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.
The kitchen is a particular point of pride because she found the light butter yellow tile more than half way up the wall to be a major design challenge. She found a variety of plates to hang on the wall and lined the room with black electric tape to make a border. The kitchen also has one of TWO “Hoosier pie cabinets” as she calls them. They are at same time chic design elements and about as Midwest as it gets.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Modern, contemporary, bauhaus, vintage, mid-century modern meets Hollywood Regency.
Inspiration: Architecture, dimore studio, kelly wearstler, bauhaus, art, design. My mom is also a big inspiration. She and I have much different styles but she really understands mine. She used to sell antiques and still has a solid “picker” eye. She often finds me things that initially take me out of my comfort zone until I realize they fit right in. It’s almost like she understands my style more than me. I love her ability to take risks.
Favorite Element: Color.
Biggest Challenge: As a renter I’ve always been apprehensive to invest in big ticket items. I’ve been working with a large space and a lot of thrift store finds.
What Friends Say: My friends love my green ceiling, pink bathroom and arched doorways.
Biggest Embarrassment: My TV/entertainment situation. It’s very anti-climactic and feels a bit young.
Proudest DIY: My kitchen
Biggest Indulgence: Probably the rope chair in my living room, and a lamp in my dining room. Both from antique stores.
Best Advice: Just do it.
Dream Sources: I love Dimore studio. I love the charming pops of objects, the color, the arrangements, everything. I’m a very active pinner. My favorite boards are Decor and Art. I could pin for hours.
Chairs — West Elm
Hoosier pie cabinet — antique, gift from aunt
Glass curio cabinet — hand me down from parents
Art — Daniel Hojnacki and Sarah Ann Weber
Bar cart — garbage picked
Mirror — Goodwill
Lamp — antique
Curtains — CB2
Dresser — thrift find from Mom
Trinkets — various places but many like the statue and coral from my Grandma Chairs —