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Somewhere in the Evanston’s Ridge Historic District, IL, there’s a historic 1880s home where beautiful vintage furniture and floor lamps shine. This 19th century home was updated by interior designer Jodi Morton, from 2to5 Design and the result was a very retro feeling home, with a lot of stories to tell.
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The home has a large parlor and living room, office, dining room, kitchen and powder room on the first floor. On the second floor are four bedrooms and two full baths, but the biggest project was one floor higher.
“The unused attic space was something the homeowners knew they would finish at some point,” according to Jodi. So, she turned the unfinished crawl space into a gathering space.
“They wanted a large family friendly space to accommodate their high school aged children as well as an additional full bath. Being a historic home, this space was a wonderful opportunity to create a more clean and modern feel than would be appropriate on the other floors of the home.”
In the open family room, we can see how this mid-century modern floor lamp is the perfect juxtaposition between the retro world and the modern elements around the room. Its teak wooden legs bring us back to the nostalgic 60s. Love at first sight!
The designer started with a very light, clean palette for the walls, Jodi then selected large upholstery in family friendly fabrics to withstand the hard wearing habits of lots of kids hanging out.
Throughout the rest of the home, Jodi balanced the traditional style with the owners’ eclectic collection of outsider art, cartoon art and vintage safety posters as well as 1960s furniture, like the floor lamp we’ve seen above.
In the open spaced attic we can see how there’s plenty of space for a friend gathering, with very modern furniture and pattern choices.
Photos ©: 2to5 Design
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