My Second Chicago Apartment. The “Before” Home Tour.

I thought I’d share the official “before” of my new little home with you. You may remember my first Chicago apartment ā€“ a modern high rise located in River North. My new place is a larger and less expensive vintage walk-up. Alaina recently shared her new not-so-little gem on her blog which made me realize that my place should have a name, too. Meet Eleanor, named after Lucy Eleanor Moderatz from While You Were Sleeping. Belle and Elle. I like it.

I was so distracted/overwhelmed the week before I moved in that I did a horrible job taking before photos, but I have a few iPhone shots for you.

The kitchen. Taken the first time I saw my apartment (before I moved in).
The living room. It’s bigger than it looks. This was taken pretty close to the back wall. Love the detail! Trying to figure out how to hang my art. Should I stay within the lines? 
Hallway leading to my bathroom and bedroom. And don’t worry ā€“ these rooms are no longer a terrible creamy yellow color.
The bedroom which has also been repainted. Twice.

The pup lounging on the deck.

And because Alaina is a girl genius, I’m copying her and sharing Eleanor’s layout.  She’s ~ 800 square feet which is a big change from my last place. I was able to add a chair, dining table, and an additional dresser in my bedroom.
Just need a few months before Eleanor is ready for her big debut!
  • RosaLovesDC

    So much space, I love the layout. I bet Buddy is really gonna enjoy that deck.

  • Helena – A Diary of Lovely

    pretty awesome Danielle, so big!!

  • Jackie

    What a gorgeous space! I love the black cabinets in the kitchen and the detailing in the living room. Thanks for sharing!

  • Caitlin

    what a beaut.

  • Maria Filar

    very nice! it's funny that even though mint is a really trendy color right now, for some reason when it's painted on a wall it just still looks so 80's. haha.

  • pretty little things

    what a great apartment! Is that exposed brick I saw in there? xo


  • christin

    Wait…you named your apartment? This I've never heard of. I've heard of naming cars, but not apartments. Perhaps homes if it is an estate.

  • Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning]

    Love Elle! I can't wait to see how you and Alaina do in your new spaces!

  • Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine

    Eleanor is pretty. Love the faux fireplace. The creamy yellow wasn't that bad. But I'm looking forward to seeing how she turns out… šŸ˜€

  • justagirlLaura

    Is that an in-unit washer/dryer I see?? I am SO JEALOUS!! What a lovely place =)

  • The White Ruffle

    yup. obsessed with while you were sleeping. one of those movies i watch like once a week and never get sick of. now i must come meet eleanor.

  • anne.

    Fantastic! Congrats!

  • Andrea Mandel

    Love the apartment & the great size! Can't wait to see the remodel!


  • Brooke

    Before moving to the West Coast, I lived ALL over Chicago…started downtown at Michigan/Randolph, then to Lakeview at Belmont/Sheffiled, then Lincoln Park at Fullerton/Sheffield, to the South Loop in Printer's Row, to River West(ish) at Canal and Lake…whew! I LOVE seeing Chicago posts, and it makes me long for the city – your new place reminds me so much of where I lived in Lincoln Park…can't wait to see it all 'done up!' Hope you are settling in nicely!


  • Andrea Tarwater

    Looks awesome!! Can't wait to see what all you do with it!

  • Melanie

    Your apartment is amazing! I can't wait to see the after pics! What area are you living in? Thinking about a one-bedroom in the future, and your place is perfect. šŸ™‚


  • Elle

    i can't want to see what you do with it. šŸ™‚ i love the name eleanor and think its great you named your home. buddy is so cute!

  • Vanessa {Vanilla and Rose}

    I love both of your posts! Both Belle and Elle look amazing and I can't wait to see how they turn out!

  • megcasta

    My dog's name is Lucy Eleanor and until you mentioned While You Were Sleeping, I had no idea! So funny! Love your new apartment and can't wait to see how Eleanor turns out šŸ™‚

  • Kate {Modette}

    It looks lovely & cosy! I'm very excited to see how you decorate it. xx

    Kate {Modette}

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