I arrived in Chicago last Saturday after a week filled with really wonderful goodbyes. And by wonderful, I mean that some super wonderful people took time out of their busy lives to wish me well and express their friendship. Most were really not very sad, less a feeling of goodbye but a sincere “see you later”. What more can one ask for?
On to Chicago….The kismet of our apartment: My husband’s cousin is a contractor and happened to be working on a remodel of a great house in the city. It is a great price, has a yard for dogs and is quite homey. The biggest difference between this place and our house in Denver is size. We have two bedrooms and two tiny closets. The master bedroom is barely 8′ wide. We insist on a king size bed, so we only have a tiny little walk way on one side of the bed. Clothing storage is another story. Still working on how to resolve that.
Because I knew the contractor, I was able to pick the paint colors. I picked them in a vacuum, however. We got a call that they were getting ready to paint while we were in Chicago for one of my husband’s interviews, with none of my furniture, none of my pillows, nothing. So off to the paint store I went for some swatches. I knew I wanted a warm grey in the public spaces and something else in the bedrooms. I had to keep it simple because I didn’t really have anything to match it too. I had to rely on my intuitive color sense.
Without further ado, here is my mood board for our Chicago Living room. I am trying to keep the furniture neutral (Before I got here, I was actually a little afraid that it was feeling too brown). There will be little pops of sapphire and royal blue.
Again with the size issue, we have a tiny little foyer that makes moving long or deep furniture a real chore. I originally designed this room with the Restoration Hardware Maxwell sofa, but I think it will have to be the Crate and Barrel Lounge Sofa in the shorter 83″ size.
I am have seen several really inspirational photos from some designers I absolutely love in the past week. I am now rethinking the rug and thinking about how to incorporate more texture.
It’s good to be settled and I will be back later this week with master bedroom, bathroom, dining room and kitchen posts.