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Mulholland had the chair’s steel exoskeleton soldered back together when it cracked in two. Nothing is off limits for Mulholland, who uses boots to hold branches. She scored this chandelier for a song at a Logan Square garage sale. Art by photographer Jason Lazarus is one of Mulholland’s prized possessions. Antique Navajo and Moroccan rugs camouflage the lower level’s beige wall-to-wall carpeting. shells complete the crest on her left wrist. “I felt like I could justify it to my father because it’s the family crest,” says the designer. “It had this sense of heritage that carries through to both my home and personal style.” Taxidermy was also Mulholland’s way of creating a memorable first impression on the urbanites she knew she’d be meeting. “Chicago’s so big you don’t necessarily have the chance to meet somebody over and over again, so if you met somebody you wanted to know, you had to broadcast who you are from the get-go,” says Mulholland. “So I got really into collecting things and getting tattoos and collecting vintage clothing.” Te result is on full display in the front living room, where a dahl ram hangs above an ’80s-era Warhol print and across from a full stuffed peacock Muholland scored at an antique mall in Galena. Placed on a pedestal near a 19th-century oil portrait of an adolescent boy, the peacock’s brilliant jewel-toned greens and blues add a punch of color to the room. Because she and Chappell rent their unit, Mulholland says she’s not allowed to paint the walls, but that pesky detail doesn’t hamper her creativity. It might actually encourage it. “When you have the ability to paint or wallpaper, a room can really be transformed and become more thematic,” says Mulholland. “When the walls are white, the furniture and accessories have to do everything.” Luckily, furniture and accessories are what Mulholland does well. Tere’s the high-end sofa from Jayson Home & Garden she mixes seamlessly with thrift store finds, like the ’70s-era Lucite end table she bought for a song while researching, categorizing and pricing inventory at the now-defunct auction house M. Klein. “I have a fireplace set that belonged to my great-great -grandmother in the same room where I have a really modern sling chair,” says Mulholland. “Te fun part is putting those things in the same room in a way that is cohesive and attractive and a little unexpected.” “It’s not a million-dollar collection of stuff,” says Chappell. “We just spend a couple of hours on every trip scrounging around antique malls and flea markets, and every piece in this house has come from there.” Mulholland’s particularly good at finding interesting pieces at sub-market prices, including the vintage mirrors in different shapes and sizes that hang in the entry. “Every time I’d take a trip, I’d find a rundown antique store and buy a mirror,” she says. “I’ve never paid more than $50 for one.” Mulholland says she’ll never part with the mirror collection. And who can blame her? It took her six years to assemble. In fact, there are very few pieces—trendy or otherwise—Mulholland can imagine giving up. “I just keep layering it on,” she says. “Over the course of eight years, it’s developed its own history through my life and friends and Ben, so it’s something totally new and uniquely me now.” Fom top: Mulholland pairs her grandmother’s porcelain English Stafatures with vintage French enamelware; a Suzani bedspread is paired with taxidermy in the guest bedroom. Winter 2010 | | 31

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