warning, friends: this post has an absolute deluge of pictures!
i’ve owed you this post for a bit now, my dear readers. i took these pictures in march, on a day that reached summer-like temperatures we have yet to see again.
i’ve been friends with ashley for several years, and in that time, she has lived in several different apartments, each one different from the last in layout and feel, and eventually moved in with mark, when their possessions merged. and to each apartment she has brought her tastes and possessions, acquired throughout her lifetime, from the many countries she’s lived in, and every time, i have loved the finished result. so i thought i would share with you their beautiful home, in the hopes that it inspires you as much as it inspires me!
ashley and mark on their wedding day with their rescued greyhound, grace.
ashley and mark live in andersonville, a neighborhood with very strong swedish influences in chicago.
the foyer- the base of the sewing table was a gift found by mark’s friend and mark found the top, an old printmakers tray, while helping his brother clean out his garage. they had glass cut to fit the top, and the sections are filled with many small trinkets. the mirror above was in the stairwell of a friends apartment building, and ashley pestered the owner until they sold it to her.
the guest room, soon to be nursery- the photo next to the lamp is ashley as a baby & her mom. the typewriter was from a thrift store. the old old photo on the wall was left in her friend’s house and it reminded her of ashley, and so it was gifted.
ashley found the dresser in an alley in lincoln park and an old roommate repainted it to the current color. it’s actually about to get a fresh coat of paint so it can be used as little luca’s (yes, of wool leaves fame) dresser.
the bed was a craigslist find, and her mother made the quilt. the rug was woven by a family that lives at the top of a mountain in oman called jebel shams. she met them and bought the rug off the patriarch who was this old guy who also proclaimed himself the “mayor” of the village (so who knows about the validity of that claim). the dragonfly print is from a large book of nature illustrations (you can spot it in the living room under the glass coffee table).
the living room- the tv stand was from a scout sidewalk sale. the portrait of a lady in the gold frame is mark’s, and the more abstract portrait of a lady through squares is from ashley’s friend, erica keck.
the side table is an old tea container that ashley found in the alley. they were shipped from india, with the shipping label is still on them. they must have been entirely filled with tea, they still had some tea in them and still do in the nooks and crannies inside. the couches were an old sectional that ashley made a new slipcovers for. the black kitty is clive.
the tripod lamp was a recent acquisition from target.
the twig lamp was hand me down. The art deco iron table it’s on was a craigslist find.
the nude portrait was bought in budapest, and apparently is by a semi-well known hungarian woman artist. ashley loved the colors and the odd cropping. the military portrait is mark’s. the side table is from india, but ashley bought it in oman, where she was living at the time. the rugs and kilim pillows are all from oman and dubai.
mark’s dad brought back the cuckoo clock from the black forest region of germany when he was stationed there. the portrait of mark was painted by chicago artist mark jackson.
mark refinished the dining room table. the stack of suitcases were collected from various thrift stores and rummage sales, and hold a fair amount of ashley’s i’m smitten stock in an easily accessible and pretty manner.
the cactus is mark’s, given to him by an old boss (and friend) who he helped drive out and move to santa fe. she is a big gardener.
the papier-mache masks were brought back from a trip to india by a friend of mark’s.
the leggy plant on the windowsill is a mother of thousands and was brought back from a trip to south carolina for a friend’s wedding. ashley stayed in a bed and breakfast, and the woman who ran the b&b gave it to her. the babies of that plant were given out as ashley & mark’s wedding favors.
the zebra mask above the small bookcase was purchased by ashley on a trip to kenya.
the largest tray of butterflies was ashley’s grandmother’s, the rest were donated to the biology department at her old school.
the armoire was bought unfinished by ashley’s parents and then painted to put in her nursery. the cool little globe next to the armoire was mark’s grandparents’. the skull was found by a friend in new mexico.
mark made the sculpture next to the skull and he stained the wood with kool-aide. the cameras were collected in art school at thrift stores in albuquerque.
the long mirror in the hallway used to hang in a stationery factory in pilsen that a friends father owned. when they sold the factory, ashley got the mirror.
the bag was a rice bag from oman, though ashley has spotted them in devon (a heavily southeast asian area of chicago).
the art is a lotta jansdotter print.
the master bedroom- the vignette of the artwork hung in the bedroom is all romantic art- a piece ashley gave to mark when they were dating (the foxes), a print of a squid attacking a boat that he made for her after their first date, but didn’t get to give to her until they began dating in earnest a year and a half later, and two pieces that were wedding presents. that’s why they are all grouped together.
the big baskets are from a village in oman called nizwa, and the locals use them to carry lots of green grassy stuff on their heads. (ashley thinks it’s goat food that they are carrying as nizwa is known for its goats and they have a huge goat auction that is pretty amazing.)
the bedframe is from colonial india.
mark’s dad brought the navajo blanket at the foot if the bed back from an army trip. the kitty is baiza, and she gives the most fabulous kitty hugs.
ashley’s bedside table is the mate of the tea shipping container that is a side table in the living room.
wall art by anders nilsen, a local artist and friend of ashley’s.
the mirror was found in an alley by ashley.
the old radio was mark’s grandpa’s and he had re-wired it to still work and play from their computer. the cart was purchased at a sidewalk sale from roost.
most of the teacups are from their wedding shower (they were party favors and they took home the leftovers). ashley got the tangine in oman, where she watched the guy paint it. it’s one of her prized possessions.
the arabic board was from a vegetable market in oman. the guy DID NOT want to sell it and it took several months of nagging him to get him to agree. ashley paid for him to have a new sign painted (which was still ridiculously cheap). the toys on top of the door frame are mark’s.
mark got the cute little red kettle as a housewarming gift when they moved into their new home. The picnic baskets on top of the cabinets are from the wedding (i have a photoset dedicated to that here, if you’re interested!).