Midwest #11 - Lisette's Pied a Terre

Midwest #11 - Lisette's Pied a Terre

Janel Laban
Apr 15, 2008

Name: Lisa
Location: Chicago
Size: 500 sf
Rent/Own: Own

What is the advantage of SMALL? I think small spaces are easier to decorate because you can really make them "sing." There's not as much ground to cover and you can fill every nook and cranny with something you absolutely love. You can also 'shell out' for a few expensive pieces because you just don't need many -- so it's quality and not quantity, in terms of furniture. People always gravitate toward small spaces because they're cozy and comforting. And you can make them really colorful to give them extra punch!

What's your favorite resource for your home?

In terms of mags, I love Elle Decor and Domino... and of course, Apartment Therapy! For designer furniture at a discount I scoured TJMaxx Homegoods weekly; I found my black console there, with the stainless steel handles (what a score: Ralph Lauren for Henredon at about 1/3 the usual cost!). Flea Markets really gave me the stuff that made the place "me" -- and my favorite paintings came directly from my talented aunt's little attic studio!

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

I have many favorite elements -- I love my white lacquer parsons table that doubles as a bookshelf and desk. My Kartell mirror and lamp are just great, mod pieces of art. Paintings and knick-knacks found at California and Florida flea markets are things I will forever treasure. My cool, 60's needlepoint pillows were hand-made by an elderly family friend, so are very special to me. And the rare, original French music poster from the 50's was a major score --I kept my eye out for it for years, then finally found an imperfect one at super-discount! Overall, I just love all the color in my place, and the fact that it turned out kind of luxe while still being cozy. I wanted it to look all grown up, but still whimsical and slightly kitsch. And since I am a social worker, I had to do it all 'on a dime' -- so the challenge was fun!

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