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Is This the Coziest Apartment in Chicago?

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

Carly Martin, the founder of Clementine Studio, lives in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, along with her husband, Scott, and dog, Norman. “I’m always drawn to old homes,” she says. “I appreciate the craftsmanship — the woodwork, the doorknobs, the mantles. It’s been fun finding the quirks. Of course, it’s always dusty no matter what!” Here, she gives us a tour around…

LIVING ROOM:
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Daybed: West Elm, similar. Rug: vintage, similar.

On a friendly city: We moved here from New York four years ago. Bucktown is such a neighborhood-y area — so many families and dogs. I like the midwestern approach. People wave and smile as they walk down the streets. I’ve felt myself soften around the edges.

On working with the space: The apartment itself has so much character, so we let the home guide how we decorated it. For example, the fireplace was begging for a bookshelf. So, my husband and father-in-law made them from Home Depot. We also wanted a lower couch because we didn’t want to block the front window. My husband scoured Craigslist and found a West Elm daybed.

On a favorite spot: Norman is the mascot of the neighborhood. During colder months, he’ll sit on the daybed and look out the window. In the summer, he’ll sit on the front stoop and is very regal. I’ll be inside and overhear passersby say, ‘Hey, Norman!’

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

On surviving the winter: We spend a lot of time in the fireplace room in the winter. My husband and I both get seasonal depression, so having natural light is great. Also, WALKING. It took me a while to truly bundle up, but after a couple years here I was done trying to pretend that crappy gloves were keeping me warm! I invested in an ankle-length coat and under layers, like Uniqlo Heattech.

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

On the power of boredom: I listened to a TED talk about boredom, and it stuck with me how creative your brain gets when you’re a little bored. It’s so hard to be bored these days with the internet, your phone, TV… so I keep some board games and paper in the living room. If I feel myself craving an Instagram scroll, I’ll pick up my sketchbook instead and see what happens.

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

On an eye-catching tiger: I painted this tiger in watercolor and then sent the file to one of the last remaining American weaving mills, based in North Carolina. They’re woven by a digital weaving machine; it’s so cool. We hung the blanket on our front wall, so you can see it from the street.

TV AREA:
Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

Sofa: Article. Blanket on sofa: Clementine studio. Pillows: Territory.

On watching shows: Anything that’s being talked about, I watch. I just finished Bridgerton. I have a group text chain with my five college friends, and I talk to my sister a million times a day. So, I want to keep on top of things! Especially during quarantine, it’s so nice to have something to check in with your friends about.

DINING ROOM:
Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

Dining table and benches: Nadeau. Rug: Safavieh, similar.

On natural centerpieces: Whenever Trader Joe’s has these big flowering branches, I get them — they add such an architectural element.

KITCHEN:
Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

On a meet cute: My husband and I met in college. At first, we were close friends. I’m definitely an introvert but that term wasn’t on my radar then. My roommates were kind of wild and we were going out all the time, but I remember one night when we were at the apartment where Scott lived, and everyone was going out, and he chose to stay home and read Time Magazine and watch a hockey game. And I was like, wait you can do that? You can decide to stay in? And that was the moment something changed. I was like, he’s my speed.

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

Ramen bowls: Monsoon Pottery. Espresso cup: Monsoon Pottery. Green glass tumblers: il Buco Family.

BEDROOM:
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Bed: Breakwater Bay. Duvet: Parachute. Sheets: Casaluna. Lumbar pillow: Magnolia. Rug: nuLOOM.

On an interesting shape: The walls slant in a little, but we don’t need a big bedroom. I had to find these tiny nightstands and lamps to fit in the corner spaces.

On favorite bedding: This winter when it was so cold, I was craving the flannel sheets of my childhood. So, I found some at Target; they’re the same sheets that I had when I was 10 and they’re so cozy.

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

On bedtime routines: Norman is the first to go to bed. He’ll make his way in around 8:30 p.m. Then we follow. My husband makes fun of me because my book will literally crash into my face and then I know it’s time to go to sleep. During COVID, I’ve been a reading a lot but I’ve had to switch to lighthearted books. I’ve devoured food critic Ruth Reichl’s memoirs. I feel like I’m living in them while I’m reading them.

BATHROOM:
Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

Bath mat: Cost Plus World Market. Amber glass soap dispensers: Cornucopia Brand.

On eucalyptus: When I lived in New York, I was right by the Union Square farmer’s market. There was a eucalyptus vendor, and he would have huge irresistible bundles all the time. They freshen the bathroom and smell so good.

On a better bathmat: We had so many terrycloth bathmats one the years and they always looked so gross. This teak one solves that problem!

ART STUDIO:
Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

On a career shift: As an illustrator, I have been designing wedding stationery since 2014. When the pandemic hit last spring, couples were starting to panic and needing to postpone their weddings. I worked with a few clients to design a digital ‘save the NEW date’ template. It unlocked something I’d wanted to do for a long time — which was come up with a way to offer my signature watercolor designs at a more affordable price. I made more digital templates and called them Clementine to Go. I’m so grateful for the time I had to do that this year.

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

On choosing a company name: I didn’t want to put my name on my company. As an introvert, I felt it was too personal and I knew that it would be easier for me to be a person behind a company to help sell and market it versus selling my own name. It took me while but I came back to Clementine because I eat pounds of them in the winter!

Carly Martin clementine studio home tour

Thank you so much, Carly!

P.S. More house tours, including a “little gay house” in Oregon and 12 readers’ cozy corners.

(Photo by Carly Martin.)

  1. Carla says...

    Hi Carly,
    Your house is beautiful.
    I also would like to say to thank you for the book recommendations. I started Ruth Reichl’s book, Tender at the one, a few days ago and I am loving it. It is so light, easy, funny and feel good book. I think that I am going to spend more time in my kitchen too. It is perfect!

  2. Rachel says...

    What a beautiful portrait of Norman!

  3. Anja says...

    Any COJ crew thoughts on whether Article sectionals are comfortable? My budget doesn’t go much higher and I’ve hard a hard time finding a used option.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! We have an article sofa and it’s soooo comfy. The one everyone dives for:)

  4. Ame says...

    We may have crazy weather, but we do have our fair share of cool, old, character-filled apartments in Chicago! Great tour and lovely art.

  5. Katie says...

    I LOVE your home! Reminds me of my grandmother’s Victorian, cozy yet bright, my favorite! I’d love to know where your coffee table in your tv area is from. It’s slender, yet sturdy, exactly what I’ve been looking for for the past 22 years! 😂

    • Carly says...

      Aw I love that, thanks Katie! I also had a really hard time finding a slender coffee table for that area. We ended up finding it on Craigslist, it’s actually an old narrow trunk and we rested it on a few bricks to give it the right height.

  6. Meredith says...

    I lived in Chicago (right near Bucktown) for ten years before moving to Northern California. I don’t miss the weather AT ALL, but those Chicago apartments! The beautiful woodwork, big windows, dining rooms! I’m feeling very nostalgic looking at this lovely place.

  7. RB says...

    Loved this! I’m from the Chicago area and lived in Wicker Park (next to Bucktown) on Caton in the late ‘90s, and my husband lived in Bucktown on N. Hoyne right after college, in ‘92, in an apartment similar to this one. I remember the Coyote Arts Festival; Sophie’s Busy Bee; the architectural salvage shop (that later became, I think, an Intermix); Northside, Earwax Cafe, Tangerine, p.45, and when the Starbucks came to Damen, North and Milwaukee. I’m hoping Irazu is still there. Love your work, Carly!

    • MM says...

      Irazu is still there!

    • Carly says...

      You were here in the good ol’ days! I moved here from NYC only 5 years ago and the neighbors around here that have been here since the 90’s or before always talk about these places. Sad a lot of it is gone! But yes Irazu luckily is still around and is the best. And P.45!

    • Susan says...

      OMG I lived above the double door at north, milwaukee and damen! I loved wicker park and HUE, silver cloud, and club lucky! And once i saw Mario Batali at the Pontiac where they had live band karaoke on friday nights. so fun!

  8. Sara says...

    I just bought my house and am really overwhelmed… but I think I’m going to make it a goal to be in COJ house tour in five years. Wouldn’t that be fun? Watch this space! :D

    • Elizabeth R says...

      I am very excited to see your house tour in five years or less! I believe in you!

  9. Blythe says...

    YES MIDWEST! I thoroughly enjoy home tours and LOVE seeing the midwest represented. We have style too ya’ll! xoxox, from Indiana

  10. celeste says...

    Can we do a spring outfit post – seems like shirt dresses are coming back in a big way!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! coming right up! thank you, celeste.

  11. Danielle says...

    Yay, for Ruth Reichl memoirs. I too have loved every page of those books.

    • Cheryl says...

      Me toooo! I read them one by one, month after month in early quarantine, so good.

  12. AE says...

    She’s gorg and this house is so lovely and makes me appreciate my old (and yes, very dusty!) house. And in defense of us native New Yorkers, I have to say, we are very neighborly! Everyone in my hood says hi/nods/ smiles and we’ve always looked out for each other. I think we can just tell when someone is a transplant!

  13. Mary says...

    Love this apartment! I also think Carly should be featured in a Beauty Uniform!

  14. Oh my goodness, it’s like a dream apartment! And that chair! I believe it’s an Eames lounger! 😍

    • Carly says...

      Yes! Well, it’s actually a knock-off Eames :) It belonged to my grandfather and it’s the best.

  15. Aimee says...

    Would love a beauty uniform with Carly, please.

    • Therese says...

      Yes, yes, second this, yes!

  16. Alicia says...

    I LOVE the ceramics! I had to check out Monsoon Pottery after this post. As someone who works in STEM but dabbled in ceramics before the pandemic, I feel like I’m always inspired by how artists decorate and create their living space. (Also tell Norman I said hi!)

    • Monsoon Pottery is an amazing wonderful local artist!! I received a beautiful set of appetizer plates as a gift from my father and they are something I cherish. Also a wonderful way to support the Asian community <3

  17. Christina says...

    I love this house tour, but, based on that last photo, what I really needs is a style and skin care tour! You are glowing!

  18. Jess says...

    Such a cozy space! I have a tiny bedroom too – would love to know where those small nightstands are from!

    • Carly says...

      Thanks! Not sure the specific brand, but I found them at Homegoods!

  19. Susan says...

    Love your beautiful and cozy home – love Norman – LOVE your artwork and designs – love the sketch-instead-of insta scroll tactic – and adoring the tiger hanging! Thank you for this inspiring post! Can you share the name of the digital weaving mill in NC you used or similar? Thank you <3

    • J says...

      Yes I want to know the name of this magical mill too! And I’m wondering what search terms I can use to find a UK version.

    • Hannah says...

      I think I may have found it via aggressive googling: Pure Country Weavers in Asheville, NC. Here’s the page for their “Custom Art Blankets”: http://www.purecountry.com/custom-art-blankets/

    • Carly says...

      Thank you! The mill is called Pure Country Weavers, I work with a smaller art focused division within the company that focuses on bulk orders so not sure what it’s like for one-offs, but they’re great to work with so I’m sure will point you in the right direction!

  20. Agnès says...

    I can spot lots of mexican pottery (the tea pot!); lovely warm place… (also, huge!). I love the dining room, it feels like a house.

  21. katie says...

    I love seeing a home in Chicago featured! And I love Nadeau!! I enjoy going and browsing all of the pieces, which change regularly. I also like that the prices are reasonable for solid wood. Our solid oak, 7 drawer tall and wide dresser with metal hardware was like $400. It might take a few trips to find exactly what you’re looking for, but you usually do find it.

  22. Rachel says...

    Obsessed!!! Beautiful artwork, Carly.

  23. Caitlin says...

    I loved this! I’m curious about the teak bath mat. I love how this looks but am worried it might be slippery?! Anyone have experience with this? We are stepping up into a tall bath at our house so need something that really is secure to the floor for our balance, if that makes sense.

  24. Cynthia says...

    I love this apartment! The bay windows remind me of the homes in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia. Most of these homes were built in the early 1900s. My great aunt lived in an apartment with a fancy mantel similar to this one. I’ve always loved old homes and buildings because they have character and details you don’t find in newer homes. The daybed in front of the window looks like a good place to curl up with a good book, and the sideboard in the dining room took my breath away.

  25. Anne says...

    What a lovely space, Carly! Would you mind sharing the name of the weaving mill? You’ve inspired me to create something similar!

  26. Christina says...

    oh my goodness – i could NOT figure out why this home was giving me serious deja’vu. i felt like i had even been on the website for clementine studio! finally searched COJ and sure enough – you found her as part of your “cozy corner” readers feature. i adore that you followed up with a full home tour!!! (also…. norman!!!!)

    • Shannon says...

      Ah! You solved my mystery!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! people asked for a full house tour and we were so happy to oblige!

  27. LEE ANN says...

    Beautiful home … but what really caught my eye were what look like jean overalls with a tie at the back in the photo of Carly painting. So cute from the back! Carly, are you able to share the source?

    • Carly says...

      Hi! Those are actually from Target a few years ago. They probably don’t have the same style anymore, but worth checking! xo

    • LEE ANN says...

      Thanks, Carly and Lucia!

  28. Such a beautiful and joyful feeling space… thank you for sharing! (and – appreciate the recommendation on the cozy winter gear, as well. I too very much appreciate warm base layers and haven’t tried these!)

  29. Hali says...

    Meep not sure if it’s just me but the ads keep shooting me to the top of the post! After about five attempts to read the whole thing I just gave up! (Also keep getting shot up to the top of the page while typing this!?) I’m on my phone. Just me? Is this fixable? Halp!

    • Kate says...

      I am having the same issue. Very frustrating!

    • Christina says...

      I’ve been having a similar issue since those bottom the screen ads started popping up. I always X them out immediately, but they definitely make reading more difficult and cause some tech glitches.

    • Anne says...

      Hi Hali! I was having the same problem on my phone so I went into my settings for Safari and blocked cookies and pop ups. The ads on Cup of Jo totally disappeared for me and now it’s easy to read again. Hope it works for you too!

  30. Sarah says...

    Lovely apartment, so good when you realise who you are – and make your decisions according to your own ethos, not the packs.

  31. AK says...

    Carly, where are those amazing cross-back overalls from?!?!

    • Carly says...

      They were a good Target find a years ago!

    • Kimmie ANN Goodson says...

      I love them too and I looked for them on Poshmark and found quite a few!

  32. JoLynn says...

    My favorite features were the curved windows and curved windowsills- but then I saw sweet Norman ❤️

  33. Alexandra says...

    This apartment is so cute and cozy! I appreciate seeing a space that feels more “my speed” on CoJ :) The homes are always lovely but something about this one felt really familiar, in the best way.

  34. Bonnie says...

    Love this apartment and the pooch!

    The pop up ads have gone nuts the past two weeks or so… Takes over the mobile screen. Hard to stick with the posts, covers the comment box when typing, etc. And, when hitting the x to close, it ALWAYS opens up as a new page. Frustration building to point of just waiting to access a few posts on laptop on weekend.

  35. Sarah Kim says...

    what a lovely space. my kind of style, neutrals, lots of wood, and pops of color.

  36. Julie says...

    I still have a Clementine studio tab open on my computer from when Carly’s sister(?) shared it in the CoJ comments in December. I want to buy the zebra tush print for a newborn, but I don’t know any pregnant people/newborns right now.
    I love the big front window and the idea of passersby saying hi to the dog. My toddler often hangs out in the front window…but we just moved here and no one knows her name. Hopefully they call her Norman to themselves. :)

  37. So much warmth and energy radiating from this woman and her home. I loved every detail – thank you for introducing us to her!

  38. rachel simmons says...

    The story of how she met her husband! so darn cute!

  39. Ali says...

    Loved the note on boredom!

    Also, if there are any other old home dwellers in the comments, are there any tricks to dealing with the dust?! We moved to a 122 year old home recently and it never feels like I can get it clean!

  40. Megan says...

    Carly, I love the overalls you’re wearing at your easel!! Where’d you get those?!

    • Carly says...

      Hi! They’re a few years old from Target :)

  41. Jennifer says...

    Love seeing this home and the ways Carly, Scott and Norman have made it their own. The warm woodwork really thrills me and helps me remember that not everything has to be painted white! The art, books and plants are so lovely. Thanks for the home tour!

  42. Carol says...

    As an introvert and aspiring artist and loved reading this. Their place is so warm and inviting as well!

  43. Kate says...

    This place is COZY. I LIKE!!!
    Lots of great tips in this one… I’m hoping I can find a local florist with eucalyptus :)
    Are we gonna talk about the Bachelor??

    • jodell hammond says...

      trader joe’s has them

  44. Shannon says...

    I’m originally from Chicago and lived in a similarly laid-out apartment in Lakeview and I didn’t realize how much I missed the beautiful details of these types of apartments. I even miss the dust! It’s just so fun to think of the cool people who lived in that same space in the 1930s and beyond.

    • Emma says...

      The dust haha! I’ve lived in Lakeview for 8 years and it’s always so dusty but I love the charm of apartments like this, too.

  45. Ariel says...

    SOOO cozy and lovely in every way…. What is your secret to creating such a wonderful space? AND to finding such a class and perfect Chicago apartment?? I’m on the hunt.

    • Maya says...

      Moneyyy!

    • Carly says...

      Actually most of my stuff is vintage or found on Craigslist/FB Marketplace! I find that it gives a more homey/lived in look. As for the finding the apartment, it was definitely a rare gem. I spent a lot of time looking online (Trulia, Craigslist, Zillow etc) and using filters to search. Chicago has so many amazing vintage apartments (I hate when I see them being torn down!) and usually they’re a little run down here or there so if you’re willing to compromise for a not-super-updated kitchen, you can usually find good deals! And convince your landlord to paint…

  46. Sarz says...

    Your art! Your esthetic! Your pooch! Your meet-cute story! Every detail had me grinning.

  47. alison says...

    I lived in Bucktown for 10 years – but in a new modern condo. I wish I had been able to find a place back then with all this character! (Though now I live in a suburb of Milwaukee in an old house that yes, is somehow *always* dusty!!)

    Makes me miss my old neighborhood. Get a scoop of banana ice cream at Margie’s for me! :)

    • Whitney says...

      Fellow old-house dweller in Milwaukee by way of Chicago. Hi neighbor!

    • Erin says...

      Me too! Although Chicago was just a stint for us before a boomerang back to Milwaukee. We love our old houses in Milwaukee suburbs (although comparatively, 1930s isn’t quite as old!). We had an old apartment in Lakeview with similar character that I just loved.

    • Carly says...

      So funny! Will definitely be visiting Margie’s a lot this summer and I’ve never had their banana ice cream so thanks for the tip :)

    • Alison says...

      WOW! Hi neighbors! This is Smallwaukee at its finest! LOL!

  48. Leah says...

    Love this beautiful home! It’s so warm and inviting.
    I must point out, as a renter myself, I find it interesting that the distinction of “rental apartment” was made (in the title, no less). Other similar posts simply state “apartment”. This home is lovely, regardless of whether a mortgage or a lease payment is made each month.
    Sorry if I seem testy (I’m not!) but I sometimes find myself defending my choice to rent to pro-mortgage folks who think home ownership is the ultimate measure of success. The concept of whether or not you own your space shouldn’t be relevant or even questioned, but all too often is.
    Thank you, Joanna, for creating this space for readers to spout off on such things!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hmmm I see what you mean, Leah! I included the word rental for no real reason, but I just took it out. I rented apartments for 20 years and loved it for so many reasons. And many times it’s the best financial decision too!

    • liz says...

      I agree with this!!! A home is a home. Like I always say, you can’t take it with you when you die!

    • Susan says...

      I just assumed it made sense to recognize ‘look at how this person has made their house a home even with the limitations of being a renter and not being permitted to paint walls, invest in renovations, etc.’ didn’t feel nefarious at all

    • Paige says...

      I see that Joanna responded and it was just inadvertent, but as someone who reads a TON of house tours on this and other sites, I think it is sometimes intentionally included because it adds information and context; it’s not meant derisively. Renting vs. owning determines which design decisions the person had control over. I’m a renter too and I’m often less interested in places people own because so many of the ideas I see (bold permanent wallpaper, added paneling/moldings/built-ins, on-trend countertops or cabinets) are not something I can really implement in my old, untouchable rental apartment.

    • Julie says...

      Oh, I like the distinction that it’s a rental. I totally hear you, Leah, so seeing a rental featured makes me feel like every person doesn’t own and makes the house tour a little more relatable. (Though I’m still into people’s suggestions from previous posts for featuring our um, artfully messy spaces.)

    • Ali says...

      I actually like knowing it’s a rental. Sometimes I see these insanely perfect city apartments online and I’m like, how does one afford all this beautiful decor AND the million+ dollar price tag on the apartment? Seeing that it’s a rental makes it feel more real and accessible to me.

    • Rose says...

      I saw “rental” in the title and thought “oh! Inspiration I can actually use!” I love the gorgeous house tours with wallpaper and all manner of rental unfriendly upgrades. However, I can’t use the tips or tricks in those ones. I liked seeing inspiration I could relate to!!!

      To each their own.

    • Caitlin says...

      I appreciated it, as a way to highlight what a lovely home Carly has created within the limits of a rental agreement! Sometimes I think “oh but I can’t re-tile/wallpaper/change the flooring” so I could never make my place look that way,” and I thought emphasizing that she’s renting made it so approachable!

    • Rebecca says...

      I get that it can feel like a judgement, and it shouldn’t be, but I do think it’s an important distinction. In terms of design, it’s very relevant as renters don’t have the same options in terms of how they personalize a space. (Some landlords won’t even allow painting, for instance). I also have seen on past home tours that Joanna has been criticized for showing homes that seem unattainable to most people, so to me this seemed like a way to represent a wider variety of circumstances, regardless of whether the choice to rent or buy is driven by finances or other factors, such as not intending to stay in the area permanently.

    • Jess says...

      I actually feel the opposite. As a fellow renter who often doesn’t take the time to make my apartment homey because I don’t see it as permanent, I enjoy seeing how others make the effort.

      But similar to you Leah, I love this online space :) Hope you don’t feel the need to defend yourself because you shouldn’t. Home is home.

    • Bre says...

      Totally catch your point here, Leah, and have felt some of the same things on this topic (and as always I appreciate that Joanna is so willing to tweak things based on our feedback). As a long-time renter who will continue to rent for a long time, I actually liked seeing a glimpse of someone else’s rental space (and knowing it was rented). It felt attainable and inspiring to me – I often write off the beautiful details of apartment tours and the effort the subjects put into making their homes beautiful, thinking “It wouldn’t be worth it for me to do that because my space isn’t owned”. Anyway, Carly and her home are lovely! Great interview, Joanna!

    • Christina says...

      I’d never thought of it that way, Thank you for sharing that perspective.

      For me, I like when a tour mentions that a space is a rental only because it gives me perspective about how to still make a comfortable space, even if it isn’t “permanent.” I catch myself falling into a trap sometimes of not wanting to invest in my space because it’s a rental, but these tours remind me not to wait!

    • Kara says...

      LOVE when this distinction is made. To echo what other commenters have said, I am a long time renter and get added inspiration from rental home tours. Please mention this, COJ!

  49. K says...

    i’ve been debating on whether or not to get a bamboo bath mat for forever! they look so nice and earthy. but what is the point of it? does it absorb water from your feet as well?

    • Karina says...

      I have a wooden mat as well. I don’t think it absorbs water but at least I am not standing in a puddle :)

      Beautiful place and I am in love with Norman.

    • Carly says...

      I was nervous I would hate it but since we only have the 1 bathroom in our home, the cloth mats would get so dirty from everyone stepping on it so this felt like the best solution and I actually really like it! It does absorb water well, the one issue I have is that the tile underneath needs to be scrubbed every so often since the water drips in between the wooden holes and gets kinda gross. But better the dirty hidden tile then a visible dirty white bathmat, ha!

    • Christina says...

      I have one, and I’ll never go back. It doesn’t absorb water per se, but it keeps it off the rest of the bathroom floor and doesn’t stay damp and get gross quickly like a cloth mat.

    • E says...

      Instead of something sold as a bathmat, I’ve been using a cheap IKEA rag rug (TANUM, I think). They are machine washable and the multi colors hide a lot. I like the idea of wooden bathmats a lot (or bamboo) but our bathroom is so small that this works better (I have it folded in half and then get 4 “clean” sides up before washing). I think the idea of a bathmat is to provide traction when you come out of a shower/bath with wet feet onto slippery tile…

  50. Roxana says...

    Beautiful place! Thank you for sharing.

    Also, Bucktown! Love Bucktown. I lived in that neighborhood for a couple of years. It’s full of a lot of beautiful vintage flats, and is a great neighborhood. Lots of shops and restaurants and it has a friendly, hipster vibe.

  51. AJ says...

    What a gorgeous home! Love all the wood, the space, the warmth, and especially the kitchen shelves and everything on them!

  52. Jo says...

    Love this article!
    The amount of ads are insane though- especially the bottom banner. Totally interferes with the read. I know you have to take on sponsors to support the site and staff – but any chance of making the ads more discreet?

    • Anne says...

      I was having this same problem with Cup of Jo and so I went into my setting and blocked all cookies and pop ups. The ads completely disappeared!! Hope it works for you too!

    • Agnès says...

      I use an ad blocker and I can still read Cup of Jo, except the sponsored posts (and there are very little of them, plus I am european so I really don’t mind).

    • Amber VonApple says...

      Maybe an adblocker would help you sort this out?

    • Christina says...

      I tried the ad blocker, but alas the pop ups at the bottom of the page persist.

  53. Marisa Repeta says...

    Love this apartment! Carly- I clicked on your instagram and am blown away by your beautiful artwork. You are so creative and have a great style! Also, wish I lived close by so I could get a greeting from Norman- he’s adorable.

    • Carly says...

      Thank you so much, Marisa! Norman sends his love :)

  54. Jill says...

    I could move right in there AS IS. It’s just the coziest!!……….but Norman has to be part of the deal! ;))
    Thank you!

  55. Elle says...

    This is MY kind of apartment! I live in a similar one in Boston, only with 20+ more years of accumulation and wear and tear. I’m now inspired to strip our old doors. It’s fun to see someone else with a copy of “Bitten by Witch Fever,” a beautiful book.

    • Jess says...

      Such a cozy space! I have a tiny bedroom too – would love to know where those small nightstands are from!

  56. I love the painting of Norman on the shelf ~ by Carly or ???
    And I just fell down a Monsoon Pottery rabbit hole ~ LOVE.
    Such inspiring creativity in your home ~ thank you for sharing!

    • Carly says...

      That painting is actually by my mom! She’s the real talent. She considered that painting “just a sketch”, ha. So glad you’re loving Monsoon Pottery! Danielle is the best.

  57. Meg says...

    Such a wonderful, classic Chicago apartment! Well done to the people who renovated it while keeping so many of the details that typically get torn out during the process.

  58. Denise says...

    I really love the book shelves by the fireplace. So interesting yet spacious with the floating shelves.

  59. jdp says...

    art, wood, pottery, plants, books. and a fireplace room! check and check. gorgeous. thank you for sharing!

  60. Rebekah says...

    What a great post – I was one of the couples that Carly made a “save the NEW date” for after we had to cancel our destination wedding at four weeks out! During a time where there were a lot of tears and a lot of stress she created a way to communicate with our guests and made the process easy and, dare I say, enjoyable. She was such a lovely person and I loved the peek into her home! It’s as beautiful as I expected. All the best to you, Carly!

    • Carly says...

      Ah Rebekah thank you so much!! So nice to see your name pop up and hope you both are doing well :)