For my first Virtual House Tour I thought I would start at home. To be more precise, my last home. I moved with my family to Louisville, Kentucky from Chicago six months ago. (Stay tuned for an updated virtual house tour of my new place!) Back in 2012, I had my Chicago home featured on Apartment Therapy by my pal and AT contributor, Carolyn Purnell. A few of her pictures are below, but I encourage you to check out her original post on Apartment Therapy.
As a professional interior designer I get to work on projects with a clear “start” and “end” date. In my own home, however, the process is more of an evolution. There is always an aspect of the situational (the sofa I’d like to replace, but can’t afford to just yet) and the aspirational (like the aged brass etageres that don’t really work in my living room but would be fabulous in my imaginary, future home’s entry!). The only room in my home that I have ever designed from start to finish was my daughter’s nursery. Everything else has been the result of the long process of replacing each hand-me-down or IKEA piece with “real” furniture that I have selected and purchased over many years.
This is all to say that while there are some corners of my current and previous homes that I feel 100% satisfied with, there are others that fall short of my desires and expectations. And as we all know, when you live in a place for a long time (as I did in Chicago) eventually even the things that you once loved will seem tired and ready for an update. But that’s half the fun of design, isn’t it? We change and evolve as people and our homes should reflect the different stages of our lives.
With that in mind, please enjoy these photos of my last home–a lakeside condo in Chicago–and look forward to seeing how I utilize all the same pieces in my new rental apartment in Louisville! –Bethany