3 Chic Apartments in Chicago With Inspired Interiors

We’re taking a fantasy tour of 3 Chic Apartments in Chicago by the design team at Chicago-based Inspired Interiors.


This Chicago-based design firm is headed by interior designer Emily Mackie, and I first spotted a beautiful room by them on Dering Hall’s Instagram a couple of days ago. Then, when I clicked over to their portfolio, before viewing a single image, I read this engagingly conversational mission statement:

“The team at Inspired Interiors is guided by your unique personality to help invent the ideal surroundings for one-and-only you. Are you the marrying kind with an eye for the traditional? Or perhaps more of an urban cowboy (or cowgirl) with a roguish sense of style? We get to know your past, present and future so we can help create the home of your dreams.”

YOUR Milieu Not Theirs

You have to admire that sort of passion from a team of designers who right out of the gate aspire to maintain the design’s focus squarely on YOUR milieu and not theirs. One gets the sense straight away the design journey to create your beautiful environment will be an enjoyable collaboration as opposed to an opportunity to stamp a curated, signature look on yet another residence.

Holly Irwin painting in apartment in Waldorf Astoria designed by Inspired Interiors.
Holly Irwin painting in serene apartment by Inspired Interiors.

A Sweet Surprise

Here’s what else captured my attention. The first interior design project by Inspired Design attracting my eye? A room with white decor in a Waldorf Astoria Chicago condo with gorgeous art on the wall (above). I recognized both the hotel and the artist’s work immediately. Which artist? The brilliant, Holly Irwin. That sealed it, and I wanted to see more. Combining Holly Irwin art with the most beautiful hotel/residences of which I have been a guest? Well, hello, LOVELY.

Interior Fantasies Ahead

Let’s take a trip to fantasyland today as we peruse design from Inspired Interiors.

(Not to be confused with Fantasy Island…remember that drama which aired on Saturday nights after The Love Boat?) Guest stars over the years included Michelle Pffeifer, Lynn Redgrave, Annette Funicello, Peggy Flemming, Sonny Bono, Cybil Shepherd, and Toni Tenille (of The Captain & Tenille!).

Wait! Do you need a refresher? Yes, I believe you owe it to yourself. This clip is a blast from the past recalling Fantasy Island guest stars in 1978, kittycats! Ha!

1978. Jaws, Grease, Saturday Night Fever. Oh, my lord, the 70’s! The political incorrectness, sequined tube tops, roller disco, truly baaaaad fashion, shag carpet and hairstyles, and cabbage patch dolls! When you view old youTubes from the era…was everyone intoxicated or stoned like ALL the time?

What WERE We Thinking?

My adolescent superficial self recalls viewing Leif Garrett disco dance in impossible spandex on his TV special with Brooke Shields, Flip Wilson in drag, and Marie Osmond vying (with me) for his affections.

What? You are wondering what all the fuss about Leif was about? I mean.

He was made for dancing.

Dancing Queen

You’re welcome, Leif fans! In 1978-1980, I was a middle school dancing queen who also believed she was made for dancing Ah Ah Ah All night long. A group of us students indeed were recruited to film a disco dance video (the young ladies wore leotards with long polyester skirts, the guys wore shirts with half of the buttons unbuttoned) to promote our school–I kid you not. If you like, I can teach you a rad disco move from that choreography called “the pretzel.” We also recorded a soundtrack for the video…going into the recording studio to dub over the Beegees “How Deep is Your Love” in 3-part harmony with lyrics about our school. The truth is out. Boo. I probably peaked around the time of that video in the late 1970s.

Your resident disco queen giving her best smoldering look on a windy day of middle school. #iwasmadefordancing

Where was I? That went off on a dizzying tangent for which I refuse to apologize.

Because everyone needs a 1970’s pop song stuck in their noggin for the day’s duration. πŸ™‚

3 Chic Apartments in Chicago by Inspired Interiors

Here are three Chicago apartments, each with its own personality and point of view. You can probably guess my favorite, and I would love to hear yours. (Maybe your pick will be the one which comes with its own drive-in movie. Wait. What? I told you it would be fantasyland.)

Chic Apartments in Chicago: Waldorf Astoria Chicago Condo

Chic Apartments in Chicago: Handsome Chicago Apartment with Rooftop

It is impossible to overlook the dramatic art collection in this home! The homeowner clearly admires Mid-century modern design, industrial style, and rich color. The kitchen island’s stunning and unique embellishment? Salvaged letterpress pieces! You’ll note the interiors throughout this Chicago apartment are enhanced with vintage treasures as well as “art from a world renowned graffiti artist or with furniture like the repurposed Porsche chair or the dining room table that once served as the threshold into the first Barnes and Noble in New York City.” (Inspired Interiors)

Chic Apartments in Chicago: Chicago Bachelor Penthouse With Drive-In

Here is the description from Inspired Interiors about this fantasy project: “What happened when Magellan Development engaged Inspired Interiors to design the ultimate bachelor pad at the Sky 360 Residences in Vista Tower? A breathtaking luxury Chicago penthouse showcasing a drive-in movie area, a custom-designed waterfall/fireplace/champagne fountain and one-of-a-kind constellation lighting.

The Vista Tower skyscraper penthouses offer 360 degree views of downtown, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. This magnificent backdrop serves as a canvas for open, modern spaces ideal for relaxing, working and entertaining. The master suite features a fitness room specially designed for meditation and suspension yoga. Work areas include a boardroom with seating for eight, home office and a touch-screen TV center for video calls.

For the ultimate host, we designed a second kitchen with hibachi grill next to a larger gathering area, a personal DJ booth, and virtual reality room. Whatever this bachelor is up to, he’ll surely kick back and enjoy the views both inside and out.”

Thanks for playing along and do visit INSPIRED INTERIORS for design help.

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  1. suzanne
    July 23, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    lol.. Blast from the past. Thank you.

    • michele
      July 23, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks for playing along! πŸ™‚

  2. Kristin
    July 24, 2018 / 7:20 am

    Oh my goodness! You really got me started this morning. Most memorable, Leif and the drive in!!! Have a wonderful day.

    • michele
      July 24, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Hahaha. Disco and Leif to launch you into the day! Thanks for playing along. πŸ™‚

  3. Gwen
    July 24, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Oh Michele, too funny! That was a hysterical walk down memory lane. I have about one or two years on you. Remember it all. lol

    • michele
      July 24, 2018 / 7:31 am

      Hahaha. Thanks for joining the disco ride this morning! Have a great day, friend. πŸ™‚

  4. July 24, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Hi Michele, yes indeed me too I remembered seeing pictures of Emily’s work for the first time on Dering Hall. Very nice! Love the calm and airy look at the first apartment!
    Warm regards, Greet

    • michele
      July 24, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Hi, Greet! Me too – those condos at the Waldorf Astoria are incredible, and it would be dreamy to live in one. πŸ™‚

  5. July 24, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    Hi Michele,
    Great post! I love Inspired Interiors and I was honored when they purchased my paintings for their clients luxury condo! I follow them on Instagram and they have such a wide range of interiors that they have designed. That tells me that they listen to what their clients want! Thanks for the shout out!!
    P.S. loved the Fantasy Island video! I don’t even want to think about what I was wearing during those years!!!

    • michele
      July 24, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      πŸ™‚ They have excellent taste in art! Mr. Roark was so wise on such a kooky show!

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