Name: Chris and Colleen, son Clark (10 months), and dogs Rosie, Lucius, and overnight guest Maltese, Henry Location: Blue Island, Illinois Size: 954 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, owned Just past Chicago's southern border is the quaint town of Blue Island, Illinois. On a quiet, tree-lined street in Blue Island is Chris and Colleen's gem of a home. Using smart planning, a great sense of detail, and a lot of work, they turned a small, dilapidated 1950's ranch house into a bright, hip family home. Walsh Walsh and Son on a gray, snowy Chicago afternoon, which was in stark contrast to the warmth and light that greeted me when Colleen opened the front door. I was surprised to learn that their home is only approximately 950 sq. feet, because they've done such a great job of making it feel bright and spacious using vaulted ceilings, bold colors, and smart space planning; Colleen's even set up a work studio off of the kitchen! It was a joy spending time in their beautifully renovated home, and they've certainly proven that you don't need a lot of square footage to create a functional family home that's infused with personal style.
ENTRY • Piano: Keys for Kids (a non profit using the proceeds of selling used pianos to bring music to kids) • Painted Silk Swatches & Boyscouts Terrarium: Etsy Violet Mae Vintage • Mantel (used for landing strip): Handmade and retrieved from Bob St. Aubin's estate, a cabinet maker and watch repairman. • knit by Chris' mother
LIVING ROOM • TV stand: Arhaus • Rug: Overstock (don't get it!!!! It sheds SO much) • Pillows: Made from Anthropologie towels, Crate & Barrel, Marshall's, and second hand • Textiles: estate sales • Side table: Antique Turkey Table • Marlin hanging on wall: A cousin gave it to us! • Side lamps: Garage sale
KITCHEN • Countertops: Shamrock (apparently not available in the Midwest any longer) • Appliances: G.E. Cafe series • Painting (covering breaker box): Liz Wolf • Ombre Kitchen Utensils (spoons & garlic press): Etsy shop, oMEandoMY • Dishes: Pier One Imports • Canisters: Target • Tea Towels: Anthropologie & Macy's
BEDROOM • Bed: The ever popular, but now defunct Ikea Hemnes • Side table: Umbra Floating Bookshelf • Modified Ikea kitchen island • Desk stool, lamp, book case, couch, dresser are all vintage pieces that I refinished
NURSERY • see Clark's Eclectic Room nursery tour
HALLWAY • "I Like Adventures" print: My very own Etsy shop, Walsh Walsh and Son Check out past house tours here. • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.