A Look Back at my Lakeview Apartment

It’s It’s been a while since my last home tour ran on The Everygirl so in case you missed it, here’s a look back at my Lakeview apartment. It was my 5th home in Chicago in just 6 years–a 2 story apartment on top of 2 Penny Blue on the Southport Corridor.

I moved in just a month before Christmas and Conor joined me less than 6 months later. This place was technically my home but I spent very little time there on my own and it’s where we shared our first Christmas. And Tuck was only there for about a week, but it was his first home, too.

I sat on my deck on every warm spring and summer day and popped across the street to Tango Sur (the best steak in chimichurri in Chicago) too many times to count. This was my first home with a guest room and dedicated office space–two things I really loved having and look forward to having again in the future. And walking buddy through those charming Lakeview streets felt like a stroll through Pleasantville.

See more photos and links to everything in my home tour on The Everygirl.

The living room

I never thought the coffee table would be my most asked about piece of furniture, but I got questions about it every single time I posted. Conor actually found it at an antique shop in Chicago (for $350), sent a photo, and I asked him to put it on hold for me.

This space was so light and bright! The sheer linen curtains let so much light in.

Styling tips

Add curtains and your own lighting to make a rental feel more like you. They’re so easy to install and uninstall when you leave.
Hang some art behind your TV to draw attention away from the television.

Interior Define

Caitlin Sofa

A collaboration between The Everygirl x ID, this piece is like a cloud!
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Marble Coffee Table

Almost identical to my marble coffee table and is priced at under $300
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Chill Media Console

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West Elm

Ivory Jute Boucle

A budget-friendly and durable rug that goes with pretty much everything.
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Baies Candle

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The office

Kara Rosenlund

Wild Horses Photograph

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Serena and Lily

Diamond Jute Rug

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The kitchen and dining room


Wishbone Chair

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Crate & Barrel

Wood & Marble Square Platter

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The stairs and upstairs hallway

Hanging that gallery wall was fun. I just sort of winged it, hanging pieces where I thought they’d look best, and then ordering a few small prints to fill some empty spots. The upstairs is what Pinterest dreams are made of.



Lucite Console

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The Bedroom

Waking up in this room felt like waking up in a flat in London. You know how much I love bright, white rooms and this was the whitest of them all. I hit my head while making the bed at least 4x a week but it always felt worth it.


Urban Outfitters

End table

This table is under $80!
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The Guest Room

The Deck

I had zero view but loved sitting outside on warm summer days.

I’ve gotten so many emails asking how I find my apartments. Each one was actually found on Craigslist except for this one which is owned by my friend Marie (along with the shop below). After dropping something off with her she asked me to come up and see the space she had renovated. I took one step in the door, asked to rent it, and the rest is history.

Do you have any questions about this space or about how to make a rental feel more like home?  

See more photos and links to everything in my home tour on The Everygirl.

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  • Brannan Myers

    August 24, 2017 at 11:40 pm
    Where is the black light fixture in the living room from? Looking for something similar.
  • Nicole Goldberg

    August 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    I love this so much.......so well done!
  • Cara

    August 8, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    Any advice on where to get good throw pillows from? Also, how do you select images for a gallery wall?
  • Katie Marshall

    August 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    I feel like I remember you sharing that this is on Airbnb -- if so, could you share the link? Would love to stay whenever I visit Chicago again!
  • Rach

    August 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    I sooooo love your lakeview apartment! Every detail is amazing! <a href="http://www.rdsobsessions.com" rel="nofollow">www.rdsobsessions.com</a>
  • Michelle

    August 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    I loved this place! Any recommendations for how to make a place with very little natural light brighter? Other than having a bunch of lamps.
  • Masha Berman

    August 8, 2017 at 11:11 am
    This is the apt of my dreams! Absolutely gorgeous and I love what you've done with the decor!! White Silk, Black Leather www.whitesilkblackleather.com
  • Jenn Lake

    August 8, 2017 at 9:08 am
    Love love love! SO good!