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Tinsley Opens Up About Her "Surreal" Life in Chicago with Scott — and Some Big Changes

RHONY alum Tinsley Mortimer explains why she’s totally transforming the Chicago abode she shares with her fiancé, Scott Kluth.

By Abby Feiner
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Since moving to Chicago with Scott Kluth in 2019 and getting engaged the same year, Tinsley Mortimer has been on top of the world — well, on top of the Windy City, at least. 

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"I love our place in Chicago so much. It’s on the 92nd floor of this building," The Real Housewives of New York City alum told Bravo Insider in December 2020. "The views are insane. I mean, you see Lake Michigan. It is so crazy and it [gets] so much sunlight and is so beautiful... To live up there on the 92nd floor, it’s so surreal."

While much about her life in Chicago is certainly a drastic change from her former day-to-day routine in NYC, the location of her new home is a welcome reminder of the Big Apple. "It’s basically in the equivalent of what would be 5th Avenue in New York, and where The Plaza [Hotel] is," she explained. "The location is so amazing ... Right there [are] Gucci and Louis Vuitton, YSL and Dior and Neiman Marcus. All the major restaurants and everything. It is so perfect and so amazing. I love it so much."

Their apartment, which Tinsley describes as "super modern and really cool," is still a work in progress as she continues to settle in. "[There are] things that we haven’t been able to do yet, but the plans are in place," she said. "Before we even got engaged — I was moving to Chicago before [Scott] gave me the ring and stuff — He said, 'I want to build you a closet and [a] glam room and everything,' which I thought was so great. So we have all the plans for the big closet and the glam room. Because of [the COVID-19 pandemic] and everything, we haven’t been able to do any of that. The plans are there and hopefully in [2021] we can get that started."

For Tinsley, those plans also include putting her personal touch into smaller details of the home. As she explained, "[Scott] has been a bachelor and lived there for about ten years, so it’s very masculine."

Once completed, her closet will have a "girly" vibe in which "there’s pink and there’s gold trim and there’s a big neon pink sign that says, 'Tinsley,' because that’s my ode to Eloise," Tinsley said. "There’s an 'Eloise' pink sign in the [Eloise] room in the Plaza. I’ve stayed there once. It was just so fun. Look, I’m a child and I’m super girly. I’m gonna do it up with golds and pink."

Although Tinsley admitted, "It might sound really cheesy right now," as she imagined her ideas for the space coming to life, she confidently declared, "It’s gonna be beautiful."

— Reporting by Zoey Washington

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