Design Inspiration for Our New Home


Sharing a look at the design inspiration behind our new home under construction….

Bench with vintage pillows

{Love this bench with a variety of linen pillows, and pop of blue art above}

It seems as if I’ve been pinning interior design inspiration for our new home in Chicago for a year, and now it’s really starting to come together. The foundation is in, and there are actual floors to walk on. Crazy! It seems like yesterday that we were demolishing the old building to start from scratch. The home will be four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, split between three levels. Most lots in Chicago are 25×125, so you have a very limited space you can work with, but we did the best we could to make it feel unique. I thought it’d be fun to show you guys a few pictures from my Pinterest Board where I’ve been pinning away ideas for the space – everything from overall design to furniture and decor.

Long hallway with white oak floors

{White oak floors are a definite. I love how they brighten up the space. Especially love the use of the large photo frames along the wall – could be cool for our upstairs!}
Rod iron banister

{I’m leaning towards a rod iron banister on the stairs}

For anyone who has gone through a new construction process, I’m sure you can relate that it’s a lot of fun, but a little stressful at the same time. Soo many decisions! I’m most excited about being able to customize everything! We spent a lot of time thinking about the kitchen and main living space since we spend the majority of our time there, and of course the master bedroom and bathroom- hello his and her closets!

As I’ve mentioned before, we want this space to feel somewhat like a retreat, with a bit of a coastal feel, incorporating natural elements like wood and vintage textiles, with neutral walls and furniture mixed with oil rubbed bronze and brass fixtures.  grey and white kitchen with brass pendants

We are going to have two windows on either side of our range similar to the above. Really digging these brass pendants! breakfast nook with coastal elements

{In our breakfast nook, I’m thinking of using a light fixture similar to this, if we end up having one, along with a wooden table.}
brass light fixture

I’ve had my eye on this light fixture forever. It also comes in black. Since our dining room will be in the center of the house, in between our formal living room and kitchen, I want something that has a straight line of sight through the middle so the fixture opens up the space. wood dress, metal floor lamp, kate marker interiors

My future in-laws have a floor lamp like the one above at their house in Florida and I’m obsessed. I love the mix of wood and rod iron, and especially love the objects on the dresser. dark shiplap bathroom

I’m still not sure if I can pull the trigger on a super dark bathroom, but I love this fresh take on shiplap. Cement tile looks great in a smaller bathroom as well, so we may do this in the powder room. This darker room could be something cool for our bathroom in the basement.  neutral bedroom

Amber Interiors never fails at making a bedroom stylish and comfortable at the same time. I love the use of vintage textiles on the bed, layered rugs and wooden furniture in this bedroom.  farmhouse inspired dining room For our dining room, our main goal is to have a place that is functional. One where we want to spend a lot of time in and not just when we have company. To do so, we are opting for comfortable seating! In addition, most likely incorporating a long farmhouse style wooden table, and neutral window treatments.

We’re hoping to move in 6-7 months from now, which will be right after our wedding. I can’t wait to show you all more progress along the way. Hope you have a great weekend!


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