Name: Jessica, a graphic designer and Alex, a packaging engineer Location: Evanston Size: 1920's 3 Bedroom Condo - (Don't know the square footage; too lazy to measure) Years lived in: 2 >> Enter Slideshow
Though we have yet to meet in person, we feel like we know Jessica a bit - we "discovered" her colorful Chicago home through her blog and sent her an email asking if she'd be up for sharing it with the Apartment Therapy community, and happily she agreed. She and Alex both work in visual fields, so it comes as no surprise that their home is vibrant, attractive and full of nicely composed areas. Their workspace is one of the most cheerful and well organized we've seen...
...making it easier to understand how Jessica manages to keep up her blog as well as her busy graphic and fabric design businesses. Taking a look at Jessica and Alex's resource list, we see that they meant it when they said their style was "simple and modern on a budget" - the stores listed are known for their wallet-friendly pricepoints. Combining these store bought pieces with lots of original artwork and diy projects makes Jessica and Alex's place feel far from cookie cutter. The lesson here is that the budget is not the most important factor in designing a great looking, comfortable and happy home, creativity is. >> Enter Slideshow AT Survey: My/Our style: Simple and modern on a budget Inspiration: Cheerful colors and clean lines. Hmm, that’s vague, isn’t it? Favorite Element: Big windows that let in lots of light What Friends Say: “Did you paint that?” Biggest Embarrassment: It’s a toss-up between the mold in the shower or the splintered floorboard in the hallway that we keep covered with a “Don’t Step Here” sign. One of these days we might get around to fixing it. Proudest DIY: The little chair in our bedroom. We bought it at the local Salvation Army; then I painted it and recovered the seat with fabric I designed myself. Biggest Indulgence: Books. Lots of them. Best advice: Don’t be afraid of color, people! Dream source: Scandinavian Design (locations in Evanston, Skokie, and Chicago)
>> Enter Slideshow Resources: All paintings on canvas: by Jessica Couch and matching chairs: Dania Wicker chairs: Pier 1 Coffee table: Target Living room carpet tiles: Flor Living room roller shades: Smith and Noble, Bamboo Shoots/Golden 3138 Dining table and sideboard: Ikea Dining room curtains: Pier 1 Chandelier and sconces: Home Depot White cabinets: Lowes Office curtains: Target, painted on by Jessica Office rug: Target Bedroom wall decals: Blik Bedding: Target Living room paint: Behr Expedition Khaki 340F-4 Office paint: Behr Bavarian Cream 340E-3 Guestroom paint: Behr Japanese Maple 120F-6 and French Taupe 120E-2 Bedroom paint: Glidden Sassafras Tea 90YY 77/201
(Thanks, Jessica and Alex!) >> Enter Slideshow
Photos by Evan Thomas
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