Name: Sarah, Steve, and Otto (our greyhound)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 2-bedroom rental, 1,000 sf (more or less)
Lived in: 4 months
The couple and their dog set up their rented apartment ans published it on Apartment Therapy. They offered a peek inside their new home, a renovated attic apartment on the fourth floor of a brick building.
Style: Second-hand modern with a minor in IKEA
Inspiration: Our friends’ and families’ homes, Apartment Therapy house tours
Favorite Element: The natural light. We’re on the top floor, and the entire east side of our apartment is lined with skylights.
Biggest Challenge: Working around the angled ceilings. Our low furniture luckily suits the space, and we incorporated lots of shelving and storage along the low walls.
What Friends Say: “You get such great light!”
Biggest Embarrassment: The ugly gray carpet in the living room and bedroom. Also, the fact that our dog has his own chair that’s pretty much unusable by humans at this point. We’ve cleaned the upholstery a couple times with the Bissell SpotBot, but it’s a losing battle.
Proudest DIY: Our friend Dave designed the dining room shelves and Steve helped to build them. Dave designed them so that they’d fill the wall and wrap the corner. They’re made of six different modules, so that we’ll be able to reconfigure them whenever we move again.
Biggest Indulgence: Our bed. It was our first “high-end” purchase that we really saved up for. It’s the Leggero bed from Design Within Reach, and we got a good deal on it at the DWR warehouse sale a few years ago.
Best advice: Since we started buying less and spending more time waiting for the right piece, our home has improved. Also, having people over regularly makes us enjoy our home (and our friends) more.
Dream source: Wright Auction House, international travel
Reality source: Craigslist, IKEA, family heirlooms
Main room right up the stairs.
Walking up the steps, looking up
Dressing area and laundry hamper
Bedroom - notice the recessed closet.
A door opens to the small balcony.
A second dining area in the kitchen.
Kitchen - small and efficient. The dishwasher is reacesed into the wall. Great idea to save space in the kitchen.
Great use of space, color and light. Grat creative ways to use the spaces under the eaves for storage etc.