CHI House Tour: Ernie & Drew's Big Sale

CHI House Tour: Ernie & Drew's Big Sale

Jun 12, 2008

Name: Ernie & Drew
Profession:Flight Attendant & Waiter
Location: Chicago, IL
Size: 1450 sq/ft 2BR
Years lived in: Owned for 5 (but recently sold)


Ernie and Drew sent us these photos of their two bedroom loft for two reasons: they love reading AT and their friends kept insisting that their place would be a perfect fit. To this, of course we must first say thanks for the AT love, Drew and Ernie. Secondly, you two have some pretty astute friends.

We're thrilled to post photos of this home because it's proof of a budget-conscious remodel and we hope it provides a fond adieu...

Photos by Ernie & Drew


Drew and Ernie put a lot of elbow grease into this place. As evidenced by the BEFORE photos, they lived and worked through a complete kitchen and guest room remodel. We'd like to showcase the fact that they kept the budget down, by taking advantage of IKEA and also thinking outside box, using salvaged materials.

But now Ernie and Drew are moving! Between the time they sent in these photos and the time we finally posted them, they've listed and sold their condo (in less than a week!), a feat to be commended in this market. If you happen to notice any discrepancies in the tour, either furniture or floral, it's due to the fact that the photos were taken over time and these two are busy packing up shop. We only hope the new homeowners appreciate their stylish DIY efforts.

Good luck on your next place, Ernie and Drew! We look forward to seeing what you create.

AT Survey:

Inspiration: Lots of design magazines, HGTV, and especially Apartment Therapy

Our Style: Modern - Minimalist

Favorite Element: The salvaged factory window was a cool way to provide light in the otherwise windowless library.

What Friends Say: Cool place. How do you keep it so neat?

Biggest Challenge: Designing on a budget

Proudest DIY: Finding the salvaged factory windows and restoring it to use in the guest room/library.

Biggest Indulgence: Built-in refrigerator and Dacor stove

Dream Source: Luminaire

Reality Source: Salvage One, Luminaire, Room & Board, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, Design Within Reach, Ebay

Best Advice: You really don't need to spend as much as you think to have a cool place.



Eames chaise -
Couch - Crate & Barrel
Grey ottoman - Purchased in London
Coffee table - Fontana Arte
Black media cabinet - Crate & Barrel (refinished with black stain)
Nesting dolls - Visionaire
Pillar lamp - Crate & Barrel
Cream side chairs - B & B Italia
Home theater screen - eBay (brand unknown)
Movie projector - Optoma Movietime portable projector
Dining table - Crate & Barrel
Dining chairs - Philippe Starck Ghost Chairs
Chandelier - Cellula Chandelier, Design Within Reach
Book rack - Crate & Barrel
Lamp on bar - Luminaire
Bar - Pandora Bar
Big E art - Salvage One

Cabinets - IKEA
Countertop - White Carrera Marble
Back splash - Custom cut by same metal fabricator that made the countertops in bath
Faucet - eBay (brand unknown)
Stove - Dacor
Fridge/Dishwasher - KitchenAid Architect Series
Flooring - Ebonized Oak

Bed frame - IKEA
Bedding - Conran Shop
Side Tables - Crate & Barrel
Lamps - Neidermaier Outlet
Bureau/Armoire - Crate & Barrel
Chair - Philippe Starck Ghost Chair
Carpeting - House Pet, FLOR
Curtains - DIY with grey fleece

Vessel sink - eBay (brand unknown)
Base cabinet - IKEA
Faucet - eBay (brand unknown)
Countertop/Back splash - Custom fabricated from local metalworker
Trashcan - Neidermaier Outlet
Soap dish - Purchased in London
Towel racks/hooks - Bathshop in Hong Kong

Couches - Crate & Barrel
Side Tables - Garage sale
Lamps - Wal-Mart
Wall System/Bookcase - IKEA
Desk chair - Vintage Goodform
Storage boxes - IKEA
Flooring - Ebonized Oak with custom black wool area rug
Big Factory window - Salvage One

Living/dining/guest room - Wirework Grey, Martha Stewart at Sherwin Williams
Bedroom - Custom color

Thanks Ernie and Drew!

Got a house tour you'd like to share with all of us? Email us today and we'll arrange it:

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