Mid Century Meets Scandi Rustic Chic in Chicago’s Bronzeville

updated Apr 30, 2019

Mid Century Meets Scandi Rustic Chic in Chicago’s Bronzeville

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Kenyatta Forbes
Location: Bronzeville — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,450 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

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Kenyatta is inspired by patterns in nature, textures, and bold and bright colors, all of which can be found in her Chicago apartment. “I think the thing I love most about my home is the elements of history, memories, and design,” Kenyatta says. “I love how they all come together and couldn’t exist without each other.” As a self-taught artist and owner of Urban Macrame Fibers, she creates beautiful wall hangings and wall art that add texture to any space.

As a local maker herself, Kenyatta strives to support local artists and makers, and proudly displays their art and goods throughout her space. She takes pride in Chicago, her neighborhood, and the diversity and intersection of cultures in her community. By adding small reminders of the things she loves throughout the space — whether it’s art or a piece of furniture — her home maintains a warmth while remaining clean and modern at the same time. Kenyatta adds, “The pops of color catch my eye, but the elements of wood make me feel like I’m one with nature.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century Modern with Scandinavian Rustic Chic

Inspiration: Clean lines, neutrals, with pops of color

Favorite Element: Plants and natural wood

Biggest Challenge: Limited space.

What Friends Say: Please come and style my home. Where’d you get…, Can you make that for me…Your place is adult goals.

Biggest Embarrassment: The amount of times I scratched my floors moving stuff! I also hate my blinds.

Proudest DIY: Love my three-tiered hanging herb garden!

Biggest Indulgence: My sofa!

Best Advice: Focus on one improvement or space at a time. You will be less overwhelmed.

Dream Sources: I love local makers so I’m always sourcing new artists for custom pieces.


Motif created by HELL’O Poster — Ikea
Frames – HomeGoods
Bob’s Burger Illustrations — Jay Howell
Animation Art — Typfy
Runners- World Market – no longer available

Vintage 1960’s Sofa — Dial For Modern- Chicago IL
Porcelain Taxidermy heads — HomeGoods
Bolen 1 Light Arc Floor Lamp—All Modern
Rocking Side Chair—All Modern
Accent Wall Paint Color – Gun Metal Egg shell finish Benjamin Moore
Abbott Fabric Chair – Macys.com
Paper water tower — Boundless Brooklyn
Nesting Coffee Tables — HomeGoods
Motif created by Amit Greenberg Poster — Ikea
China Hutch — Craigslist
New Zealand Sheepskin Rug – gilt.com
Brown Shag Rug — HomeGoods
Macramé Planters — Urban Macrame Fibers
Wood table with gold legs — Homegoods
Postcard Frame- Basquiat – High Museum of Art Atlanta
Plants — Ikea and Verdant Matter
Wicker Plant holder — Ikea
Gold Mid Century Planter — Norman Leigh

Wood Expandable Table — World Market- no longer available
Wool Rug — World Market
Ivar Storage system — Ikea
Eat Sign — HomeGoods
Wood Bench — HomeGoods

Beveled Subway Tile — Wayfair
Open Shelving — Grey Squirrel Handmade
Kitchen Cart – Container Store
Wine Rack — DubayWoodProducts
Mason Jar Holders – Rustic Wood Home

Aiden Queen Bedframe — World Market
Organic Diamond Stripe Duvet Bedding Duvet – West Elm
Tessuto 6 Drawer Dresser — Overstock
Silver Side Table — HomeGoods
Basquiat — High Museum of Art Atlanta
Rug – World Market, no longer available
Desk Lamp — Target, no longer available
Wall Hanging – Prophet Gypsy Robot
Max Brass Sculpture– CB2
Plant Basket – Home Art
Mirror — HomeGoods
Black Pipe Rack — Home Depot
S- Hooks — Home Art

Jewelry Dish — Home Art
Wood Bath Caddy – Royal Craft Wood
Bath Scrubs — Scratch Goods
Teak Storage — HomeGoods
Teak Shower floor — Signature Hardware

Thanks, Kenyatta!

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