Sneak Peek: Jess + Mr. Lively


Jess Lively does everything With Intention. She’s coined herself an intentional designer, as she helps guide people to design their lives, homes and businesses with intention, consulting one-on-one and running workshops across the country (Chicago, Boston, San Fran and Austin are coming up soon!). The same is true for the home she shares with Mr. Lively (as he’s known on the blog) and their little Westie puppy, Franklin. They’ve lived in this apartment in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago since October 2012. Jess was looking to meld her penchant for gold, white and modern with Mr. Lively’s love of all things rustic. Ultimately it works, and Jess even managed to get a bit of glam into the bedroom. Many thanks, Jess, and thanks to Daniel Peter for the photographs! — Anne

Image above: The adorable bamboo desk was a Craigslist find that was originally painted a muted yellow. After several coats of glossy white paint and a little gold on the drawer pulls, she looked brand new. The pop of bright blue velvet on the seat mixed with the neon pink of the DIY tape art and Be Present print make for an unexpected but pretty combination. The brass floor lamp is from Ballard Designs.

Image above: The entryway paint is Charcoal by Benjamin Moore, and the amazing chest is from the 1880s, found at Chic Antique. The chest was a great find because it had plenty of storage and merged my white marble obsession with Mr. Lively’s love of rustic finishes. The rug is from, and the bulletin boards were a simple DIY project involving white spray paint and brass upholstery tacks.

See more inside Jess’s home after the jump!

Image above: Surprisingly, Mr. Lively was the one that spotted this marble coffee table at The Treasure Mart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Originally it had a terrible cream and gold painted base. But with a few coats of gray paint, the piece blended perfectly with our living room decor.

Image above: The sofa, curtains and pillows are from West Elm (excluding the black Chicago pillow, which is from SG Grand). The brass canvases were DIY projects, the desk lamps are from Ikea and the twig floor lamp is from Z Gallerie (years ago). The modern side chairs were a lucky Craigslist find.

Image above: I love the mixed metal of Mr. Lively’s drum paired with my girly accessories. The coral glasses, polka dot bowls and penguin bookends are all vintage, found at various thrift stores over the years. The canvas is made by Jen Ramos and sits atop my grandma’s jewelry box (which now holds my sewing supplies).

Image above: The antique mirror over the minibar was a $40 find on Craigslist (!!). The white mini bar is made of two stacked Lack bookcases from Ikea. The mini bar includes tumblers from Ikea and Zara Home. The yellow bike glasses were a gift for Mr. Lively from Vital Industries.

Image above: Be still my heart! I adore this Hygge and West wallpaper designed by Oh Joy. It truly steals the show in this 9’9″ x 12′ master bedroom. The bird tray is actually intended for the bathroom and was found at World Market. The mint julep cups were thrift store gems. Believe it or not, I found the nightstand on the side of the road with a FREE sign on it. I promptly painted it glossy white and added a touch of gold to the knobs, just like on the bamboo guest room desk. (Can you tell I have a love of all things white and gold?) The bedding and headboard are from West Elm. The gold trimmed accent pillow was discovered on a flash sale site years ago.

Image above: Since the master bedroom is so . . . cozy, there was only room for one dresser. We chose to re-use Mr. Lively’s oversized bachelor dresser (from Ikea) and upgraded the knobs. I am head over heels for the Nate Berkus for HSN lamps and love how well they pair with the dresser. The photo is of our shoes from our Paris elopement last spring. And my jewelry is kept on a necklace organizer from Urban Outfitters and in bowls from Anthropologie and TJ Maxx.

Image above: Our guest room, as you might guess, houses a lot of my old bachelorette decor. I do a lot of my consulting over the phone here. It feels so light and happy, which keeps me inspired when working with clients. I painted the pink flowers over an old piece of art. And the curtains are from my old living room. The flower duvet is from Pottery Barn, the lamp is from CB2 and the headboard is from West Elm. I never thought I’d do a room in primarily pink and blue . . . but somehow it all works out.

Image above: Mr. Lively’s father painted this piece for us as a wedding present.

Image above: As you can tell from this photo, the brick wall running along our living room really steals the show. To keep the brick from feeling overwhelming, I went with a neutral color scheme throughout the space. We loved the lines of our Ikea dining table base, but Mr. Lively was against having a glass top. So we had a beautiful custom top made by Union Furnishings. The stools are from and the chairs are from West Elm, purchased second hand.

Image above: The patio is a huge bonus for us! We love coming out here in nice weather to relax and catch up after work. The chair is from Ikea, and the throw is a vintage stadium blanket found on Etsy. The printed outdoor rug is from and makes a huge statement on the tiny patio. Mr. Lively’s favorite piece in the whole apartment happens to be the vintage aluminum soda cooler we scored on Craigslist.

  1. Jess Lively says:

    Grace, there’s really not too much to say! It’s that simple. I just took pieces of pink tape and taped them vertically to the naked canvas I got at Michaels. : )

  2. What a gorgeous home! THank you for sharing!

  3. Sydnie says:

    this is an amazing home, i love the small details and color palette.

  4. Roo says:

    Wow. Everything is beautiful here.


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