Carrie Hanson and Joel Huffman see their West Loop home as a minimalist work in progress.
For Hanson and Huffman, it’s been a year of building a family (they married in August and also recently welcomed their first child, Levi) and melding their personal styles and tastes in the minimalist live/work space they moved into in May. Huffman, an architect (vertuinc.com) who designed the two-level walk-up, prefers a sleek and almost bare contemporary space. “It helps create a neutral palette for furniture,” he says. Hanson (founder of dance group The Seldoms, theseldoms.org), on the other hand, is partial to decorative mid-century pieces and pops of color, a style she incorporates via the few accessories meticulously placed in the home. And while the space has a completed look, there’s still more work to be done, including furnishing the up- and downstairs terraces and installing a railing near the basement stairs—before Levi starts crawling.