Name: Emily & Scott
Location: UIC / South Loop
Size: 850 sq/ft
Emily and Scott haven't been in their converted fruit warehouse condo for long. But four months in and they have done everything themselves including painting, wallpapering, costructing shelving and storage, and grouting the bathroom floor (with slate they picked up in person at a Vermont quary). Their most beloved element of their new home is the "Belenos" textured retro wallpaper, which Emily found online from Wallpaper from the 70s. It was our favorite thing about their place, too. On to Emily and Scott's own words about their style and inspiration:
Years lived in:
Inspiration: Retro wallpaper; it was the first design element we added. When thiinking about paint colors and furniture, the wallpaper was our starting point.
My style: Mid-century, eclectic
Favorite room: It used to be the living room, but now it's the office, which we just finished up last week.
Most talked about element: Retro wallpaper.
Most embarrassing element: Also the retro wallpaper because we hung it ourselves...it's slightly crooked!
Proudest DIY: We drove to Vermont to get slate for our bathroom floors, and we're still working on the installation. Proudest DIY that's complete? The duvet cover I made from a Marimekko large panel.
Dream source: DWR. And our dream shopping spree would include hitting up De La Espada in New York, and Luminaire and Lightology.
Reality source: Marshall Fields outlet (we got our sofa there); Craigslist, IKEA, Home Depot.
Best advice: Just get things you love and don't worry about them "matching." They will match through your own taste and style.
Found treasure: Bertoia chairs and steel coffee table on Craigslist.
Had forever: Scott's parents' dining table that we painted red.
Just got: Our sofa (Marshall Fields outlet) and area rug (Century Tile).
(Thanks, Emily & Scott!)