Even after years of working for Apartment Therapy, my email inbox continues to surprise and delight me. This summer, I got an email from a very kind person - someone who attended a wedding that Emily photographed - telling me that I should check out the wonderful photos of Emily and Jacobs home for a possible tour....
Needless to say, of course I did and I was stunned by how amazingly lovely both the photos and the home are. A few weeks and a few emails later and voila! Thanks to Emily, we are able to share this wonderful Chicago home with the Apartment Therapy community. It's a lovingly crafted look at an artists own home and we're sure you will enjoy the tour.
Our style: Vintage Organic
Inspiration: Winter, the home of Jean Dubuisson (french post WWII architect), the beaches of Normandie (where my family went to escape Paris on the week ends), Hitchcock's Rear Window, Moby Dick, and the music of Sigur Ros. Pearls.
Favorite Element: I'm not sure... but I just love our twin armchairs. They're one of the first things I got when I finally had my own place. I bought them out of some crazy lady's garage after responding to her ad in the newspaper (newspaper!) for a drop-leaf table. We made most of our decorating choices around these chairs!
Biggest Challenge: Our dining area, we love cooking and entertaining and wanted to create an inviting space to enjoy those things despite being in the same room as our office space -- it worked!
What Friends Say: The most "It's like walking into a beautiful website". The most common: "Your space is so calming!" and "I'm moving in."
Biggest Embarrassment: Our perpetually messy kitchen?
Proudest DIY: The shelving I designed and Jacob built in the office/dining area. It's the perfect blend of form & function for us!
Biggest Indulgence: Our ever growing collection of ceramic serving dishes. We've been picking things up as we travel lately. Our favorite sources: Montes Doggett, Heath Ceramics, Conran Shop, The MOMA Store...
Best advice: Define your style. Literally. I spent some time two years ago brainstorming & jotting down everything I could think of that made me, me. And distilled "myself" down to two style words that guide most of my purchases and aesthetic decisions... try it, it's fun!
Dream source: Hmn, I think Roche Bobois, maybe?
Bed is from West Elm, Painting by Antoine Revay (french), dresser, mirror & lamps are vintage, nightstands are from Viva Terra. Wall Color: RL Home, Olive Tree
Sofa: Room & Board, Chairs: vintage (recovered), coffee table: vintage Lane, end tables: stump, z-gallerie, twist tables: Viva Terra, Metal & glass side table: Vintage, Cedar Chest is a family heirloom (engagement gift from my husband's grandfather to his grandmother), Torchieres are vintage (picked up on a road trip), White Lamp: CB2, White bird: Perch Home in NOLA, Print on Mantle: Prairie Smoke by Jen Tarver, Rug: Ikea. Wall Color: RL Home, Dovecoat.
Table: Vintage, Chairs: Room & Board, (Jake in Oak), Bench & Glass/Metal desks: Symmetry (Chicago, I think it shut down), Arch Lamp: CB2, Card Catalog: Vintage (from the school where Jacob was librarian for a spell), Dishes & Serving pieces are a combination of vintage from our travels and Sophie Conran for Portmeiron, China Cabinet is a craislist find and my first refinishing project (in progress, I'm still hunting for the perfect hardware).
File cabs: CB2, Chairs & rolling console: Container Store, Milk glass lamps are vintage. desk storage is from ikea. Wall color: Behr, Minced Ginger.
Kitchen: Chopping block & pot rack: Crate & Barrel, Small cart: Ikea, Espresso Machine :) Breville at Crate & Barrel (we highly highly recommend it for a mid-range machine!) Wall color: (similar) RL, Aged Mint
(Thanks, Emily and Jacob!)
Images: Emily Johnston Anderson