In most cases, the passions of the homeowners we feature influence the look of their homes. Chef’s kitchens, for example, are typically enviable, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more interesting greenhouse than that of a plant lover. In recent years, however, a different type of passion is influencing homes all over the world: being eco-friendly. I hadn’t thought about it until recently, but it has its own unique way of coming to life through decor and style. Such is the case with Green Lifestyle Expert Ashlee Piper’s rental in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood.
The 100-year-old space brims with recycled goods, vegan products and secondhand finds, the last of which holds the utmost importance to Ashlee. She simply couldn’t have her green home contributing to the creation of any more “things.” In fact, she’s so dedicated to the Earth-friendly movement, a staggering 95% of the Craftsman-style home’s furnishings are either from Craigslist or the garbage! All of this scrounging around doesn’t mean this home is a mish-mash of styles and random finds, though. Ashlee has taken her time to really forage for eye-catching pieces from Urban Outfitters, IKEA and more to give the space a modern and clean personality.
While it took time to make sure her space was affordably decorated while doing right by our planet, Ashlee would do it all over again if she had to. That’s how much she adores the cozy feel of her space. But looks aren’t everything. There’s something more to her house that really gets her every time she walks through the door. Her home reflects her values, and she couldn’t be more proud. Click through to see more. Enjoy! —Garrett