Home Style

In many ways, this is a classic Hyde Park apartment. The 3BR unit, which occupies the second floor of a turn-of-the-century stone townhouse, opens into a living room with bay windows. A narrow hallway, which makes for tantalizing human traffic jams during parties, leads from the front room to the dining room, kitchen and rickety back porch. Despite its typical layout, Theo, Sasha and Alice have made the place truly their own (Sasha is Arts Editor of the Weekly). Their aesthetic might be described as ‘70s bohemian meets desert arboretum. Expert scavengers, they are always on the lookout for objects that can be repurposed in unexpected ways.

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

This silk chartreuse couch is a beloved Craigslist find. Their advice to vintage furniture hunters? “Don’t be afraid to be patient and hold out for a good find. Sometimes it’s better to go without a couch for the first few weeks than to get something you don’t love.”

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

The wood-paneled mantelpiece displays a scattered collection of found materials. “Anything we break by accident usually ends up on the mantel,” said Theo. The pottery, vases, and sculptures are culled from flea markets and thrift stores all over Chicago. All three girls are art students, and the mantelpiece features some of their handiwork, such as the glitter rhinoceros bust and cubical plexi-glass arboretum, which was left over from a sculpture project.

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

The girls have a thing for succulents, which can be found throughout the apartment, peeking out of mason jars and wine bottles, hanging from the ceiling, and even growing inside a lamp.

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

Theo and her mom have been collecting vintage Paint-By-Number pieces for years from flea markets, which Theo, Sasha, and Alice decided to cover a living room wall with one night. One canvas has a note scribbled on the back: “Happy Birthday Dad! Love Katherine, 1952.”

(Loveseat from Marketplace, vintage chairs and Mexican-style blanket from Randolph Street Market and Goodwill.)

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

A handmade Japanese plant ornament called a Kokedama.

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

Dried flower wall art

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

The girls get much of their materials from garden supply and science surplus stores. The beakers and graduated cylinders are from a Chicago lab supply store. “We spontaneously change around the decor. We’ll just move objects to different spaces late at night or when we get bored,” Theo said.

 

by Theo Shure

photo by Theo Shure

 

Theo and Sasha answered an ad on Craigslist for this dining room table. When they got to the park where the sellers had announced they would be, there were about 8 other groups of students hoping to buy the table. A massive rock-paper-scissors tournament ensued to determine who got it. After several elimination rounds, they won the tournament and came home with a new table.

 

4 comments for “Home Style

  1. Squiggles
    March 21, 2013 at 5:36 am

    This is the most beautiful apt I’ve ever seen!! Any chance you’re subletting for the summer m0nths?

  2. theo shure
    April 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    yep!
    email publicity@whpk.org

  3. June 9, 2013 at 5:45 am

    I very interested of sublet the apt from June Dec please contact me back

  4. June 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Isn’t one of the residents of this apartment an editor of The Weekly? I mean, commeee onnnnnn. We get that you’re hip – you should be reporting the news, not yourself.

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