Dentist by day and fashion blogger by night, Shaheen Khan fell in love with the Chicago, IL neighborhood of Bucktown almost by accident. Originally hailing from Louisville, KY, (where she met her husband, Trevor Holland, a radiologist), Shaheen moved to Chicago after graduate school. She lived downtown for years, but always found herself spending time in Bucktown, as if magnetized to it. When Shaheen and Trevor stumbled upon this old calculator-manufacturing-factory-turned-lofts in the heart of Bucktown, the decision to say “yes” to the apartment came right after saying “I do” to one another. Following their marriage in 2012, the couple made the move into this open-concept space, which still boasts many of the original factory signage on the building’s brick and stone exterior. “This history behind the building was preserved and the exposed brick and unique fixtures sold us,” Shaheen says.
When the couple first moved to Chicago, they had almost no furniture, so acquiring adaptable pieces that were eclectic but still classic was important, so no matter what space they end up in next, they fit. “My ideas and taste are always evolving, so I am constantly trying new things and switching pieces in and out.”
Though they love their home, it doesn’t come without its challenges. “Our place is very narrow,” Shaheen says, so it’s been a challenge for them to create a open feel while maintaining some separation between spaces, but through Shaheen’s clever use of rugs, she’s been able to create the illusion of defined rooms/areas. Not only is their home a relaxing sanctuary for Shaheen and Trevor to come home to after a hard day’s work or their frequent travels around the globe, it’s also a comfortable, quiet space for hosting friends and family alike. –Sabrina