My/Our style: Vintage/DIY/Storybook whimsical? If you shook all of those adjectives up I think that would be our style. How about Whimtage? That seems more succinct.
Inspiration: The graffiti removal around our industrial neighborhood, compensating for the lack of actual windows in our home, our wonderfully high ceilings and the incredible light we get from our skylights. Playing with size relationships.
Favorite Element: I love the high vaulted ceilings, the industrial quality of the loft, and the open floor plan.
Biggest Challenge: Making it feel cozy and reconciling the lack of windows. Finding a way to stow all of the crap that comes with our respective hobbies/professions while keeping them accessible.
Biggest Embarrassment: I’d say the bathroom (really haven’t touched it since we moved in) and our appliances. I would really like to upgrade our washer/dryer to something more energy efficient and our oven is ancient (but not in a cute way).
Proudest DIY: Well I guess I’d have to say the wall mural! It was something I had wanted to try for a while in a film but had never had the right script/opportunity. When we decided to move in here it was the perfect canvas. I’m lucky that Josh agreed to go along with it! I must admit there was a moment, I believe shortly after I had washed the brushes, that I looked up and thought, “what have I done? Is this going to be livable?” but my doubts quickly faded when I saw the look on Josh’s face when he came home.
Biggest Indulgence: Hmm…we are pretty frugal and most of our big pieces are recycled pieces from sets or craigslist finds…I guess the bookshelf? Josh pretty much let me do anything as long as he was able to stake a claim for his art and photography books. But it is an Ikea product, not a huge investment. Maybe the biggest indulgence is the amount of time I spend on the Internet finding pieces of furniture I like.
Best advice: Don’t buy cheap sh**. Not advice I am always able to follow, but sound advice none the same.
Dream source: Ohhhhhh, man! Anything at Twentieth, Jonathan Alder lamps, Curiosity Shoppe and Anthropologie for knick knacks, DWR, Denmark 50, Modernica, Room Service, Living Room, Cantoni sofas, Thomas Paul rugs,Tom Dixon, Moooi Boutique…I better stop…
Furniture: Couch is from Out of the Box (or something like that) but I wouldn’t recommend. Putting it together made us want to drill holes in our heads – or each other’s. And it isn’t terribly comfortable! But it does have storage and folds into a bed. Pretty much everything else is from Craigslist, vintage stores, the alley or Ikea (pretty much in that order).
Accessories: The mushroom shelves above the stove are from Curiosity Shoppe. The doll house was a thrift store find. Throws from Anichini.
Lighting: The charteuse pendant is by Mio and called Bendant – it comes flat and you bend it, you see. A gift from a friend who is also a production designer. The black and clear acrylic lamp by the bed was from a vintage store in Chicago, the orange lamp from a bargain shop near our house, the lamp shade is from Anthropologie.
Rugs and Carpets: On my wish list!
Artwork: From friends or made by Josh or me. The previous tenant left behind the big yellow wooden piece, my friend Ryan Berg (who is also a Production Designer). He also left the crow in the bedroom, which was creepy at first but now is comforting.
Paint: Leftovers from sets mostly, or from the oops shelf at Home Depot, mixed to suit my needs. Most of it is Behr.
(Thanks, Justin and Joshua!)