Two Studios, Two Cities, Same Stuff: A Chicagoan Comes Home

published Feb 13, 2018
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(Image credit: Adrianne Hawthorne )

Name: Adrianne Hawthorne and two cats
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, renting

This apartment is my “welcome home.” I recently moved back to my home, Chicago, after living in San Francisco for the past two and a half years. I knew I wanted another studio because their small size allows me to showcase only the most important things. I actually didn’t see the place until the day I moved in – my sister and partner selected it for me while I was in San Francisco preparing for the move.

(Image credit: Adrianne Hawthorne )

It’s kinda weird to make a home out of something you didn’t choose for yourself, but I overcame those initial feelings of doubt and created a warm, cozy home for myself and my two cats, Flip and Sweet Pea (who are real troopers, they survived a cross country move via RV!)

A lot of people ask how I managed to fully decorate the place in a matter of months. The answer lies in my old studio in San Francisco (which was featured on Apartment Therapy last year). I decorated that studio in a way that truly made me happy, so it was easy to transplant everything into my new place and get set up rather quickly.

(Image credit: Adrianne Hawthorne )

Not everything is the same, though. The layout of my new studio is very different and allowed room for a kitchen table, which I purchased. I also decided to paint a few walls pink (one of my favorite colors) and bring in a few extra pink furnishings to tie everything together. So, while it’s not a 1:1 of my old studio, it is somewhat similar.

(Image credit: Adrianne Hawthorne )

Upon moving home, I acquired a set of pink Depression glass from my Granny. I am in love with the pattern and the color, so I displayed them in the kitchen next to the Czech lemonade set that belonged to my great-grandma Nonnie. The colors vibe really nicely together and it brings a smile to my face whenever I look at or use the pieces.

(Image credit: Adrianne Hawthorne )
(Image credit: Adrianne Hawthorne )

I think it’s important to mix personal items in as often as possible. It’s tempting to strive for a magazine-worthy, minimal home with perfect furnishings, but those places never have any personality. So, I encourage you to display the things that mean the most! For me, that means hanging a painting I made in college or displaying my old California ID in my bathroom, or hanging a handwritten letter from my late Maw on the wall. Those pieces, while not beautiful, all have a story to tell – and visitors always ask.

(Image credit: Adrianne Hawthorne )

Thanks, Adrianne!

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