Paige Wassel was doing the job as a freelance prop stylist in Los Angeles when she resolved to go again to her hometown of Chicago and get a 700-sq.-foot condo. “I desired a thing tiny that wanted some work—not a complete gut renovation—so I could renovate it on my personal and with some enable from my dad, who applied to flip houses with mates as a hobby,” she states. Encouraged by the system of it all, Paige started off a YouTube channel on interior trends and movie star properties, and even had her boyfriend pitch in on doing some of the perform with the renovations. The most challenging process? Staying in just a stringent funds.
“When I first moved in [in 2019], my bank account was drained, so I didn’t get started renovating for about six months,” Paige says. “Even then, my price range was tight, so the renovation occurred in phases.” The artistic prop stylist located a way about that, working with YouTube to understand how to just take out the rest room sink and set up a new one particular, and instructing herself how to tile a backsplash and switch light fixtures. For the do the job she couldn’t do herself, like setting up wooden flooring, for example, she observed people to help by Craigslist.
Upcoming up, Paige put a great deal of operate into finding pleasurable, quirky specifics in secondhand retailers. “I located an aged cabinet for my place of work, knobs for drawers, fabric for a Diy headboard, and chairs to be reupholstered,” she claims. “Almost all the things in my place is secondhand and, if not, I shopped at IKEA. My sources involved Craigslist, Facebook Market, Etsy, OfferUp, vintage and antique retailers, estate gross sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other individuals.” —Kristen Bateman
For 5 many years, Robin Anderson labored her way through her clients’ historic Victorian residence, room by area. The rebuilt carriage house—the initial was destroyed by ice dams—was the project’s incredibly final ingredient. In the new style and design, the base portion housed a a few-vehicle garage and the top, a a person-bedroom apartment. “They have all the rooms they need to have, so this is a reward area, say, for girls’ nights. [It’s also] exactly where her parents remain when they visit,” the designer states.
Considering that it is different from the key property, Robin reasoned, this did not require to be a clone. As a substitute, it feels like a mini holiday vacation desired destination. Her type of choice? An up to date just take on French nation. “The shoppers are far more modern, but they are into whatever I’ve got heading on at the instant,” Robin says. “I experimented with a French vibe working with typical and present day components that really feel European.”
A greige-and-ivory checkerboard tile ground greets visitors in the vestibule, then operates its way up the stairs to the kitchenette in the ethereal wonderful space. “The tile provides a lot visually and divides the kitchen from the residing location,” Robin explains. “It helps it truly feel like its have place.” —Marni Elyse Katz