Elizabeth's Prairie Crossing Home

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Name: Elizabeth
Location: Grayslake, Illinois

About a year after we married in 1999, we were anxious to move from our suburban condo into a home. However, we did not feel right about using land and resources to build a cookie cutter-type house, and we were not finding an existing house that fit our needs/wants (and pocketbook!). So, when we came across Prairie Crossing, a conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois, we were pleasantly surprised.

After building our home with many of the affordable yet quite unaesthetic “standard” options (e.g., white or off white ;) ), there wasn’t very much money left to decorate. Therefore, making our house a home has been, and continues to be, a challenging yet fun process.

We painted each and every room ourselves (some more than once) and have installed chair rails, crown molding, and bead board. Our furniture is a combination of pieces that required a mini allen wrench to put together, hand-me-downs from family and friends (and strangers), antique and thrift store finds, and pieces for which we’ve saved our pennies for many many months. We decorate with what we use and what we love, not according to “the rules.”

One of our friends once described our home as “not over the top,” which we take as a compliment. Our visitors find it unique, comfortable, warm, and homey. We could not ask for more.

Thanks, Elizabeth !

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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.