Today’s mid-century boho home tour is a real treat! Discover Stefanie’s décor resources, why she started her blog Mid-Century Modern Momma, and pretty photos of her family-friendly home, of course.
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Location: Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Type of home: House, own
Size: 2,163 square feet
You know how much we love to take a peek into homes and get a glimpse of people’s lives and style. Today’s mid-century boho home tour is one of our favorites! It’s Stefanie’s family-friendly and relaxed home in Illinois that’s artfully curated aesthetic, which brings together the best of two opposite styles: mid-century modern and bohemian chic. The result is a balanced, clean-lined, and sophisticated space. To bring this style to life, Stefanie searched home styles from the 60s era, Instagram home influencers, and Pinterest. However, her number one goal was to decorate their home without breaking the bank.
After working as a nurse for 13 years, Stefanie decided to “hang up her stethoscope” last year to stay at home with her two little boys, Eddie and Teddy (yes, she gets their names mixed up all the time). During that time, she started her blog Mid-Century Modern Momma to share affordable décor items for all the home interior enthusiasts who want to decorate a stylish home on a budget. But that’s not all, Stefanie also loves music from the 60s-70s and just recently acquired all of her dad’s old albums (which we think is cool). Currently, they are into Fleetwood Mac and Rolling Stones.
Everything about Stefanie—from her blog Mid-Century Modern Momma to her rock, folk, and soul album collection to her Instagram to her mid-century boho home—is chic, relatable, and definitely our style! Take a tour of Stefanie’s stunning Illinois abode. It’s proof that budget-friendly design can be stylish, too!
Tell us something about your home
My husband and our then 1 & 1/2 year old (firstborn) were renting in Chicago but needed more space. We chose the suburb Downers Grove, Illinois, because it wasn’t too far from the city, close to a train station, and the town is exciting with restaurants, bars, shops, and stores. Since we were used to walking everywhere in the city, we wanted a home walking distance to the action in the town.
Our home is a small, 1965 split level, best described as “cozy.” I’ll admit, I wasn’t 100% into it when I first laid eyes on it, but my husband saw the potential, and I’m thankful he did. After being here now for almost 3 years, I honestly love the fact that no matter where you are in the house, you’re never too far away from someone else. For example, I’m often in the kitchen with Teddy (the 16-month-old) and Eddie (the 4-year-old) can be in the basement playing where I can easily see him. It’s a great design for a family with small children.
Describe your interior style
Mid-Century Modern with a touch of Boho and Scandinavian.
What is your favorite part of your home and why?
Right around when Teddy turned one, I gave his room a “refresh,” and it’s been my favorite ever since. It’s a great mix of mid-century modern meets boho. Plus, everything I changed up and added to his room was inexpensive! I went with earth tones like brown, mustard, black, and green. Things like simply changing the knobs on his dresser, adding a hexagon wall shelf, wall decals, and a couple of new framed prints turned it into the perfect, neutral boy room that will easily grow with him.
Tip: Turning your nursery into a practical yet playful kid’s bedroom? We suggest going straight to a full-size bed considering it will save you money in the long run. Plus, it makes reading bedtime stories more fun!
What is your least favorite part of your home and why?
We have a sub-basement which I love and hate. I love the extra space it gives us for all the kids’ toys, but lately, it’s become a “catch-all” for just about anything we don’t want to see on a daily basis. We have plans though to fix it up and make it look more appealing while still being our main storage area.
Tip: It’s okay to have a catch-all area, such as your mudroom since it’s where you place the things when you walk into your house. However, of course, you have to sort through it and put each item back where it belongs every day to keep the area feel organized and tidy. Some prefer to use a small bin to toss anything and sort through it every few days.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Pinterest, other Instagram home influencers, and also anything from the 60s era.
Tip: Look up, not out! Bring nature indoors with Omysa’s Hanging Planter. It has a timeless design that will certainly refresh your space. It’s also a great option if you have kids who pick up everything in sight.
Dream home design advice/tips you want to share?
Fixing up or decorating a home doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money. You can find very cool options at affordable prices if you just look.
What are your recommended places to shop?
Article, Floyd, Poly & Bark, Lamps Plus, Wayfair, Target, The Lovely Wall Company, Jack Benny Designs (my friend’s print shop), Good Roots (a local plant shop), Omysa, and thrift stores!
Stefanie’s mid-century boho home tour is the real deal. Renovating and styling a home is no easy feat, especially if you are a mom of two little boys, but Stefanie and her husband definitely succeeded in creating a cozy and warm vibe for their family.
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