Continuing the CKT home tour series, next up is the home of my friend, Emily. She and I went to college together (Bulldogs for life!) and then lived together in in the city post-college. We actually both moved back to my parent's house right after school and bunked up in my childhood bedroom for a month before landing our first apartment. Emily has always had such an inspiring sense of style both in fashion and home decor. She was incorporating art and beautiful antiques at our first place while I was painting my room bright green (regret!).
We now live close to each other in the Western suburbs of Chicago where she and her family of four have a beautiful vintage home.
Tell us a little bit about your home.
While we don’t think this will be our forever home, we love that our place is old and has lots of character, it's the first home we have bought. We are really happy with the area we landed in. Our neighbors are great and the close commute to the train can’t be beat.
What have you done to make your house feel like your home?
Our house was a flip so while it might not be how we would have done it, the kitchen and baths were new when we moved in. We painted the entire space and swapped out nearly all light fixtures.
The den is my fave room. The realtor staged it as the dining room but we like the versatility of making it our den/family room. We are in here a lot. The built-in entertainment center we had done really made the room feel complete. The antique chair was my grandma's that I had recovered and it's my favorite piece of furniture that we own.
The living room is a work in progress. It's cozy and now that we are out of the baby phase, I feel like we are ready to have a formal sitting area. Peter and I like to use this space to talk or have a cocktail without the distraction of a TV.
We eat dinner together as a family every night. It's a really important thing we did growing up and something we hold onto for our kids. Our table is beyond trashed from crayons, forks, you name it, but I like that I am in the stage of life where I don’t care how beat up my table gets as long as its getting lots of use.
As for our kitchen, I would love to switch out the backsplash and get the cabinets painted white to lighten up the room. Someday.
Our room recently got some love--it was the last room to get painted. We mounted our tv and got a new rug and end tables. It's the little things…but these small changes have made it feel fun and new for us.
I love that our kids' rooms are bright and cheerful and reflect their personalities.
What is your home style and philosophy?
I am not too modern or traditional. I love neutrals with a pop of color here and there. Art is huge to me, my favorite artist being my sister. I like having old pieces of furniture that have a history and a story to me. Nearly every room in our house has a piece of furniture that has been in one of our families for years. It might have started out there because we couldn’t have afforded to buy it, but it's there now to stay because I like the mix and match style of buying something new and putting it next to something super old. I also like getting creative with space, storage, toy overload since our home is not massive.
...Thank you, Emily and Peter, for sharing your beautiful home! I love this picture they have featured on their stairwell, it was taken a few days after they brought Georgia home from the hospital (oh happy day!).