Stats: 2 bed, 2 bath + office 2-flat rental
Since Jourdan literally wrote the book on DIYs, I was prepared for her home to be creative. What I wasn't prepared for was the chicness! Girlfriend knows how to make a 100+ year old space feel so fresh and cool. I will most remember, and secretly want to steal, her insane mirror wall (click through to the dining room), moody living room walls + gold combo, and her genius wedding memento DIY (wedding guests left little messages on wood horse shoes that know hang in a kitchen hallway).
When Jourdan isn't creating DIY geniusness, she's works as a freelance writer/editor/consultant for Conde Nast Traveler, CB2 and Trunk Club, among others, and her husband is a medical student.
How long have you lived in your home?
We moved here from Wicker Park in August of 2013. Before we moved in, an Italian family lived here for 80-90 years.
Why did you originally move here?
We moved to Chicago from New York because my husband is in medical school at University of Illinois, Chicago.
How long do you plan to live here?
We'll be here until May of next year since my husband will start his residency somewhere in the country in July.
What is your favorite part of your home?
I love the front/living room because it's where we sit down and talk about our day. I also really like the way the guest room turned out. Somehow our guests ended up with the more comfortable bed and better air conditioning than the master. They always say you want your guests to feel comfortable, right?
What is your least favorite part of your home?
Living in an old home has its frustrations, shall we say. There's a certain amount of wear and tear that I see on a daily basis that my husband is somehow able to gloss over. For some of the issues with this place, there's no amount of creativity that will help.
What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
Logan Square is super family-friendly, walkable and safe, all of which I love about the area. I also feel like we have some of the best restaurants in the city in our neighborhood, which is amazing since when we rented in 2014, this was the most affordable area for us on the west side.
What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
I wish a grocery store and a great gym were all within walking distance.
What are you favorite local establishments?
Lula Cafe: Great lunch spot
Parson's Chicken & Fish: Their slushies during the summer are my favorite
Skofflaw: Amazing cocktails
Reno: Great for wood fired pizza and bagels right on Logan Square
The Logan Theater: An amazing old school theater with $6 tickets on Friday night and a bar
Fleur: Perfect for flowers and gifts
How do you get to work?
I work from home and my husband takes the train to campus, which is about a 50 minute commute.
Where do you grocery shop?
The Mariano's on Western and Roscoe is my closest option, but I also go to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and a local Mexican grocery for late night ice cream.
How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
All the time with our dog. I've wanted a dog for so long, so having a yard for him to run around in is another reason we love this place.
Where do you plan to move next?
We have no idea! It will all depend on my husband's residency.
Are you friends with your neighbors?
Our neighbors are another reason we love our neighborhood. We take care of each other. In a big city, the sense of community is really nice.
Does your neighborhood feel safe?
It does. I feel safe coming home at night.
Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others?
It's funny: Logan Square is so historic and well-established, but it also feels like it's changing every second. I love all the side/residential streets, and personally wouldn't want to live on Milwaukee--though it's changing for the better.
What do you think of when you think of your home?
It's a relaxing space to be as we settle into married life. This apartment represents a special time in our lives, and I will remember it that way.
What do you do on weekends in the neighborhood?
We really try not to leave! We'll go to movies, restaurants, and/or picnics in Palmer Square. You might also find us on a long dog walk, running on the 606 or in a local coffee shop.
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