AT HOME WITH TEREASA SURRATT & DAVID HERNANDEZ
The Chicago couple shows us around their truly one-of-a-kind home - built as an architectural study and masterfully decorated in vintage finds.
With a two-story, woven brick facade enclosing the home's front yard, Tereasa and David's modern architectural marvel definitely stands out among its neighbors.
Built as a study by renowned architect Jeanne Gang, the couple gave the master free reign over the project in exchange for a rather shoestring budget. "We have five cents to give you, do whatever you want," half-jokes Tereasa, a Creative Director at Ogilvy.
David (a fellow Ogilvy Ad Executive) originally purchased the home as a rickety horse stable from the 1880s. Interestingly, the first step of the renovation process was broadcasted nationally when Nate Berkus selected the home for a TV makeover. The celebrity designer tore down some walls and redecorated the living room from top-to-bottom - just not within the couple's personal tastes. "No disrespect, he's an amazing and generous human being, but it just wasn't our aesthetic," admits Tereasa. "At the time, we just thought 'free shit,'" David jokingly interjects.
Wanting to start anew, they gave away most of the gifted furniture and began plans for a full-scale renovation. Originally, the couple intended to maintain the home's historic charm, but quickly learned that the property was too far gone. With a modest $400K budget, Tereasa and David relinquished full control of the home's re-design, and devised crafty ways to stretch every dollar.
"Did you notice there are no doors at all upstairs?" Tereasa points out.
But despite the novelty of the home's architecture, we were more enamored by it's decor. Avid collectors and thrifters (Tereasa's even written two books on the subject), the home is almost entirely furnished from flea market finds. Despite differences in era between the home's architecture and its contents, the couple masterfully curates vintage pieces to suit the home's modernist shell. Mid-century furniture is paired alongside a towering collection of vintage suitcases collected from years of travel. "Every time I travel, I buy a vintage suitcase and fill it up with finds from the trip," Tereasa explains.
With more collectibles than their 3,200 sq foot home can hold, the couple use the rest to outfit their summer retreat, Camp Wandawega
. The prohibition-era speakeasy, turned brothel, turned Latvian Catholic summer camp frequented by David's family as a child, has since been transformed into a truly magical, vintage Americana wonderland.
Take a look inside Tereasa and David's awe-inspiring home - both an architectural wonder and masterfully decorated by the two vintage collectors.