Sweet Home Chicago – Part 1

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.


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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One Response to Sweet Home Chicago – Part 1

  1. Martha says:

    So happy you are snuggling in! Can’t wait to see the next hit of fabulousness!

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