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A Colorful Home in An Old Chicago Calculator Factory

by Sabrina Smelko

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

Photography by Shaheen Khan

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Shaheen began designing their bedroom around greys and neutrals, introducing pops of color through textiles from Alapash and art. All of the textiles in their bedroom are from Maya Mueble.
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Trevor's side of the bed naturally becomes the safe-spot for freshly-cut flowers. "He has no lotions, lip balms, and hair ties [to clutter it up like me]," laughs Shaheen.
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Shaheen used chairs — or what she jokingly refers to as hair-tie collection pedestals — as bedside tables, which double as seating when they have guests over.
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Their dining area, which is open to the living room (to the right) and their kitchen (to the left). The Taylor guitar was a wedding gift from Shaheen to Trevor. "I love that he enjoys it [and keeps it on-hand]."
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Their dining area is supplemented with storage from the adjacent bar cart and lower cabinets from the kitchen. Above the cart is a mirror made from recycled magazines woven together.
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"I love cooking," says Shaheen, "especially breakfast for my husband and I." Morning coffee is a beloved ritual, served in these huge mugs from Alapash.
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Trevor and Shaheen are both from Kentucky, so their vintage bar cart is always stocked with good bourbon.
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The view of the kitchen from the living/dining area.
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The sink and island placement allows Shaheen and Trevor to keep an eye on guests in the living/dining room while entertaining.
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Rugs create the illusion of separate rooms between the dining and living space.
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The bookshelf between the living room and dining room stores their blankets and travel books. "We note down all our favorite spots to go back to in these books," explains Shaheen. They also save museum tickets, dinner receipts and various paraphernalia from their travels, which they tuck inside the pages of the respective country's books.
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Their living room showcases a gorgeous Moroccan textile which hangs above the couch from two eye-hooks and twine rope.
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I love the layered textiles and ample pillows for ultimate comfort.
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The farthest wall in their living room features the building's original exposed brick. The papier-mache impala head is from West Elm's handcrafted collection. "It was handmade in Haiti using recycled materials in collaboration with Caribbean Craft," Shaheen says, "part of the proceeds go back to Port Au Prince."
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On a side table rests Shaheen's favorite jewelry pieces and a handmade terrarium.
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The other side table is host to more jewelry and plants. "The two side tables were found at a vintage market when I first moved here," Shaheen says, "they are the only things that have made it through every move!"
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Shaheen gets cold easily, so having several blankets is key to her comfort. These ones from Maya Mueble are some of her favorites.
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The glass coffee table was a deliberate choice to ensure that this beautiful rug was exposed as much as possible.

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