Before & After: Two Art Lovers Turn Their Small Chicago Cottage Into a Collector’s Paradise for $53K

Open shelving sings in Studio Becker Xu’s vibrant renovation of a 19th-century coach house for a couple with pieces from all around the world.

After viewing a slew of generic apartments across Chicago, Louisa Potthast and Tyler Roberts were desperate for something different. When they saw the listing for a compact, two-bedroom coach house in the DePaul area of Lincoln Park, they were intrigued. "I was immediately struck by it," says Louisa. "It stood out because it offered a cottage, countryside vibe in the middle of the city."

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Lauren Gallow
Dwell Contributor
Lauren Gallow is a Seattle-based design writer and editor. Formerly an in-house writer for Olson Kundig, she holds an MA in Art & Architectural History from UCSB.