Making a small town commercial building into a big city dream home.

Hillsboro, IL-

Just 8 months ago this fresh, modern apartment was a dingy warren of dark rooms, leaky roofs, and a nightmare for all but the bravest of home owners.  Owners Devin and Emily Moroney recently re-located back to their hometown of Hillsboro, IL (pop 4,500) from the cultural hotspot Denver, Colorado. The couple teamed up with local renovator Brian Lee Carpentry, who along with his brother-in-law Seth Huber, put the memories of the old, dodgy place to bed.

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The team gutted the space, vaulting the ceilings, laying fir floors, and exposing the brick.


Ikea Cabinets painted a pretty, blue/black paint from Farrow & Ball.


The Moroneys found an old locker set to substitute for built in coat closets.



Storage for Devin’s record collection, speakers, and book cases were incorporated into the stair rail/book case, as well as power and wiring for a hi fi system.


Customized vanity bought at new local hotspot The Refinery.



The Moroneys may have moved to a small town to be near to family, but in their new place, a few doors down from Black Rabbit Coffee Roasters, across from Orpheum Theatre, in this blossoming small town, they are set to be a big part of making this small town a great place to live. -Small Town Cool


11 thoughts on “Making a small town commercial building into a big city dream home.

  1. Kudos to your generation for taking an interest in your hometown. Loving the new cool and hip transformation of this Main Street! Keep it coming!


  2. Really really wonderful to see this. Hopefully others will follow. And thanks to town leaders who are bringing life back to Hillsboro.


  3. Since last fall, I have been watching the progress from afar. When I had an appointment at the Hair Gallery, I would park in the rear and could see plaster and other debris going down a chute to a dumpster. I knew something fantastic was happening, and I am so glad you shared the results! The finish apartment is Fantastic and Beautiful!!!


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