Name: Astral Riles
Location: Harvey, Illinois
Size: 990 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 8+ years
Astral writes: "I live in a mid-century, all-brick, raised Ranch home located in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. The house was built in 1950. I originally purchased the house as a fixer-upper. I saw about 50 houses before I got to this one. One thing that stood out about it was the stone fireplace in the living room. The cool thing is that the stone wraps all the way around to the other side so that you can see it as soon as you walk in the front door. That feature SOLD ME!"
Get the look! → Where Vintage, Modern & Country Glam Meet
Astral continues: "The house is almost 1000 square feet, but that does not include the full basement. There were three bedrooms, but I wanted to expand the master bedroom, so now there are only two bedrooms. Right now, my favorite room is the bedroom. And one of my favorite items is the vintage mid-century modern two-tiered swivel table in the living room.
Being that I am an interior designer, I love so many different design styles that I couldn't stick to just one. Each room is decorated in a different style, which includes a vintage-modern living room, a sophisticated girly chic bedroom with black walls and my bright and fun home office/craft room that I use to hand make fiber art wall hangings."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style is all over the place (Vintage/Modern, Contemporary Chic, Country Glam, etc)
Favorite Element: The floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace
Biggest Challenge: Is keeping the outside looking as good as the inside. I HATE yardwork.
What Friends Say: "OMG Astral, I love your house…I don't want to leave"
Proudest DIY: I do so many DIY projects that it's hard to narrow down the best. But my favorites are the zig zag print modular credenzas in the craft room and the white painted dressers in the master bedroom.
Biggest Indulgence: The tufted fabric platform bed with 68" high headboard
Best Advice: Don't be afraid of change. It doesn't always have to be expensive to redesign a space in your home. Try doing a few DIY projects on your own in order to save money and allocate the extra funds to other areas.
Dream Sources: Horchow, Room and Board, Dwell Studio