Mia's Ukrainian Village Treasure Chest

Mia's Ukrainian Village Treasure Chest

Kristan Lieb
Jul 16, 2015
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Name: Mia Kannapell
Location: Ukrainian Village; Chicago, IL
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Rented

Mia is an artist who works in lots of different mediums, which is immediately apparent when you step into her apartment. She's a photographer, film maker, and screen printer, and she runs a jewelry company, Pound Jewelry, with her mom and sister. Her brightly colored home is filled with plants, stones, vintage pieces, and art made by her talented friends.

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Mia will be the first to tell you that there isn't really a theme to her apartment. She finds pieces that speak to her and somehow they all work together. It helps that her brother works at an antique mall in her hometown of St. Louis. Everywhere you look there are little treasures, but the apartment doesn't feel cluttered at all- everything has its place.

The light in her apartment is amazing and she makes a study of it in her photographs, which you can see on her instagram and tumblr. Even though it was rainy outside when I came over, it felt bright inside. The fact that so much of her furniture is brightly colored helps, too. In Chicago, where it's terrible outside for a good chunk of the year, you really have to make your home a spot that brings you joy and that you don't mind hibernating in. Mia has mastered that art.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Pristinely saturated.

Inspiration: At around the age of five I watched my parents design and build their contemporary/Art Deco-inspired “dream home” in Jacksonville, Florida. I remember seeing the place turn from a plot of land to a wooden skeleton-like structure to an actual home. From the outside, every line and curve of the building seemed to have a reason as well as the art, color, and furniture that was held inside. Though the style of that home is not the inspiration for my current apartment, the thought process and the element of curation of that home is.

Favorite Element: The light in my apartment is crazy amazing! Being a photographer and artist, I find the variations of light and shadow in my space mesmerizing. Plus I really enjoy all the natural light that fills my apartment daily. Keeps my soul warm even on those negative-degree days in the winter.

Biggest Challenge: I don’t necessarily have a set style. I just buy what I like or makes me happy. I have learned that that method of styling a home isn’t always the easiest when trying to make a home cohesive. So, being more picky and editing my place has been a slow process but seems to be working out alright.

What Friends Say: That my place is comfortable and chill and that if they move any one of the million tchotchkes I will immediately notice and move it back to its rightful place.

Biggest Embarrassment: My record player and record collection could use some help.

Proudest DIY: My screen printed artwork.

Biggest Indulgence: Gifted or bought, being surrounded by my family and friends' artwork gives me the most satisfaction within my home.

Best Advice: Sage your apartment/home often and surround yourself with positive vibrations.


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  • Couch: World Market
  • Light blue vintage desk: Treasure Aisles in St. Louis
  • Flower chair: World Market
  • Rug: an amazing home goods store in Brooklyn
  • TV stand: gifted to me from my sister-in-law.
  • Bubble mirror (one of my favorite items): found on a side street in Ukrainian Village
  • Reclaimed wooden coffee table: made by my friends from Norman Leigh Designs
  • Crystals and gems: the Tucson Gem and Mineral show

  • (Image credit: Kristan Lieb)


  • Table: Ikea
  • Chairs: Treasure Aisles
  • Little girl face: gifted to me
  • 50s-style kitchen sink: It was here when I moved in and I am extremely happy that the landlord did not update it.
  • Various plants: mostly bought from Sprout Home or Asrai Garden

  • (Image credit: Kristan Lieb)


  • Dresser: World Market
  • Swimmers photo above the bed: taken by my friend Randy P. Martin
  • Hanging lights: I “stole” them from my sister but I believe they are from Anthropology.
  • Small vintage bust: Sprout Home
  • Pendulums and necklaces: from Pound Jewelry, my business with my mother and sister

  • (Image credit: Kristan Lieb)

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