my living room/studio

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I have to admit, I’m still buzzing with excitement over the Rue Mag feature (pg. 46) today. In fact, there were so many more awesome photos that didn’t make the magazine, I decided to make an entirely new post sharing them. Emily Anderson did such a great job with the photography it was impossible to just pick a few. And in case you haven’t seen, here is the tour of my bedroom as well.

It’s also awesome to finally be able to look back on my original makeunder plan (post one, post two) from this summer and see how it all came together.

A shot of the full room. Living room on the left, studio desk on the right. (The kitchen is directly behind this space.)

My DIY gold paintings with white felt flowers. So easy to make for such strong impact.

My desk. Where I spend my workdays working on MML and Jess LC. One day I’d like to turn this white marble farm house table into a kitchen island.

Gotta give a shout out to Erin at Plush Studio for making my custom blue chevron curtains.

These Lack Shelves from Ikea are so fun to re-accessorize with the seasons (little can you tell that there were Christmas decorations all over the apartment the day before this shoot!).

The yellow chair was my one large color commitment. It pops in the room perfectly. I’m so glad I went bold!

Coffee table (found in the dumpster) with Voluspa candle Crisp Champagne.

A jewelry box holds my desk supplies.

Thanks for visiting my home! I’ll be back later today with the bedroom photos.

Where to find my pieces:

Bookshelves with these shelves laid horizontally
Arm Chair
Table Lamps
Floor Lamp
Love Pillow
Desk Chair
Vintage found thrifting or in the trash: white marble farm table (used as my desk), polka dot bowls, penguin book ends, and gold metal coffee table.

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  1. Shelley

    Wow Jess! I’m so impressed, and I want to move in with you! 🙂 Such a light and airy yet grounded space. Gorgeous.

  2. kelsey

    Your space is gorgeous! I love the yellow chair and those curtains. Well done!

  3. Kelley

    Your place is amazing. I love the crisp white with pops of cheerful color. Thanks so much for sharing these photos! Your desk is so tidy too, I wish mine looked like that!

  4. I can’t even tell you how much I love it! It is SO YOU. Fresh and colorful and bright! Love all the lamps you have too, that’s one thing I have on my list is more table-top lighting.

    Definitely one of my favorite features this month!

  5. Allison

    What a gorgeous apartment- so bright and airy. I’m moving in April (to a studio apartment, ahh), and I’ve definitely gotten loads of style inspiration from this post! Congrats on the magazine feature!

  6. Jess…congratulations on the feature! and your place looks so wonderful. Super bright and happy.

  7. Marissa

    Jess, your home is so beautiful. You’ve incorporated the studio and livings spaces so seamlessly, I love how you’ve defined your spaces. And I’m obsessed with those curtains!!

  8. annie

    Jess, your place is amazing, and based on what we see on this blog, very “you.” I love being able to see your intentions come to life. What a wonderful, bright space to come home to!

  9. Jill

    gorgeous! You are totally inspiring me for my living room which I hope to re-do this spring! LOVELY! What a fun bachelorette-pad! 🙂

  10. Maddie

    You’ve done such a great job with your home! It looks like a very inspiring place—and a perfect place to do creative business. I’m actually looking at apartments in Lakeview now (moving back to Chicago, woot woot), so it makes me especially excited to see these sun-filled rooms and huge windows.

    Congrats on the lovely feature. 🙂

  11. Sarah

    Love your living room! I particularly have a soft spot for your curtains. Obviously great minds think alike 🙂
    My mom and I made those curtains for my living room in my tiny garage apartment. The rest of your room has given me major inspiration to get my booty in gear and finish decorating!

  12. This was one of my favorite features in Rue. Your home is so beautiful and perfectly fitting to your personality 🙂

  13. Jess

    Thank you all so much! I’m so happy to hear your comments on my space after all this time! I’ve been on pins and needles waiting to share it!

    @ Caitlin,

    Thank you so much! The Chicago pillow is from SG Grand in Chicago. Debra, the owner, is adorable and so sweet! Here is her shop link:

    Have a great day,

  14. Awesome! I don’t live in Chicago anymore and it doesn’t look like they’re available online so I’ll have to make sure to visit SG Grand when I go home to visit in October! Thanks again!

  15. Jess

    @ Caitlin: You are most welcome!

    Thanks so much for the sweet notes, ladies!!

  16. Monica

    I love all the little pillows you’ve got! They’re adorable and really pull everything together!

  17. Jenny

    Just adore your space, that armchair is gorgeous! So inspiring and happy!

  18. Kelly

    LOVE it! What a great space! The curtains have to be my favorite part, they instantly caught my eye.

  19. Michele

    I’m in love with every piece you’ve chosen for your apartment! It’s lady like and chic and oh so cute! Quick question- where did you find your jewelry box you used on your desk? I once saw that box online somewhere and it’s practically been haunting me since!! I neeeeed it! 🙂

  20. christine

    Hi Jess, Could you please share how you made your DIY gold paintings with the white flowers?

  21. Jess

    @ Christine: Thanks so much for asking about the white flower paintings! They were super simple to make (though not as super quick – the flowers are handmade and take some time). I wrote about them here at the bottom of the post.

    I hope this helps!

    Have a great day,

  22. Ahhhhh…Thank you SO much for sharing your beautiful space…It inspired me to purchase that yellow chair =) I’m hoping it can bring as much style to our space as it did yours!

  23. Megan

    Oh wow, I just love your space. I just love your chair and curtains. I just spent half an hour trying to work out ho to ship that chair to New Zealand, alas it is not to be, way too expensive! But it is perfect! Totally love the idea of chevron curtains though. Surely that’s doable :o)

  24. Chantel

    I came across your blog yesterday and have been getting rid of stuff left and right! I’m loving it! I was feeling like I was overwhelmed with stuff I didn’t even love. I was just wondering where if you bookcases were the lack ones from Ikea? The link doesn’t work anymore . . .

  25. Ivana Minerich

    Desk chairs that are made from metals are the best since they are very sturdy and they last very long. The finish also looks very elegant on desk chairs. ‘:;.*

    Kind regards

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