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Sneak Peek: Jess + Mr. Lively

by anne

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 Overstock.com, 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 Overstock.com 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 Overstock.com 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.

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  • The apartment looks fantastic Jess! I love the clean lines and the coordination across the entire space. My husband and I live in a 600 sq ft lofted one bedroom in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood and that has been our biggest struggle; combining pieces that coordinate without buying everything from the same ikea line :) Plus decorating for a boy and a girl presents some challenges… I have to limit my sparkly pieces or at least trade them for a signed baseball or two!

  • I second the love for the gray paint in the entryway. Such a beautiful space!

  • Oh my goodness, I love this space! My favorites include the antique entryway chest, the gold floral bedroom wallpaper, and the personal artwork. :)

  • I am so happy to see all of Jess’s apartment! I have been a follower of her blog for a while, but her style is truly inspiring.

  • This space is simply beautiful. I love the way the colors pop against the clean lines and the mixing of cheerful patterns. Amazing!

  • Fabulous space. I’d love to know more about the DYI canvases over the sofa. What are the flowers made of? Beautiful.

  • This is such a special treat for me on D*S today. I remember finding her blog my freshman year of college in 2008, just like I found Design*Sponge, and reading them both daily. I loved all of the inspiration and optimism that came from them and will remember those mornings in front of my computer in my dorm room very fondly. Seeing her featured on here feels a little serendipitous and also makes me nostalgic.

  • This space is so beautiful and it was beautifully captured! I feel honored to have seen this space in person and it is as warm and beautiful as it looks!

  • absolutely gorgeous home, gorgeous girl, inside and out! Jess, we love seeing our Be Present print displayed proudly in your home–we have nothing but wonderful thoughts of our little collaboration!

  • Everything is so beautiful!!!
    Please tell me where that key holder is from by the door!

  • Love your space!!! Quick ? Do you spray paint your furniture glossy white or use a brush? The pieces look great!

  • Love love LOVE this apartment! Where did the clear tray on the dresser come from? I love the height of it!

  • I loved everything, but I stopped in my tracks when I saw that painting by her father-in-law. LOVE IT!

  • Is your rug in the living room from overstock? I didn’t see it there. Beautiful home!!!!!

  • I love the brick walls in this home and how a couple of the rooms have lots of orange and blue. Those are two of my favorite complimentary colors.

  • I really love knowing Jess and all the wonderful things she shares to inspire me to live a life intended. Thrilled for her and Mr.Lively. I can see little lively footsteps there…..

  • Very pretty, but I can’t believe a guy also lives there! He must be really easy going…

  • Oh sorry, I meant to say the clear tray that is on the dresser. I absolutely love it and was wondering where you got it!

  • Just beautiful! great choices, elegant chic! Would you mind sharing where you purchased those beautiful bright blue curtains. I’m obsessed with them ;)

  • Sandra, thanks! I believe you are talking about the bright blue velvet curtains in my bedroom (not the dustier blue chevron curtains in the guest room). I had them custom made with velvet I got at Fishmans Fabric in Chicago. : )

  • Beautiful space. I too have a room with brick wall and am trying to figure a new look (now the walls are a grey-mauve). Is your lr wall the same grey as the entryway? and does the brick wall run the length to the grey?

  • Pat, yes, the gray in the entry and the living room are the same color. We didn’t want the space to feel too dark since I work from home in it and prefer bright spaces, so we just did those two accent walls and left the rest of the wall opposite the brick white.

  • I love all the bright colors. It isn’t overdone – which I love. It appealing and simply beautiful! I feel like you avoided a bland combination of neutrals by keeping a bold statement piece(s) in the room. Lovely job!

  • absolutely love the master bedroom wallpaper by Oh Joy! It makes the space! Also you did a fantastic job on the desk redo in glossy white. Love the Be Present art and the pop of bright pink art above the desk.

  • Love the whole look….
    What is that gray color? i so need that in my lounge……..

  • I follow your blog and let me tell you: I think I love this apartment even more now that its has certain masculine elements. Very nice work and seems very welcoming. Although I do miss the Gold Chevron Canvas DIY, someday I’ll make some for my home. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • The most beautiful, sophisticated and elegant living space. The colours are ethereal. In love with the painting by your father in law. So inspiring!

  • Jess, love your home! Nice décor and design. You said that the neon pink tape art is a DIY .. could you share how you did that? I know it’s simple and straight but I am a “step-by-step” kinda girl :-) Thank you.

  • 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. : )