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ALLISON
DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR
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ALLISON AND A TINY KITCHEN IN CHICAGO

Allison is a resident of the Lawrence House in Uptown, Chicago, and is an active food photographer, documenting her recipes and adventures cooking in a studio apartment kitchen on her Instagram account, @atinykitcheninchicago We featured Allison on our series, Local Eats, where she walked us through a recipe for Adoboe Chicken. Watch the video on Youtube or learn more about Allison's life at the Lawrence House with her cat, Toast, below!

HOW DO YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STUDIO APARTMENT?

Before I even moved in, I was a little extra about it and actually made a blueprint. Being a graphic designer has its perks. I just tried to figure out how to make a tiny kitchen work and how to maximize the space. I realized that having a second bookshelf as a pantry would work. And then I took a desk and I put bar legs on it to use as a makeshift kitchen island. It was both a kitchen island and a workspace, so it had double use. Once I figured all of that stuff out then I was like, as long as the stove and sink are working, I can make it happen!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START POSTING PHOTOS OF YOUR COOKING?

The 100 day project is on Instagram, if you look up #100dayproject, it's a way for creative people to stay accountable and follow through with a project for 100 days. A lot of it is art stuff, drawing a letter or a self-portrait. I've done that, but noticed I never really stuck with it. But one thing I noticed, was that I always take pictures of my food! So I decided to make that my 100-day project. It also helps me stay accountable in cooking for myself.

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Lives in
The Lawrence House
Social
@atinykitcheninchicago
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I REALIZED THAT HAVING A SECOND BOOKSHELF AS A PANTRY WOULD WORK. AND THEN I TOOK A DESK AND I PUT BAR LEGS ON IT TO USE AS A MAKESHIFT KITCHEN ISLAND.

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TOAST, NATURALLY, HAS HER OWN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT. YOU CAN FOLLOW HER @ACATCALLEDTOAST.

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BEFORE I EVEN MOVED IN, I WAS A LITTLE EXTRA ABOUT IT AND ACTUALLY MADE A BLUEPRINT. BEING A GRAPHIC DESIGNER HAS ITS PERKS.