Danny & Jeff's Vintage Collections

Danny & Jeff's Vintage Collections

Jason Loper
Feb 2, 2011

Name: Danny Alias & Jeff Nelson
Location: Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 2,300 square feet
Years lived in: 10 — owned

I've been visiting Broadway Antique Market in search of vintage treasures for years. I love that store! So when I was invited into the home of BAM owners Danny Alias and Jeff Nelson, I was thrilled. When I learned that they owned an apartment in the grand old Sheridan Grace Apartment Building, I was even more excited.

Danny and Jeff wanted to live in the Sheridan Grace Apartment Building long before they bought their apartment. They had already been living in the neighborhood and, as lovers of all things vintage, they had their sights set on the noteworthy Lakeview building. Unlike a lot of home buyers at the time, Danny and Jeff were looking for an apartment that was as near to original as they could find. Like I said, these guys love vintage! What they got was a huge vintage apartment with enviable views of both the lake and Wrigley Field that had been only minimally rehabbed.

This vintage apartment has one of the most unique floor plans I've seen in the history of shooting house tours. The Sheridan Grace Building is built on a curve on Lake Shore Drive and as such the floor plans of the apartments are full of oddly shaped rooms. The kitchen in Danny and Jeff's apartment, for example, is literally triangular in shape.

Danny and Jeff's home is full of amazing vintage furniture and art that has been collected throughout the years. This should probably come as no surprise from the team who run one of the city's most well stocked antique shops.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Streamline Art Deco

Inspiration: 1920's-30's Art Deco

Favorite Element: Floorplan

Biggest Challenge: Getting our collections to work together

What Friends Say: "Love the clever layout, the french windows, crown moldings."

Biggest Embarrassment: Condition of the hardwood floors before refinishing.

Proudest DIY: Painting existing kitchen cabinets.

Biggest Indulgence: Lamps, lighting.

Best Advice: Buy what you love!

Dream Sources: Wright Auctions

Resources of Note:

Broadway Antique Market!
• Years of collecting from places far and wide

Thanks, Danny and Jeff!

Images: Jason Loper

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