Peaches' Dorothy Draper Meets John Waters Bungalow

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Name: Peaches
Location: Chicago, Illinois

My 400sqft, two bedroom, “rabbit hutch bungalow” apartment is over 120 years old, a registered landmark, and loaded with some serious quirks (no closets, low ceilings, paint forbidden, etc). I’m leaving it at the end of September and thought I would take a few photos first. My previous home was nearly four times the size, and the last two years of living in this space has challenged my sense of space and reason. In other words, it drove me nuts! I loved every precious minute of it :)
A friend of mine described my style as “Dorothy Draper meets John Waters” and that was pretty swell! I tend to accumulate unusual things and arrange them in traditional ways; candy dishes and dinosaurs in a every room (someone has to stand guard), solid gold garden gnomes, a black velvet painting of Inigo Montoya above the bed, etc...they all look very “normal” at first until you take a moment to examine them closer. Biggest challenge is keeping things orderly or it all gets cluttered — not that clutter is a bad thing in my mind. I like the see everything at once. Some people need space and order to think straight, but my brain just isn't wired that way. White space makes me nervous. What’s the purpose in owning something beautiful if you keep it in a drawer or a box under the bed? Take it out and let it dance!

Check out more of Peaches' style on her blog: Aunt Peaches

Thanks, Peaches!
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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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