Since settled in our new Chicago pad I’ve been documenting a lot of the decorating and DIY projects going on around us. And man, there’s been some major changes made around here since we stepped into this modest but privileged-with-a-breathtakin- view little place. I figured if I I’m going to show you my apartment as it progresses into a home that makes us smile I should start through the front door. And that’s exactly what you’ll see as you walk-in, the entryway.
In this room: ikea mirror and table lamps, gifted vintage phone, craigslist vintage cabinet
The story of how this room (or corner, I tend to exaggerate when it comes to describing space) came together begins here, at Young House Love. I’ve been stalking this couple for years now as they buy, upgrade, sell, buy, upgrade once again and write about their sweet home. During one of my weekly visits to their blog, I stumbled upon this photo of the most gorgeous entryway I’ve seen in all my existence (well maybe not the most gorgeous but definitely would make the top five)
Upon seeing this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my entryway: the exact same (I’m creative like that). Unfortunately the owner of this beautiful home juices’ were flowing faster than mine and she uniquely purchased pretty much all you see at an antique store. All one of a kind, old, hard to get vintage stuff (lovely, huh)? making my copycat version nearly impossible to recreate. However, ahahhh! The mirror was from Pier 1. Of course hers was no longer available for sale but because I was determined to have the other twin room in my apartment, I knew the closest thing (also purchased at Pier 1) would have to do. And it did. We took the gold mirror home right after getting a not-so-alike-this cabinet
given sold to us for $20 on Craigslist. Score!
This is when things took a different turn. First off, the mirror just didn’t work in the space. Once hanged my husband immediately protested, but so he does with everything else I bring in the house, and later realizes I was right, he was wrong and he loves it (or he just pretends to which is fine with me). But this time, he was right. We had big plans for the cabinet, but the mirror had to go. Now with no gold mirror and an old cabinet, things were looking worse than they did when the entryway was just pure white walls. Up in the middle of the night, I decided to design a laughable sketch of an out-of-nowhere (well, if I wanna be totally honest I gotta say I was looking into stenciling walls before hand) idea on photoshop.
In my defense it was two in the morning, I was tired and photoshop was being a bitch. All right, laugh all you want, just don’t ask where the phone idea came from. I’d not be able to come up with a logical answer. It wasn’t until yesterday we completed this medium size but boy, extremely demanding project by adding the missing
cherry old black phone to top it off. A sweet gift that came in the mail from my lovely parents-in-law. They knew what else would make us smile after reading the post about the attractive orange phone I found at the vintage bazaar.