House Tour: Jim & Derrick's South Loop Loft

House Tour: Jim & Derrick's South Loop Loft

Heather Blaha
Sep 28, 2006

Name: Jim and Derrick
Location: South Loop
Size: 1800 sq/ft
Years lived in: 5

Jim and Derrick want people to notice two main things when they visit their home: artwork and Chicago. With wide open rooms of whites and neutrals, what really pops is the pattern and color in each piece of art (they are loyal to California-based sculptor and painter, Scott Miller, and to Chicago-based glass artists Marilyn and Peter Frank of F2 designs) - it's the only place you'll find either element. With two large walls covered in wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows, you'll also notice the city, which, depending on the weather and time of day, changes the look and feel of the loft dramatically.

our Style: Modern

the Inspiration for our home: Coffee

favorite Element: Our art collections: all paintings by Scott Miller, glass dish with holes (living room) is by Stefan Damm, and our glass art is F2 (local designers).

biggest Challenge in designing our home: Working with Chicago codes for high rises.

what Friends Say: "Nice view!"

biggest Embarassment: It's nearly impossible to avoid bad design in contemporary product packaging. When it's all in view, that's embarassing.

proudest DIY: Our lighting.

biggest Indulgence: The home theater we installed against a city lights view.

best Advice given or received: All of the focus in your home should be on the art.

ourDream Source for stuff: Milan, Italy (far-away dream); Ikea (nearby dream-turned-reality).

Appliances...Abt Appliance, Boffi (Luminaire)
Furniture...Luminaire, Donghia, Modernica, Garage sale, Rutkowski Furniture
Accessories...Ikea (white vases)
Paint...Benjamin Moore super white
Flooring...Poured epoxy - Peter Galic Terrazzo repair
Window Treatments...Ikea
Beds...B&B Italia (Luminaire)

(Thanks, Jim and Derrick for letting us in!)

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