Kim & Scott's Colorful Condo

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Names: Kim & Scott
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Just over 2 years ago, we purchased our first "home" in Chicago. (Read: move-in ready condominium). With less than 650 square feet to play with, we knew we had a challenge on our hands, but we were ready. Being color lovers, our first project was to tackle those khaki walls with bright splashes of cool mints, punchy greens, and my favorite color for the bedroom - orange.

Some of our favorite pieces in the home include finds from Craigslist, flea markets, and thrift stores, whereas some of our practical apartment-sized pieces are from CB2, Target, and retailers within reach. We love mixing and matching antique lamps with sleek retail coffee tables, and we balance it all out with art we've made or received as gifts.

Of course the biggest obstacle we deal with is space, as most city dwellers can understand. The inner handyman in us has installed wall shelving to free up floor space and storage cubes for overflow bed linens, among other things. Our open concept floor plan means that our kitchen and living room share one space, so we've installed ceiling curtain tracks to create an airy, textured room division. Although the curtains are usually pulled taught, it's nice to section off the rooms if we have a sink full of dishes. We actually prefer the size, as the clean-nut in me just couldn't imagine tidying up anything much bigger. As a result, we live with what we need, and display only our most treasured items.

Most recently, together we've started our blog, Yellow Brick Home (.com), to track our home adventures in DIY, design dilemmas, and lucky finds at the flea market. If anything else, the blog gives us a new sense of our own accomplishments, as well as hopefully giving our readers helpful tips and ideas (as I'm sure you understand).

Thanks Kim & Scott!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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