Craig & Sam's Treasure Filled Townhouse

Craig & Sam's Treasure Filled Townhouse

Janel Laban
Oct 30, 2009

Name: Craig & Sam Figtree
Location: Lincoln Park, Chicago
Size: 1050 square feet
Years lived in: 18

During our outdoors event on Apartment Therapy this summer, we shared a look at our neighbors Craig & Sam's wonderful walled garden. We were happily invited to tour their small townhouse as well - it was built in 1883 and houses two apartments. Craig and Sam live on the top floor with their French Bulldog, Chou Chou...

... and they rent out the bottom apartment. Visiting this home is like a vacation to an exotic locale; there is so much to look at and admire. It is truly filled with treasures.

This is not a house for minimalists, clearly. But what it may lack in wide open spaces, it makes up for in pure enjoyment of life. Craig and Sam have surrounded themselves with things that they love. If you look closely enough you find out all sorts of history; from an early trip to Disneyland (the year it opened), a fascination with goodies from Chinatown (we share this love) to a passion for both Sherlock Holmes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Bits and pieces of what speaks to them find their way into the decor. From the wall to wall images that line the entryway stairs to the music playing on a sunny afternoon (Cole Porter), it's a complete package.

We enjoyed every moment spent photographing their home - hope you enjoy the look inside as well.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Eclectic, with emphasis on asian and french antiques

Inspiration: Louis XIV, Walt Disney, John Soane and Tony Duquette

Favorite Element: Color to match the style of each room

Biggest Challenge: Returning house to its original state

What Friends Say: This is like a museum, you should charge people and put in turnstiles!

Biggest Embarrassment: Cheap 1970's kitchen cabinets

Proudest DIY: Sherlock Holmes sitting room miniature

Biggest Indulgence: Herend China and Vienna Bronzes

Best advice: Use color, arrange collections in groupings of three, NO OVERHEAD LIGHTING

Dream source: Dandelion, a store in San Francisco

Dandelion, Gump's, POSH, Paris flea markets, Portobello Road market in London, E-Bay, auction houses and estate sales.

(Thanks, Craig & Sam!)


  • Craig & Sam's (Sort of) Secret Garden

    (Images: Janel Laban)

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