sneak peek: timber!


sue daly of timber! (and founder of renegade craft fair) is a city dweller but most of her inspiration for her work comes from the great outdoors, so it’s only appropriate that she and her husband mat (also an artist) find themselves living in a home that feels like living in a treehouse. their third floor apartment in a vintage building in chicago’s hyde park is surrounded by trees on all sides. so as they’re nestled in the treetops, they’ve managed to incorporate much of the outdoors in, from the wood trim to artwork on the walls. don’t miss the complete post and check out additional images here (and the full sized images described in the captions). (thanks to sue and mat for the great peek, and to tate gunnerson for the shots!) –anne

[above: we probably spend the most time in our living room when we’re at home.  our furniture is a mix of vintage and modern.  the artwork is made up of prints + paintings we’ve picked up along the way, featuring works by leia bell, matte stephens, sugarloop, jaime zollars, amazing talking paintings, diana sudyka, chris natali and others.  the pillow covers are designed and printed by three sheets 2 the wind.]




the kitchen is the room we put the most work into.  it used to look straight out of the great depression.  again, we stuck with the vintage/modern vibe, mixing the old with the new.  the breakfast table and chairs are vintage, as well as the cow hanging above.  the plates are from marshall field’s, and were given to my mom from my dad every year for christmas during the ’60s & ’70s.  in here we also have a nice teacup print by golden hen press.


our bedroom is super cozy.  the quilt was a gift from my sister.  in here we have paintings by our friends nick + nadine from sonnenzimmer, and a giant sleeping kitty print from another friend, jay ryan of the bird machine.


other favorite things in the apartment:  pet paintings by leia bell that mat got me for my birthday.  little house collection.  little print collection.  wooden bird + branch mobile.  owl bank, to save up for dates.






mat made a ton of stuff hanging in our apartment, including some paintings in the hallway and a collage in our bedroom.  the most infamous though, is the very first renegade craft fair poster, feauring a patchwork owl at night.  this is the print that brought us together!

  1. Shelley says:

    So many cute things! I like the pillow & the display above the couch, in the first photo! Even though it’s an eclectic mix of things, it all works so well together. Thanks for showing us this lovely place.

  2. Kenziepoo says:

    Love that Kitchen!! Amazing

  3. Kate Culbertson says:

    Ok, just saw the link for “additional images”, duh! Now I see the bird and branch mobile! VERY cute! Need to see a picture of Che’, Axl, & (other) kitty to see where some of the inspiration for the animal prints comes from!

  4. Geri says:

    That cow head has been hanging around our kitchen walls for ages and ages. Perfect whimsy…sometimes I dress her up with a little necklace, or a Christmas wreath…but usu. she is simply wearing our dog’s leash.

  5. My grandma used to have that white cow placed above the arch on the orange background. I see new use for it. Gracias!

  6. Nejla Wolff says:

    love your place! gorgeous! great colors and style. where did you get that great little kitchen table? the owl mobile is by Flentsed. the birds of a feather mobile is by Helen Ige. she also has an awesome wise ol owl mobile. (love the little turquoise owl you have too!)

  7. Heide says:

    It is hard to tell exactly what color the kitchen orange/red is…..could you tell us please? I have the same Fiesta dishes and would love one accent wall:)


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