Lauren & Kevin’s Urban Jungle Oasis — House Tour

Best Advice: Neither of us are designers, so our place is the result of a lot of trial and error. Foster for The Calm Gallery
• Faux wood blinds: Ikea
• Pelmet boxes: made with foam core board, batting, Lewis Sharon suzani print fabric, and lots of staples
• Chippendale chairs: Salvation Army, painted black and reupholstered in the same suzani fabric
• Silver tray table: Target
• Carpet: Ikea
• Coffee table: Lincoln Antique Mall
• Gold coffee table tray: Threshold for Target
• Couch: Corona from Macy’s
• Throw pillows: Target
• Lauren’s desk and chair: Target mirrored console and Salvation Army, respectively
• Kevin’s desk and chair: Ikea Malm console and an alley find dragged in by a friend, respectively
• Lamp: Arc Lamp from cb2 (which we are looking to replace)
• Billy Bookshelves: Ikea, with one extender on each. Favorite Element: The sunlight and tall ceilings. Also, I would love to get my hands on bedding from Leontine Linens. Vibrant colors and a panoply of fanciful objects give the space a warm and inviting feeling, and their home, so full of pattern and life, makes it seem as if winter were a thousand miles away. Open House Tour

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While one might call their home eclectic, vintage-inspired, or collected, I think the term that best sums up Lauren and Kevin’s style is “unafraid.” Salmon walls? Biggest Indulgence: Our biggest indulgence is probably our collection of small indulgences; we are both big book lovers and are constantly tempted by new titles to add to our shelves. Name: Lauren and KevinLocation: Lincoln Park, Chicago, IllinoisSize: One bedroomYears lived in: 3 1/2 years (2 1/2 together); rented

Stepping into Lauren and Kevin’s apartment, you would never know that it was blustery outside and that winter had already cast its gray-white pallor across the world. I’m working on being proud of what we have done rather than focusing solely on those things we’ve yet to do. What they’ve created is a home that shows precisely who they are and what they love. Inspiration: Museums, antique stores, other people’s homes, store/brand aesthetics (everything from Ralph Lauren to Kate Spade). The walls are peppered with meaningful objects and homages to the movies, books, and art that have shaped them, and for every touch of Lauren, there’s an equal dose of Kevin; her love of Godard and animals comes together neatly with his affection for Batman and Shakespeare. These things may have given other decorators pause, but for Lauren and Kevin, the question was, “Why not?” — and the results speak volumes. Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form. Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form.• Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Sunburst taken from Lauren’s childhood home, peacock from Lincoln Antique Mall, horse head from Roost, Kissing Checklist print by Rachel E. It’s a bad habit and a difficult one to break. (Images: Carolyn Purnell)

• HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE: Check out past house tours here.• Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? What Friends Say: “Can’t wait to see ‘Lauren Kevin’s Urban Jungle Oasis’ on Apartment Therapy!”— an email from our friend Jean after we told her we were doing a tour. The kitchen cabinetry leaves a lot to be desired, and we could do with a hallway closet. Now you can’t use that title. A horse head in the kitchen? Open House Tour

Resources of Note:


• Octagon mirror: Brownstone Antiques
• Lamp: HomeGoods base with shade recovered with an Otomi print
• Bust: taken from Lauren’s childhood home
• Abstract print: Luli Sanchez for West Elm


• Accent wall paint color: Salmon by Ralph Lauren
• Dining table: cb2
• Chairs: Orbit chairs from cb2
• Art wall: mixed sources. Open House Tour

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic. What with the zebra-print accents, lush, large-scale plants, and variety of fauna, one begins to understand the aptness of the jungle analogy, and upon consideration, it even functions on a deeper level. Dream Sources: Estate sales and antique stores — without having to look at price tags — and Chicago shops like Jayson and Brimfield. ☺ (Writer’s note: We’ll see about that….Thanks, Jean!)

Biggest Embarrassment: I still feel the need to apologize for our apartment and explain away half-finished projects when guests come over.

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