Creating a home that suits you isn’t easy. It takes time, trial and error — and sometimes more than one renovation.
Chris Taylor, 41, discovered this firsthand after buying a 2,500-square-foot apartment in the Palmolive Building, an Art Deco tower in Chicago, in 2013. The unit, which cost about $1.35 million, had been converted from office space to a condominium nearly a decade earlier, and he did a small renovation to add his sense of style.
“I wanted to give nods to the Art Deco features, while making it my own,” said Mr. Taylor, who works in finance. “But it was also at a time when I was still evolving in my career and aspirations. And it was a big investment, so I could only do so much with the unit at that point.”
Kate Taylor Interiors., a Chicago-based design firm. Ms. Taylor had designed the 2013 iteration of the apartment and, after designing a second home for Mr. Taylor in Laguna Beach, Calif., was ready to take another run at his Chicago apartment.
“He is someone who always likes to have a project,” said Ms. Taylor, 38.
Indeed, Mr. Taylor said he finds interior design almost therapeutic. “I work in finance, so partnering with Kate on different projects provides me with a creative outlet that I really like, outside of my day job,” he said. “It’s just a great, collaborative family effort.”
“We do get along very well,” Ms. Taylor said. “There are always bumps in the road, but we make it through.”
This time, the unforeseen bump was the pandemic. In November 2019, Ms. Taylor began developing plans for a renovation with a palette of warm colors and menswear-inspired fabrics. The goal, she said, “was to have it feel kind of bachelor pad, but not too bachelor pad.”
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