When Homepolish Designer Gabriel Fontes de Faria moved into this new construction townhouse in the city of Chicago, he had a blank canvas to create the perfect space for himself and his husband. Modernism was something Gabriel was taught to love from a young age with his mother being an architect. His husband Grant grew up in a more traditional home where everything had to be really comfortable and cozy, so the main goal for their new place was to merge the two backgrounds in some way. They chose to go with a modern and somewhat minimalist aesthetic, but tried to choose pieces that not only looked good, but were also comfortable. 

The gallery wall above the stairs is full of prints by the artist Gray Malin. The couple both grew up in beach towns and love to travel, so they immediately fell in love with the artist’s work. A big challenge was to make it all cozy and not sterile looking, so I used a lot of natural elements and finishes (wood, wool, woven natural fibers), as well as a few select family pieces. Overall I think we did achieve our goal. The house feels really clean and minimal, but still warm even during Chicago winters. My favorite part of our home is definitely the wood burning fireplace. When it’s cold out, we love to light a fire and sit in the living room reading, or drinking wine and playing Cards Against Humanity with our friends”, explained Gabriel Fontes de Faria [Information provided via e-mail by Homepolish; Photography by Dustin Halleck]