| by Kenneth Chase | 11 comments

Vintage Style in an Apartment Space | At Home With P. Allen Smith

Julie, this is such a marvelous urban apartment.
It’s really interesting to me that we’re now in an age where we’re reusing things, things
that might of had one purpose originally, but now they’re being crafted into decorative
objects. So you’ve used so many of them here in this place. Thank you, I believe in recycling
pieces that have had another life. Right, right. And I think it’s also a creative and
a reasonably priced opportunity — yes — to have something unique in your home. Like this
vintage metal steamer trunk. I mean, it’s really great looking and it’s perfect for
the entertainment system. And it’s something unexpected. Yeah. You would not expect to
find a steamer trunk in the set holding up a television and being part of the media.
Julia, tell me about this coffee table because it’s very unique. I see that there are like
two layers and there are handles on each end. Obviously, it was used to carry something,
and I have no idea what. Right. But I thought, who cares? Right. It’s the perfect height
for a coffee table. It works beautifully. And I’m crazy about this old toolbox. And
you have it filled with vintage pool balls for a splash of color. I think was the perfect
scale, again, for the top of the coffee table and I like the age and patina. Yeah. And who
doesn’t wanna have a little bit of fun with the — what you place inside of it. Well,
it’s so rustic, but it fits this very sophisticated urban apartment. I thought it would be fun
to use an old postal bag and to create a pillow. Yeah, no, it’s very good and very substantial.
It is, indeed. Nothing is ever gonna happen to this bag. No, I wouldn’t think. Now, I
do have a question about these lamps: They’re — I’m trying to figure out exactly what they
were. They’re very interesting. They, actually, are European gymnastics equipment. Ah. I found
them out in the middle of flea market field. Yeah. And I thought they would make the perfect
floor lamps. Oh, I love the scale of them. They’re great. And, again, a pair is always
a good thing to find. This wall down here, I really like how symmetrical it is. I mean,
you walk over there and you look to the left, you see the beautiful skyline of Chicago,
and then you have this symmetrical arrangement of two lamps that are on a glass top table.
And that table is supported by, what appears to me to be, wallpaper rolling tables. And
that is exactly correct. That’s what they were. Really? For hand blocking wallpaper?
Exactly. And the theme continues in this very posh dining room. This compote is just amazing
to me. I recognize it right off — it’s an agricultural disk, one used to be pulled behind
a plow. Look at that. I think you’re one of the only people that would of identified that
immediately. It comes from growing up on a farm. Okay. Well, you’re, again, dead on.
I saw it as an Imari piece. Yeah. And I thought it would make the most amazing architectural
compote for the center of this glossy black table. It’s very strong and beautiful. I love
the patina on it. And I just love the vintage doorknob collection that you put together
for them on one of the etageres. Very good. Thank you. I had them mounted, which made
it a little bit more interesting than just laying flat. And we’ve enjoyed that little
collection. Well, you have inspired us with so many ideas about how can look at things
in a different way. Thank you so much. You are very welcome. If you’re enjoying these
tips, check in with us regularly. And make sure you subscribe to eHow Home. Hey, there’s
a painting back here that I’d like to take a look at. Let’s go look at it. Sure.



Sep 9, 2012, 6:37 pm Reply

Great ideas, Great Programs


Sep 9, 2012, 4:36 pm Reply

The table legs are probably two pieces of an upside down jump cabinet.
Great ideas anyway.

Alessandro Sanchez

Sep 9, 2012, 12:10 am Reply

Great ideas, I love this apartment

Torey Greene

Dec 12, 2012, 12:19 am Reply

This is a stunning apartment. What a great sense of style you have!

Lisa E

Jan 1, 2013, 3:38 pm Reply

I love that coffee table.

Neal James

Oct 10, 2013, 10:47 am Reply

Those vintage doorknobs just killed me! I fell in love with them!!

Mustafa Kaif

Oct 10, 2013, 2:02 am Reply

1st comment


Feb 2, 2014, 4:11 am Reply

Stunningly good taste. I LOVE the old and very new,and how things have been found  and recycled with great vision. Well done!

OldMaidWhovian akaNancyG

Nov 11, 2015, 3:12 am Reply

Great! I love stuff like this. Can't afford it now, but maybe someday…Great, great ideas and very classy.


Apr 4, 2016, 10:46 pm Reply

I love the interaction and how we find out about things we didn't know what they were.. beautiful place against the Chicago backdrop!

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Aug 8, 2017, 9:01 pm Reply

aww yay! I love Julia! she's amazing. I just purchased her gorgeous book Modernique.
omg I cannot stop looking at it! just pages and pages of interior design eye candy. I think this home was even featured in the book as well. either way, I highly recommend it!

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