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Name: Anne Lauer and husband, Travis
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type of home: Condo
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: We moved into our condo in August 2020. Moving during a pandemic was stressful, but in a way convenient, since the world was at a standstill. I had lots of time to dedicate to fixing up our new investment. The house itself was built in the 1890s and consists of six ranch-style units. The condo is west-facing with loads of natural light and a generous and open living and dining space. My favorite area is the house’s custom-made bay window and seat. It has a large kitchen with 42″ maple cabinets and granite countertops and I built in a custom spice rack and pantry shelves. I turned the private deck space into a relaxing oasis. The primary bedroom is generously sized with a huge, professionally organized walk-in closet. The second bedroom is large enough to fit a queen-sized bed and also doubles as an office. We have maple hardwood floors in the living areas, custom window treatments throughout, and have made seating a priority in the dining and living areas.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Cozy, Airy, Eclectic, Vintage, Pop Culture

What is your favorite room and why? I would have to say my kitchen. When we moved in there was the beautiful buffet built in and above it all this empty wall space, and I knew I had to do something with it. I had custom maple pantry shelves built in (thanks to my brother-in-law who brings all my visions to life!) and I filled them up with pantry items and kitchen wares. In the summer I decorate them with ivy, in the fall with leaves, and in the winter with pine. Growing up I could never find anything in our house so I knew I wanted a well-organized kitchen made for cooking but also entertaining. I had a huge maple spice rack made as well that is about six feet tall. I love how everything is so accessible and has a purpose.

Any advice for creating a home you love? DO YOU! Fill it up with things you love and it will figure itself out. There does not need to be a theme or a rhyme or reason. Build around things you love and the nuances will fill themselves in.

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