My Style, Power Couple Edition: Maria Ponce & Trey Berre

We know you love a good peek into Chicago's most stylin' homes, but this month we have our eye on a two-fer. Enter Maria Ponce and Trey Berre, who may have had the busiest year ever. In addition to racking up professional projects that include major photo shoots and a killer line of men's accessories, this Chi-town power couple happened to get, you know, married. But that wasn't the only merger we were interested in—their shared space is the perfect example of how two different (but totally complementary) aesthetics come together to create something stunning.
Click through for a snoop around this couple's envy-worthy home, and learn how to make your personal style and interior design skills fit for two.
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How would you describe your personal style in three words?

His: "Classic non-conforming, minimalist."
Hers: "Imaginative, tailored, edgy."

On Maria: Atelier AZZA dress, vintage Saks Fifth Avenue blazer, Kandee shoes.

On Trey: J.Crew button down, Gap jeans, Allen Edmonds shoes, Artfully Disheveled tie.



Photographed by Heather Talbert
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Where do you love to shop in Chicago?

His: "I have a few go-to places I frequent. For shoes, it’s Altman’s Men’s Shoes and Boots. They have an unbelievable stock of new and vintage shoes that can’t be found anywhere else. For a little bit of everything unique, try Dose Market, a monthly bazaar of curated goods at the River East Art Center. For classic vintage pieces (coats, blazers, belts) I sneak into the Village Discount Outlet. Maria introduced me to this place when we first started dating. Let’s just say, it isn’t exactly Barneys. You have to go in without any expectations. With that rule in mind you can find some incredible pieces. For instance, Maria found a classic '80s Dior men’s trench for about $5. After a visit to my tailor (Nuri’s Custom Tailor), which every man should have, it looks custom-made. For home building projects the best place in Chicago is The Rebuilding Exchange. The warehouse is stacked with reclaimed wood, vintage fixtures, and salvaged marble taken from various deconstruction projects in and around the Chicago area."

Hers: "Trey revealed some of my secret spots, but I also love the Gold Coast Intermix for their great sales, Lulu’s at Belle Kay for unique, quality pieces that I know no one else will have, and I am a frequent visitor of Shopbop for classic staples to my wardrobe. I leave the housewares to Trey, but I'm in charge of the plants and flowers, so I tend to frequent Gethsemane Gardens in Edgewater."


Photographed by Heather Talbert
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Do you influence each others' style, and if so, how?

His: "I feel like we compliment each other’s style more than influence it."

Hers: "Since Trey is more of a traditionalist when it comes to his style, it gives me the freedom to be a little more edgy without us looking like we are trying too hard. I guess you could say he’s my perfect accessory."


Photographed by Heather Talbert
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What do you love most about living and working in Chicago?

His: "After living in New York much of this summer, I found myself having a new found appreciation for Chicago. Sometimes you lose sight of what you love most about a city, until you take some time away from it. I love the architecture, the food, and the fact that Chicago is always willing to give you a chance – for me that chance was Artfully Disheveled."

Hers: "After living for four years in New York, I also developed an appreciation for the Chicago vibe. People here are so accessible, which has been great for my professional development. It's a city where if you ask, you shall receive! I have also been fortunate enough to rehab a 1890s carriage house in Ravenswood into my dream photo studio–that would have been nearly impossible in a city like New York."


Photographed by Heather Talbert
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How have your styles come together in your home?

His: "Funny you should ask. Maria jokes that I’m like the Interior Design Gestapo when it comes to our place. I’m a mid-century modern minimalist at heart, although I do like to add vintage medical and machine age pieces. Maria prefers a healthy dose of the traditional with modern accents. When she moved in I knew I had to budge. Our bedroom went from having one piece of hanging art to about 10 pieces. Our bedroom now reflects more of Maria’s design with the inclusion of a variety of traditional nudes, many of which her mother painted or sketched. As time has gone on, however, we have begun to acquire pieces together that we both absolutely love. Most recently we purchased a silver plated bull’s skull during our wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We also incorporated a vintage painted wooden Steel Drum sign that Maria found in a wall during the rehab construction of her late 19th century coach house turned photo studio. The vintage blonde wood Eames LCW chair in the bedroom was pulled from in an alley in Ravenswood and rehabbed."

On Maria: Vintage dress, Theory blazer, Ralph Lauren belt.

On Trey: J.Crew Urban Slim Fit chinos, vintage Rolex watch, AllSaints Spitalfields sweater, J.Crew button down.



Photographed by Heather Talbert
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Snakeskin and jade necklace purchased in Guanajuato, Mexico, during the couple's honeymoon.


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What do you love most about your spouse's style?

His: "I love that her style is non-conforming and ever-changing."

Hers: "I love that he cares about his appearance, and shares my sentiment that style is an expression of who you are."


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The couple's bedroom, styled by Trey, with Maria's influence evident on the back wall.


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On Maria: Hobbs London coat, Elie Tahari dress, Sigerson Morrison shoes, Marc Jacobs bag.

On Trey: Vintage leather jacket, Gap jeans, Allen Edmonds shoes, Artfully Disheveled bowtie.



Photographed by Heather Talbert
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What is your favorite item from your spouse's closet?

His: "Her cowboy boots. Love a woman who can rock a pair of shit-kickers!"

Hers: "Really Trey, out of my whole wardrobe you like my cowboy boots?! Okay, well I'm torn between a light pink blazer that he wore for our rehearsal dinner in Mexico and a pair of teal chinos that he rocked during our 4th of July party. Both go in the category of his 'asshole wardrobe', but I like it when he takes risks. I find that confidence sexy."


Photographed by Heather Talbert
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What music is always playing in your house?

His: "Maria always jokes that our kids will be forced to listen to the '90s like we were forced to listen to the '60s. Outside of a little Pearl Jam or Nirvana we have a healthy mix of Phantogram, Florence and the Machine, Thievery Corporation, Kings of Leon, and Cold War Kids, to name a few."


Photographed by Heather Talbert
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What professional projects are you both excited about right now?

His: "Artfully Disheveled is about to launch its philanthropic component, The League of Artfully Disheveled Gentlemen. We teamed up with former NFL linebacker and world traveling renaissance man Dhani Jones and his Bow Tie Cause as our first inductee."

Hers: "I am about to start shooting fashion editorials for a women’s online boutique—one of the fastest growing online retailers in the country, that happens to be based out of the Midwest, which I think is fantastic."


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Any advice for couples merging their stuff (and wardrobes!) together?

His: "You have to be able to compromise – something that I admittedly am still opening up to. I have to remind myself that a compromise is not an opportunity to for me to have full blown federal trial on why I think my opinion is correct. If your aesthetics differ drastically, say Contemporary v. French Country, find a happy medium. That rooster pillow may actually be a great juxtaposition to the Eames lounge chair. If there is too much 'stuff,' have a reasonable conversation as to what stays and what goes. Under no circumstance should a grown man ever have a discussion as to what room his 'man cave' will be in to keep his worldly bachelor possessions – ever."


Photographed by Heather Talbert
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On Maria: Vintage dress, Theory blazer, Ralph Lauren belt.

On Trey: Vintage denim jacket (dyed by Maria), J.Crew chinos, Cole Haan shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses.



Photographed by Heather Talbert
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