Vintage Modern Luxe Apartment

Tour This Vintage Accessory Collector's Cozy Condo!

Tweaked Style Design Budget | $1000

Location | Lakeview, Chicago

Size |  680 square feet, 1.5 Bd/1 Ba

BEFORE

AFTER

Decor inspiration:  Most of the pieces in this home are antiques, travel finds and family heirlooms. I wanted to honor Brent's love of history and vintage so I created a blank canvas for his pieces. The modern clean foundation of his walls really helped to balance all the ornate and warm vintage pieces. 

Small space tips:  Although this condo was limited with square footage it was not limited with style and functionality. The layout of the sofa against the bay windows helped keep the center of the main living open. The lack of curtains brings our eyes outdoors as soon we step foot inside. The lighting in the main living really helped to bring the eye up giving the illusion of large ceilings. The walls in the main living were gray and beige which broke up the spaces and promoted a feeling of separated spaces. We painted the walls flat white (flat paint is great for small spaces because it absorbs light making it feel more soft and open) and continued the same white throughout the hallways and kitchen. The white continued walls makes the hallway, main living and kitchen feel like one big room. 

Main Living Room

Biggest style challenge:  Brent had a lot of unique vintage pieces, but also likes modern-minimalist style. I had to find a delicate balance of featuring his favorite items without it looking cluttered or too busy. The second biggest challenge was the painting. Previous renters had painted the bathroom layers red, blue, purple and then white. The layers of dark colors and lack of painting skills made it difficult to get it to a clean professional look. Once we finished fixing the paint in the bathroom it looked like a totally new bathroom!  

Bathroom

Proudest style moment:  Hand painting the pin stripes on this bathroom wall. I didn't want them to look like perfect stripes. I thought that hand painted look really complimented the naturally aged antiques while still a modern pattern with luxe colors. 

Favorite room to style:  This is a tough decision because I love them all of course. I'd have to say painting my first bedroom black was definitely the most rewarding. I wanted to create a luxe vintage story in this room. Adding the bold black modern backdrop really brightened up the grays and brown tones in this room, almost making the grays and browns act like a white would in brightening up a space. This room was all about the balance of color and cozy textures. 

Bedroom

Dining & Kitchen

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Entryway

I hope you enjoyed this Tweaked Home Tour! Feel free to share your comments and questions below. Also, share with your friends if this style would inspire them too.

Lighting:  Restoration Hardware

Photography: Soul & Structure and Jacqueline Marie 

Interior Styling:  Jacqueline Marie

Chicago Home Staged: Sold 4 days on the market!

Holiday Home Tweaks

My holiday home tweaks were inspired by my Thanksgiving trip to Aspen, Colorado. I grew up in mountainous Vermont and didn't think winters could be anymore beautiful than there until Aspen. The whites and browns of the snowy birch filled mountains are majestic and super romantic. I wanted my Chicago home to feel like Aspen came to the city. 

Here are a few ways you can tweak your home for the holiday: 

1| Tweak what you have first!

Look around at your current decor and appreciate the current color palette and materials that may work great for holiday. No need to go out an buy all new stuff! Remove all out of season colors and patterns and start to think of the color tweaks that can take your home all the way to holiday cheer. Could you add green to an all black and white room? Maybe a splash of red to those pastel blues or pinks? 

2|  Add warm textures

To avoid the winter blues try warming up your home with faux fur, candles, pillows, throws and warm woods. 

3|  Bring the outdoors in

The woodland theme is blowing up this holiday. Even if you live in the city you can pretend you're living in cabin in the woods. The first sunny snowfall is extremely magical. Bring in pine cones, pieces that remind you of fluffy snow and birch trees. 

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4|  Add some shine

Nothing says holidays like some shiny lights! Adding white lights and silver and gold accents can illuminate any holiday/home lights and decor you have making it seem super bright and cheery. 

5| Display your chic winter gear

Don't overlook a stylish pair of gloves, scarf, fur jacket or ice skates. These could effortlessly be displayed (in moderation) for a winter feel instead of packed away in a closet.

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6| Baskets, baskets, baskets!

Get yourself to Home Goods and pick out some oversized baskets. Here are my favorite ways to incorporate a basket for holiday: 

  • Store your pillows and throws without hiding the cozy textures. 
  • Use as a tree stand sans tree skirt
  • Store wood and pine cones
  • Where are you going to put the overflow of presents?
  • Store your winter gloves, hats and scarves

7| Turn your TV into a fireplace

Don't have a fancy fireplace? Tweak your holiday ambiance with my favorite Youtube 8 hour fireplace video of a real fireplace crackling sounds and all. Connect your computer to your TV monitor and voila! A life size fire. 

Wishing you all a happy holiday! xoxo 

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TS Home Tour

“We all deserve to have a sense of home.”

Welcome to my home!

Since a tween I was constantly tweaking, organizing and styling my spaces for comfort and inspiration. Style and creativity gave me a sense of stability and a retreat.

Growing up in a chaotic environment I found every way to control my environment by tweaking what I had. I once made a side table for my books out of a cardboard box and wrapping paper. From scents, music, colors and art I knew that by tweaking my environmental experiences I could make the most of a bad home life.

Style for Less: I get a thrill out of making something beautiful from what many think is nothing. I find most of my pieces at thrift stores like the Brown Elephant and online discount sites like Wayfair and Amazon. My savvy skills have allowed me to work with a variety of client budgets and help more people who are in major need of home inspiration. I believe that anyone can have their dream space now by adding a few personalized pieces with what they currently have.

"Small style tweaks really make a huge difference in our spaces."

As a business owner my home and my work space continue to be super important to my productivity and creativity. As I grow, my style continues to grow with me. I can't wait to see what my next home tour style will be!

750 sq ft Apartment Located: Lakeview East, Chicago

My Style: I love mixing styles in a smart balanced way. Every time I style a room I let my intuition lead. A lot of my personal style inspirations come from my passion for light and airy spaces that feel almost heavenly. The world is such a chaotic tough place so I wanted my home to feel peaceful and light. My home has a mix of modern edgy, feminine and a touch of California style. You'll also see a lot of texture in my apartment because it is my favorite way to style any space. It's amazing how an added dimension like a weaved pattern, leather fringe or a three-dimensional painting can really add warmth. The desire to "touch" items with texture in a space can create a more intimate experience. I always have fresh flowers around as a reminder of growing up in beautiful New England.

Favorite Items: It's so hard to pick my favorite because I put careful thought and passion into every piece. If I had to pick one I would definitely say my new fringe belt. It's amazingly beautiful laid over a chair or as wall art. The other items I absolutely love in my apartment would be my vintage pharmacy lamps I found at a thrift store and my personally painted art pieces. The lamps and art really make statements in my main living space.

Next Home Project: I can never wait to start my next project! I've been planning out my coffee/cocktail bar for months. I work from home sometimes with my team and entertain friends often. I want my guests to have a space they know to help themselves to drinks and snacks.

(PRODUCT SOURCES BELOW)

Bedroom

Living Room

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Dining

Home Office

Thank you for visiting my home! I hope you come back and visit again and share with your friends.

Would love to hear your comments, questions or learn about your own home style below!

Photography by Matthew Weiss of Soul and Structure.

Product Sources

Living Room & Desk

Sofa, Lubinski’s Furniture in Wicker Park
Chair, Ashley Furniture Home Store

Ottoman, Ashley Furniture Home Store

Art, Tweaked Style
Pillows, H&M Home
Decorative Trays, Marshall’s
Rug, Wayfair
Floor Lamps, Brown Elephant (something similar here)
Faux fur, Ikea

Bubble glass water pitcher set, Thousand Villages
Hanging mud cloth, Gift from a friend when visiting Chelsea Market in NYC
Sheer curtains, Bed Bath & Beyond
Light bulb accessory, Michael’s Craft Store
Storage boxes, Michael’s Craft Store
Teranium, Tweaked Style
Plant pot, Home Depot
Side table, Wayfair

Wood Candle Holder, Crate & Barrel

Desk, Ikea discontinued (something similar here)

Desk Chair, Amazon

Fringe belt, Akira

 

Dining Room

Candles, H&M Home

Grass boxes, Michael’s Craft Store

Basket, TJ Maxx
Table, Ikea
Chairs, Ikea

Bench, Local boutique (something similar here)

Ceiling Pendant, TJ Maxx
White board paint, Home Depot
Bar Cart, Gift from friends moving out (something similar here)
Bar Accessories, Marshall’s & Michael’s Craft Store

Art, Tweaked Style

Inspirational Wood Wall Art, TJ Maxx

Coat Hooks, TJ Maxx

Dishes, Family Dollar & Target

Cloth Napkins & Rings, Pier 1 Imports

Decorative Tray, Tweaked Style

Water Pitcher, Brown Elephant

Water Glasses, TJ Maxx

 

Bathroom

Plant Box, TJ Maxx
Green Grass Boxes, Michael’s Craft Store
Wood Tray, Crate & Barrel
Orchard Pot Décor, Marshall's
Art, Tweaked Style
Green Moss Bowl, Tweaked Style

Bath Mat, TJ Maxx

 

Hallway

Art Shelf, Ikea
Candle Votives, Michael’s Craft Store
Wood Recipe Box, Tweaked Style (materials from Michael’s Craft Store)
Art, Tweaked Style

Fan, Street festival in Treviso, Italy

Mosaic Perfume Bottle, Gift from Morocco

Vision Board, Tweaked Style

 

Bedroom

Bedding, Cynthia Rowley

Pillow, H&M Home

Art, Tweaked Style

Jewelry Hooks, Marshall’s

Dresser, Wayfair

Chair, Amazon