Name: Erin and Chris
Location: Heritage Hill; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; rented
Erin and Chris like to keep things simple and neat. Upon entering their home, I was impressed by the lack of clutter. No piles of mail, no stacks of books, no leaning towers of magazines. That’s because the couple is wise about storage. They purchased iconic IKEA furniture pieces with clean, simple lines and lots of storage.
Chris prefers the clean and simple design (take a look at his bike) while Erin likes rustic charm. She admits it’s difficult to mix country elements among the condo’s modern, industrial feel. Still, she’s added rustic textures to hint at her style: pintucked cotton pillows, sea grass baskets and canvas boxes.
The couple lucked out finding this condo with its recent renovations. The sleek kitchen looks good, but the condo’s high concrete ceilings and large south-facing windows make the space. It can get hot on the top floor of a building without central air, but the unit gets natural light and fresh air with almost an entire wall of windows – plus a door that leads to a long balcony.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: A mix of modern finishes with a touch of rustic country.
Inspiration: For this space, we kept it simple to highlight the original architecture, original windows/french doors and high ceilings.
Favorite Element: The original windows.
Biggest Challenge: Since we rent the space, our biggest challenge has been incorporating our style into the owner's vision. Overtime we have found that we lean towards classic modern touches with country/rustic finishes which has been hard to incorporate into such an industrial space.
What Friends Say: Friends are impressed by the high ceilings and the great views.
Biggest Embarrassment: We have some mismatched paint (eggshell and glossy) and in certain light, it stands out like a sore thumb!
Proudest DIY: Our bedroom. When we first moved in, the walls were mossy green and did not give the room a relaxed feel. We updated the paint color to a palette of grays which makes the room a lot calmer.
Biggest Indulgence: Since this condo a rental unit, we have not put a ton of money into it. Probably one of the most expensive updates we made was adding window treatments. We wanted something that did not hide the windows and beautiful views, but gave us privacy. We installed simple pull down shades in the main living space and hung drapes in the bedroom.
Best Advice: We regret thinking of this place as a temporary home. We originally thought we would only be here for a year (two tops). Therefore, we decided not to make any major changes. Looking back, I wish we spent more time putting our personal touches on things. Now it’s time to look for a house with more space and a yard for the dog.
Dream Sources: Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel
Resources of Note:
- Sofa: IKEA
- Pillows: Target
- Chaise lounge: IKEA
- Coffee table: IKEA
- Book shelf: IKEA
- Storage boxes: IKEA
- Plants and galvanized containers: IKEA
- Dinning table: Wal-Mart
- Bar stools: Target
- Bike: Mercier Kilo TT
- Elephant drawing print by Adonna Khare, ArtPrize 2012 Winner
- Photograph by Justine Montigny
- Bed frame: IKEA
- Nightstands: Target
- Artwork: Target
- Lamps: Target
Thanks, Erin and Chris!
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