House Tour: Kathleen and Alex's Guest-Ready Condo

House Tour: Kathleen and Alex's Guest-Ready Condo

Sarah Coffey
Aug 14, 2008
Name: Kathleen and Alex (and Milo) Location: Lakeview, Chicago Size/Type: 3 Bedroom Condo Years Lived In: 2 >> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails Kathleen and Alex love to entertain, whether throwing a big party or having a small group over for dinner. Their guest room (complete with its own balcony) is always ready for friends and family. Since moving in 2 years ago, they've focused on creating a comfortable space that combines vintage pieces with clean-lined modern furniture. Visiting their home is a warm, welcoming experience. Their dog, Milo, greets you at the door as you enter a living room flooded with natural light...

>> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails From the tray of goodies carefully laid out in the guest bath to the reading nooks set up throughout the space, they've paid attention to the small details that make their condo a friendly place. Their style combines carefully curated furniture with hand-me-downs, so the space feels both uncluttered and approachable. AT Survey: Our Style: Eclectic and low-key. We love having people over, so we want our home to be nice but relaxed. Inspiration: Various homes we’ve seen on design blogs and in Domino. We’re also inspired by our parents’ homes, which are nicely decorated and often filled with people and good food. Favorite Element(s): Our books and the living room—it gets great light, even in dreary months. Biggest Challenge: We agreed to only buy furniture and art that we both love, which has resulted in one or two long searches. Storage is also a challenge, since the closets are small. What Friends Say: Do you care if I spend the night? >> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails Biggest Embarrassment: Our closets, which we cannot keep organized, and the hallway bathroom, which is various ugly shades of green. Proudest DIY: We have not done much DIY beyond changing light fixtures, etc. However, our friend Karen built the bookcases on our loft and she did a great job. Thanks, Karen! Biggest Indulgence: Our couch. It was the first thing we bought for this apartment and the living room came together around it. Best Advice: Don’t just buy things to fill space—buy things that you love, even if it means waiting. Dream Source: Re:vival, Jayson Home and Garden, Victoria’s apartment on SFGirlbyBay. >> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails Resources: Living-Dining Room Couch: Jayson Home and Garden Coffee Table: Stitch End Table: The White Attic Sideboard: The Ambiente Collection Pillows: Osborne and Little, Jonathan Adler Rug: Madeleine Weinrib Media Unit: IKEA Bench: vintage, found at Design Shoppe Cork Lamp: vintage, found at Scout Sconce: Nelson Pear Wall Sconce White Lamp: The Conran Shop Dining Table: Saarinen Tulip table from Luminaire Chairs: BABA side chair from Design within Reach Screenprint: Jessica Ritter; Photographs: Aya Brackett, Dan Saelinger, Alicia Bock; Collage: Swallowfield; Print on fireplace: Jeanna Sohn; Pen and Ink Drawing: Jen Donahue Blanket: Made by a family friend Kitchen Stools: CB2 Plates: John Derrian Office Futon: West Elm Bookshelves: Crate and Barrel Pillows: Area Home, Thomas Paul Chair: Target (Thomas O’Brien) Afghan: Made by Kathleen’s grandma Photography, Barry Brukoff (from a book on Greece), Jen Causey (Photobird), our friend Matt >> Enter Slideshow & Thumbnails Hallway, Guest Bedroom, Guest Bathroom Wallpaper: Orla Kiely Blossom Bedding: John Robshaw, Bedside Manor Shower Curtain: Blue Chain, Sprout Home Table Lamp: Crate and Barrel Furniture: Hand-me-down Photo: Jen Causey (Photobird) Master Bedroom Bed: BluDot Nook bed, I.D. Chicago Bedding: Calvin Klein, Missoni Rug: Thomas Paul Flock Wingchair: hand-me-down Grey striped pillow: Blissliving Home Bedside table: House Eclectic Lamp: vintage, found at Re:Vival Grey light: Noguchi Akari Light Dressers: IKEA Malm Curtains: Pottery Barn Art: Print: ah_yi; Photos: Port2Port Press; Love poster: Jennifer Ramos Outside Wooden deck furniture: West Elm Red deck chairs: Target White tables: West Elm Thanks, Kathleen and Alex!
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