Location: Chicago, Illinois
Moving into this space was a struggle for me, because I'm a born and bred Chicagoan who moved into a trendier neighborhood from the very residential Northwest Side as soon as I could. But, as the Northwest Side is much cheaper, I moved back. And it was kind of an unwelcome coming home for me. To make the best of what I thought was a bad situation, I threw myself into decorating my first "big girl" apartment. It was more than double the size of my last place, so I had a lot of work to do.
With a lot of frustration, some time, and a lot of fun too, my boyfriend and I were finally able to create a space that we're happy to call home. Even though now I'm a 25 minute drive from the lake instead of a 10 minute walk.
There were a lot of adjustments in the beginning - moving to a more residential area, moving in with my boyfriend, not living alone - but I have to say I love how it all came together. I keep my sanity with my very own craft room and he gets to have music equipment strewn through the house. It's kind of a win-win. But my favorite room has to be our living room, because even though it's one big room, it's kind of like a his and hers and it works!
You can see more of Maggie's photos on her blog Stranger Than Vintage.
Thanks, Maggie !
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