Almost two years ago, I moved into my most recent Chicago apartment with Mr. Lively.
We had just gotten married, and I was furiously decorating our entire apartment top to bottom so that it would be ready in time for our families to celebrate our marriage over Thanksgiving weekend.
While I was decorating, the builder for our (gut rehab) apartment building was walking through with city inspectors completing final inspections.
As he walked through my apartment, he asked if I was a designer.
At the time, I had only been hired by one woman in the city to help decorate her studio apartment. So I told him yes, I had done a studio, but never had the time to do it more seriously while I was juggling my old accessory company (Jess LC), the blog, traveling workshops, and business consulting.
However, since I had recently decided to close Jess LC to do the consulting and workshops full-time, I suddenly did have more time to devote to design projects.
Long story short: he hired me to design the interior of The Guesthouse Hotel lobby, decorate it, re-brand it, and re-design the website.
As an huge fan of Sarah’s House on HGTV, this was a (surreal) dream come true.
For the past 21 months, I’ve worked with them to complete all of these projects.
We decided to go with a collected and classy “old” Chicago feel.
As you’ll see below, we started with an empty lot… which over the course of 10 months became a completed hotel expansion.