AT Book Alert: Update on Dana

Living Room Before - Jump Below for the New Look
Name: Dana Home Then: 1700 sq. foot Logan Square apartment Home Now: Same Apartment, Living & Dining Room Switcheroo
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Dana's apartment is one of the 40 featured in our new book: Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions. We first met Dana at an event at Hejfina. She told us that she had recently finished decorating her new apartment, from scratch, after getting rid of nearly all her previous furniture in the move. We shot her House Tour on a super hot, sunny summer day and her style came shining through.

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Living Room Now with New Sofa

Dana has this to say about the changes since the original shoot:

"What’s new in my space is that I switched my living room and dining rooms. It was mainly because I found this amazing three piece sectional from the 60’s at the Mt. Sinai Thrift Store in mint condition for $200 (!) and couldn’t walk away from it. I only had to re-stuff it with fresh foam and have it cleaned at The Furniture Shop. But, it was too big for my existing living room, so I switched the rooms and the sectional is a perfect fit. I call this room my Merv Griffin set – it creates a great vibe for my many wonderful guests! It’s very conducive to cocktail parties, conversation and watching movies on the wall with a projector. I’m having custom accent pillows made for it now.

I’ve also since sold many items that no longer spoke to me like my red Knoll chairs, green leather couch and some art work. It felt great to streamline and my taste has definitely changed in the last year. I’ve been dreaming of selling everything and starting all over again from scratch just like I did when I moved here. I’ll keep you posted on the apartment sale when I have one!

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Lately, I’ve been coveting this sexy pair of Arne Norell safari chairs (photo attached), and I’m most recently moved by Brazilian design and sculpture.

Also, my house tour sparked a side career - I was hired to do a residential interior in Bucktown, which I’m still working on. It’s been a real gift, getting paid to find beautiful things, and it’s complimented my hospitality design work very well. "

Thanks for the update, Dana!

To view Dana's original house tour, click here.

Other AT Presents Book posts:
Update on Marilyn & Peter
Update on Dave
Update on Melissa and Matt

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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