Michelle’s Traditional + Fashion Forward House Tour
By Steve Branson|June 27, 2012|4:03 am

Categories: Home, House, Michelle


Name: Michelle Tisdale (and her chocolate lab Beau)Location: Uptown, Chicago, IllinoisSize: 1,000 square feetYears lived in: 5 years; ownedWhile it’s not universal, it is often true that folks gifted with the “good fashion” gene are gifted with similarly good taste in home design.

Her personal style and that of her home generally tend toward the classic, but she manages to keep it updated, fresh and interesting with a bit of glitz and whimsy.

Enter House TourMichelle’s sense of style perfectly embodies the feeling of “new traditional,” blending tailored, sophisticated, and classic elements that connote luxury and timelessness, without ever verging on the fussy or stuffy.

The condo is decorated in a primarily neutral palette, creating a serene atmosphere, and Michelle has added a great deal of richness to the space with carefully selected soft colors and a subtle variety of textures.

She’s taken advantage of the architecture of the space, keeping the built ins and tiled fireplaces main focal points, and a mixture of new and antique pieces, decked out with the perfect accessories, makes for a simply adorned home that feels both elegant and cozy.

She’s a boundlessly enthusiastic person, and the sparkle of her personality spills over into her home.

Reflective surfaces pop up in every room, and items like a mirrored tray in the living room, a crystal droplet chandelier in the bedroom, and an antique mirror in the bathroom keep the interior chic, light, and playful.

Taking cues from her mother, who always had plants and fresh flowers in the home, Michelle adds doses of vibrant color to the space by way of her green thumb and regular trips to the florist.

And everywhere you look, you can spy Michelle’s custom, self designed, hand sewn, or DIY touches, making clear her also seemingly endless energy, handiness, and creativity.

Unafraid to make the space her own, she recently converted her guest bedroom into a dressing room and inspiration space, which has quickly become one of the most used locations in the condo.

(Beau, her eight year old chocolate lab, has also taken a shine to the room, and as you may be able to tell from the tour photos, it’s one of his preferred places to sprawl.) Michelle is a stylish person with an equally stylish home, but what really comes across when one is in her space is a fresh, easy, and light feeling.

This is far from the staid traditionality of a showroom, an overly staged catalog, or the plastic covered parlor of a hoary grandmother.

Enter House TourApartment Therapy Survey:our Style: TraditionalInspiration: our parents’ house and House Beautiful magazineFavorite Element: Fireplaces, built ins, and our Marketa Sivek paintingBiggest Challenge:.

Steve Branson is a fashion journalist based in London, UK. Steve has a passion for fashion stories and loves writing about fashion news and fashion opinions that matters most to its audience. Steve spends a lot of time discovering and researching latest fashion industry news stories in order to make sure the latest and greatest stories are brought to you first on Stylerchic.com.

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