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-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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the funk of forty thousand years…

Remember that classic part of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (aka my 9th grade jam) by Vincent Price: “The foulest stench is in the air the funk of forty thousand years.” I’ve always thought that must be some serious stink. But as of this week… I’ve smelled it. Upstairs in our house. Demo stinks. Literally.

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stick a fork in it…

It’s done. Well, pretty much. There are a few tiny things switch plates, touch-ups, patching, etc. but for the most part the cottage reno is done. Here is a super-old, right-after-we-moved-in photo of the room facing the kitchen of shame. Those doors were hiding the U-G-L-Y. I know. This is the disgustingness that was here when we moved in and I did my best to […]

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So yesterday, the tv was installed in the cottage at the “optimal viewing height.” With 9 foot ceilings, it left the top of the wall a little too bare for my taste. Kind of like putting on a cute outfit but forgetting your earrings. Obviously, nothing is styled. And cords showing is the decorating equivalent of walking around with your skirt stuck in the back […]

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