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06.20.22

Natural Fiber Rugs: The Best Sisal and Jute Rugs

Jute and sisal rugs are like a great pair of denim. They’re timeless, …

Jute and sisal rugs are like a great pair of denim. They’re timeless, have that perfect, relaxed feeling, can be dressed up or down, and go with pretty much everything. My husband thinks I want our home to look like a beach house. And he’s not entirely wrong – I’m …

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06.19.22

New House Q&A

How old is our new house? Are the girls sharing a room? What …

How old is our new house? Are the girls sharing a room? What are our renovation plans? I’m answering all your questions about our new house in today’s post.  New House Q&A   What year was the house built?  Can’t remember the exact year but almost 100 years ago.  What …

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06.18.22

Our New Home: Design Updates and Renovation Plans

I love the beauty, history, and details that come with an old home.

I love the beauty, history, and details that come with an old home. They really don’t make them like they used to, so it’s no surprise that we chose an almost 100 year-old home. But old houses also need a lot of updates and work. I’ve gotten a lot of …

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06.11.22

How to Arrange a Stairway Gallery Wall

This is probably the least technical “how to” post that will ever be …

This is probably the least technical “how to” post that will ever be written. But I think it might be one of the most helpful, because committing to hanging a gallery wall is the hardest part. I’m here to help those of you who like me, want to hang an …

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06.10.22

How to Care for an Indoor Olive Tree

I’ve always dreamed of having an indoor olive tree but didn’t know how …

I’ve always dreamed of having an indoor olive tree but didn’t know how to make it happen. Where does one even find an olive tree? Can they even be indoor plants? I know that they need a lot of sun which Chicago doesn’t have half the year, and historically, plants …

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06.10.22

Toy Organization: How to Declutter and Store Toys

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to …

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to take over your home. I don’t want to be dramatic and call it one of the biggest challenges of parenthood but when you have little kids, it can feel like a lot. Pikler climbers, bounce houses (why …

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06.08.22

How to Design a Living Room

You’re here because you want to design a living room, and chances are …

You’re here because you want to design a living room, and chances are that you’re overwhelmed. It’s hard, especially when the room has multiple functions like ours does. Designing a space that feels warm, functional, and one that has that natural flow isn’t always easy. Our living room completely transformed …

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05.22.22

The Best Interior Design Coffee Table Books

You know how much I love design, and a good coffee table book, …

You know how much I love design, and a good coffee table book, too. I’ve shared my favorite coffee able books but wanted to focus on the best interior design books. These always make wonderful gifts and beautiful decor, too. Here are the most beautiful and inspirational interior design coffee …

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05.20.22

What to Buy at One Kings Lane 

One Kings Lane is a favorite resource for furniture and decor. From sofas …

One Kings Lane is a favorite resource for furniture and decor. From sofas and chairs, outdoor furniture, designer pieces, to lighting and wall art, find furniture and decor for every room. The entire site is 25% off right now, so I spent a few hours scouring OKL for the best …

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05.05.22

What to Buy at Ballard Designs

When it was time to furnish my first apartment in Chicago over a …

When it was time to furnish my first apartment in Chicago over a decade ago, I turned to Ballard Designs for a few pieces for my home. Ballard Designs has been around since the 80s and is a great source for custom upholstery, furniture, and decor. I found myself shopping …

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05.01.22

How to Plant an Herb Garden

I got really into gardening last year. It all started with boxwood planters, …

I got really into gardening last year. It all started with boxwood planters, then flower pots, and I planted hundreds of bulbs in the fall. I’m always looking for new kid-friendly activities, and now that the weather is finally turning, we’re cooking more. I love using fresh herbs in everything …

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04.26.22

Decorating With Blue and White

I love a neutral palette. When it comes to decorating with white (and …

I love a neutral palette. When it comes to decorating with white (and other neutrals), I’ve gravitated toward neutral pieces with woven accents. But the addition of a few ginger jars and then, blue and white pillows, changed the tone of our living room. Blue and white is classic and …

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04.24.22

What to Buy at Circa Lighting

Circa lighting is one of my favorite sources, and is one we turned …

Circa lighting is one of my favorite sources, and is one we turned to when we installed new lighting in our current home. Circa carries some of my favorites from Thomas O’Brien to Ralph Lauren. The entire store is 20% off through May 31, so if you’re going to splurge …

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04.20.22

The Best Coffee Table Books

So, you know that expression about not judging a book by its cover? …

So, you know that expression about not judging a book by its cover? Well, when it comes to a beautiful book, that rule doesn’t always apply. I have purchased books after seeing a beautiful cover or spine, but it’s not always easy knowing which ones are worth it. So today, …

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04.18.22

Interior Design Inspiration for Our New House

We close on our new house in two months and are starting to …

We close on our new house in two months and are starting to look at rugs, upholstery, lighting, and window treatments. Most of our upholstered furniture is being ordered through Anecdote and we plan on bringing in a lot of antiques. We have a vision for the house, so hiring …

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04.14.22

British Home Decor Brands You Can Shop in the US

British design has made its way to the US. But really, it’s all …

British design has made its way to the US. But really, it’s all things English that we love, like Downton, The Crown, and Call the Midwife to name a few. The first Soho House opened in London in 1995, and Soho House now has 27 houses in 10 countries, including …

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04.12.22

How to Style a Console Table Under a TV

When it comes to choosing pieces for my home, I’m all about form …

When it comes to choosing pieces for my home, I’m all about form and function. I love when a piece of furniture offers me a chance to style a vignette and gives me the things I need, like a place to store toys. A console can be one of the …

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04.01.22

Container Gardening: How to Plant Boxwoods in Planters

Evergreen boxwoods and terra cotta planters provide year-round greenery and a timeless, beautiful …

Evergreen boxwoods and terra cotta planters provide year-round greenery and a timeless, beautiful aesthetic to any patio or garden. My gardening journey began with a few boxwoods and evolved into topiaries, pachysandra, and these planters. These evergreens are easy enough to maintain and are perfect for adding interest to any …

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03.29.22

Tour Mimi’s 1928 Zook Tudor

My mother-in-law is somewhat of a renovation icon, so much that some might …

My mother-in-law is somewhat of a renovation icon, so much that some might even call her a serial renovator. When I started dating Conor in 2015, Mimi was living in this home and eventually sold it fully furnished. She was starting over from scratch, and  her next home was destined …

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03.28.22

How to Create Kids Play Area in A Small Space

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of …

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of mom I would be. My house would always be clean, my kids would never wear clothing I didn’t like, and I’d be a minimalist with toys. Then I had kids. My house is definitely not always clean, …