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