House Tour: Kathleen and Alex's Guest-Ready Condo

House Tour: Kathleen and Alex's Guest-Ready Condo

Sarah Coffey
Aug 14, 2008

Name: Kathleen and Alex (and Milo)
Location: Lakeview, Chicago
Size/Type: 3 Bedroom Condo
Years Lived In: 2


Kathleen and Alex love to entertain, whether throwing a big party or having a small group over for dinner. Their guest room (complete with its own balcony) is always ready for friends and family. Since moving in 2 years ago, they've focused on creating a comfortable space that combines vintage pieces with clean-lined modern furniture. Visiting their home is a warm, welcoming experience. Their dog, Milo, greets you at the door as you enter a living room flooded with natural light...


From the tray of goodies carefully laid out in the guest bath to the reading nooks set up throughout the space, they've paid attention to the small details that make their condo a friendly place. Their style combines carefully curated furniture with hand-me-downs, so the space feels both uncluttered and approachable.

AT Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic and low-key. We love having people over, so we want our home to be nice but relaxed.

Inspiration: Various homes we've seen on design blogs and in Domino. We're also inspired by our parents' homes, which are nicely decorated and often filled with people and good food.

Favorite Element(s): Our books and the living room—it gets great light, even in dreary months.

Biggest Challenge: We agreed to only buy furniture and art that we both love, which has resulted in one or two long searches. Storage is also a challenge, since the closets are small.

What Friends Say: Do you care if I spend the night?


Biggest Embarrassment: Our closets, which we cannot keep organized, and the hallway bathroom, which is various ugly shades of green.

Proudest DIY: We have not done much DIY beyond changing light fixtures, etc. However, our friend Karen built the bookcases on our loft and she did a great job. Thanks, Karen!

Biggest Indulgence: Our couch. It was the first thing we bought for this apartment and the living room came together around it.

Best Advice: Don't just buy things to fill space—buy things that you love, even if it means waiting.

Dream Source: Re:vival, Jayson Home and Garden, Victoria's apartment on SFGirlbyBay.



Living-Dining Room
Couch: Jayson Home and Garden
Coffee Table: Stitch
End Table: The White Attic
Sideboard: The Ambiente Collection
Pillows: Osborne and Little, Jonathan Adler
Rug: Madeleine Weinrib
Media Unit: IKEA
Bench: vintage, found at Design Shoppe
Cork Lamp: vintage, found at Scout
Sconce: Nelson Pear Wall Sconce
White Lamp: The Conran Shop
Dining Table: Saarinen Tulip table from Luminaire
Chairs: BABA side chair from Design within Reach
Screenprint: Jessica Ritter; Photographs: Aya Brackett, Dan Saelinger, Alicia Bock; Collage: Swallowfield; Print on fireplace: Jeanna Sohn; Pen and Ink Drawing: Jen Donahue
Blanket: Made by a family friend

Stools: CB2
Plates: John Derrian

Futon: West Elm
Bookshelves: Crate and Barrel
Pillows: Area Home, Thomas Paul
Chair: Target (Thomas O'Brien)
Afghan: Made by Kathleen's grandma
Photography, Barry Brukoff (from a book on Greece), Jen Causey (Photobird), our friend Matt


Hallway, Guest Bedroom, Guest Bathroom
Wallpaper: Orla Kiely Blossom
Bedding: John Robshaw, Bedside Manor
Shower Curtain: Blue Chain, Sprout Home
Table Lamp: Crate and Barrel
Furniture: Hand-me-down
Photo: Jen Causey (Photobird)

Master Bedroom
Bed: BluDot Nook bed, I.D. Chicago
Bedding: Calvin Klein, Missoni
Rug: Thomas Paul Flock
Wingchair: hand-me-down
Grey striped pillow: Blissliving Home
Bedside table: House Eclectic
Lamp: vintage, found at Re:Vival
Grey light: Noguchi Akari Light
Dressers: IKEA Malm
Curtains: Pottery Barn
Art: Print: ah_yi; Photos: Port2Port Press; Love poster: Jennifer Ramos

Wooden deck furniture: West Elm
Red deck chairs: Target
White tables: West Elm

Thanks, Kathleen and Alex!

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