(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

Shelby has a strong decorating sense, and her Chicago apartment is a blend of budget DIY solutions and "practical but beautiful" things. I love what she's done with her kitchen, particularly in the empty space above her (otherwise ordinary) range hood: she put a plant there, and wrapped an old tapestry around the planter. Next to the ikat bowls, it fills that wall space wonderfully!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

The other striking feature in her kitchen is the large piece of art hanging on the wall, and it has a story, too — it was painted by her grandfather, Frank Girard.

All in all, this kitchen is a great example of how to take a blank-canvas-of-a-kitchen and infuse it with just enough personality to make it interesting without being too overwhelming or overly decorated.

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