In Chicago, An Apartment with a Sartorial Approach

Kristin Kerr Luber lives in the River North neighborhood of Chicago where she resides in a modernist high-rise designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Center in New York. Kristin fell in love with the building when she saw in on the Chicago architectural boat tour and was determined to find a unit to rent. Since moving into the space in July 2011, she has endeavored to design her home with an almost sartorial approach. Much like her wardrobe, her home is filled with timeless basics and flourishes of color. Over time, she has collected pieces both vintage and contemporary, that truly reflect her style and interests, resulting in an eclectic home that feels comfortable yet sophisticated. Kristin’s very own Parisian apartment. Modern features, such as the 10′ windows and tall crisp white walls are a far cry from the vintage apartments she had previously lived in, but provided a perfect blank canvas for her Mid-Century antiques and personal mementos. Though it is a constantly evolving work in progress, she loves that her home reflects her personality and history. Kristin started her company, Kristin Kerr Interiors in November 2012 after working as a financial analyst for 5 years and completing a degree in interior design. She is excited to grow her business and create environments that reflect the personality and being of each client, just as she has done for her own home. Thank you Kristin and big thanks to John and Maura Stoffer of Stoffer Photography! –Shannon

Image above: I don’t consider myself overly girly but for as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted a vanity. As a kid I loved watching my mom sit at her vanity everyday and apply her makeup. There’s something about the routine of sitting down and taking time to get ready that seems so glamorous. I had my dad spray paint a plain white Ikea Malm dressing table a high gloss gray then paired it with this fabulous brass mirror from CB2 – such an unexpected find!

Image above: Since I don’t have an entry this console table in my dining room serves as a landing spot when I come home. The table was purchased at a local store that imports furniture from Indonesia. I love the way the more traditional spindle legs contrast against with my modern Saarinen dining table. The vintage mirror was my first-ever auction purchase. I have since become addicted to the monthly Market Place auctions at Leslie Hindman – so many great deals! The Waterford vase was given to my parents as a wedding gift and my mother recently gave it to me because she said I enjoy fresh flowers far more than she does. As for the art, I paired vintage prints found at the Broadway Antique Market with black and white photos I took during my travels to Europe.


See more of Kristin’s Chicago home after the jump…

Image above: I worked with the existing white walls and added layers of texture and color. The sofa was purchased at Jayson Home, I inherited the velvet chair from my Great Aunt Rita, the vintage brass and glass coffee table was purchased at The Find. The West Elm jute rug provides the perfect neutral base and is layered with a smaller vintage kilim.

Image above: When I found this table at a resale shop it was a dingy yellow color with a cracked leather top. I think most people would have passed it up but I knew it had potential! The lamp is a custom piece I had made out of a citrine geode. I’m in the process of having more made to sell on my website so stay tuned!

Image above: I went with a classic Saarinen table to achieve a youthful, modern look. To add a rustic flavor, I upholstered my antique Louis XVI-style chairs in natural linen and vintage suzani fabrics. I bought the steel étagère in the garden section of Steinmart. I was so excited because it was such a great deal compared to other vintage riveted French industrial pieces I had been eyeing on 1stdibs!

Image above: I filled the French-style étagère with some of my favorite things-including a bowl I purchased while at a friend’s wedding in Mexico, my collection of art and design books, and some of my favorite old family photos.

Image above: Oh I wish you could see the “before” picture of my tv cabinet! I found this piece in the corner of a family friend’s basement. Inspired by Maison Jansen I had the piece refinished with an ebony stain and added large brass ring pulls on the center of the doors to give it a sort of French Maison Jansen-feel. It looks tame on the exterior but when you open the doors the interior is bright yellow.

Image above: I love my Billy Cotton pitcher!

Image above: In my bedroom I stuck to neutral tones with splashes of color. My bedding is a mix of pieces from Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. The tufted headboard was purchased at Antiques on Old Plank road. I love the relaxed feel of the bed and the mixed textures.


Image above: I inherited these velvet chairs (the other one is in my living room) from my Great Aunt Rita. She kept plastic covers on them so the fabric is in perfect condition considering she purchased them in the 1940s. I have thought about reupholstering them but I feel like if I did it would take away from their meaning and history.

Image above: This dresser was my first post-college purchase! My style has definitely evolved since then but I just can’t bring myself to replace this piece. I made the piece that hangs above the dresser.

Image above: I purchased these vintage Stratffordshire dogs because they reminded me of ones that my aunt had on her mantle when I was a kid. The photograph of my grandmother at the beach adds a
personal touch to my dresser.

Image above: I painted one wall in my office with chalkboard paint so I can keep track of my daily to-do list. The vintage metal faux bamboo chair was purchased at Jayson Home.

Image above: This vintage brass Mastercraft mirror, purchased on Etsy, adds a bit of drama to my guest bathroom. The walls are painted in Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball.

Image above: This gallery wall in my guest bathroom is filled with pieces that I’ve purchased at local art fairs. I attend the Chicago Art Institute’s student show every spring because it’s a great place to find
affordable original art from emerging artists. I guess you can say I have a thing for animal art!


Image above: Pinkie! The love of my life – a 9 year old Boston Terrier I rescued when I was in college.



  1. I absolutely love the modern girlyness of this place! The Fornasetti plates add some major luxury. Wish we could have seen the yellow interior of her lovely cabinet.

  2. iris says:

    While my style is definitely not sophisticated Parisian, I *adore* this apartment! Beautiful work!!

  3. deb says:

    So beautiful.

  4. Lisa says:

    love love and love.

  5. Christina says:

    I love Kristin’s style….her refined eye is one of the best ou there. Great feature

  6. Beautiful place, love her decorating style, everything has meaning and purpose.

  7. Lauren says:

    Love it all!! Great mix of old and new.

  8. Natalie says:

    Those velvet chairs are amazing…..

  9. Julie says:

    What a wonderful mix of styles and textures! Great inspiration. Love it.

  10. emily says:

    Love the contrast throughout the house. White and dark walls, light and dark furniture, black and white lampshades and art…i could go on and on. It really makes this house so interesting and real and light and layered. One of my favorite tours you’ve ever done.

  11. LC says:

    Kristin, beautiful home! Who made the bison print on the steel étagère?

  12. Dooree says:

    This is SUCH a beautiful apartment. The hint of fur and velvet hits my weak spot.

  13. Very classy! Love the pooch too.

  14. Ustyna says:

    it’s so gentle and exciting!

  15. Debbie says:

    Beautiful mix of old and new…great job! BTW, are those Waterford lamps on the vanity?

  16. Really loving the way she displays her items. Lots of texture too, which I like.

  17. mandypantz says:

    Yes, please, don’t ever recover those beautiful velvet chairs!

  18. SO lovely, lot’s of interesting details. I’d like to think my pad would be similar if I didn’t live with a boy … ;-)

  19. What a beautiful place – especially the artwork and the little details throughout.

    Question: what is that houseplant/tree in the living room? It’s such a cool shape and the leaves look interesting. I don’t know a think about plants, though…


  20. brie says:

    do you know any more info about the black and white vintage prints? I love them.

  21. erin says:

    I’d love to know what she thinks of the reproduction marble/aluminum tulip tables on overstock and the tabletop dimensions of hers (fits 4 chairs perfectly). The ones on overstock are 48″. Thank you! Beautiful home.

  22. kerri says:

    carly – it’s a fiddle leaf fig tree. i have one and have not managed to kill it yet (knock on wood), despite my lack of green thumb.

  23. Thank, Kerri! And I just found a nice little article on that guy on Gardenista. Fun!

  24. Amberly says:

    Very pretty! Love the Staffordshire dogs! :)

  25. Beautiful! I love her style, especially that DIY gold and white canvas above the dresser, I might have to try that

  26. sandi says:

    Love how you have mixed old/new – vintage/modern; your color combinations are so soothing. Everything flows beautifully. Since I live not too far, it was fun reading about the purchases, as I am familiar with many of the shops. I have an awesome piece that would look lovely on your jewelry hook.
    Pinkie … adorable!

  27. Kristin says:

    That “entryway” console must have come from Nadeau in Ravenswood, and they have stores all over the place across the country! Amazing imported furniture from Southeast Asia at better-than-Ikea pricing and quality. And made out of solid wood!

  28. My favourite thing has to be your copper kettle. I would LOVE one.

  29. Suneiah says:

    Love absolutely everything in this apartment most of all pinkie the Boston terrier. Gorgeous.

  30. Susie says:

    Beautiful Space. Love it’s brightness.

  31. Love the space. She did an amazing job!

  32. eva says:

    those 40’s chairs are awesome. I think they compliment your place and add interest.

  33. dana says:

    Where is your vanity stool from? love!

  34. Jan Dulin says:

    LOVE it ALL! Is the jute rug from West Elm the mini pebble or the boucle?r another and what is the color? thanks in advance!

  35. Jessica says:

    Gorgeous…can I ask what paint color you used in the bedroom/foyer? Thank you!!!!

  36. Tanya says:

    Where did you get those great (crystal?) lamps on either side of your vanity?? Love them!

  37. mandy says:

    where are those lamps on your vanity from?

  38. Madrid says:

    While searching for Parisian, Haussmann style apartments in Chicago I came across your site. Tres chic!!!

  39. Maria Paz says:

    So beautiful! Those velvet chairs… <3
    And your art is beautiful as well! Felicitaciones!!

  40. Becky says:

    Any ideas where I could get the white wooden dressing table stool from? I’m in love!

  41. Jordan says:

    What bed frame and box spring do you have in your bedroom? Do you like it?

  42. Sarah says:

    I was hoping to find out where the stool is from that is paired with the vanity? Love it so much! Thanks!

  43. Lindsay says:

    What is the color of gray gloss that you used for the dressing table? And where is the stool from that you pairs it with? Love your design ideas! Thank you for detailing them!

  44. Kianna says:

    Hi Kerri!

    You spell your name like my momma, which is a rare spelling I feel. I thorougly enjoy looking at your home and you have given me inspiration for my guest room. I’m curious, where did you get your chair that goes with your vanity?

  45. Taylor says:

    Does anyone know where she got her fur vanity stool ?! It’s beautiful I must have it !!!

  46. Lacy says:

    Would love to know what rug is in the bedroom?? Beautiful place

  47. Stephanie says:

    Would you please be so kind as to tell me the measurements of that beautiful vanity table please? Thanks a lot

  48. JE says:

    would you please share the manufacturer of the vanity stool?

  49. Mitzi says:

    …another request for that vanity stool. Is there any hope to get more info on it?


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