A Model Apartment: Jay Michael’s Lincoln Square Style

Photography of Rockwell Commons

Name: Jay Michael

Location: Lincoln Square — Chicago, Illinois

Size: Approximately 300 square feet (this particular model)


Jay Michael and his construction manager (and long time friend) Diana Tokat led me on a recent tour of this small yet mighty Lincoln Square model apartment in one of Jay’s converted rental properties. The idea is simple: show prospective renters how beautifully and efficiently one can live in a small, rented space. This studs-up renovation showcases a model unit that Jay hopes sets the standard for all of his properties and their possibilities.



Apartment Therapy Survey:

Style: Traditionally Modern

Inspiration: My homes

Favorite Element: Local artwork and a textured accent wall

Biggest Challenge: Bringing a level of stylish sophistication to the apartment that people from all walks of life would respond to as HOME.

Best Advice: Follow your true sense of style regardless of your market…just translate to a language, if you will, that your consumer understands.


Resources of Note:


Behr: custom gray (a Jay Michael trademark)



Curtains, lamp, furniture, art, accessories: West Elm, IKEA, and personal (Jay’s)

Grass cloth wall covering: Skokie vendor



Cabinets: Studio 41, Home Depot

Granite: Stone Edge

Appliances: Frigidaire from Abt

Tile: Daltile



Furniture: various floor samples

Accessories: TJ Maxx, West Elm, and personal (Jay’s)



Tile: Daltile

Fixtures: Home Depot

Ceramic fish: West Elm



Chairs and wood floor tiles: IKEA

Table: West Elm

Plants: Home Depot


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