(Hello again to Julie, trying out from Minneapolis for a spot on the AT: Chicago team. Enjoy the house tour she put together - comments are welcome!)
Name: David & Kirki
Size: 2300 sq. ft.
Lived In: 5 years
What's the age of your décor? Mine clings to 29. But this 2 parents/kids/cats household lives like grownups and still remembers who they were in the day. Friends hang as easily as kid art. Mementoes represent sans kitsch. Sure, there's the influence of recent good tastemakers. But having shot more crannies than slideshows allow, we can say there's more David, Kirki & co. than the ghost of Martha past.
Lesson: never take yourself or your kitchen table too seriously. And ditch that old college print in the spare room.
Style – Martha & pre-flea markup shopping with edgy at the edges
Inspiration—The great Upper Midwest palette of birch, water, stone & bark
Fave Element—She (the Aries) cites the Wearstleresque ram; he's partial to the No Future poster salvaged when local record shop/institution Northern Sun folded years ago
Biggest Challenge—credit is due for integrating their girls' lives and art without getting Gymboreed
What Friends Say—"Oh, is it that late already?" Guests nest on winter nights in and summers al Coke machine/beer-fridge
Biggest Embarrassment—compulsive tidiness
Proudest DIY—palette connects rooms without defaulting to white
Best Advice—"Don't do everything at once."
Just Got—Ram, at TJ Maxx & More
Dream Source—landscaping beyond Zone-4-by-numbers plants
(more available via comments, we got 'em all)
Todd Norsten paintings
Hatch Show prints
Family photos & creations
Couches – Retrospect, Room & Board outlet Custom Coffeetable – Willie Willette Alabaster Candles – Heinrich & Schultz, a hidden gem Paint – Half Moon Crest-Benjamin Moore
Chair – David's childhood
Pillows – Room & Board
Table – Retrospect
Chair – West Elm
Inner molding paint – Sabre Gray-Benjamin Moore Ext. molding – Cos Cob Stonewall-Benjamin Moore
Birds: Hunt & Gather – Anthropologie
Quartz – Colibri
Table & Chairs – Elements
Slipcovers for chairs –Crate and Barrel
Cement counter; waterworks backsplash
Sign, Boxes, Glass, Big Bird – flea markets past
Thanks, David & Kirki!