It is seriously hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I took on my first official interior design project – a condo in Chicago. For this project I created a design plan for the client, sourced furniture and decor and advised on purchases from Atlanta. My client recently sent me a few photos of how she’s put the plan together over the last few months and I thought I’d share them with you.

If you missed the original post about the Chicago Condo project, you’ll want to head on over to this post to get caught up before reading ahead. (so many before pictures!)

The Chicago Condo project isn’t finished–when are we ever really finished designing our homes?!?–but it has definitely been transformed from where we started. Gone is the drab beige that we started with. Now, the space is infused with rich color and fun accents.

Color Combos

These are the colors we went with:

Decor Made Me Do It Paint Plan

For the condo’s common areas (living room, sunroom, dining/kitchen, hallway) we went with the lightest gray as the wall color. That made the teal really pop as an accent color in the living room. Check it out:

teal paint decor made me do it chicago condo design by Jo Rivera

Double Duty Design

This client already had a few pieces of furniture she wanted to reupholster and plenty of decor items. To make the most of the budget she had, we selected items that could do double duty.

The sofa in the main living room pulls out into a bed…

gray couch decor made me do it

This cocktail table in the client’s sunroom has an adjustable height, so it’s perfect for eating, working, entertaining, etc.

chicago condo project update


We also added lots and lots of storage via various sets of super chic shelves (including a hallway bookshelf that the client swore won’t work. Here it is in action:

hallway bookshelf styling decor made me do it

And we made use of the existing shelves she had in her foyer by updating the space and add a large mirror that pulled in the the teal accent color from the rest of the condo.

foyer table decor made me do it

I think this IKEA coffee table actually turned out to be on of my favorite pieces. The living room in this condo is pretty narrow, so the small table works in the space and the clear glass keeps the view open and interesting.

ikea coffee table decor made me do it

What do you guys think? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you think it turned out!

2 Comments on Chicago Condo Project Update

  1. Diana @DianaMarieHome
    02/05/2018 at 11:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, this is amazing! Such a beautiful transformation!

    • admin
      05/20/2018 at 11:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Diana!


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