House Tour: Katie and Toby's Artful Edgewater Apartment

House Tour: Katie and Toby's Artful Edgewater Apartment

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Janel Laban
Jun 8, 2006

Name: Katie and Toby Location: Edgewater Size: 1200 sq. ft. Years lived in: Together for 4 years. Toby 6 years total. Inspiration: We’re inspired by all sorts of periods, movements and styles, which is why we can’t or don’t want to stick to one particular style. We love Art Deco, Bauhaus, Minimalism, Mid-Century Modern, Danish Modern, etc. etc. Overall we’re inspired by anything with clean lines. My/Our style: Vintage-modern with a touch of funk and a whole lotta love! Blending two lives, tastes and styles together seems to result in this sort of mix-match look. We are still in the process of combining our similar but slightly differing tastes into a cohesive look. Favorite room: We both love to cook, so the kitchen is our favorite room. It’s a cheery room with fun tile work and it gets the best light. Most talked about element: Our artwork. Katie’s paintings and Toby’s ceramics.

Most embarrassing element: Cat hair tumbleweeds when we don’t get around to sweeping as much as we should.

Proudest DIY: Our annual summertime herb garden Dream source: Herman Miller. Design Within Reach. Original Bauhaus pieces. Angela Adams rugs. Luminaire. Reality source: IKEA, antique stores, hand-me downs, architectural salvage stores, Crate and Barrel, CB2. Craigslist is a goldmine for us! We’ve gotten some great finds and good deals. An art deco dresser and Wassily chairs were two somewhat recent finds.

Best advice: Don’t buy just to buy. In the long run it will be a big waste of money and you will be unhappy. Save up for pieces that you really love. Found treasure: Geroge Clinton dreadlock Had forever: Katie’s Strawberry Shortcake trashcan (A 24 year old Christmas gift from Santa.) Just got: Chocolate brown 600 thread count comforter. It’s so soft and fluffy and just heavenly to sleep under. We knew we'd love Katie's home from reading her blog K-Fresh Designs, one of our favorite everyday clicks! Now she and Jessica are up to even more design mischief with Design Boner... Thanks Katie and Toby! -janel Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let us know - chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com - thanks!
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