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A Bright And Happy Chicago Bungalow

by Rebekah Carey

There’s nothing like a new home (and a job you hate) to make you reevaluate your career. For Layne Jones Postilion, she had grown up watching both her mother and grandmother reupholster, paint, and refresh pieces and spaces to give them new life. So, it only made sense that as she fantasized about all of the possibilities of what her home could become — and taught herself to wallpaper, refinish furniture, and scour the Internet for free furniture pieces — her new career began take on a life of its own.

Soon neighbors began asking her for design help, and The Jones Fix was born. You can now find Layne styling and picking out incredible pieces not only for her own Chicago, IL home with her husband Mark, but for her shop and interiors clients.

Layne knows what most of us strive to remember: good style does not have to be expensive. In that spirit, Layne has kept her pricing on par with that of a handyperson so that her design services can be accessible to those who might have before seen it as only a luxury. This was something she learned to embrace before she began her business, too. Since Layne and Mark love to travel, had just bought a house (which they needed to fill), yet have an eye for quality pieces, it meant they needed to get creative.

Layne has come to feel like this house (the 60th that they looked at!), with its 10-foot-tall ceilings, huge windows with original stained glass, and hardwood floors, has defined her in the best way possible. She wholeheartedly believes in taking your time, trying different styles (like the grey wall color she loved, but didn’t work at all in her own space), and that the lessons she’s learned designing her own home have wholly benefited her clients. While she doesn’t feel like their house is completely “done,” she also admits that this is the happiest she’s ever been with it — and can’t wait to someday transform her backyard into a Moroccan escape, among other projects she’s happy to let evolve.

It’s obvious that Layne and Mark have filled their home with books on their favorite topics — music, decor, and travel — of which they have brought home many a treasure to feature and reinterpret in their space (like the chairs she covered with saris brought back from their honeymoon, or the Nepalese curtains her mother-in-law sewed in their living room). While Layne’s creativity and resourcefulness are impressive, what’s most incredible about the couple’s home is that it gave Layne her dream job. Layne admits she never would have pursued her new path had it not been for this house and the process of styling and designing their home. Rebekah

Photography by Jessica Giesey


Living Room

-blue sofa: Monroe Sofa from West Elm in Celestial Blue
-yellow sofa: free on Nextdoor.com
-green mid-century modern tuxedo chair with teak arms: free on Craigslist
-coffee table: free on Craigslist
-black leather mid-century modern chairs: inherited from grandparents
-wall color: Elmira White by Benjamin Moore
-cabinet color: Sparrow by Benjamin Moore
-sunroom ceiling color: River Reflection by Benjamin Moore
-accessories: Homegoods, Target, and vacation souvenirs
-faceted mirror table: Homegoods
-velvet Ikat pillows: Amazon.com: Black Fig Designs
-ottoman: Salvation Army, fabric from India
-sunburst mirror: One Kings Lane
-plants: Gethsemane Garden Center
-Debby Harry portrait: Corryn Jackson


-assorted framed bugs: Deyrolle Paris and Broms Bug Box on Etsy
-pendant light: West Elm

Dining Room

-table and chairs: Salvation Army
-chair fabric: Ballard Designs
-curtains: sari fabric from Nepal
-Sputnik chandelier: Lowe’s
-rug: West Elm
-wall color: Elmira White by Benjamin Moore
-vases on table: antique bird vase from ebay, 3D flower vases from Anthropologie
-wall art: Kane County Flea Market

Kitchen Eating Area

-accent wall color: Dark Harbor by Benjamin Moore
-all other walls: Elmira White by Benjamin Moore
-warrior lady portrait: (no longer available) “Young Red Haired Woman in Tribal Costume” by Mimi Haddon Photos.com
-table and chairs: Salvation Army
-chandelier: gift (orginally from Lightology)
-candle hurricanes: West Elm
-island pendants: West Elm
-planters: Anthropologie
-plants: Gethsemane Garden Center
-tapestry: purchased in Nepal

Bedroom 1

-four poster bed: inherited from parents
-stained glass in window: inherited from grandparents
-canopy curtain: Saris from India
-bedding: Target and Urban Outfitters
-Josephine Baker portrait: Corryn Jackson
-wall stencil: Royal Stencil Company
-paint for stencil: Grey Owl (background) by Benjamin Moore, Aubusson Blue by Annie Sloan for pattern
-wall color: Arsenic by Farrow and Ball

Bedroom 2

-Ginger Stanley photo: Photos.com
-trundle bed: Layne’s childhood bed
-rug: Charm rug from West Elm

Layne and Mark's Favorite Starburst Mirror In Their Chicago Home On Design* Sponge
"My mom tries to steal this mirror every time she comes to my house." Layne hilariously tells us to, "Feel free to print that." Her walls are painted Elmira White by Benjamin Moore and Layne explains that she loves "how it's beige without feeling dated and 90s. It's just sunny and clean."
Color-Rich Living Room of Designer Featured On Design* Sponge
"The stained glass windows are the reason why we bought this house. I absolutely love them," Layne admits. "It's bright and happy during the day, but interesting and ambient at night. Which makes for great party lighting because everyone looks pretty in warm, glowy light. The seating layout is very conversational and it just feels like us. Portrait of Debby Harry by Corryn Jackson who is amazing. Creepy baby head on the coffee table might be my most prized possesion and was from a tiny store in Annecy, France. The lady who sold it to me didn't speak English and I don't speak French, but we still hugged and clapped and jumped up and down together because I loved the doll head so much and she loved that I loved it. We had a moment. I might have cried," Layne describes.
Bright Couch In Layne and Mark's Chicago Home Tour On Design* Sponge
"I have never met a cone leg that I didn't like," Layne shares. "The little bowl on the coffee table contains two of my most prized possessions: A skull piggy bank from my best friend and the creepy little French doll head I can't shut up about."
Colorful Sunroom/Living Room Combo In Chicago On Design* Sponge
Layne explains the love for her perfect couch, "I fell in love with the color of this sofa (Celestial Blue velvet by West Elm) first and couldn't wait to pop it into the sunroom half of the living room. Coffee table was free on Craigslist and provides a lot of masculine balance to the space. For the longest time the room felt unfinished and I couldn't figure out what was missing. Then I bought a huge palm tree and was like - duh. It taught me a great lesson that I use all the time now, whenever I have that unfinished, 'what's missing?' feeling. Plants are usually the answer," Layne advises.
Layne and Mark Show How Style Doesn't Have To Equal Expensive On Their Design* Sponge Home Tour
Layne couldn't believe her luck when she found the (free!) Craigslist haul of a lifetime with this chair, a matching sofa, mid-century wall unit (with a built-in bar), coffee table and campaign mirror not only at zero cost, but delivered. "I couldn't believe my luck. In fact, still can't believe it. It was like a decor miracle."
Vintage Finds Reign In This Chicago Bungalow House Tour On Design* Sponge
"THIS LAMP. It makes me so happy. I love lamp. My house is 100 years old and there are radiators everywhere," Layne explains. "I painted all of the radiator covers white and have a very careful ratio of plants, books, and brass objects on all of them."
Mark and Layne's Colorful And Eclectic Living Room From Their Design* Sponge Home Tour
There is no limit to how far Layne will go, or for how long she'll carry something to get the perfect piece. "I am so proud of this room. I think the total spent in this shot is $600 and the tapestry alone was $300. Ottoman, chair and yellow velvet sofa were all free from Craigslist and Nextdoor," she shares. "The ottoman I covered in sari fabric I bought in India. Tapestry I bought when I was in Istanbul. I had the worst flu ever and a fever of 102 and I still made it out of bed to the souk... But seriously, I love that thing. Retro lamp is from an antique store I found in Ann Arbor when I was waiting for a train to Chicago. I bought it and had to carry it home on my lap. And the convex starburst mirror is perfect and looks good anywhere."
Layne's Favorite Colorful Ikat Pillows On Their Design* Sponge Home Tour
Layne shares that she first fell in love with these pillows when she was in Paris, but couldn't afford them at the time. "After I came home, I chased them down online and found them on Amazon! I bought 15 of them. The colors are so boho but the texture is pure luxury."
Pop of Color Added With Painting The Back Wall In Layne and Mark's Design* Sponge Home Tour
"I was obsessed with painting the back wall of our house this color. It's called Dark Harbor (by Benjamin Moore) and it's just the deepest, moodiest teal you ever saw," Layne shares. "The portrait is from Photos.com and I just fell in love with her. I wanted something striking and unexpected and she totally fit the bill."
Shayne and Mark's Thrifted Dining Nook On Their Design* Sponge Home Tour
"My kitchen eating area is where we spend a ton of time and it sits between an island peninsula and a half wall -- which made the space feel choppy and weird until I covered it with plants."
Layne and Mark's Design* Sponge Home Tour
"This is our cat, Mary J. Blige. She loves hanging out underneath the vintage table." Layne shares that she scored this Platner style table at the Salvation Army for only $15. The souk rug is from West Elm and Layne likes how cozy and easy-to-clean it is. The couple made the curtains from a sari they bought in Nepal.
Layne Shares Her Sputnik Love On Her Design* Sponge Home Tour
Ever an expert of the high and low, Layne shares how her lifelong love of Sputniks led to finding this affordable Lowe's option. Her tip? Add a dimmer, because it adds an exorbitant amount of light without one: "When it's dimmed it looks awesome... I have big, huge Edison bulbs on it and all of the amber light makes the whole room glow in the prettiest way. And it's pretty dramatic. Which I love."
Stenciled Wall In Layne And Mark's Chicago Home Tour On Design* Sponge
"Josephine Baker is a personal hero and I asked the artist Corryn Jackson if she could do this portrait on an old window that is original to our house," Layne shares. "I am so happy with how it turned out. The wall is stenciled by me. I love how it reads like wallpaper but costs a fraction of the amount. And when I am sick of it, I can paint over it."
Mermaid Vibes In This Chicago Home Tour On Design* Sponge
"This is my favorite black and white photo in my house," Layne says. "I have been obsessed with mermaids since I was a kid, and this photo speaks to my little mermaid heart. It's Ginger Stanley, who was one of the original Weeki Wachee Mermaids at the Weeki Wachee Mermaid Resort in the 50s. The trundle bed is great for my out-of-town nieces and nephews."
Guest Room Art Details In Layne And Mark's Chicago Home On Design* Sponge
"I saw a video once where Gwen Stefani was wearing a shirt that said, 'Can't Touch This.' It stuck with me. In a world of 'Live, Laugh, Love' I feel like typography has gotten a bad name," Layne admits. "I like it if it's cheeky."
What Layne And Mark Love Most About Their Home On Design* Sponge
"What we love about our house... stained glass windows and our new puppy!"
Homeowners, Layne And Mark, From Their Design* Sponge Home Tour
The homeowners, Layne (an interior stylist and owner of The Jones Fix) and her husband Mark (a database developer), found their Portage Park bungalow after seeing 60 other homes!
Layne And Mark's Floor Plan From Their Home Tour On Design* Sponge
The Chicago, IL home's floor plan.

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  • There are so many things I LOVE about the decor of this house! She really integrated everything together so well!…I mean a skull piggy bank and a doll head sitting in a wooden bowl on top of a modernesque coffee table!

    It’s quirky (but not too quirky) and it screams “be comfortable while visiting me”

    I think the gorgeous couch with the bolsters are my absolute favourite though!

  • What a lovely and colorful place and I especially liked the lighting. As a 90’s kid, I enjoyed seeing the ‘Can’t Touch This’ above the trundle bed!

  • I love how bright and airy this home is! I wanted a blue couch just like that when I was picking out a couch for my first real apartment, but I let the furniture saleswoman talk me into getting a “practical” gray color…looking at this room, makes me wish I would’ve stuck with my gut and got blue! I also love all the plants and touches of color. Great décor job!

  • Layne! I am so loving this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. Jessica Geisey did a fantastic job with photography and your eye for design is incredible. Hugs to you both!

  • I can’t blame your mom, that starburst mirror is fabulous! I’d probably try to walk off with it too after a glass of wine. :)

    Beautiful space, and I love how it has such good stories to go with it too.

  • I found Layne a while back through Instagram, and I’m glad to see more of her home here! She is so hilarious and fun, and I love how her sense of humor comes through in her decorating. I could admire her living room all day. That yellow sofa is my dream!

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