Home Sweet Home
In our newly launched Chic Home series, we will introduce to you some of Chicago’s most beautiful and unique homes. We get to explore neighborhoods, admire architecture and decor all with the aim to inspire our own beautiful and unique sanctuaries!
Life Imitating Art
A home has so many purposes. At the most basic level, it serves essential human needs of shelter, a place to prepare food and rest. For most of us, it is also a place to raise families and gather our loved ones for get-togethers and celebrations. These days, remote technology makes the home office a near-ubiquitous feature. But the home is also a place to feed passion and display our personality! We were recently invited to explore that concept at the lovely Lincoln Park townhome of a life-long art collector!
Lincoln Park East
Located near both the lake and downtown, Lincoln Park is one of the most charming out of all 77 Chicago neighborhoods. It is beloved as an attractive, vibrant and pedestrian friendly area of the city. Housing consists of mostly low-rise condos buildings and single family homes, giving the area a quieter, more “neighborhoody” vibe than its downtown counterparts. Attractions include the incredible park that is the area’s namesake which houses the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chic hint: free entry!), the Conservatory, and Nature Museum. Great shopping, bars, dining, excellent schools and easy beach access have made Lincoln Park quite the sought-after locale for generations.
Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined block, this townhome was constructed in the late 19th century and features charming vintage details. The owner purchased the building more than 35 years ago and worked to accentuate the original beauty and classic features such as high ceilings, crown moldings, detailed doorknobs and window frames.
This traditional framework creates a beautiful contrast to the distinctly modern art that graces the walls and furniture that complements and gives this space its distinctiveness. The owner has curated her impressive art collection over decades which includes pieces from 20th century masters such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell and Adolph Gottlieb (all those Art History classes came rushing back to me!) while playful sculptures that dot the tables, bookcases and mantel. It is fascinating to hear about each work of art – they all have a story and a special meaning.
The wonderful thing about this home is it’s warmth and sense of inviting. There is no stuffiness – the bright colors and differing styles create a space that is clearly used and enjoyed. The white walls and large windows keep the space light and airy while the vintage features lend a warmth and hominess whereas in a more contemporary space the modern art might seem harsh. The colorful furniture plays off the artwork and brings the space together. Check out our tour below!
We were so thrilled to be invited to this spectacular Chicago home – a sanctuary and a showcase. Hope you enjoy browsing through the photos as much as we did! After this, TCC feels one definitely needs more art on our walls – especially to celebrate local upcoming artists! Enjoy!