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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, …

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03.24.22

The Best Furniture and Decor From Serena and Lily

Spring is a month away and I already broke out our light blue …

Spring is a month away and I already broke out our light blue chambray cover. Any time I look through Serena and Lily’s website, I find myself wishing I had a house in Santa Barbara or The Hamptons where everything is blue, white, woven, and linen. I’m rounding up my …

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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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03.14.22

The Best Faux Greenery and Trees

The warmer days of spring mean open windows, fresh air, and of course, …

The warmer days of spring mean open windows, fresh air, and of course, greenery. I can’t wait for the trees to grow their leaves and for flowers to bloom. And I love bringing greenery indoors with fresh flowers and plants, but it’s often the case that those live plans become…dead.

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03.08.22

The Best Home Decor Gifts $100 and Under

Anyone else ready for a spring refresh? Every time this year rolls around, …

Anyone else ready for a spring refresh? Every time this year rolls around, I bring in some blue and find myself gravitating toward woven accents. I always love making little updates and bringing in new design elements – they can make a space feel new and refreshed. Whether you’re looking …

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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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03.05.22

The Best Ikea Finds That Look Expensive

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly home decor, furniture and storage solutions, …

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly home decor, furniture and storage solutions, but navigating that giant maze of a superstore can be overwhelming. The Scandinavian retailer is filled with affordable decor, storage solutions, furniture, and even kitchen cabinets – there’s almost too much to choose from. And some of …

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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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02.09.22

What To Buy at Pottery Barn

I am often asked where to start when decorating a room, and when …

I am often asked where to start when decorating a room, and when you walk into a store like Pottery Barn (and aren’t exactly sure of what you want) narrowing it down to the right piece is a challenge. I recommend starting with inspiration and a piece that inspires you.

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01.31.22

Affordable Wall Art Under $500

I know people say gallery walls are over, and I don’t like a …

I know people say gallery walls are over, and I don’t like a cluttered gallery wall but I do love an art grouping. 😉 Have you seen my staircase art? Affordable art is always one of my most-requested posts, and I’m committed to working on the posts that I’m always …

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01.25.22

Get The Look: A Modern, Traditional (and Neutral) Living Room

After quite a few requests for more furniture and interior posts (and some …

After quite a few requests for more furniture and interior posts (and some budget-friendly finds) I thought it might be fun to design a living room. And it was, but it might make more sense to round up specific items like consoles, sofas, etc. What would you prefer?  Shop The …

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01.21.22

What To Buy From The Studio McGee Target Collection

Does the new year make anyone else want to organize and make everything …

Does the new year make anyone else want to organize and make everything feel clean, styled, and cozy? Well, if I hadn’t quite literally redone our entire living room over the last few years, the Studio McGee new Target collection would be a problem. It’s timeless and traditional with a …

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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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01.05.22

House Restoration: Window, Stucco, and Demo Update

House Restoration: Window, Stucco, and Demo Update We’re just over a month into …

House Restoration: Window, Stucco, and Demo Update We’re just over a month into demo and restoration and have made some great progress. The steel windows are being restored, bathrooms are being torn out, and we’re redoing the stucco. It’s all looking so good! Sharing more below and answering your questions …

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12.20.21

Our Plans to Restore an (Almost) 100-Year-Old Home

A few months ago, I shared a peek at our latest project. Questions …

A few months ago, I shared a peek at our latest project. Questions about our plans for the home poured in and they haven’t really stopped. Today, I am going to (finally) share a few before photos and some of our plans for this beautiful home. The reason I haven’t …

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11.23.21

My Bedroom Window Treatments: Woven Shades and Curtains

After more than three years in our home, our bedroom finally feels like …

After more than three years in our home, our bedroom finally feels like the cozy haven I hoped it would, just in time for winter. I’m still planning on a few finishing touches – new pillows and a throw, and a new basket that doesn’t perfectly match our rug. But …