Love What You Do: Humboldt House

Take one woman, an idea, and a lot of hard work, and the outcome is a seed turned into the fullest flower.

Claire Tibbs had an idea, started from scratch, and created what is now Humboldt House – A vintage modern shop in the quaint Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Of all the places I asked about before traveling to Chicago a few months ago, this one was spoken the most highly of. It’s hard going to a city that you’ve never been to before, and trying to uncover its rare gems in only a weekend. With help from the right people, we were led down the right path – one that took us to meet Claire and her shop. If you can’t tell from the pictures, the shop is big – a necessity if treasured vintage pieces found across the US have to live there. As you wander through the shop, you feel as if you’re passing through different decades. Each corner is set up in it’s own way, with furniture from different eras arranged to compliment the many textiles and weavings that hang about. From the jewelry, to the fixtures, to the rugs…I would have gladly bought out the entire store. Claire has curated a collection of pieces that is thought out, meaningful, and true to Humboldt House character. Seeing someone who’s young and so passionate about what they’ve created for themselves is incredibly inspiring. If you don’t know what I mean, watch the video, and take a step inside Humboldt House.

rug inside humboldt house

open sign

humnoldt house chairs

humboldt lead

claire with weavings

wall of cups



weaving and plant

pup on chair


decor books

weaving loom

claire holding a weaving

light fixtures


hanging plant

weaving and basket

humboldt house cards

people shopping




claire by shop

Be sure to stop into Humboldt House if you are ever in Chicago!

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9 years ago

love when someone is so passionate about something that they are not afraid to take chances…good luck! your shop is awesome – wish I was closer <3

9 years ago

Wow, thanks for sharing this beauty.
I wish I could go to Chicago to see this awesome shop.
Thanks for sharing FP, you’re the best !


9 years ago

cute place! love the necklaces hanging on the wall!

9 years ago

Looks so south-western. I adore those dream catcher-esque hangings.

Warm Regards,

9 years ago

Wow!!!!! This shop is dope!!! I wish we had one here !!! She has impeccable taste , and the photographer did an amazing job at capturing the space and beautiful textiles the textures and colors! I would have to touch everything in there!!!

9 years ago

Ps will she be opening an online shop or does she have one already?

Hypnotica Vintage
9 years ago

drooling over all the rugs- one of the most practical luxuries.

9 years ago

Wow! I’m working on decorating my house right now, and this has just given me so much inspiration!
Thanks for the ideas!

the little lion girl

9 years ago

I love Humboldt House! So inspiring to see a young woman doing something that she loves! Go Claire!

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