A Jewelry Maker’s Modern Yet Vintage Chicago Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Jewelry Maker’s Modern Yet Vintage Chicago Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Meghan Lorenz
Location: Ukrainian Village — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years, rented

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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.

The kitchen is a particular point of pride because she found the light butter yellow tile more than half way up the wall to be a major design challenge. She found a variety of plates to hang on the wall and lined the room with black electric tape to make a border. The kitchen also has one of TWO “Hoosier pie cabinets” as she calls them. They are at same time chic design elements and about as Midwest as it gets.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern, contemporary, bauhaus, vintage, mid-century modern meets Hollywood Regency.

Inspiration: Architecture, dimore studio, kelly wearstler, bauhaus, art, design. My mom is also a big inspiration. She and I have much different styles but she really understands mine. She used to sell antiques and still has a solid “picker” eye. She often finds me things that initially take me out of my comfort zone until I realize they fit right in. It’s almost like she understands my style more than me. I love her ability to take risks.

Favorite Element: Color.

Biggest Challenge: As a renter I’ve always been apprehensive to invest in big ticket items. I’ve been working with a large space and a lot of thrift store finds.

What Friends Say: My friends love my green ceiling, pink bathroom and arched doorways.

Biggest Embarrassment: My TV/entertainment situation. It’s very anti-climactic and feels a bit young.

Proudest DIY: My kitchen

Biggest Indulgence: Probably the rope chair in my living room, and a lamp in my dining room. Both from antique stores.

Best Advice: Just do it.

Dream Sources: I love Dimore studio. I love the charming pops of objects, the color, the arrangements, everything. I’m a very active pinner. My favorite boards are Decor and Art. I could pin for hours.



Sofa — hand me down from a friend
Coffee table — thrift score from Mom
Chair — antique store
Pillows — CB2 , Unison Home
Art — http://www.heidi-norton.com
Cow rug — World Market


Chairs — West Elm
Hoosier pie cabinet — antique, gift from aunt
Glass curio cabinet — hand me down from parents
Art — Daniel Hojnacki and Sarah Ann Weber
Bar cart — garbage picked
Mirror — Goodwill
Lamp — antique
Curtains — CB2
Dresser — thrift find from Mom


Island — Crate and Barrel
Decorative plates — CB2
Pie cabinet — antique
Paint — Dutch Boy paint – Magical 3092


Bed frame — antique, wedding gift for Great Grandparents
Chair — alley find
Paint — Behr dolphin fin
Collection of hands — gift from Mom
Art — http://danielhojnacki.com, http://www.allyhasche.com


Rug —
gilt.com Table —
Ikea Plants — mostly from
Sprout Home Plant stands —
Eskell Trinkets — various places but many like the statue and coral from my Grandma Chairs —

GUEST ROOM Dresser —
Brown Elephant Art work —
Ally Hasche Bedding —
Target Artwork —
Dan Hojnacki Pillows —

Thanks, Meghan!

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