Name: Tanis and Terry
Size: 1800 sq.ft.
Years lived in: 3
The official designation of house style may not have been what the couple was expecting but they ran with it. They took their 1910 workman's cottage and turned it into a luxe urban home while respecting the original structure and its history. Tanis says, "The workman who lived and built this home was a woodworker by trade – and you can see his handiwork in our original and intricate wood flooring. I LOVE its rich character– all the dings and scratches and dents."
The warmth and coziness of an older home is apparent and accentuated by Tanis and Terry's decor choices - the mix of contemporary design, family antiques and bold artwork makes for just enough of a twist on tradition to keep things interesting and very personal.
My Style: The perfect eclectic mix of antique and modern
Inspiration: Flea Markets, Garage Sales, Antique Markets, Salvage One, and Thrift Stores. Most of my “inspiration”, if you will, revolves around the memories of the home I grew up in. My mother has impeccable taste, and I learned to appreciate her style in my 30’s.
Favorite Element: Texture
Biggest Challenge: A narrow entertaining space and tiny rooms (with the exception of our bedroom and bathroom)
What Friends Say: The comments vary from “ooh you should do this full time” to, “good idea”, “your house is cozy” to, who knows what they’re really thinking in their heads - maybe, “oh, GAWD, what a no-no!”.
Biggest Embarrassment: Immediately coming to mind are the plebian quite hideous French poster prints flanking our hallway, and the ever-lovely iron imprint on my office carpet (always part of the 5 cent tour!).
Proudest DIY: the DIY would be at our cabin in Michigan. We’ve done so much there. We have a long laundry list of more design want-to-do’s on this house.
Biggest Indulgence: Our Knoll Couch (it’s extremely firm and everyone raises their eyebrows when they sit on it….Well, I love it!) And the LC1 chairs (I’d like to preface I had these chairs before the mid-century craze hit.) Pretty much everything else in my house has had a previous home.
Best advice: 1) why buy new? And, 2) it takes a lifetime to acquire the perfect pieces. Be patient (which is why we still have the Kmart patio-turned-kitchen table – I’ve found nothing better– so I can’t justify money for something else unless I am gaga over it).
Dream source: Domino Magazine, Jayson Home and Garden, Apartment Therapy
Couch: Piero Lissoni, Divina Lounge Sofa, for Knoll (Sunset Settings, Houston TX)
Chairs: Cassina LC1, Hairy Hide Sling Chairs (Manifesto, Chicago IL),
French Tea Chair (Craigslist) with sewn Knoll fabric remnant pillow
Painting: Jaret L. Johnston (great abstract art, does commissions)
Red Lamp: Jayson’s Home and Garden (Craigslist)
Coffee Table: Chrome and Glass (downtown Chicago Salvation Army)
Buffet: Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin White Lacquer and Chrome (Craigslist)
Framed Art: Free Lyric Opera poster from 2004 Grand Opening Performance
Rug: Turkmen Tribal Oriental Carpet (antique store)
Table: The Georgetown Galleries by Ritter (courtesy of Grandparents)
Buffet: The Georgetown Galleries by Ritter (courtesy of Grandparents), hardware replacement handles from Home Depot.
Dining Chairs: Italian brown leather (Stitch on Damen)
Petite Wingbacks (courtesy of Grandparents) re-upholstered by David at Comfort Upholstery (he’s the best in Chicago)
Candlesticks: Spode Lampshade Bases – converted to candlesticks with a modern top (Mom’s estate sale find & my snatch from her house)
Painting: Folk Art, Johnnie Swearingen, 1978 (Brenham, TX)
Sofa: Troy Twin Sleeper (Crate and Barrel)
Painting: signed W Dunn landscape oil (courtesy of Great Aunt)
Drawers: Mirror and Chrome (commissioned)
Desk: Peter Protzman for Herman Miller (Craigslist –from Wright One auction house but they couldn’t sell b/c of poor condition), cut in half to fit room & touch up badly damaged areas (Comfort Upholstery)
Bookshelf: Peter Protzman for Herman Miller (Modern Times Chicago)
Art: Lyric Opera Poster decoupage on wood (Goodwill), “I want to be me” – from my youth (mom’s attic).
Photograph: Bathtubs (Salvage One)
Pedestal: Granite (a good Lincoln Park garage sale) - now resides in upstairs bathroom
Chairs: Italian, brown leather (Stitch on Damen)
Table: Husband’s old condo patio table (Kmart)
Art: Renaissance woman decoupage on wood (garage sale)
Mirror: Silver paint mirror (Brown Elephant)
Bowl: Concrete (garage sale)
Headboard: Pottery Barn Riley (c/o Craigslist). Slipcover (c/o me and my Singer – remant Mitchell Gold velvet fabric from basement of 2222 Chicago Ave. fabric store)
Pillows: two grey Marimekko (Crate and Barrel Outlet bin), two zebra (The Ark on Milwaukee – no pun intended, lol), fluffy one (Crate and Barrel Outlet)
Bookcase: Courtesy of my Great Grandfather, a lawyer– so he probably kept his law books in there.
Tables: Room and Board (an apartment sale) painted them black and then took the shelves to Glassworks on Clyborn to request mirrors added onto the fronts.
Chair: was my grandmother’s and she needle-pointed the seat
Artwork: Stretched remant bin fabric from Crate and Barrel Outlet from painted canvases I found in an alley. This is until I can afford true artwork or I find “wonderfuls” at a flea market
Bed: Cassina Piero Lissoni “Site” Bed (Manifesto, Chicago, IL)
Sheets: Vera Wang (Kohl’s) - I do not recommend – cardboard sheets!
King Pillows: Thomas O’brien (Target)
Chair: Calla (Cost Plus World Market)
Lamps: White Reading Lights (Ikea)
Thanks to Tanis and Terry!
Photos: Evan Thomas