A “Just-Moved-In” Tour of a Chicago Bungalow

updated Apr 30, 2019

A “Just-Moved-In” Tour of a Chicago Bungalow

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Amy
Location: Irving Park — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 5 Months

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Amy’s arts and crafts Chicago bungalow is filled with unique furniture and accessories from antique stores, estate sales, and her travels. The home itself is vintage, so it inspires her to find things that have a history. While her style leans towards mid-century, her home doesn’t have a specific theme. She likes to keep it eclectic, mixing old with new, as well as bold patterns and colors with neutral and modern accents.

The result of her eclectic taste is a relaxing and cozy home that looks beautiful without being overly styled. Amy approaches her home with a slow and steady mindset to avoid making everything match, and only brings in furniture, accessories and art she loves. “I’ve only lived here a bit more than a month and I came in with quite a few pieces I love, but I try to resist the urge to be ‘done’ and finish everything at once,” Amy says. Isn’t that the fun part of making a home?

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Transitional, MCM

Inspiration: No one place. I want my house to be eclectic and random. I get inspiration and pieces from travel, flea markets, antique stores, magazines and blogs, friends. The home’s vintage itself inspires me.

Favorite Element: Hard to pick a favorite. My couch was my first “grownup” furniture purchase and where I spend most time at home, so it’s a favorite. I love busts and brass — they’re everywhere in my house. But my single favorite piece I’d say is the “Bar Hounds” print in the dining room.

Biggest Challenge: A limited budget (isn’t that everyone’s answer?)

What Friends Say: Nice without being overly fussy. Relaxing and chill. A “cozy, metallic, mid-century menagerie.” Most ask where I got the bookshelf or comment on the green walls in the dining room.

Biggest Embarrassment: The hall bathroom I haven’t yet redone that is behind closed doors for this tour…I don’t understand how an ornate French country vanity ends up in an arts and crafts bungalow.

Proudest DIY: I’m not particularly crafty, so I’ll cheat and say picking everything out myself and having the master bathroom built.

Biggest Indulgence: The big table — I can’t wait to host a dinner party — and the chandelier above the bed — you stare at it every night, right?

Best Advice: Everything is more interesting when you approach things thoughtfully, build as you go and don’t try to make everything “match.”

Dream Sources: Where I shop now, mostly. Vintage and antique stores, flea markets, estate sales…I’d probably expand to sources like Chairish and First Dibs. For retail, I’d like to shop at Design Within Reach, Room and Board, Rejuvenation, Serena and Lily, MoMA, DwellStudio, Design Public, Jayson Home.

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Paint Color – Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
Console Table – Room and Board
Picture – Gilt
Light fixture – Linea di Liara Andante from Amazon

Paint Color – Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
Fan/light – Home Depot Home Decorators
Rug – West Elm
Mantel art – Society 6 and vintage (antique stores)
Pottery – Savannah College of Art and Design Shop (Savannah, GA)
Planter – Urban Outfitters
Globe – Swedish Shop (Chicago)
Couch – Mitchell Gold Bob Williams
Pillows – Markets in Istanbul, Target, West Elm
Coffee Table – vintage Lane (flea market)
Floor Lamp – Michael Graves for JC Penney
Bin – Nate Berkus for Target
Magazine rack – vintage (antique store)
Side Table – vintage Lane (antique store)
Globe lamp – vintage (from a friend’s childhood bedroom)
Lounge chair– Plycraft vintage (Flea market)
Green chair – vintage (antique store)
Moroccan poof – Serena and Lily (a hand-me-down from a friend)
TV console – Not sure – Craigslist

Bed frame – Amazon
Rug – Safavieh via AllModern
Duvet cover – Ikea
Pillows – Target, Humboldt House (Chicago)
Dresser – Vintage Herendon (antique store)
Side Table – Vintage Lane (antique store)
Snakeskin chair – vintage (antique store)
Lamp – Pottery Barn
Art – GrittyCityGoods from Etsy

Vanity – Wayfair
Light fixture – Wayfair
Fixtures – Grohe
Print – 20×200

Paint – Benjamin Moore Martha’s Vineyard
Light fixture – Dakyue from Amazon
Dining Table – West Elm
Dining Chairs – All Modern – Side; All Modern – End
Rug – Ikea
Bookcase – Dania
Accessories – most are from flea markets, antique stores, and Etsy
Print – vintage (antique store)

Paint – Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray (1/2 mix)
Light fixture – Deneve from Amazon
Stools – CB2
Clock – vintage (etsy)
Quail – vintage (etsy)
Print – bought in Greece

Paint Color – Farrow and Ball Cornforth white
End table – vintage (antique store)
Lamp – Pottery Barn
Console table – World Market
Rug – One Kings Lane
Light fixture – IlluminateVintage on Etsy
Chair – vintage (antique store)

Paint Color – Farrow and Ball Cornforth white
Dressers – vintage Herendon
Pyramid lamp – Jeff Lewis for Walter E. Smithe
Tray – vintage (antique store)
Art – Brew City Salvage (Waukesha, WI)
Snakeskin chair – vintage (antique store)
Brass vanity chair – One Kings Lane
Bed frame – West Elm
Headboard – Safavieh from Wayfair
Duvet and shams – West Elm
Pillow – One Kings Lane
Overhead light fixtures– IlluminateVintage on Etsy
Chandelier – Dwell Studio
Curtains – Ikea
Bench – vintage Lane (antique store)
Nightstands – vintage Drexel (craigslist)
Nightstand lamps – Target
Rug – Safavieh from Target

Paint Color – Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
Subway Tile – Daltile from Home Depot
Floor tile – 2.5 inch Carrera marble from Tile Outlet (Chicago)
Vanity – Fairmont
Sconces – Etsy
Medicine cabinet – Kohler
Towel rods, paper holder – Restoration Hardware
Faucet, Shower Trim – Phylrich
Shower head, hand shower– Grohe
Toilet – Hydrology
Le Rouge Print – Art.com, similar
Le Glamour Print – Garance Dore for Rifle Paper Co.
Waste Can – Umbra
Stool – vintage

Thanks, Amy!

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