An Old Victorian House Is Incredibly Bright, Cheery, and Colorful

updated Mar 21, 2019

An Old Victorian House Is Incredibly Bright, Cheery, and Colorful

updated Mar 21, 2019
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Name: Natalie Papier, husband, two kids, cat
Location: Oak Park, Illinois
Size: 2,800 square feet
Years Lived In: 7 years, owned

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Eight photos just weren’t enough when it came to seeing a peek of Natalie Papier’s Illinois house. An interior designer and one half of Home Ec., a vintage and eclectic interior design company.

As Natalie wrote in her house call: “Our home is a historical Victorian in Oak Park filled with love and eclectic pieces we have curated over the years. It’s a mix of our family’s quirks and personalities. We have a 10-year-old son, Kellen, and a 7-year-old daughter, Maddie. My husband, Alan, and I have a love for art and music and we love incorporating that into our home. It’s a creative space where we can truly express ourselves.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic with a twist on vintage-turned-modern!

Inspiration: Very inspired by art, color, and patterns.

Favorite Element: How bright and cheery our home is.

Biggest Challenge: Working with the character of a Victorian, giving it an updated feel while staying true to the bones of the home.

Biggest Indulgence: Our attic renovation. It was a completely raw space that we transformed into our family room.

Best Advice: Don’t fight the character of these older homes! Stay true to your own style while respecting the bones of the home. Vintage loves vintage! Mix it up with eclectic pieces that stand the test of time instead of what’s just on trend at the moment.


Wallpaper – Draping Poppies from Anthropologie
Wall Color – Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Ceiling Color – Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore
Gallop Bench – CB2
Rug, Entryway Table, and Decor – Vintage/thrifted
Pendant Light — Crate & Barrel
Dog Art – Painted by Natalie of their family dog who passed away recently
Floor Mirror – West Elm
Art – Metropolitan Coffee poster by Jay Ryan
Family Portrait Oil Painting – By Brian Cunningham

Wall Color – Vanderberg Blue by Benjamin Moore
Couch – Pottery Barn
Rug – CB2
Ottoman – Anthropologie
Media Console – CB2
Art – Portrait by Asha Partyka, loom art by Jamie Tubbs
Cactus Lamp – Vintage splurge $50
Decor – Thrifted/vintage

Wall Color – Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Ceiling Color – Caribbean Teal by Benjamin Moore
Wallpaper under Chair Rail – AllModern
Table and Bench – West Elm
Chairs – Estate sale find reupholstered
Rug – Facebook Marketplace score for $80
Hutch – Consignment Store for $60
Chandelier – Schoolhouse Electric

Wall Color – Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Rug – West Elm
Velvet Couch – Craigslist score for $400
Mid-century Modern Record Player – Estate sale find $150
Wall Mural –
Chair – Pendleton blanket used to reupholster Craigslist chair
Art – A mix of my husband’s (Alan) concert posters, art by friends, vintage pieces
Coffee Table – Cobbler’s bench found at local vintage shop

Wall Color – Misty Blush by Benjamin Moore
Copper Pendant Lights – Houzz
Stools – Overstock
Art – Vintage scores
Rug – Thrifted

Wall Color — Simply White
Ceiling Color — Kendall Charcoal
Hands Wallpaper — Pottok
Bedding and Rug — West Elm
Lumber Pillow — Anthropologie
Art — @commonorder, Erik Hoff
Dresser — Vintage MCM; painted to update
Mirror — CB2
Mid-century Modern Chair — Joybird
Velvet Drapes — Anthropologie
Desk/dresser — MCM vintage
Eyeball Art — Frames from Anthropologie, eye art is from my husband’s grandpa who was an eye doctor
Bench Cushion — Kantha quilt turned into cushion
Ceiling Fan – Minka Aire from All Modern

Wall Color — Simply White
Couch — Joybird
Rug — West Elm
Orange Chair — Vintage IKEA
Cabinet Color — Jade Green Benjamin Moore
Rattan Chairs – Freebie!
Rug under Chairs – Urban Outfitters
Sconces – Industrial Light Electric

Reclaimed wood is from the old sub-floor that we reused. Bar stools were a score from a local brewery that was getting rid of them. The radiator is from a friend’s gut renovation that we reused in our home after painting brass. Floors and beams are all reclaimed wood.

Wallpaper Mural — Anthropologie
Wall Color – Melted Ice Cream Benjamin Moore
Rug – Target
Rattan Side Table – Craiglist vintage
Dresser – Upcycled vintage dresser
Cactus Wall Art – World Market
Built-ins built by my dad, Kelly Hass.

Wall Color — Agean Teal and Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Rug – FLOR tiles
Bed and Dresser — IKEA
Headboard — Custom-built by my dad, Kelly Hass
Art – A mix of old concert posters and “Where The Wild Things Are” drawn by Natalie
Desk – MCM local find
Sailboat on Radiator – From Kellen’s grandfather
Ceiling Fan – Minka Aire from All Modern

Thanks, Natalie!

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