Matt Carollo’s One-Bedroom Chicago Apartment

Posted 1 June 2014 at 8:59 PM | Comments (0)

I can’t stop staring at Matt Carollo’s one-bedroom rental in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. I finally figured out why it’s so arresting, apart from the layers upon layers of beautiful antiques: it’s the warm golds set against a backdrop of cool, charcoal gray—what a color combination! It’s like intermittent rays of sunlight emanating through thick, dark clouds, where you truly need one to appreciate the other.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Sofa and Gallery Wall

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Console Vignette

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Houndstooth Armchair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Living Room Gold Skull and Brass Trophies

The kitchen is painted in the same charcoal gray, Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, to match the living room. I really like how Carollo painted the interior back wall of the weathered cabinet to create a seamless transition with the room’s décor.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Kitchen Refrigerator

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Kitchen Cabinet

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Neutral China

Carollo, an assistant buyer, is only twenty-five years old but his aesthetic is incredibly mature. Look at how the only white-walled area of his apartment (remember—a rental) blends so well with the other rooms. Clearly, he knows what he likes! I’m older than him yet nowhere near as confident in my choices.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Dining Room

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Spray-Painted Lamps

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Oil Painting and Bar Cart

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Sharpie Zebra Drawing

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Black Painted Doors

Lastly, there’s the bedroom, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chalkboard Paint (not coincidentally, the same color Jenna Lyons used in her Brooklyn brownstone). Carollo is very, very good at combining the sleek and the aged. Lonny magazine described his sensibility as “dignitary meets magpie,” and I can see it in every inch.

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Bed

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Nightstand

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Chartreuse Tufted Side Chair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Antique Butcher's Hooks

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Antique Phone on French Salon Chair

Matt Carollo's Ravenswood Chicago One-Bedroom Apartment Ikat Bed Pillow

*All images from the June 2014 issue of Lonny magazine.