02/24/2011 06:23 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dovetail Owner's Ukrainian Village Apartment Combines Modern And Vintage Charm (PHOTOS)

Text by Amalie Drury and photos by Erica Gannett, courtesy of Time Out Chicago

In preparation for moving into her first apartment without roommates, Julie Ghatan began searching for a place four months before her shared lease was up. "You know how Craigslist is full of dumps? This was the first clean place I saw, and I took it," Ghatan says, referring to her Ukie Village home of a year and a half.

The new apartment was so much smaller than any other place she'd lived that Ghatan, 28, embarked on a major purge, honing down her possessions to only those that would fit in her pared-down, grown-up-style pad.

Read more and check out a lot more photos of Julie's sweet apartment here.