Project Reveal: Sentimentally Eclectic Condo


Welcome to one of our most colorful and eclectic decor projects to date! This client came to us looking for some help decorating the living/dining room and master bedroom of his new Chicago condo. Over the past few years, we basically decorated the whole space together. No renovations were required, just paint, wallpaper, carpet and some major furniture and accessory love.

Our design was inspired by our client's sentimental eclectic objects and art, such as the vintage Europe map in the living room he acquired with our thumbs up, his grandmother's antique lamp and an English pub sign in the office, and family airplane ephemera in the master and more.  





You can see we started with a pretty blank slate. The first thing we did was pick paint colors to get the place painted before he moved in. A not too light/not too dark gray with blue undertones was chosen to be a backdrop for a fun palette of teals, greens and chartreuse in the main living/dining room. This color palette trickles down to the rest of the home.


We were really able to tap into our local shops on this one - District for the lamp, iD for the sofa, Unison for some throw pillows and blanket, and Mint Home for the bar below.


This pair of vintage tufted swivel chairs were found via a local Etsy shop and we gave them a new look with new fabric. Reupholstering is my favorite way to really create a truly unique piece of furniture (or 2 or 3) for a project.


Another vintage find that needed no alterations was this perfectly chartreuse wing chair from Savoy Flea.


We went new with the dining table and chairs, pulling in some green and mixing up the end chairs for some texture.


Dream wallpaper. Just go for it in the powder room and don’t be afraid to let your inner peacock fly. I’m not sure which came first, this Cole & Son wallpaper or my obsession with peacocks. Drop dead gorgeous brass mirror from South Loop Loft. We may have singed those hyacinths during the photo shoot.


The client worked with local artist, Anna Rae Landsman, to commission this painting of a church organ in his hometown. Stroll down the hallway to the bedroom area via this vintage runner that we selected after the painting was complete.


Subtle sage green walls are offset with white linens and playful horticulture prints paired with the bamboo headboard and ornate nightstands.





The green gets moodier in the office, yet lightens to mint on the ceiling. The whole color scheme of the office started with that antique lamp and the English pub sign.


Can you spy the common link between this room and this room? Yes, I held onto that fabulous fabric remnant for a few years for the perfect accent pillow. A wingback chair is paired with a custom made ottoman and a vintage Thonet chair was given new life with new leather, both with fabric/leather sourced from local showroom, Solid + Pattern. No office is complete without a mid-century desk from Shark Gravy.



Last, but not least, the master bedroom! We get bluer in here.



In the master bedroom we mixed prints through wallpaper by Hygge & West and drapes, added classic high end bedding onto a Unison bed, and paired a vintage dresser and modern style side chair with more traditional-leaning grasscloth nightstands for a textured look unspecific to any era that flows with the rest of the home, but is definitely its own unique oasis.


Vintage accessories combined with well-placed books from our clients vast collection and some sweet plants make a house feel like a home. This decorating project was definitely one for the books with our clients fun art and ephemera, willingness to take some color and pattern risks, and his ability to embrace a mix of vintage and new, high end and retail. Truly the best of all worlds!

Interior Design: Unpatterned

Photography: Dustin Halleck

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