Open House: Seth and Amy’s Lake Forest condo

Amy Leafblad’s fiance Seth moved in to her Lake Forest condo just weeks ago, but thanks to the power of good old-fashioned compromise, there is no sign of co-mingling chaos in the two-bedroom, two bath space. Amy strategically ceded the second bedroom to Seth for his “sports stuff” and other things, and he agreed to sell his furniture to maintain the tranquil interior Amy had established after completely renovating the space when she bought it three years ago. Then dated and dowdy, Amy tore out the walls between the kitchen, dining and living rooms to create a bright, open great room. Amy designed an oversized island, which gives her a place to eat and work. A mahogany counter top adds sophistication and looks amazing with the white Ikea cabinets – a stylish, low-cost solution. The young designer enjoys coming up with creative ways to help her clients stretch their budgets, and her condo’s a good example of her skills in that area. Take the kitchen back splash: Amy bought Carrara marble baseboards on clearance and stacked them for a contemporary, high-end look. Carrara is one of Amy’s favorite materials, and she also used it in the master bathroom – another major renovation. While the project was a lot of work, Amy’s efforts paid off, and the result is a very cool space for she and Seth to start their lives together. Click here for more information about Amy Leafblad design. Congrats to Amy and Seth, who are getting hitched in October!

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Amy considers her style “eclectic, vintage and a tad Scandinavian.”

Amy’s experience working with a home builder not only rounded out her resume (she worked with an interior designer after graduating from Harrington College of Design), it also gave her the confidence to gut renovate her kitchen and master bathroom.

Seth and Amy have 2 parakeets and a cat.

Amy’s grandfather handcrafted this chair.

Amy selected a lovely Osborne & Little paper for her entry.

Wait until you get a look at Amy’s closet.

OK, I’m far from a clothes hound, but this closet makes me all kinds of happy.

Amy also renovated her master bathroom.

It’s all in the details.

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5 Responses to “Open House: Seth and Amy’s Lake Forest condo”

  1. Nice place. I really like the kitchen, the white shaker cabinets with the wood surface island counter look great. The bathroom opening up to the closet is also a good change. I wish my bath and closet were close together to be able to do that too. Also congrats to her on merging homes and lives with someone. I’ve found its a wonderful time but not always easy.

  2. I love the blue and white.

  3. McKenzie McGrath 11. Jun, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Love, love, love what you did with this place. I have yet to meet you Amy but your style is calm and eclectic. Good job on this place. The handcrafted chair by your grandfather is truly a piece to hold on to. Great design!!!!

  4. Gorgeous place. Make sure Seth showers each morning and wipes his feet before entering at the end of each train ride. I’m assuming by the position of the birds, you have one hungry kitty.

    Best of luck to both of you! I’ve got a feeling this is going to be first of many beautiful places you two will call “home.” Nice work, Amy.

  5. a huge fan of their wallpaper choices.