In Chicago, An Apartment with a Sartorial Approach

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Image above: I love my Billy Cotton pitcher!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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iris

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

Julie

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

emily

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.

LC

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

Dooree

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

Debbie

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

mandypantz

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

Lauren Ashley

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 … ;-)

Carly @mochihome

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…

Thanks!

brie

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

erin

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.

kerri

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.

Shannon Malone

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

sandi

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!

Suneiah

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

eva

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

Jan Dulin

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!

Jessica

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

Tanya

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

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