Pretty in pink

This small but swank Gold Coast apartment has timeless appeal.
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Not one to plaster her walls with trendy, mass-produced decals, Halpern commissioned these large-scale, one-of-a-kind geometric tape drawings from local artist Alex Menocal (menocal.tumblr.com).
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A narrow bookcase in the bedroom includes tray drawers with cabinets below, �a fabulous solution for purse storage,� Halpern says. �While it may seem like big built-ins or large pieces of furniture could make a room feel smaller, here they have the opposite effect.� The Sputnik light fixture installed in the bookcase is a vintage piece that Halpern rescued from a friend�s renovation.
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�The coolest thing about the apartment has to be the doorknobs,� says Halpern. Architect Benjamin Marshall had commissioned Wedgwood to make blue-and-white relief porcelain knobs for all of the building�s original full-floor units (fun fact: In 1920, those 8,000-square-foot units were renting for $9,000 a year), but Halpern�s apartment had been chopped up so many times that she inherited a hodgepodge of cheap replacements. �Family friends were moving out of the building right as I was moving in, and they offered me their original doorknobs so I could have a complete set,� Halpern says.
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Halpern�s roommate�a two-year-old Lhasa apso named Lucci�loves to socialize with other canines in the park across the street. �In the winter, it�s fabulous to be able to carry her right over and watch her play in the snow without getting salt in her paws.�
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The Saarinen Tulip table and ivory leather Bruno chairs were sourced from Design Within Reach. �They�re so classic and clean,� says Halpern. �They fit really well with the bones of the apartment, which, though traditional, have a timeless feel.�
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Rebecca Halpern says she’s lived east of Clark Street, north of Oak Street and south of North Avenue for most of her life. “Not a walk goes by that I don’t run into someone I know, and I love that close-knit feel,” says the 32-year-old TV producer and writer, who’s produced series for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, CBS Sports and more (she’s currently working on an episode of CNBC’s American Greed, about computer hackers).

 

Rebecca Halpern says she’s lived east of Clark Street, north of Oak Street and south of North Avenue for most of her life. “Not a walk goes by that I don’t run into someone I know, and I love that close-knit feel,” says the 32-year-old TV producer and writer, who’s produced series for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, CBS Sports and more (she’s currently working on an episode of CNBC’s American Greed, about computer hackers).

Halpern’s gracious one-bedroom apartment in a classic, 12-story Benjamin Marshall–designed building (built in 1911) at the north end of the Gold Coast is her first home purchase, and she relishes every square inch. After Halpern bought the place in 2008 (becoming the building’s youngest resident), a four-month renovation commenced, the goal of which was to maximize storage space and create a kitchen that’s more functional than its size lets on. Halpern had always admired the building, and when she saw the lush treetop view of Lincoln Park out her soon-to-be bedroom window, she was immediately sold. “Vintage apartments have slightly higher maintenance costs, but I knew the value would never go down because one-bedroom units in this building are so rare,” she says.

Halpern likes to entertain but never hosts a dinner party for more than six because she says cooking for a big group in her kitchen is next to impossible. Still, at cocktail parties for up to 30, it’s proved to be the perfect bar. “Guests are usually surprised at how many people I can squeeze in here,” Halpern says. “Despite its small size, the apartment has an open layout that’s really great for entertaining.”

When she’s home alone, Halpern relaxes in the living room of her tidy, stylish pad, sipping her early morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the lake. “The view isn’t huge, but I get just enough of a sliver that I can still see the sun,” she says. “And, at around 5pm, a hot pink glow is cast around my bedroom and kitchen, which is just so cool. The light shining through the venetian blinds creates a graphic effect on the kitchen wall.”

The overall vibe of her Gold Coast oasis is feminine and calming, youthful but chic. “Most of my work focuses on violent crime, white-collar crime, and gang violence,” says Halpern, whose unintimidating stature and appealing sprinkle of freckles often work in her favor when coaxing both the good and bad guys to open up on camera. “Most people wouldn’t think a girl who interviews FBI agents and criminals for a living would live in a place like this.”

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