cozy master bedroom

Another room we tackled in the renovation was our master bedroom. This home renovation has been such a learning experience. One of the main things I’ve learned is that it’s all about tradeoffs. No home is absolutely perfect (unless you design and build it yourself) so you have to decide what is of the most value to you. In our case, our original master bedroom […]

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airing my dirty laundry (room)

When we bought our farmhouse three years ago, I will admit… I was viewing it through a pair of rose-colored aviators. I mean…there were just SO many things that I loved about it, that I was willing to overlook the many, many less-than-ideal aspects of it. But after living in our house for several years, we took stock of all the spaces that weren’t working for […]

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so long, dark dungeon of doom

What do you get when you cross a snail, a sloth and a tortoise covered in molasses??? A home renovation. I’m ready for this thing to be done. Like yesterday. But…..the light at the end of the tunnel is in my viewfinder. I’m so psyched for it to be finished. What keeps me going is how far its come. Our family room before had lots […]

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going back to Cali…

Back in January our family went to California to watch our Auburn Tigers play in the National Championship. Let’s not talk about the outcome… suffice it to say that many tears were shed. sniff. It was my first time ever in California. And I fell in love. It’s not at all what I imagined. This??? Breathtaking beaches…. And this??? “Rodeo Drive, baby.”  I took full […]

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the floors that Pa Ingalls built

So I’ve joked around on here before about how if you let a marble go on one end of our upstairs, that you wouldn’t find it until Christmas. That is how unlevel our floors are/were. Now I do tend to be a little hyperbolic at times. I mean it just makes the story so much better, right? After all, I was birthed by a world […]

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Don’t miss it

If you live in or around the Northwest suburbs of Chicago… you are not going to want to miss this sale. My friend Carol (Redeemed Vintage) is having one of her quarterly sales events at her beautiful home. I was there yesterday and think that this is the best selection of furniture and accessories that she’s ever had. And her prices are incredible. The dates […]

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last one…

My type A personality won’t let me stop until the bitter end… so here are the last photos of the fireplace removal. Pinky swear. and upstairs in our master closet looking down…   cool stuff. I won’t be posting this week because Jake and I are leaving tomorrow on a little adventure for his spring break. This is our annual tradition…because his spring break is […]

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here’s the plan, Stan

So once the fireplace has gone all hasta la vista baby… we are having a cabinet built to take its place. My inspiration came from the photo below…but for the life of me I can’t find the original source so I can’t credit it. If you know the source, leave me a comment and I will link it up. Sidenote… You know how marriage is […]

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chim-chimney

chim-chimney, chim-chimney, chim-chim-cheree… the chimney had to go… cause the fireplace is ugleeeeee…. —————————————— So we have this big honking plaster fireplace that’s like a bazillion feet long. We refer to it as the behemoth… It is the elephant in our family room. For two and a half years, I’ve arranged and rearranged the furniture six ways to Sunday… but the behemoth splits the room […]

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around here

So while things have been getting demolished to smithereens in our farmhouse this last week, our family has moved into the guest cottage. It had a little facelift of its own during December and January so we started with a blank slate. My goals for the space since we are living here for three months while our house is being renovated are: 1) Make it […]

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