Open House: Dave’s World (Logan Square)

Thanks to Chicago Home + Garden‘s Domestica blogger Bradley Lincoln for introducing me to his friend Dave Albin, who has more living rooms than any guy I know. A contractor by trade, Dave meets with clients in the downstairs parlor, plays music in the adjacent bonus room, watches TV in the upstairs lounge area and naps on the daybed in the nearby sun porch. In fact, Dave recently admitted that, off the top of his head, he couldn’t be sure of how many sofas he owned! Not to mention that the second floor, formerly a separate unit, had its own kitchen when Dave first bought the space. Dave re-imagined the kitchen as kitchenette, which can easily be expanded if a future owner wants to convert the building back to a 2-flat. Removing the fire pole from Dave’s attic bedroom suite to the second floor office would also be easy, but who would want to? It’s just one example of Dave’s colorful creativity.

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In Dave’s world, framed art wraps around the corner, piano innards hang as a wall sculpture and the guest bedroom has a beaded doorway in lieu of a door. But wait, there’s more! In addition to the ingenious solutions and eccentric collections, Dave’s an artist and art enthusiast. His own work covers an entire wall in the back stairway, and his extensive collection, which includes alley finds and outsider art, hangs throughout the house. One of Dave’s pieces, a tall framed black and white collage of a nude woman, leans against the wall in one of the downstairs bonus rooms. In fact, the bright yellow room’s only furnishing is a red leather dental chair, so the room looks more like an art installation itself, perhaps a giant Cornell shadowbox, than it does a place to actually hang out. Which begs the question, does that red dental chair count as a sofa? Thanks Dave!

Dave’s La Porte, Indiana weekend getaway is just as sweet and will be featured in the Summer 2010 edition of CS Interiors (on newsstands in July). Dave’s selling some of this things. Click here for photos and email him if interested (albin720 at

Click here for past Open House posts.

Dave made this pendant light himself using an inexpensive milk glass vase.

Sliding doors conceal the kitchen when not in use. Smart I tell you!

Dave made the most of every space, even building in a seating area on the back staircase.

The man, the myth, the legend. Thanks Dave!

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6 Responses to “Open House: Dave’s World (Logan Square)”

  1. That is the most breathtaking place I have ever seen. Thanks so very much for sharing it. Every room, every wall, every nook, every corner, every color, is an absolute treasure! I could look at it forever! Thanks again.

  2. Dave Dave Dave. such a fab place and really one of my favorite locations in the city. always something fresh and happening in that home. The ideas are endless and Dave really makes every corner special

  3. One of my favorite tours. Thanks for the peek.

  4. Oh man what an amazing space. Great sense of space.
    I can not wait for my house to be as finished and beautiful.

  5. thank you, thank you, thank you all.

  6. This is really great… Very beautiful design I’m so touch.