“When shopping for a home in Chicago, we found that the layouts were all so similar—narrow with long hallways and bedrooms separated from the living room and kitchen,” says Art Director and Graphic Designer Emily Henthorn. “Our favorite thing about our home is the open layout and all of the light. All of the rooms in our home revolve around the central living space.” Indeed, unlike many city-dwellers who often make do with railroad style apartments and glorified closets, Emily and her husband Marcus were relatively lucky in finding their home. With wide windows and an airy open floor plan, the apartment was only lacking in that most precious urban commodity: space. Coming in at little over 1200 square feet, Emily had to work all of her creative muscles to keep things from getting overcrowded.
“As our space evolved,” Emily says, “we started to realize that we were both consistently influenced by Scandinavian and Southwestern styles—probably partially attributed my upbringing in Minnesota and my husband being from Colorado. And as minimalists, it is important that our home is layered with meaningful objects.” Emily and Marcus kept things feeling uncluttered by employing a neutral, largely light-toned color palette and jolts of pattern and contrast to keep things interesting. “We’ve worked to create a comfortable and cozy urban oasis. Living in a busy city like Chicago, it was important to us to have a calm escape to call home.” Take a peek at this beautiful space below!
“One of our favorite projects was putting together an arrowhead display with a collection found by my husband’s grandfather in Colorado around the 1930s,” says Emily.
“We are continuously challenged by the size of our space and are always looking for ways to make it feel larger. When we added the built-in TV cabinet to the corner of our living room we were able to open up more room for seating. We’ve found so many great pieces at West Elm that work in small spaces. The Roar and Rabbit swivel chairs in our living room were key because we can use them to face the TV or in a more formal seating arrangement.”