Announcing Apt CB2

June 9, 2016

We partnered with Havenly to transform a historic studio apartment—and we need your help!

The designers we partner with for our annual Apt CB2 project always impress us with their fresh ideas for living large in small spaces. While this year’s challenge is no different, this time we’re using a famous historic building as our backdrop. So allow us to officially introduce our partnership with FLATS Chicago and Havenly, a top online interior design service, to transform a 300-square-foot studio apartment into a dream pad.

The apartment is located inside the Lawrence House, a thirteen-story building in Chicago’s vibrant Uptown neighborhood filled with 344 residences (including the former home of Charlie Chaplin!) that sit above five retail spaces. First constructed in 1928, the building was recently renovated under the ownership of FLATS Chicago and features loads of historic charm alongside modern amenities.

To kick off our project, we asked Havenly to create three mood boards for the space using CB2 furniture and decor. While they range in style, each option sets up a functional space for sleeping and living filled with small apartment decorating ideas. So where do you come in? We need you to help us pick a winner! Cast your vote on Instagram and the design with the most likes will be installed in the apartment on June 14. To help you pick a favorite, we asked Havenly’s lead stylist, Shelby Girard to briefly describe the mood boards.

Masculine Modern

“We had the single bachelor in mind when designing this space. The bookcase was our starting point because we love it, and then we incorporated simple, interesting designs in a neutral color palette. The sleeper sofa and bistro table add versatility in small spaces, and we added a bar (every bachelor needs a bar!) as well as storage that’s clean and straightforward.”

Contemporary Glam

“This look is definitely more feminine, based on a palette of black, white and gold with a pop of blush. We turned the canopy bed horizontally so it can function like a daybed, and tucked in a pair of clean white nightstands on either side. A full-length mirror is something women always love, and mirrored surfaces like the cabinet add glitz along with much-needed storage. And the fur stool is my all-time favorite CB2 product that happens to be perfect for this style.”


“This look was created by our design assistant, Kylee. The daybed sets a bohemian cool tone for the room, which we layered with a ton of pillows and rugs. Muted reds add touches of color to a neutral palette, and natural materials such as jute poufs and a rattan pendant light add so much texture. A concrete bistro table provides people with a place to eat, and a trio of mirrors bounce light around the room and make it feel bigger.”

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