It’s always fun to look back on a favorite interior to see how it’s changed over the years. Isn’t that half the allure of going through old family photos?
We’re throwing it back to co-design director Lauren Buxbaum Gordon’s Chicago apartment, as featured in Lonny Magazine in 2011. The home introduced so many Lonny readers to some of the firm’s tried-and-true design moves – layered rugs, a neutral palette brought to life by textures, and a design scheme inspired by what truly matters.
It also shows how good design is truly timeless. Five years on and just about every piece you see here is still in use. But? In a new home. Read on to tour the space and get Lauren’s take on what’s changed – and what never will.
This was my first apartment, which I had purchased as a single 26-year-old, and I poured everything I had into it. It turned out to be the perfect jumping-off point for the young designer that I was. It was a new construction so I was able to select all of my own finishes and fixtures which couldn’t have been more exciting – I was learning about and falling more and more in love with interior design as I went along.
It was helpful that the scale of the space was relatively small and manageable, in terms of adding details and layers. I never felt overwhelmed by the choices. I already had a small collection of furniture ready to move in with; the remaining pieces were curated slowly, over time.
A lot has changed since that apartment. I’m now in a new home, that I share with my husband and daughter. But, every single piece you see photographed came with us which speaks volumes about Nate’s philosophy of only purchasing pieces you truly love.
The big gilded mirror above the animal print stool is one of my favorite moments. When I first bought the condo, Nate told my parents – who are Chicago-based antique dealers – that they needed to give me that mirror as a housewarming present because it would literally make the space. To this day, I have no idea how Nate convinced them to gift me such a special piece, but he couldn’t have been more right. It caught your eye the moment you walked in and made such a statement. The stool was something that belonged to my mom, but I had always coveted! She showed up on move-in day and surprised me with it.
My husband has asked me what I would do if someone made an unbelievable offer for all the furniture in the house. It’s a total no brainer – I would never (in a trillion years, just to be extra clear). Not only because most of the pieces are irreplaceable, but because of the memories attached to each piece. Where I purchased them, who I was with…these stories are a big part of why our house feels like a home.
Photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine