Inside The Eclectic Pad Of Chicago's Vintage Queen

Photographed by Stephanie Bassos.
It's no secret that we like love vintage here at R29. After all, there's nothing classier than a modern-day gal who can rock a timeless treasure. But, because there's a big difference between a fabulous frock and a dress with crusty cups, you've got to know where to shop. One of our favorite Chicago destinations? Luxury Garage Sale, the consignment boutique with an inventory that emulates our dream closet.
Of course, it's vintage authority and cofounder Lindsay Segal who makes LGS so awesome. So, it's no surprise that the curator of cool's keen eye is prevalent in her home, too. Lucky for us, Segal gave us a tour of her brand-new East Lakeview digs while showing off four killer ensembles with an (what else?) old-school edge.
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Described as an eclectic mix of Hollywood Regency-meets -'70s pop, Segal's pad boasts everything from a dream-come-true Lucite bed to a rare 1960s Torino Robot lamp she stalked on eBay. So, sit back, shake up a martini, and get ready to soak up some serious design (and wardrobe) inspiration.
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You recently moved into this cool, new pad in Lakeview East. What neighborhood were you in before?
"I lived in the West Loop for five years. Before that, I lived in Streeterville."

What prompted your decision to move?
"Space! My husband and I started looking in a lot of different neighborhoods, but fell in love with Lakeview."

Prada top, JC de Castelbajac pants, Chanel bracelet, vintage earrings, Topshop shoes.
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How would you describe the décor?
"Tough question, as it is quite eclectic. Hollywood Regency-meets- '70s pop? I love brass, chrome, and Lucite!"
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Did you decorate your pad by yourself, or did you have assistance?
"I did it myself. I love my home goods almost as much as I love clothing, so this was not a hard sell for me to take on this project on my own."
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"The last remaining hourglass in my collection — all of them broke in the move. The octopus is just part of my menagerie!"
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Do you generally wear vintage, or would you consider your wardrobe mixed?
"As far as daily work attire, I usually wear vintage jewelry and mix it with jeans, boots, and a blazer. For evening events, I love to wear vintage. There is nothing like the quality and uniqueness of a vintage dress or skirt."
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Zara blazer, H&M pants, vintage Chanel necklace, Maison Martin Margiela shoes.
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What do you love the most about your new place?
"My kitchen. In all my past places, the kitchen was part of the living room/family room area. I was so excited to finally have a kitchen that was separate from my living space (i.e. I didn’t have to stare at dirty dishes while watching TV!). My closet is a close second. We renovated our place and did a major expansion to the master closet."
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Where did you shop for your furnishings and decor?
"Almost everything I got is pre-owned/vintage. This makes sense if you know me — I love the thrill of the hunt. Plus, I really can’t stand cookie-cutter furniture and home furnishings. For me, adding vintage items made our house so much more eclectic and special. I highly recommend purchasing from eBay and Etsy, in addition to local antique markets for interesting pieces. You can find such great deals!"
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What are a few subtle ways we can introduce a touch of vintage into an outfit?
"Jewelry is by far the easiest way. By just putting on a chunky vintage necklace with a basic sweater, you can take your outfit from ordinary to extraordinary."
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"This is one of my favorites. It's actually a serving piece I scored at Anthropologie."
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Do you like to cook at home? If so, what are some of your go-to dishes?
"Let’s just say now that I have a beautiful kitchen, I will attempt to not go out to dinner so much."
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"Scalamandre black zebra wallpaper has been on my wish list forever. I was so excited to finally be able to use it."
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"I love this brass horse. I found it antiquing in Michigan."
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"I am pretty obsessed with my 1960s Torino robot lamp. These lamps are really rare and hard to come by. I found this one on eBay and would not let it get away. It is vintage for the '60s!"

"I painted the picture myself when I moved in, and the flag is from an antiquing trip in Atlanta. The zebra head is actually made out of papier-mâché."
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Vintage dress from Luxury Garage Sale, Zara heels, Lulu Guinness clutch, vintage belt and bracelets, Dana Rebecca Designs earrings.
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Any tips for those of us moving in the near future?
"Well, everyone told me 'don’t decorate all at once!' I didn’t listen. I really wanted my house to feel like a home fairly quickly, so I made sure to get most of my key pieces prior to moving in so I didn’t feel like I was living among boxes."
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What is one of your favorite pieces of furniture?
"I am most obsessed with our vintage Lucite bed. I had been stalking it for years at Jayson Home & Garden. I went to the Warehouse Sale this past year and it was almost 80% off. I knew it was meant to be! It takes my love of Lucite to a whole different level."
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"I am obsessed with a 'Greek key' print, so I thought it may be cool to do it on closet doors that were otherwise boring. So, I replicated the pattern with my painter. We had fun and it turned out really well! As mentioned, I love lucite, so I couldn't pass up these knobs. They are the perfect, unassuming accent to the doors."
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How do you keep your clothing and accessories organized in your new pad?
"Now that I finally have space, it is so easy! I organize by item type and then by color. It makes getting dressed in the morning pretty fast. I built these dressers in my closet for my jewelry that are organized by item type, too."
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What tips can you offer for someone new to shopping/wearing vintage?
"Don’t pay attention to the sizing! We get so many shoppers at Luxury Garage Sale who refuse to try on a vintage skirt because it is marked a size 10, because they are a smaller size. Sizing is so different now than it used to be. A vintage 10 honestly fits like a current two or four. Don’t pass up on gems because of a size — you can always get things altered!"
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Nieves Lavi dress, vintage Judith Leiber belt, Zara shoes, vintage bracelet.
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Where in your home do you like to decompress after a long workday?
"The family room. We finally got a sectional couch that fits both of us comfortably. This is where you can find me almost every evening."
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Speaking of work, what’s new and exciting at Luxury Garage Sale?
"LGS just launched its e-commerce site this winter! Our customers can now shop from the comfort of their own couch. We add new items to the site daily, so our inventory is always fresh."
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If you could be anyone from a vintage era, who would it be and why?
"Iris Apfel. From one jewelry hoarder to another, her collection will always be far and above the most fabulous thing I have ever seen."
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Any tips for taking care of our vintage wares?
"A good dry cleaner."
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What are some of the best ways to wear vintage this spring?
"We have some amazing vintage floral midi- and maxi-skirts. Throw one of these on with a basic T-shirt and a long necklace and you have a cute and unique outfit!"
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What’s one thing we may be surprised to know about you?
"I eat pasta every single day! I could survive on only pasta and have no issues!"
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