From SSBS: Chicago Sculptor Mary Brogger

From SSBS: Chicago Sculptor Mary Brogger

Janel Laban
Aug 11, 2006

An inspiring Chicago apartment was featured on Small Space Big Style this week. The home of sculptor Mary Brogger was filled with unique solutions, beautifully integrated second hand finds and low-cost renovations.

The photo above shows a metal window treatment made by Mary. It is on a track so it can slide from its function as a privacy screen and light filter during the day to wall art above the small credenza in the evening. Elegant and so smart!

Ideas: Sticking vellum to the inside of the glass doors of the thrifted cabinet to "hide" its contents. Removing the bedroom door and replacing it with tri-fold piece (found in the alley!) to increase space.

Brogger's kitchen was full of good work as well. She replaced the small amount of outdated cabinets with low-cost (I think she said $600. total) basic white ones (IKEA?) and accented the area with mirrored walls and ball-bearing chain curtains. The effect is light, bright and very pleasant. By adding another wall-size thrifted storage piece on a right angle to the kitchen wall and pushing the refrigerator out to meet the end of the piece she defined the space and created a useful hidden (behind the fridge) storage area.

Mary Brogger created the Haymarket Memorial in the West Loop and has a piece in the current sculpture show in Grant Park, Automobiles.

Also on this episode: a segment on David and Im's San Diego apartment you may remember as one of the winners from the 2006 Smallest Coolest Contest!

If you missed it, SSBS Episode 306 will be airing again later today and next week: click here for the schedule.

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