If you’re a follower chances are by now you’ve seen pictures of my apartment either on this site, or over on The Everygirl.  However, I couldn’t resist the urge to do just one more post, with some images you haven’t seen yet… the before pictures!

The before pictures show the state of the apartment right before we moved in, almost exactly 2 years ago.  All the projects were DIY and completed by me and Peter, along with some help from my Dad (with the exception of hanging the wallpaper- someone was called for that!)  What a difference a couple years, and a ton of white paint can make…







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14 Responses to Our Apartment: Before + After

  1. rachel says:

    that looks amazing!

  2. Best before and after photos I think I’ve ever seen!

  3. It looks beautiful. Great job!

  4. Oh wow, the transformation is incredible! My favorite part = that gorgeous jungle leaf print wallpaper. Adds such impactful personality!

    xo – Lily on Fillmore

  5. Cara says:

    I have major apartment envy. You have a real flair for interior design and style in general. But I’m also jealous because I live in New York, and I couldn’t exactly buy a place when I was 25…or now at 30. :)

  6. Wow, what a transformation. You have excellent taste. I love it all. Is the fan in front of your fireplace a vintage find? What a great piece.
    It was nice seeing you at the Cusp event. Hope to see you soon!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s beautiful, but maybe there’s something wrong with me because I think it looked lovely even before your renovations :)

  8. Love every inch! Could you share the bedroom wall color?


  9. This looks amazing! I especially love the wallpaper in the master bathroom. Where is that from? Great job, Amelia!


  10. @emilybelden says:

    This is so inspiring. We are moving into a duplex soon and those wood cabinets are scaring me. So glad to see that you knocked it out of the park here and totally transformed it. I have hope again!

  11. Lisa says:

    I absolutely love before & after photos – and kudos to DIY. My childhood home has many before & after pics (photos by me) & the projects all designed & completed by the fam. My daughter & I temporarily moved back home to help my parents out – and I’m trying to make the loft area our own space (it’s huge so I’m able to do a bedroom, office, & lounge/tv area). May I ask what color is your bedroom wall painted & that nice little nook of a table & chair in ur bedroom photo? I feel like I stepped inside my home.

    • thechicagolifeblog says:

      Hi Lisa, How nice of you and your daughter to go home and help your parents out! The bedroom is painted Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal- one of my favorites! Happy Holidays! xx

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