The Fairfield Flat is me and my husband’s newly remodeled first floor apartment. It has two tiny bedrooms, one bath and is approximately 900 square feet. We spent about a year collecting and curating the furniture and artifacts. There are several pieces, like the sofa, both beds and kitchen tables that are all custom designed and built for the space.
We opted for a cool color palette, focusing mainly on blues and greens, with white being used as a balancing color between rooms. To bring some warmth and contrast, you'll find darker shades of wood like walnut and ebony, along with hints of brass.
A dank gut job turned breezy garden unit, the Roosevelt Suite was a culmination of list of ideas that we've wanted to bring to life. From the herringbone floor pattern to the book papered wall, we wanted a cozy space that was easy to relax in, functional and inviting for our Airbnb guests.
The original kitchen had few features worth preserving, and even they needed a lot of work, such as the pressed tin ceiling and the door trim. Designing the new kitchen was a culmination of a variety of ideas we had for projects that didn’t fit into our own space.
The overall result is an inviting space that reminds us of some of our favorite coffee shops in Chicago.
Everyone's favorite wallpaper on Pinterest is the book page wall covering. And why not, it's warm, charming, and visually interesting. My mother-in-law gave us several volumes of Teddy Roosevelt’s autobiography. When designing the Roosevelt Suite (not yet named), we agreed it made a good theme, a lodgy, well-read, cozy suite, and chose an accent wall behind the bed. I applied the pages using wallpaper adhesive leftover from the kitchen wallpaper, taking just two days.
To make a small 55 square foot room feel warm and cozy, we built a wraparound platform bed, with ample storage below. The entire headboard was composed 208 1x2’s, each stained a gradient of colors.