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May 18

A Chicago Shop Owner's "Eclectic Parisian Bordello" Style — House Tour

Name: Marianne and Balthazar de Ley and pup Coco
Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, renting

Marianne is the shop owner of The Savoy Flea, A Modern Antiquary Studio, in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, a store specializing in an eclectic, maximalist mix of Parisian Chic, Hollywood Regency, and Art Deco styles. Over the course of shopping for her store, Marianne has collected rare and unique pieces for the home she shares with her husband Balthazar.

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May 18

A TV-Free, 600-Square-Foot Shared Chicago Apartment Fosters Creativity — House Call

Name: Katherine Corden and her fiancé Dave
Location: Lincoln Park Neighborhood — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Dave and I moved in together about one year ago, around the same time we got engaged. We both are physical therapists full time but when we’re not working, we are pursuing our creative passions! Dave loves playing guitar and learning new music, and I am working to grow my fine art business. When creating this home together we wanted it to aesthetically represent us, but more importantly we wanted it to encourage us to embrace our true selves while supporting our relationship. By integrating both our passions throughout the apartment (his music and my art), those creative outlets are always front of mind. We also intentionally chose not to put a television in our apartment, a decision that has made a big difference in how we spend our time together.

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May 18

An Old Chicago Church Is Now a One-of-a-Kind Forever Home — House Tour

Name: Jim Jacoby and Molly Morter
Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois
Size: Approximately 5,500 square feet shared between the main home space upstairs and a design studio and two-bedroom apartment downstairs (not featured).
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

It was love at first “site” for Jim and Molly when they first visited the house that would become their very own forever home. The former church, which was built in 1890 and is located in Chicago’s hip Logan Square neighborhood, had been converted to a home in 1994 by the previous owners. Upon first visit, Jim and Molly were immediately drawn to the calming energy of the building and the years of good experiences that had transpired there. Relieved that the building would be in the hands of new owners who would truly appreciate its history, the former owners generously worked with the couple to make sure the home could become theirs. Now, as the newest owners, Jim and Molly feel that it’s their job to steward the building and to remain loyal to its core purpose as a place of joy and gathering.

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Mar 18

A Stylist & Scientist's Sunny Plant-Filled Chicago Loft — House Tour

Name: Mel and Austin Holmes
Location: West Loop — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Mel and Austin focused on all the right things when it came to furnishing this Chicago rental. They filled their home with things they love and that truly bring them joy. When you are in their space, you feel how intentionally they approached designing their home. Thanks to their hard work, they’ve created the Chicago loft of their dreams.

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Feb 18

A "Joyfully Minimal" Chicago Apartment — House Tour

Name: Mark Dye and Jeffrey Spivock
Location: River North — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

Jeffrey and Mark have lived all over the world. Jeffrey is from Montreal, Mark is from London, and the two met while they were both living in Toronto. They then moved to Japan where they lived for two years, and most recently they relocated to Chicago. After living in several countries, they’ve learned to select the styles and customs that work best for them.

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Jan 18

A Fond Farewell to Crate & Barrel's Chicago Flagship Store

After 27 years, Crate & Barrel has shuttered its Chicago flagship store on the Mag Mile. The four story location was once so popular, holiday shoppers would wait in line around the block to snatch up some of Crate & Barrel’s affordable and impressive wares.

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Jan 18

"Everything Has Its Place" in this Black & Brass Chicago Rental — House Tour

Name: Matthew
Location: Avondale — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: Renting 2 months

When I walked into Matthew’s one-bedroom apartment, I was shocked that he’s only been living there for two months. He found a gem of a building in Avondale featuring wood floors, bright clean walls with contrasting dark molding, and lots of natural light. But I was more impressed with what he’s done with the apartment in such a short time. He’s filled it with a carefully chosen collection of plants, art and artifacts to create a sophisticated space that shows off his personality.

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Jan 18

A Modern, Ever-Evolving Chicago Bungalow — House Tour

Name: Diana Lu Barabe, her husband Jesse and kids Miles and Olive
Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 6 years, owned

When designer Diana Lu Barabe and her husband bought this Chicago bungalow six years ago, the house had already been fully renovated. They were thrilled to find such a ready-to-move in, beautiful house in Logan Square, an upcoming neighborhood. But they were bummed so many design decisions had already been made. “Without sounding ungrateful, we only wished we had the opportunity to renovate the house ourselves. People thought we were crazy to even think about touching a new house, but it didn’t feel like us,” reported Diana.

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Nov 17

A Jewelry Maker's Modern Yet Vintage Chicago Apartment — House Tour

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

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.

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Oct 17

A Real Estate Agent Turns a Blank Slate into an Earthy, Eclectic Bachelor Pad — House Tour

Name: George Morgan
Location: West Loop — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,150 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

George Morgan saw a lot of homes before he finally found his perfect Chicago bachelor pad. As a real estate agent, he knew what was out there, and he also knew what he wanted: to be in the heart of the young, vibrant, food-centric West Loop neighborhood, big windows on a corner unit that allowed him to feel connected to the outdoors, and a blank slate for him to explore and discover his own style.

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