Views of the Chicago, IL skyline, a gentle breeze whipping through the windows, walls coated in bright colors — C’ne and James’ apartment has all that and more. With so much to offer, you’d think this gem of a home would have been hard to find, but the two-bedroom place fell right into their lap. When a friend of James’ was moving out, the pair jumped on the opportunity to snag this 100-year-old treasure before it was officially on the market. What luck!
The cozy retreat was clearly meant for these two. Even the previous tenants’ paint job felt right. The brilliant, yellow walls offer the perfect backdrop for collected souvenirs and inspiring artwork. Overall, the couple’s design goal was to bring to life a “minimal and functional space” where they could both unwind with a movie and create. Having the ability to comfortably pursue passion projects is an aspect of their Pilsen-neighborhood home that the family absolutely doesn’t take for granted. C’ne is currently working in collage to explore “femininity using Time magazines from the 1940s as well as magazines from today’s media.” She’s not the only creator in the house, though. James’ conceptual artwork explores technology and how it blends with humanity. He says his podcast Open Ended is “where we figure out how humans blend with tech from the black perspective.” Knowing how ingenious and driven these two are, it comes as no surprise that the out-of-the-box thinkers live in such a fun home. I am so thrilled we get to share it with you all today. Enjoy! —Garrett