A Model Apartment: Jay Michael's Lincoln Square Style

A Model Apartment: Jay Michael's Lincoln Square Style

Heather Blaha
Sep 1, 2011

Name: Jay Michael
Location: Lincoln Square — Chicago, Illinois
Size: Approximately 300 square feet (this particular model)

Jay Michael and his construction manager (and long time friend) Diana Tokat led me on a recent tour of this small yet mighty Lincoln Square model apartment in one of Jay's converted rental properties. The idea is simple: show prospective renters how beautifully and efficiently one can live in a small, rented space. This studs-up renovation showcases a model unit that Jay hopes sets the standard for all of his properties and their possibilities.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Style: Traditionally Modern

Inspiration: My homes

Favorite Element: Local artwork and a textured accent wall

Biggest Challenge: Bringing a level of stylish sophistication to the apartment that people from all walks of life would respond to as HOME.

Best Advice: Follow your true sense of style regardless of your market...just translate to a language, if you will, that your consumer understands.

Resources of Note:


    • Behr: custom gray (a Jay Michael trademark)


    • Curtains, lamp, furniture, art, accessories: West Elm, IKEA, and personal (Jay's)
    • Grass cloth wall covering: Skokie vendor


    • Cabinets: Studio 41, Home Depot
    • Granite: Stone Edge
    • Appliances: Frigidaire from Abt
    • Tile: Daltile


    • Furniture: various floor samples
    • Accessories: TJ Maxx, West Elm, and personal (Jay's)


    • Tile: Daltile
    • Fixtures: Home Depot
    • Ceramic fish: West Elm


    • Chairs and wood floor tiles: IKEA
    • Table: West Elm
    • Plants: Home Depot

Thanks, Jay!

Images: Heather Blaha

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