CHSO June 2016 : Page 94

S H E LTE R W I TH S T Y L E With Bangtel, Liz Klafeta offers a turnkey solution to well-curated domesticity— at least for a night or two. Back in 2013, Liz Klafeta was working as a wardrobe and prop stylist (clients included American Express, Coca-Cola and Crate & Barrel), splitting time between Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. She started renting her underused Humboldt Park townhome—as stylish as she herself—on Airbnb. And the rave reviews got her thinking: She could make money, help pay off her mortgage and give people a turnkey solution to the well-curated lifestyle we all wish to have. “Guests want exciting places to live in,” Klafeta says, “and to be taken care of.” Thus Bangtel was born—a design-hospitality firm with ultra-hip furnished homes available for short-and long-term stays. Even smarter, nearly all elements of the sophisticated decor are also available for purchase, including cowhide rugs from CB2, Interior Define sofas and artwork from Jacob Thomas, transforming each space into a living showroom. Today, in partnership with Chicago developer New Era Chicago, Klafeta operates 14 properties, including an enormous Southwestern-themed Wicker Park multi-unit slated to open this summer and a flat with a stunning backyard located in New York City’s Harlem. Each Bangtel home features around-the-clock concierge service; a fully stocked minibar; and a menu of in-room amenities like massages, browscaping, garment repair and even a puppy on demand if need be. Given her expertise (and her experience styling for the Property Brothers TV show), it comes as no surprise to learn that Klafeta has also caught the eye of production executives; rumor has it she’s slated to star in an upcoming HGTV series. “Stay tuned,” Klafeta says—and we will. –CR 94 CS J U N E 2 0 1 6 GUTTER

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