So I moved to Chicago a year and a half back for a great opportunity with an architecture firm to work on the Chicago Google office. I mostly worked on the furniture but it was a great experience and fun to work on. While out there I got a great apartment in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago's north side. I had an interesting experience finding the apartment too so let me go into that story for you before I show off the ever so amazing photos.
I started the interview process while still living in Vermont, I had two phone interviews and was told if they flew me out for a third interview I should look at apartments. Thats great and all, but a small little tidbit. I had never even listed Chicago before, I knew nothing about where to start looking at neighborhoods. I ended up using one of my favorite websites Apartment Therapy and searched for apartments in Chicago. I started to notice all the apartments that I loved the style and architecture of where in the Ravenswood and Andersonville area, so that began the search. Being that I had never visited Chicago before I also knew nobody. I searched mostly on Craigslist finding some agencies that showed apartments and told them my price range and where I was looking and worked more closely with those people. I made a spreadsheet of about 15 apartments to look at and flew out on a Friday in late January. I went right from O'hare airport to my first viewing, and the rest of the viewings that day were with my suitcase. I saw some great places and soon noticed my NYC days of a shoebox apartment for a fortune were over. I spent the Saturday looking at apartments all day to and hanging out in coffee shops finding more apartments to find since some showings fell through. But then Sunday I woke up and a HUGE snowstorm had hit Chicago. It was Super Bowl Sunday and one of the worst snowstorms to ever hit Chicago. I quickly started getting calls from all the realtors saying they couldn't make it due to the snowstorm but I know when I walk into an apartment if its supposed to be mine and that hadn't happened yet. I called the one realtor that had not called to cancel yet and asked him to still show me. He told me if I made it up to the apartment in the snow from the loop he would show me the apartment, and that he did. I walked in and knew this was the place, all that was left to do was get the job at my interview the following Monday. Interview went great and later on Monday I flew back to Vermont. Then on February 4th the day before my birthday I got the call that I got the job. I was of coarse excited and called a few people to tell them I got the job but after the parents and before friends was the realtor. It was a great apartment and it had been a few days since I had seen the place, I was very nervous it would be gone, but it wasn't. I filled out the application and a few hours later was told it was mine. Which then leads to me trying to remember the floor plan and draw that up in my computer programs trying to start laying things out.
That was a year and a half ago now and I'm currently sitting in that apartment surrounded by all my stuff in boxes as we start packing the truck tomorrow. Its has been a great apartment and I have fallen in love with Chicago and all that it offered me. But this apartment has been my pride and joy, and my first place I felt as if I could call "home". Its something I aim to achieve once I get back to Vermont is to be able to help people create their place into a home. Something they are proud of and love spending time in.
So now without further ado lets get to those photos I had taken of the place.
Now a few of these pieces I actually made myself including the Dining Table and the Bed Frame. I'll be writing tutorials shortly for you to read on how I made them. I'll also update room by room letting you in on some of the sources for the furniture and decor. Stay tuned.
Design: Jess Ann Interiors
Photos: Jacob Hand Photography
Jess Goodwin is an interior designer located out of Northern New Jersey, but does work all over the United States. She has a huge passion for interior design and architecture and all things design related to be honest. She's been working in the industry for over ten years now and been designing her whole life, thats not an exaggeration.