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Beyond the Curb: Take a tour of artsy studio apartment in Ludlow in Episode 7 of River City Living

Ludlow is becoming known for its active art and music scene. Two of its mainstays are twin brothers and artists, Jeff and John Winkle. In addition to their art studio and gallery on Ludlow’s Elm Street, they own the property’s original carriage house.

The Winkles recently turned the top floor into a modern studio apartment and staged it with their paintings and colorful, quirky furnishings. The project is showcased on this week’s episode of Beyond the Curb: River City Living.

“The apartment was a complete disaster when we bought it,” said John Winkle. The leaking roof had collapsed part of the ceiling, none of the plumbing worked, and the carpeted floors were “disgusting. It was uninhabitable,” he explained.

According to John, the two-month renovation process was “actually kind of fun.” The brothers collaborated to design the space to reflect their aesthetic, which he described as “a hybrid of what was there (like the original wood floors and brickwork) with contemporary details, and our resourceful process of reclaiming materials from other projects.”

The entry

The staging brings it all full circle, using the Winkles’ art as the centerpiece of the décor. Jeff Winkle described the purpose of their art as “breathing life and positive vibes into any space.” They feel is exactly what happened when they hung their paintings in the apartment. “The artwork set the tone for the rest of the design,” John said.

The apartment is now home to the owner of Ludlow’s newest business, Ludlow Parlor. Described as purveyors of “ice cream, coffee, and cookie dough,” it is the Northern Kentucky version of Pendleton Parlor, which opened in 2018 and has two additional Ohio locations. The owner wanted to live nearby as the shop gets ready to open its doors and felt this apartment was the perfect solution.

The Catalytic Fund created this video home tour series as an alternative to its typical in-person tours. The first 7 episodes are available here with a new episode released each Friday.

The private sector, not-for-profit Catalytic Fund provides financing assistance and related services for developers of quality residential and commercial real estate projects in Northern Kentucky’s urban cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton. Its mission is to accelerate Northern Kentucky’s urban renaissance through targeted investments in catalytic real estate development projects in urban neighborhoods.

Filming day

Interior from the kitchen

Looking toward the kitchen

Seating area

The Catalytic Fund

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