Thursday, April 28, 2011

Going Back to Cali...By Way of Bridgeport

Posted By on 04.28.11 at 09:15 AM

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When I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago, one of the things I missed most was the sunny, plant-filled living spaces that were ubiquitous on the west coast. India McQuoid and Chris Neeley's Bridgeport loft channels that California sensibility. Rumored to have once been a Chinese fish factory, the three-bedroom home is smartly decorated with a mix of well-made furnishings and well-priced vintage accessories, thanks to McQuoid's keen sense for thrifting. (She scored a set of Bertoia chairs at Brown Elephant for $150 and recently found that black wire Italian bar stool at a Salvation Army for $8.)

The large main room has been divided into lounging and dining areas with the help of a custom credenza by Mode Carpentry ($2,000, modecarpentry.com) and a BoConcept sectional ($2,095, boconcept.com), and the palate is kept minimal but bright with unexpected pops of color. This space is home to a seriously creative couple—Neeley is an art director with Leo Burnett and McQuoid sells stylish housewares and accessories via her eBay and Etsy stores, Some Like Us—who feels that minimal clutter encourages a clear mind.

Jot that advice down, pick up a few plants, and you too could be enjoying life on the sunny side.

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