My Second Chicago Apartment. The "Before" Home Tour.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I thought I'd share the official "before" of my new little home with you. You may remember my first Chicago apartment – a modern high rise located in River North. My new place is a larger and less expensive vintage walk-up. Alaina recently shared her new not-so-little gem on her blog which made me realize that my place should have a name, too. Meet Eleanor, named after Lucy Eleanor Moderatz from While You Were Sleeping. Belle and Elle. I like it.

I was so distracted/overwhelmed the week before I moved in that I did a horrible job taking before photos, but I have a few iPhone shots for you.

The kitchen. Taken the first time I saw my apartment (before I moved in).

The living room. It's bigger than it looks. This was taken pretty close to the back wall. Love the detail! Trying to figure out how to hang my art. Should I stay within the lines? 

Hallway leading to my bathroom and bedroom. And don't worry – these rooms are no longer a terrible creamy yellow color.

The bedroom which has also been repainted. Twice.

The pup lounging on the deck.

And because Alaina is a girl genius, I'm copying her and sharing Eleanor's layout.  She's ~ 800 square feet which is a big change from my last place. I was able to add a chair, dining table, and an additional dresser in my bedroom.


Just need a few months before Eleanor is ready for her big debut!

20 comments

  1. So much space, I love the layout. I bet Buddy is really gonna enjoy that deck.

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  2. What a gorgeous space! I love the black cabinets in the kitchen and the detailing in the living room. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. very nice! it's funny that even though mint is a really trendy color right now, for some reason when it's painted on a wall it just still looks so 80's. haha.

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  4. what a great apartment! Is that exposed brick I saw in there? xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  5. Wait...you named your apartment? This I've never heard of. I've heard of naming cars, but not apartments. Perhaps homes if it is an estate.

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  6. Love Elle! I can't wait to see how you and Alaina do in your new spaces!

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  7. Eleanor is pretty. Love the faux fireplace. The creamy yellow wasn't that bad. But I'm looking forward to seeing how she turns out... :D

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  8. Is that an in-unit washer/dryer I see?? I am SO JEALOUS!! What a lovely place =)

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  9. yup. obsessed with while you were sleeping. one of those movies i watch like once a week and never get sick of. now i must come meet eleanor.

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  10. Love the apartment & the great size! Can't wait to see the remodel!

    xo,
    Andrea
    www.daintylittlethings.com

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  11. Before moving to the West Coast, I lived ALL over Chicago...started downtown at Michigan/Randolph, then to Lakeview at Belmont/Sheffiled, then Lincoln Park at Fullerton/Sheffield, to the South Loop in Printer's Row, to River West(ish) at Canal and Lake...whew! I LOVE seeing Chicago posts, and it makes me long for the city - your new place reminds me so much of where I lived in Lincoln Park...can't wait to see it all 'done up!' Hope you are settling in nicely!

    xo,
    Brooke
    www.decorgreat.blogspot.com

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  12. Looks awesome!! Can't wait to see what all you do with it!

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  13. Your apartment is amazing! I can't wait to see the after pics! What area are you living in? Thinking about a one-bedroom in the future, and your place is perfect. :)

    -Melanie

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  14. i can't want to see what you do with it. :) i love the name eleanor and think its great you named your home. buddy is so cute!

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  15. I love both of your posts! Both Belle and Elle look amazing and I can't wait to see how they turn out!

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  16. My dog's name is Lucy Eleanor and until you mentioned While You Were Sleeping, I had no idea! So funny! Love your new apartment and can't wait to see how Eleanor turns out :)

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  17. It looks lovely & cosy! I'm very excited to see how you decorate it. xx

    Kate {Modette}
    http://modetteblog.com

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