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Vermont In Chicago, Edgewater Duo Gets National Attention For Their Unique Interior Design


Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente

To get your apartment’s interior design featured on Apartment Therapy once is no easy feat, but to be asked to showcase it twice is quite a unique honor. That is just what happened to local Edgewater interior gurus Nick Fanelle and Spiro Georgi.

The local couple caught the attention of the the popular interior and decor blog ApartmentTherapy.com. Blending their unique style of farmhouse meets urban living, they have developed their own style that the blog describes as ‘a calm, relaxed home that whisks you away to the country…all without leaving town.’

“A friend suggested that we should reach out to Apartment Therapy for a feature, because of our unique apartment,” explained Fanelle. “We sent in some pictures, they loved it and came out to do a photo shoot. Our apartment on Winthrop, which was featured first, was so popular that they asked us to showcase our new apartment. I guess people don’t see a farmhouse-styled apartment often in a big city.”

The couple’s vision comes from peaceful Vermont rural life, and bringing that calmness to their apartment on the busy streets of Edgewater.  Avid antique hunters, Nick and Spiro hand-picked and selected all the right pieces in order to compliment the space and transform it into their dream home.


Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente

“We both love Vermont. Everything about the state is beautiful,” said Fanelle. “We stayed at a couple bed and breakfast inns in Vermont and upstate NY and were inspired. Spiro initially fell in love with the Vermont house from the 80s movie Baby Boom, which started us on this design journey.”

Their second write-up in the nationally recognized blog, focused on their recent move which helped them evolve their design strategy. They thinned out much of their decor as they emerged into a new space that was ‘more uncluttered and sophisticated.’ Furniture pieces from their previous apartment got an updated make-over as they increased negative space to allow for a more contemporary feel.

They also broke away a bit from the Vermont farmhouse style as they blended it with French country objects.  A subtle European rural color palette was introduced giving a colorful pop that is not overwhelming.

Fanelle admitted, “It’s cozy and relaxing to come home to. We both work in the Loop, and love coming home to our ‘farmhouse’ on a tree lined street. It’s an escape from busy city life, without having to leave Chicago.” 

ApartmentTherapy.com is ranked 431 in US websites by Alexia.com and is estimated to have about 9 million unique global visitors per month by quantcast.com.  According to Forbes, Apartment Therapy is “one of the most influential interior design sites on the Web.”

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