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sneak peek: michael and sara hunter

by Amy Azzarito


michael and sara hunter live in a two-bedroom apartment in the ukrainian village neighborhood of chicago – they live just below good friends emily and jacob anderson (see their peek here!) sara is a development editor at a publishing company and is in grad school studying literature and michael is a painter/sculpture and also works at an indie record label. somehow the two manage to find time to run Hutch Vintage, a well-curated etsy shop, which has become the couple’s joint project – isn’t that cute! (see more on flickr!) {thanks michael & sara! and many thanks to emily anderson for the lovely photos!}amy a.

[We aim to keep our space simple and like to think of our style as a sort of comfortable minimalism.  We like the combination of new, vintage and found objects, clean lines, a few bright colors, and good patterns.  The art in our space is a collection of both found works and work by many of our friends here in Chicago and elsewhere.]


[photo above: I’ve been eyeing our friends’ big wooden bowl, which was handed down to them by a family member.  We found our own after much searching and while its not as sentimental, we are planning to start a tradition of our own someday.


[photo above: The credenza is one of our favorite new additions; we found it at Post 27, a vintage furniture store in Chicago.  We had a fun time putting together this collection, which ranges from a thrifted landscape, a woven basket from an open air market in Amsterdam,  and paintings by friends Jacob Goudreault and Jessica Reule]

CLICK HERE to see more of Michael & Sara’s peek!


[photo above: Our apartment has an amazing vintage kitchen.  We love the open shelving, red counter tops, and white metal cabinets.]


[photo above: The DWR couch was our first serious purchase three years ago, which we found on sale.  We found the coffee table on Craigslist and shamelessly copied our friend Emily Anderson’s lamp from CB2.  The green painting is by LA based artist Esteban Schimpf and the small sculpture is by Samia Mirza.]

[photo above: The first thing that caught our eye in this apartment was the built-in bookshelves.  The chair is from Scout, another fantastic spot to find rehabbed vintage wares in Chicago.  The art pictured is by Stephen Eichhorn, Dan Gunn and a piece by folk artist Howard Finster.]


[photo above: Our sunroom is a great cozy spot in our apartment and looks out on all the trees in our neighborhood.  Pictured is a collection of few vintage baskets and bowls including a small filing cabinet from Michael’s grandmother’s grocery store from the 1960s.]


[photo above: We scored this amazing desk at Room Service here in Chicago. The small print on the windowsill is by Chicago based print maker Essimar.]


[photo above: The Pendleton blanket was a Christmas gift from Sara’s parents this year; we love its bold pattern and bright colors.   The artwork above the bed is by Chicago based photographer Jason Lazarus.]


[photo above: We like keeping the bedroom peaceful and simple. The grey walls are very calming.  The yellow piece is by artist Nicholas Gottlund and the larger print is one of Michael’s.]

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