Jennifer's Vintage Courtyard Apartment

Jennifer's Vintage Courtyard Apartment

Janel Laban
May 24, 2015

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Chicago, IL
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What I Love About My Small Home:
When I first found this vintage courtyard apartment 15 years ago, I sat on the living room floor and felt the deep sense of settling. It’s a half a block from Lake Michigan and very elemental with the water sky, light and sand. Through the years I’ve accumulated and then let go of stuff so now I have what I love surrounding me. What has been most magical is that most everything in my apartment I’ve found in thrift stores, on the street or has been given to me…along with an occasional trip to take advantage of a sale. It seems that I’m always tweaking the arrangement of furniture and objects. I love my non-working fireplace, the clanking radiators and that intense chandelier in the dining room. I love creating dishes in my kitchen, doing qigong in the living room and having the space to center and relax. I love waking to the sun rising over the lake every morning, the afternoon sun in the living room and the setting sun in the dining room.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Be honest and accept how you want to use your space. Then be patient and let your instincts unfold and meet the space you have. Nothing is perfect and it always changes.

2. Decorate with what pleases you most. Know that your style will evolve and let that bring you pleasure.

3. Make sure everything has it’s place…and reorganize as your needs change.
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