A Colorful, Maximalist Chicago Loft Has Maybe the Best DIY Patterned Paint Job

updated Dec 19, 2019

A Colorful, Maximalist Chicago Loft Has Maybe the Best DIY Patterned Paint Job

updated Dec 19, 2019
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Name: Adrianne Hawthorne, Seth Thomas, and four cats
Location: Roscoe Village, Chicago
Size: 1013 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

This gorgeous Chicago home isn’t the first time we’ve gotten to see a peek at Adrianne Hawthorne’s colorful, maximalist decor style. We toured her 400-square-foot San Francisco studio apartment a few years ago, where she didn’t let the small size get in the way of adding patterns and playfulness. When she moved to Chicago a few years later, she sent us images of another studio apartment, also 400 square feet, also gorgeous. The home she now lives in, which she shares with her partner Seth Thomas, is a little larger than the two last studios she’s called home, but it’s as colorful, patterned, and maximalist as ever. (Though it started out as a pretty bland, cold modern canvas, as these before photos show.) It’s a beautiful backdrop for Adrianne’s creative work under the name Ponnopozz, which includes wildly colorful paintings, fabric, and more.

Credit: Minette Hand

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Colorful, wild, maximalist.

InspirationAdrianne – Color!
Seth – My lovely partner Adrianne.

Favorite Element: Adrianne – The walls that we painted. The patio. The floor-to-ceiling windows.
Seth – Orange sherbert paint job under the counter.

Credit: Minette Hand

Biggest ChallengeAdrianne – The building is new and ultra-modern, with grayish floors, white walls, and concrete accents. While I appreciate the modern touches, I didn’t like how cold it felt when we first moved in. My goal was to add warmth and life to the space through color, pattern, texture, and maximalism. Also, this is Seth and myself’s first apartment together. It was a challenge to merge his stuff with mine, but I think we’ve made it work.
Seth – Staying calm while fulfilling some wild concepts from Adrianne.

What Friends Say: Both: Friends usually need time to take it all in. First, they breeze right in and exclaim how cool everything looks in the living room. After a few minutes, though, many of our friends ask for time to look at everything in detail. Several have spent lots of time in our entryway, looking at the wall and asking questions. One commented that it was “like a museum” in here. We feel the place is a true reflection of our personalities so we’re delighted when friends want to spend time looking around!

Biggest EmbarrassmentAdrianne – All of the cat paraphernalia. We have four cats so it’s inevitable but still—things like the giant cat scratcher are bulky elements that need to be out for the cats to use and they don’t always match with the rest of the aesthetic.
Seth – Litter boxes.

Credit: Minette Hand

Proudest DIY: Adrianne – The pattern detail on the pink living room wall and the green guest bathroom wall. I did the pattern free-hand, with only a vision in my head. That’s a little scary but once I started, I saw that it was turning out pretty good so I just kept going.
Seth – Since we live within visibility of a CTA train stop, I wrote a custom CTA train tracker. I used CTA’s open API, fetching data every 10 seconds for the most up-to-date train times. It has been super useful for us!

Biggest Indulgence: Both: The massive, seven-foot tall Restoration Hardware mirror in the dining area. We got it secondhand from Seth’s cousin so it was far less money than it retails for. Seth and our friend Sam carried it up four flights of stairs by themselves since it wouldn’t fit in our building’s elevator!

Best Advice: Adrianne – Forget about making everything in your home match perfectly. I used to worry about that but I freed myself from that notion with this apartment. I love bright colors and while things in here don’t match “perfectly,” they harmonize in some way.
Seth – If your partner has a vision, trust it and try and enable it. You’ll probably like how it turns out, even if you don’t see the vision right away.

Dream Sources: Adrianne – The Jungalow, Iris Apfel


Credit: Minette Hand


  • Bay Coral and Bright Teal Surprise by Glidden on wall in living room
  • Yucatan Yellow by Clark + Kensington in bedroom
  • Bright Teal Surprise (Glidden) + Swan Beak (Valspar) in guest bath
  • Swan Beak by Valspar under the kitchen bar
  • Chard by Behr in the entryway
Credit: Minette Hand


Credit: Minette Hand


  • Eliot Sofa in Bentley Daisy w/walnut legs – Joybird
  • Acrylic Nesting Tables from CB2
  • Pillows on couch and chaise – Urban Outfitters, Target and West Elm
  • Lumbar Cat Pillow – Paris
  • Moroccan Pouf – [old, from 2013]
  • Thin entryway table behind couch – The Brown Elephant
  • Floor Poufs – World Market
  • Rug – IKEA Vindom in white
  • Dry Cleaning Sign –
  • Acrylic frame for dry cleaning sign – Wexel Art Acrylic Panel –
  • Large plants (Fiddle leaf fig and Monstera) – Plant Shop Chicago
  • Chaise in Hillared dark blue – IKEA Kivik
  • Plant bench – IKEA Skogsta
  • Artwork over chaise – “Salvador” by local artist Chava Mancera
  • “Pink Room with Palm” print – by artist Mary Finlayson
  • Glass/gold side table – Nate Berkus for Target [old, from 2013]
  • White ceramic lamp – Target
  • Baskets – Ikea FLÅDIS
  • Wall shelf – Ikea Ekby / Valter brackets in birch with white shelf
  • Wood Vase – handmade by my great-grandfather
  • Vintage Martini bottle – found
  • Paper Skull – Paper Sapiens
  • Gold Plant Stand – vintage, Etsy
  • Tripod floor lamp – Target
  • Gold bar cart – vintage, found at Chicago’s Randolph Street Market
  • Vintage decanters – flea market in Mexico City
  • Pitcher and cups with purple/yellow/orange pattern – vintage Czech pottery from my great-grandmother Nonnie
Credit: Minette Hand


Credit: Minette Hand


Credit: Minette Hand


  • Tiger bath mat in orange – Urban Outfitters
  • Vintage lantern – gift
  • Gold tray – Urban Outfitters
  • Depression glass / ceramics – The Brown Elephant
  • Soap Dish – Opalhouse by Target
  • Teal bath towels – Opalhouse by Target
  • Woven Toilet Paper Tapestry – handmade by our friend Jonathan
  • Sesame Street commissioned print – Phil Thompson of Cape Horn Illustration
Credit: Minette Hand


Credit: Minette Hand


Credit: Minette Hand


Thanks Adrianne and Seth!

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