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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 …

Organization

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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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 …

My Home

03.18.22

Our New House

We bought a house! And it’s our dream home. It’s a beautiful, older …

We bought a house! And it’s our dream home. It’s a beautiful, older home that has been preserved, and has the most incredible details. Driving up, we felt something. Look at the front door? How could you not? And the moment we walked inside, we knew. This was our home.

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03.08.22

My First Chicago Apartment

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a …

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a brand new, very modern high-rise in River North. The actual unit wasn’t very “me” – it featured modern, dark, kitchen, a wall of very large, modern windows, but I loved it. I was new to Chicago and …

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03.01.22

My Lakeview Apartment Tour: Before and After

I moved into this apartment a few months after Conor and I started …

I moved into this apartment a few months after Conor and I started dating, so in 2015. Feels like another lifetime ago. This post was first published years ago, but I made some updates and wanted to share more about this Scandinavian style loft located in the Southport corridor of …

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01.19.22

How to Organize a Narrow Staircase Pantry

It was almost one year ago that I shared our plans to convert …

It was almost one year ago that I shared our plans to convert an “extra” staircase into a pantry. Our home had two staircases off our kitchen (less than 10 feet apart) that lead to the same space: our basement.  Since we didn’t need two points of access to the …

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10.01.21

Our Spooky Chic Halloween Decor

I don’t like scary movies and am not that big on chocolate (I …

I don’t like scary movies and am not that big on chocolate (I know, I’m a gummy candy/red vines kinda gal), so Halloween was never my favorite holiday. But then I became a mom and love nothing more than making things fun and festive for my girls. I’m excited to …

Baby and Kids

09.23.21

Kate’s Neutral Nursery Tour

Kate will be fifteen months this week, so it’s about time I shared …

Kate will be fifteen months this week, so it’s about time I shared her nursery with you. 😉  This room, which was my former office, is (this might shock you) more neutral than I wanted it to be, but after adding some molding and art, I’m happy with how it …

Baby and Kids

09.22.21

Kids Room Art Prints

I am so excited about this collaboration. A few months ago, I randomly …

I am so excited about this collaboration. A few months ago, I randomly messaged Sara Fitz after seeing her prints (and wallpaper) pop up over and over. We had never messaged until that day, but I said hello and told her I loved her work. And I asked how she’d …

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08.21.21

Playroom Ideas for a Basement Playroom

I shared our basement before and after two years ago and today, want …

I shared our basement before and after two years ago and today, want to share some updates I made over the last year. This was such a fun space to create for my girls and in an effort to make the space one we could all enjoy, I ordered some …

Baby and Kids

08.20.21

Our Kids Art Table and Wall Storage

In preparation for at-home preschool and another winter at home, I wanted to …

In preparation for at-home preschool and another winter at home, I wanted to wanted to make our art table a little more fun. What was once a plain wall is now a place that inspires creativity and learning. A fun and functional craft area that houses books, art supplies, and …

My Home

08.10.21

The 10 Cleaning Essentials Every Home Needs

When my home is clean, I feel a sense of peace. That might …

When my home is clean, I feel a sense of peace. That might sound like a bold statement, but I really thrive in a clean and organized environment. Today, I want to share the 10 cleaning essentials every home needs. Once I became a mom, staying on top of the …

Organization

07.13.21

Our Ikea Pax Entry & Coat Closet

I love our little house, but one of the things it’s missing? A …

I love our little house, but one of the things it’s missing? A real coat closet. The previous owners installed this IKEA system in our entry and it’s served us well the last three years. Long coats and bags go on hooks at the top of the basement stairs, but …

Organization

07.05.21

How to Organize a Refrigerator

  I’ve been slowly working my way through our home, organizing every cabinet, …

  I’ve been slowly working my way through our home, organizing every cabinet, closet, and room. The refrigerator is one of those things I’ve wanted to implement one of my “organization systems” for, but I honestly didn’t know where to start. But today, it happened. I needed to return something …

Baby and Kids

05.29.21

Girls Room Decor Ideas

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

Woven Nursery Window Treatments

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, and this was my first experience with custom drapery. It really makes such a big difference. So here are the details on our woven nursery window treatments …

My Home

05.10.21

The Best Bath Towels

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

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 think …

Organization

04.13.21

Organizing a Small 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 …

Baby and Kids

02.18.21

Playroom Wallpaper and Decor

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 …