Abby's Broke But Still Fabulous

Abby's Broke But Still Fabulous

Janel Laban
Oct 31, 2011

Name: Abby
Location: Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois

What do you get when you put two (early) twenty-somethings, a year and a half out of college, whose wallets can't make appearances at Pottery Barn and the Merchandise Mart... well you still get fabulous but our own version of it.

My apartment is filled with vintage finds from some of my favorite hometown antique shops in Terre Haute, Indiana to homemade items and restored furniture I made with my mom — our apartment is anything but boring. My roommate, Becky and I have intertwined the perfect combination of 'modern vintage' on a pretty little budget! I'm an avid reader of Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge blogs so I'm always gathering ideas and instead of picking up the latest 'Glamour' or 'People' I save up for my next home design book. Currently I'm reading 'Domino: the Book of Decorating' and the pages are already filled with sticky notes.

When moving into our little two story coach house, just three weeks ago, my roommate and I knew we weren't going to be able to paint the stark white walls, so we were going to have to improvise with some color, but we didn't want to make it look like a circus house or our past college dorm room. We kept the furniture in neutral colors, except for our newly purchased lavender coffee table/fabric coated trunk. Many of the pieces you will see on the walls are simple little finds that we found at some of our favorite local boutiques. The pillows were found at antique shops and a Hobby Lobby. The bedrooms are very different, mine is 'Anthropologie inspired' and my roommate uses 3-4 colors to make it modern and comfy. The bedrooms were tough, because we had to deal with 'A frame' walls and the only wall for our beds to go on were against a window. I'm a huge fan of natural light, and I thought covering a window would completely downplay the feel of the room, but it actually doesn't bother me at all having set it all up now.

Additionally, our home is very inspirational — one of our good friends recently took a tour of our apartment and goes, "This place is just so... inspirational!" I'm not sure if its the quotes, phrases or pictures we've framed or if its simply the atmosphere we've created... but I'm pretty proud of our 'modern vintage' apartment on a strict little budget.

Here's to being 24, broke but still fabulous!

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