I work as an Art Director in the Chicagoland area and about two months ago moved into a gorgeous, half-basement nook. In the style of one of my favorite authors, L.M. Montgomery, I like to name my homes. However, accurately naming a home that is partially underground turned out to be more difficult than expected. After many word searches and some rather depressing synonym discoveries, I settled on “The Burrow.
Aug 25, 2015
Ashley & Emily’s First Chicago Apartment
Name: Ashley Gerou & Emily Drake Location: Lakeview; Chicago, Illinois Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Cousins Ashley and Emily grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and attended college in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. After graduating from separate schools, they moved to Chicago. Now they rent a condo together in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The ladies’ personalities shine in their own rooms.
Apr 29, 2015
Chris’s Cozy Chicago Hideaway
Name: Chris Tuttle Location: Boystown; Chicago, Illinois Size: Studio Years lived in: 1 year; rented From the moment I walked into Chris Tuttle’s space, I felt like I had escaped city life. Dark walls and rich décor set the warm mood. The snug studio is peppered with charming and colorful vintage finds. And when I say snug I mean snug – you can practically see the entire thing from the front door.
Mar 18, 2015
Ty & Lynne’s Colorful Chicago Studio
Name: Ty & Lynne McDaniel Location: Humboldt Park; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 Ty and Lynne McDaniel, owners and founders of the fantastic Chicago furniture store An Orange Moon, have created a hip and airy crash pad in the back of their shop. Located in the heart of Humbolt Park, the store/studio is brimming with history and charm. Lynne has been a pioneer in the advancement of the neighborhood, and has used those same skills in transforming their personal space.
Mar 2, 2015
Sarah’s Crisp and Clever Small Space in Chicago
Name: Sarah Location: Lakeview – Chicago, IL After graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Art & Design, I risked a move to the bustling city of Chicago to begin my pursuit towards a career in fashion. I only planned on staying a few short years, but, five years on, I’m still a happy resident of the ever chic and fashion-forward Windy City.
Feb 27, 2015
Jack’s Small Stylish Space in Chicago
Name: Jack Location: Chicago, IL My apartment is in an amazing vintage building in Lakeview that used to be owned by the Roosevelt family. There is no lack of character, which is one of the best parts aside from great lakeside location. Although it’s a smaller unit (roughly 450 sf) as a result of the chopped up floor plans when it was converted to a rental building, it’s very efficient.
Feb 15, 2015
A Simple, Light-Filled Wicker Park Apartment
Name: Stephanie and Ryan Sievert Location: Wicker Park; Chicago, Illinois Size: approx. 900 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, Rented Walking into Ryan and Stephanie’s top floor Chicago apartment, you are immediately greeted with a wealth of light and music. The stylish, tidily arranged furniture and decor is a direct result of the superb taste shared by the couple. For two years they have inhabited this artful space with their two cats, Meatloaf and Vom.
Feb 13, 2015
A Peek Inside Jaimie & James’ “Fairy Cottage” Sears Kit Home
Name: Jaimie & James Location: Evanston, IL Our house is a Sears kit home called The Fairy in the old Sears “Modern Homes” catalog. It started out as a two bedroom, however we made the living room into a large dining room, and made the bedroom in the front a small sitting room. We are located in Evanston, IL the first suburb north of Chicago. It is less than 600 Sq. feet, which is perfect for my husband and myself.
Jan 19, 2015
Jill & Chris’ Refreshing Prairie-Style Craftsman Home
Name: Jill Dudones & Chris Campbell Location: Berwyn; Chicago, IL Size: 3,225 square feet; 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2.80 lots Years lived in: 2 years; Owned The up-and-coming neighborhood of Berwyn, Illinois is filled with beautiful, historic Chicago-style bungalows. But among them is a special home, a Prairie-style Craftsman house designed by the famed architect George Grant Elmslie, that is unique in its beauty, scale and architectural detail.
Jan 11, 2015
Brice & Ilene’s Chicago Getaway
Name: Brice & Ilene Bloom-Ellis Location: Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; owned Brice and Ilene are two social workers from St. Louis, where they have a home filled with memories of raising a family, many of their favorite objects, and plenty of space. But, finding themselves in Chicago hotels way too often (Brice travels to Chicago regularly for work), these mid-century lovers began exploring real estate on a small scale.
Oct 5, 2014
Britain’s Bold, Blended One-Bedroom in Logan Square
Name: Britain Spinney Location: Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois My boyfriend and I live in a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Logan square that is about 600 square feet. We didn’t have much time to find an apartment and we had been traveling back and forth from Minnesota to find one. We already loved the location of this place and once we learned the building was a converted old hotel, we both decided this was the one!
Oct 4, 2014
Yana’s Globetrotter Home
Name: Yana of NoMad Luxuries Location: Chicago, Illinois The great thing about this city is that each and every neighborhood has its own style and energy. We live in the Uptown/Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and really enjoy the proximity to the lake. We especially fell in-love with the charming details of our condo. When we started looking, we knew we wanted a space that had good bones and vintage character, but didn’t necessarily want to pay for someone else’s style.
May 15, 2014
Lindsey’s Life in the West Loop
Name: Lindsey Location: West Loop, Chicago In our seven years in Chicago, we’ve moved seven times and this is honestly the most interesting building we’ve ever lived in… We packed up and purged from a 3-bedroom house into a 900-square foot space with our dog, Max. As soon as we unloaded the truck, people began welcoming us into the building and telling us about its history. We were invited to the annual progressive dinner where you visit different units.
Apr 25, 2014
Shaun & Matt’s Glam Loft
Name: Shaun Sperling & Matt Leyes Location: Andersonville; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3 years Matt and Shaun’s loft is a study in the type of creative freedom that comes from having a loft space, loving DIY projects, and joyfully merging two design styles.
Jan 16, 2014
Stephen & Antwann’s Cool, Clever Home
Name: Stephen Stocker and Antwann Nourse Location: Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 2 years Two items I spotted at Stephen and Antwann’s home: A book by Nate Berkus and a painting of the Superman “S”. So what do you get when you cross Superman with Nate Berkus?
Dec 20, 2013
Andy’s Vintage Industrial Timber Loft
Name: Andy Location: Chicago, IL My brick and timber loft in the West Loop was recently remodeled. My friend helped with the design work. The style is mostly industrial with a bit of MCM in the mix. . Much of the furniture is vintage. Some items were purchased at local shops and fairs and some I came from my family. They’ve been in the dry cleaning business since 1907 and we were able to use items from the original plant. My building is was built in 1910 so it worked out perfectly.
Nov 15, 2013
Matt Leyes’ Men’s Grooming Parlor
Name: Matt Leyes, owner and esthetician for The Men’s Grooming Parlor Location: Andersonville; Chicago, Illinois Years lived in: 5 years Matt knew there were men out there who wanted professional grooming services, but didn’t want to end up in a pink robe sitting next to five women in a typical salon waiting room.
Nov 13, 2013
Sabreen & Terrence’s Industrial Modern Loft
Name: Sabreen & Terrence Madden Location: Lakeview; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,250 square feet Years lived in: 4 years There’s no better project for a newly married couple than to build a nest together – a place where the new commitment can grow with shared experiences. Finding the right place that represents both spouses can be tough, but Sabreen and Terrence found their perfect place in this historic loft, housed in the once popular Belmont Theatre.
Nov 7, 2013
Brian & Brad’s Artfully Modern Apartment
Name: Brian Cobb and Brad Harris (Benny, greyhound & Chi-Chi, chihuahua mix) Location: Rogers Park; Chicago, Illinois Size: 901 square feet Years lived in: 9 months; Owned Brian and Brad have the eye, the patience, and the motivation that is required from artists who create perfectly harmonious and balanced spaces. They are also able to pull it all together in quick order — just nine shorts months.
Aug 1, 2013
Arthur & Kristin’s Sunny Vintage Loft
Name: Arthur Garcia-Clemente & Kristin Over Location: Printer’s Row, Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented When two interior designers move in together for the first time, to a loft space with only a few walls and even fewer enclosed rooms, the chances for design conflict run high.
Jul 30, 2013
Joe & Brad’s Small Space with Big Style
Name: Brad and Joe, plus Lilly (dog) and Olivia (cat) Location: East Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois Size: 420 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned Brad and Joe’s Lakeview apartment is a wonderful lesson in making the most of a small space. This 420 square foot apartment is home to two men, one sizable dog and a cat — and yet it actually feels spacious, clutter-free and comfortable. Joe and Brad have made great use of every inch of space in their small apartment.
Sep 4, 2012
Craig’s Tiki Hut
Name: Craig ShimalaLocation: River West, Chicago, IllinoisSize: 990 square feetYears lived in: 3 years; Owned Most people tend to shy away from labeling themselves as hoarders, but Craig has made the fact that he “doesn’t throw anything out” a central part of his aesthetic. Showcasing an impressive collection of vintage nautical-themed knick-knacks, Craig’s cozy Chicago apartment manages to embrace the collector within, while managing to remain uncluttered without.
Aug 28, 2012
Bert & David’s LEGO Loving Style
Name: Bert Fox & David Pickett + Sophie the PugLocation: West Lakeview, Chicago, IllinoisSize: 830 square feetYears lived in: 1 year, 10 months; Rented When Bert and David rented their first apartment together, they enlisted the assistance of a friend and interior designer to help them turn it into a home. With a mix of vintage furniture and rich colors, they’ve managed to turn a standard issue Chicago apartment into a comfortable and stylish home.
Aug 2, 2012
Kelly and Michael’s Light and Bright Abode
Name: Kelly and MichaelLocation: Hyde Park, Chicago, ILSize: 1,480 square feetYears lived in: 3 years; rented The last word that one probably wants to use in reference to one’s home is “clinical,” but according to Kelly, that’s what the space felt like when she and her husband Michael moved into their university-provided housing three years ago.
Apr 27, 2012
Elizabeth & Brent’s Rented Luxury
Name: Elizabeth Krueger & Brent SandersLocation: Ukrainian Village — Chicago, IllinoisSize: 1,250 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years — rented The downturn in the housing market has left many high end, new construction apartments and condos sitting empty.
Mar 26, 2012