House Tour: Jacob & Laurie Do It Themselves in West Ridge
Name: Jacob, Laurie and Matilda
Profession: Architect; Librarian; Baby
Location: West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago
Type: 2 BR condo owned in 1930’s bow front brick 6 flat; about 1200 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 2
Using budget-saving (in exchange for time-saving) efforts, Jacob and Laurie took on much of the labor themselves, which now helps them feel all the more connected to their home. With innovation (using a CD rack for Matilda’s shoes), the talent of friends and family (pottery by Jacob’s mom, dining table by friend, Josh), and personal creativity (Laurie’s black and white photos, Jacob’s silkscreens and felt ottomans), this West Ridge home accomplishes a seemingly effortless combination of calm and style.
Our style: Simple, functional, clean, nothing fussy or uncomfortable
Inspiration: books, buildings, and whitespace
Living room: sofas from Room and Board, felt ottomans by Jacob, floating TV cabinet is kitchen cabinets from IKEA, credenza bought on eBay, Chicago Map by Jacob, and pottery by Pots by Andrea (Jacob’s mother)
Master bedroom: bed by Blu Dot, dressing table by Jacob, one dresser from Room and Board and one from eBay, and clay wall hanging by Pots by Andrea
Bathroom: fixtures from Community Home Supply on Lincoln Avenue, and the bamboo and aluminum wall panel is by Jacob
Matilda’s bedroom: crib from IKEA, Flor carpet tiles, child’s chair from eBay, toy cubbies from Topdeq (actually a CD rack hung horizontally), bunny silkscreen by Jacob, large poster by J. Otto and Chicago poster by Ork Inc.
Hallway: mirror by Commonwealth Glass and Mirror in Watertown MA (it has survived three moves so far), bookshelves by Jacob, and B/W photo by Laurie
Dining room: chairs from Topdeq, B/W photos by Laurie, Monoprint by Jacob, table custom-made by Joshua Cooper, Flor carpet tiles, storage cart by Jacob, light from lightinguniverse.com, and dishes by Pots by Andrea
Kitchen: IKEA cabinets, cork floor from iFloors, Bosch appliances (floor models), backsplash tile from Maestro Mosaics’ discount bin, marble countertops by folks that we wouldn’t recommend, Boston poster by Ork Inc., wall lamp by Jacob, and the cookie jar is by Momoyo Torimitsu.
Dog and cat: rescues from PAWS and Animal Adoption Assoc.