House Tour: Nicole and Brandon's Oak Park Bungalow

House Tour: Nicole and Brandon's Oak Park Bungalow

Janel Laban
Sep 13, 2007

Name: Nicole and Brandon
Profession: Nicole owns Pink Loves Brown and Brandon works in prepress for a printing company
Location: Oak Park
Size/Type: 1400 sq/ft 4 bedroom 1920's bungalow
Years lived in: 6 months

A good eye. Nicole has one. From her work (she is the design mind behind Pink Loves Brown) to her home, she knows how to pick colors and arrange things just so, for maximum visual pleasure. And she's not shy about her good ideas - her blog, Making it Lovely, documents her adventures in home ownership and decor. She and her husband, Brandon, have lived in their bungalow for less than a year (just past the six month mark), yet it looks polished and cozy - a testament to (as we all know) plenty of hard work to go along with that "good eye".

We're so happy to feature Nicole in an AT House Tour, especially during a busy week for her. If you enjoyed seeing her home here on AT, let her her know in person: She'll be at Booth #196 at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend (September 15 & 16, 2007) on Division Street.

Nicole's Survey:

our Style: Feminine, with a mix of vintage and modern, and clean lines (but not minimal).

the Inspiration : I'm not sure. I definitely read a lot of shelter magazines and design blogs, so I'm sure they play a big part.

favorite Element: Can I pick a color as my favorite element? All the touches of pink make me happy. The orange too.

biggest Challenge : Our house is old (1920), so I'm trying to honor the architecture of the home without being limited to period design.

what Friends Say: Everyone keeps asking why I don't offer interior design. I'm busy enough these days though!

biggest Embarassment: The house is usually messy! We clean, and everything stays nice and neat for about two days.

proudest DIY: I think it's a tie between putting in new bamboo flooring and tiling the kitchen backsplash.

biggest Indulgence: We're starting to purchase actual art (not just prints). I felt very grown up when I commissioned my first painting (from Amy Ruppel).

best Advice A few nice pieces will elevate everything else in a room (so that the IKEA stuff isn't as noticeable)!

myDream Source: DWR and Anthropologie always have things that I want, but I'd love to be able to splurge on vintage items and work by smaller, independent designers.


Living Room
Sofa: Jasper, Room & Board
Chairs: LCW (Eames), and Astrid from Anthropologie
Art: painting by Amy Ruppel, collage from Swallowfield, print by the Black Apple
Coffee Table: Target (Thomas O'Brien)
Lighting: Nelson Saucer Pendant, lamps by Robert Abbey
TV stand: west elm
Curtains: Crate & Barrel
Paint: Wild Aster, Benjamin Moore

Dining Room
Chairs: Crate & Barrel
Table: hand-me-down
Rug: west elm
Lighting: west elm
Roman Shades: west elm
Art: print by I'm Smitten

Brandon's Office
Desk: hand-me-down
Bookshelves (with doors): IKEA
Rug: Urban Outfitters
Paint: Driftwood, Benjamin Moore

My Office
Desk: Blu Dot for the Container Store
Chair: IKEA
Lighting: lamp by Robert Abbey
Shelving / CD Storage: IKEA
Paint: Pink Innocence, Benjamin Moore

Bookshelves (with doors): IKEA
Lighting: IKEA
Chair and Ottoman: Crate & Barrel
Curtains: Pier 1
Paint: Afternoon Tea, Pittsburgh Paints

Bed: Room & Board
Lighting: Pottery Barn
Bedding: IKEA, CB2, pbteen
Rug: west elm
Paint: Chocolate Froth, Behr

Main Work Table: IKEA (kitchen island)
Other Tables: hand-me-downs
Shelving: IKEA
Lighting: Target (Thomas O'Brien)
Paint: Wild Aster, Benjamin Moore

Thanks to Nicole and Brandon for the tour and to Evan Thomas for the photos!

Photos by Evan Thomas

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