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Vintage Treasures Spice Up a Bohemian Bungalow

by Sofia Tuovinen

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Like so many others who have settled in Oak Park, IL, Amanda and Peter couldn’t imagine leaving. “Oak Park is the center of our everything. We love our community, our friends, our church, our schools, our charities, our parks… everything,” the couple explains. When it was time to look for a new home, they didn’t think twice about staying in their beloved area. They soon came across a recently gutted and renovated classic bungalow — the house was ideal for their needs, and large enough for their daughters Sadie and Marin and three beagles, Josie, Hermione and Scarlett, to roam.

Some old Oak Park bungalows are known for their choppy layouts and lack of natural light, but thanks to the recent remodel, Amanda and Peter’s house couldn’t be more different. Each room in their home feels spacious and is full of natural light. It truly offers the family the best of both worlds — the charm of an old home, with the amenities of modern-day living.

Amanda, a partner at large law firm, and Peter, a middle school Montessori math and science teacher, have always been eco-conscious and loved the idea of filling their new home with plenty of vintage pieces. To achieve their vision before the move-in date, the couple hired Natalie Papier and Kim Daunis of Home Ec. The decorating duo helped visualize room layouts, sourced furniture and decor, and styled each space with the eclectic and bohemian flair that Amanda is so fond of. As the walls had been recently painted, Natalie and Kim focused on adding color, pattern, and lots of different textures to each space. They sourced bold wallpapers and brought in rugs, pillows, art, and plenty of plants. The most important thing was to create a fun and family-friendly environment with both the girls and the dogs in mind.

Amanda and Peter are strong supporters of dog rescue organizations and have fostered more than 20 rescue beagles, in addition to giving a loving home to their permanent furry residents. Surprisingly enough, the llama is another animal that has an omnipresence throughout the family’s eclectic home — but that’s a whole different story. A dear family friend moved to Ecuador a few years ago, and that’s where Amanda fell in love with these ubiquitous animals. To represent their fondness for dogs and llamas, the family wanted to incorporate artwork and photos of both animals into their decor.

Amanda and Peter both grew up Deadheads, and music has always been an integral part of the family’s everyday life. That 60s and 70s sense is also evident in their home, where old treasures and fun art add heaps of retro flair. The process of researching, organizing and decorating the home took a few months from start to finish, and the family couldn’t be more pleased. Their bohemian bungalow is now an ideal mix of old and new, exactly as they had envisioned it. —Sofia

Photography by Jamilla Yipp
Family portrait by Thomas Slack

Image above: One of the things that Amanda and Peter appreciate most in their home is the openness and bright and airy feel. The living room, with its window bay, soaks in sunlight. Home Ec. used various colorful and patterned throw pillows for a mix-and-match feel.

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Natalie and Kim of Home Ec. sourced a mid-century record player for the living room — the player now contributes to the family’s love for music.

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The living room multi-functions as the family’s music room. A vintage rattan loveseat was updated with a patterned cushion from Target. The New York canvas was a gift from Amanda’s mother.

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The music corner is where Marin plays the piano. Sadie’s chosen instrument is the violin.

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A vintage wingback chair and a floor lamp from Target create a perfect reading nook.

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Peter and Amanda with their daughters Sadie and Marin.

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Rattan pieces add a global flair to the foyer.

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The Honolulu wallpaper by Graham & Brown is a stunning backdrop in the dining room. The green hutch, also known as “the Kermit,” was a vintage score.

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Home Ec. mixed vintage rattan dining chairs with mustard armchairs for contrast.

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Comfortable furniture and bohemian details make the family room an ideal space for relaxing. To add some old-time charm to the space, Natalie and Kim hung an old leaded glass window over an existing window.

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There is plenty of room to curl up in the family room’s velvet chair-and-a-half.

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The upstairs gallery wall features acquired art and family photos. To bring the hallway to life, the walls were painted in a soothing green — Clearspring Green by Benjamin Moore.

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The stairway was transformed from a pass-through space to one of the most stunning features of the house.

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Bold patterns, wicker and reclaimed wood makes up Amanda and Peter’s master bedroom.

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The reclaimed wood bed from West Elm adds a rustic and relaxed touch to the master bedroom decor. The four drawers in the bed add valuable extra storage.

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The guest bedroom shows the family’s love for color, pattern and beagles!

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“What I like best about my home is that it feels like ME” — Amanda

 

Source list

Living room:
Rug – West Elm
Red couch – West Elm
Wishbone chair – Target
Printed chair with lucite legs – World Market
Acrylic coffee table – Wayfair
Wicker ottoman – Target
Peacock chair – Lulu & Georgia
Round rug – Wayfair
Patchwork ottoman – Pier One
Brass floor lamp – Target

Dining room:
Mustard armchairs – Anthropologie
Chandelier – Pelle gooseneck chandelier / West Elm

Family room:
Rug – vintage / SharkGravy
Couch – Room and Board
Armchair – Bliss armchair / West Elm
Carved wood coffee table – Nadeau, Chicago
Sofa table made by Kelly Hass
Lamp – Urban Outfitters
Floor lamp – World Market

Stairway & hallway:
Wallpaper – Draping Poppies / Anthropologie
Green paint – Clear Spring Green by Benjamin Moore
Macramé wall piece – HollyMuellerHome via Etsy
Wood bead chandelier – Shades of Light

Master bedroom:
Bed frame – West Elm
Duvet – All Modern
Wicker wall art – Target

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