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06.08.21

Container Garden: How to Plant a Beautiful Flower Pot

A trip to the nursery to pick up a few flowers for an …

A trip to the nursery to pick up a few flowers for an empty spot in our yard turned into a second trip for topiaries. Before I knew it, I was going back for flowers for our planters, ground covering (more on that soon), and ordering more terracotta planters. I …

Baby & Toddler

05.29.21

My Plans for Margot’s Big Girl Room

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday …

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday around the corner, the time felt right to make the transition to a big girl bed. I won’t be making too many changes, but we’ll say farewell to her crib, daybed, and glider, making some space for …

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05.21.21

Our Woven Nursery Shades and Curtains

I get a lot of questions about the shades and curtains in the …

I get a lot of questions about the shades and curtains in the girls’ rooms. Our shades and curtains are by Hunter Douglas (I’ll share the exact details below). This is my first experience with custom drapery and it really makes such a big difference.  I chose the Provenance Woven …

My Home

05.10.21

Our Bathroom and The Softest Bath Towels (That Actually Stay Soft)

  Years and years ago, I remember reading that nice towels were the …

  Years and years ago, I remember reading that nice towels were the first thing Oprah splurged on, and I couldn’t help but think how nice nice towels are. There are few simple pleasures better than getting out of a hot shower and grabbing a soft, cozy bath towel. I …

Organization

04.13.21

How I Organized My Small, Seasonal Closet

When we first saw our house, the closets weren’t exactly what I had …

When we first saw our house, the closets weren’t exactly what I had in mind. I thought we’d end up with something a little bigger but loved our house and figured we could make it work, and we did. I’ve come to love my little closet – being able to …

Home

03.24.21

Creating a European Inspired Outdoor Space

After isolating at home all winter, we’re preparing to make our yard an …

After isolating at home all winter, we’re preparing to make our yard an oasis where we’ll spend days and nights this summer. I’ve been pinning outdoor spaces and found myself inspired by French gardens. I want to keep things simple and charming and really wish I had a gravel patio …

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03.16.21

What to Buy at the Big Lulu and Georgia Sale

Almost everything at Lulu and Georgia is 25% off, so I wanted to …

Almost everything at Lulu and Georgia is 25% off, so I wanted to share some of my favorite items since spring is one of my favorite times to organize and refresh. Lots of decor and bonus: the ripple glasses that I got for Christmas are included in the sale! They …

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03.09.21

What To Buy for Spring at the Big Serena And Lily Sale

Spring is in the air. I broke out our linen quilt and switched …

Spring is in the air. I broke out our linen quilt and switched out one of our living room pillows for my favorite blue chambray cover. Flowering branches, sunshine, and dreams of the California weather I grew up with. Things feel lighter, and these new pieces from Serena and Lily …

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03.08.21

The Most Beautiful Coffee Table Books That Serve as Decor

You know that expression about not judging a book by it’s cover? Well, …

You know that expression about not judging a book by it’s cover? Well, when it comes to a beautiful book for your shelf or coffee table, that isn’t alway true. I have purchased books after seeing a beautiful cover or spine, but it’s not always easy knowing which ones are …

Baby & Toddler

02.18.21

Our Parisian Playroom Wallpaper

Our basement playroom saw a lot of changes since we bought our home …

Our basement playroom saw a lot of changes since we bought our home almost three years ago. Paint, flooring, stair railing and a runner, and eventually, the most magical Parisian wallpaper. The room was really sweet but needed some whimsy, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Margot …

Home

02.16.21

Our Budget Friendly, Indoor/Outdoor, Striped Stair Runner

Once our basement floors were installed, making the stairs safer was priority. We …

Once our basement floors were installed, making the stairs safer was priority. We knew we needed traction and some padding for our growing family. Safety first, right? If you’re handy, you could definitely install this yourself. We would have tried but our contractor was already working on our house, so …

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02.14.21

Converting our Staircase Into a Pantry

We’ve been isolating at home for almost an entire year. I like an organized …

We’ve been isolating at home for almost an entire year. I like an organized home when things are normal, so since we’re always home, it’s something that impacts my life every day. It all started with some IKEA bins and took off from there. Purging closets, drawer dividers, toy bags, craft …

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02.08.21

Our Dining Room & Choosing The Right Vintage Rug

Buddy had an accident on our beautiful sisal rug which was a little …

Buddy had an accident on our beautiful sisal rug which was a little too light for our baby and toddler. And yes, I see you looking at my white chairs and will get to those in a moment. This room opens into the kitchen so it’s not a formal dining …

Baby & Toddler

02.06.21

The Best Budget-Friendly Blackout Shades for Babies and Toddlers

I love our window treatments, and even though they are blackout, our windows …

I love our window treatments, and even though they are blackout, our windows only allow for an outside mount so light filtering through is inevitable. Now that Margot is 2.5, it’s no longer an issue for her, but like most babies, Kate needs her room pitch black to get those …

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02.04.21

Our Sisal Stair Runner

I love the look of a stair runner, and how it adds warmth …

I love the look of a stair runner, and how it adds warmth to an otherwise plain (and slippery) staircase. As much as I love design, this choice was actually one that came down to function. When Margot was a baby, I slipped going up the stairs while holding her.

My Home

12.27.20

How to Style a Fireplace Mantel

When we began the search for our home, a fireplace was a must.

When we began the search for our home, a fireplace was a must. A mantel is the heart of a room, especially in those cold months when you’re cozied up by the fire. Ours looked good enough but didn’t feel done, so I moved a couple things around the house …

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12.21.20

The White Paint We Used Throughout Our Home

What color are your walls? What white paint do you use?  I am …

What color are your walls? What white paint do you use?  I am asked those questions every week. White paint can be tough and I always recommend putting a swatch up to see how it looks in your home. We use eggshell or semigloss for trim and matte for walls.

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12.20.20

The Best Window Treatments For a Sunroom

When we found out we were expecting our second baby, I converted our …

When we found out we were expecting our second baby, I converted our third bedroom from an office to a nursery, and turned our sunroom (which was more like a storage room) into a sunroom and office. The room was in desperate need of window treatments to block that bright …

My Home

12.19.20

Our Basement Family Room Triptych Gallery Wall and Rug

When we moved into our house, we planned on turning the basement into …

When we moved into our house, we planned on turning the basement into a family room and playroom. Since it’s a smaller home (just under 2000 square feet) and only has a living room on the main floor, we wanted place for family movie nights, and spot to hang out …

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10.01.20

How to Care for an Indoor Olive Tree

I’ve always dreamed of having an olive tree but didn’t think it was …

I’ve always dreamed of having an olive tree but didn’t think it was an option. Where does one find an olive tree? Even I know that they need a lot of sun which Chicago doesn’t have half the year, and plants never do well in my care. I was lucky …

My Home

09.29.20

My Home Office and Sunroom

The french doors off our living room lead to the most charming little …

The french doors off our living room lead to the most charming little sunroom – a room that I had big plans for when we moved into our home over two years ago. Until a few weeks ago, the view through those doors was…not good. Life got in the way, …