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A Modern Chicago Home Made Personal Through Design

by Amy Azzarito


Interior designer Shelby Girard has lived in this apartment in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago for only 11 months. When she moved in, she immediately loved the great natural light, high ceiling and open kitchen. Because of the orientation of the apartment, you can see both the sunrise and sunset in the space. Shelby works for an interior design start-up, Havenly, that offers accessible and affordable design services. And she put her budget decorating skills to work when it came to decorating this space. The apartment is a blend of new and old with a lot of DIY thrown in. Shelby says that she always tries to curate meaningfully and bring in things that are practical but beautiful. She doesn’t like superfluous decoration so tries to incorporate objects that have either a personal history or are found or reclaimed. The result is a modern home that feel personal and warm. Thanks, Shelby!  And thanks to Joshua Clark for the lovely photos! –Amy

Image above: This is where we lounge. The sofa and Arco lamp are from a super discount furniture warehouse in Illinois. The tables are from T.F.A. in St. Louis. The pillows are from West Elm and CB2, and the rug is from Ebay. My grandfather Frank Girard was an artist and most of the artwork in our apartment is his. This one, called White Relief, won first place in the 1964 Missouri Art Show.


Image above: Above our bed is another Frank Girard abstract. This one was hanging outside at my grandparents home for years so is a bit “rustic.” The black and white throw blanket and pillows are IKEA, as are the nightstands which I stained and updated with Anthropologie knobs. The lamps originally had white shades I painted black and the bases I made from fabric.

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Image above: The dining table is made from a cedar door that was in the attic of my parent’s old home. The table legs are IKEA and the dining chairs are Room and Board. I love how our kitchen is open to the rest of the living area since I do a lot of cooking.


Image above: This giraffe has been hit with a lot of cooking grease. The print is by Sharon Montrose from The Animal Print Shop. The ikat patterned bowls are Anthropologie and the fabric around the planter is an old tapestry.


Image above:  The mason jar and copper vases are from my dad’s farm.


Image above: Another one of my grandfather’s paintings hangs above our kitchen peninsula. The marble board is from Home Goods and the bowl holding lemons is Nate Berkus for Target. That’s me drinking coffee out of my favorite mug.


Image above: We turned the second bedroom into a studio space since we are both designers. The cowhide is from Ebay.


Image above: The acrylic shelves are from the Container Store and are displaying a collection of models made by ch. The lamp is from Brownstone Antiques in Chicago and has been painted black and gold.


Image above: The antique mirrors are two of my favorite items in our home and I love how they reflect the artwork on the facing wall. They are both from Treasure Aisles Antique Mall in St. Louis. The TV stand is IKEA and the vertical shelf is from CB2.


Image above: The bull skull is from Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities in Chicago. The branding iron was a gift.


Image above: The bird is another Sharon Montrose print. We picked up the white quartzite on a hike near Taliesin West in Arizona.


Image above: We designed and made our bed frame ourselves with wood and stain from Home Depot, mid-century legs from Etsy and antique hardware.


Image above: My Dad bought a bust of Robert E. Lee at an auction thinking it was Sigmund Freud. Now he wears my necklaces. The dresser is from the Miriam Foundation in St. Louis and the artwork is by my grandfather Frank Girard.


Image above: We made this lamp from old photography monopods and an IKEA lampshade. The artwork is by my grandfather.


Image above: The bathroom towels are from Home Goods and the wall paint is Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds.


Image above: The mugs are Anthropologie. The bird is another Sharon Montrose print, and the print of the girl is by my good friend Morgan Levy, a very talented photographer.


Image above: The wall paint in the living room, bedroom, and studio is Glidden Bright White.

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