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 …

Interiors

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.

Interiors

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 …

Interiors

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, …

My Home

09.08.20

House Update: Our Bedroom

Over two years after moving into our home, our bedroom is finally (almost) …

Over two years after moving into our home, our bedroom is finally (almost) done. I was very pregnant with Margot when we moved into this house and between work, motherhood, construction delays, and COVID, finishing each room has taken longer than planned. Right now, getting Margot through treatment and caring …

My Home

09.06.20

Margot’s Nursery and Vintage Oil Painting

When I first found out I was having a girl, I remember writing …

When I first found out I was having a girl, I remember writing something about how she wouldn’t wear pink. A touch of blush here and there? Sure. But pink? Nope. Then a perfectly pink-hued rug vintage rug turned this space into a sweet, soft, pink nursery. Naturally, I was given …

Interiors

05.04.20

Staying Home: All Things Woven

The days are getting longer and sunnier, and we’re spending almost all of …

The days are getting longer and sunnier, and we’re spending almost all of our time at home. Most of our isolation has been spent in our bright (and now open – space to play!) living room and on our patio. And now that our bedroom is finally coming together, we …

Interiors

05.01.20

My Search for the Perfect Jute Rug

This is one of my most-read posts so it’s time I gave it …

This is one of my most-read posts so it’s time I gave it an update since we added a soft, braided jute to our living room. Here’s a look back at the jute rugs I’ve owned since moving to Chicago almost ten years ago. The West Elm jute boucle in flax …

Interiors

04.16.20

100+ Outdoor Furniture and Decor Essentials for the Perfect Patio

Those warmer days are slowly starting to grace us with their presence, and …

Those warmer days are slowly starting to grace us with their presence, and we’ve been able to spend some time on our patio. It’s been glorious, and even though snow is in the forecast (ugh) next week’s forecast is looking beautiful. I recently asked if you’d like to see some …

Interiors

04.03.20

What to Buy From the Studio McGee Target Threshold Collection

The Studio McGee Target Collaboration launches tomorrow! The pieces are beautiful, warm, and …

The Studio McGee Target Collaboration launches tomorrow! The pieces are beautiful, warm, and (of course) budget-friendly. Quite a few look like they came from some higher-end decor brands that I really love. I’m sharing my favorite pieces of furniture and decor accents to make our homes cozy during a time …

Interiors

03.10.20

What to Buy at the Big Serena and Lily Sale

Any time Serena and Lily has a big sale, I always share my …

Any time Serena and Lily has a big sale, I always share my favorites, and they’re offering 20% off everything with the code FRESHMIX. We just partnered with the brand on my dream bed, and barstools, and I swear – those two pieces made our home look so much warmer.

Baby & Toddler

02.29.20

Two Trends I’m Adding to Our New Nursery

Now that we’ve been in our house almost two years and have a …

Now that we’ve been in our house almost two years and have a second baby on the way, I am determined to get this house finished so we can enjoy our home with our two little girls (!!) for a few years. I recently shared an update on the living …

Interiors

02.21.20

Warming up Our Living Room

If you saw our living room six months ago, you would have thought …

If you saw our living room six months ago, you would have thought it was mostly done. And it was, but then my husband and I became partners at Anecdote and not incorporating pieces from our store in our home didn’t make any sense to us. I started choosing pieces from …

Interiors

02.11.20

How to Arrange a Stairway Gallery Wall

This is probably the least technical and potentially least-helpful “how to” post that …

This is probably the least technical and potentially least-helpful “how to” post that will ever be written, but I think it might help those of you who like me, want to hang an “imperfect” gallery wall. Gallery walls can be a little daunting but they really don’t have to be …

Interiors

02.03.20

Budget-Friendly Living Room Furniture and Decor to Invest in

Whether you’re decorating your first home or looking for that perfect piece (or …

Whether you’re decorating your first home or looking for that perfect piece (or two) to finish a current space, finding the right timeless, cozy, and “just right” piece of furniture is…not easy. I’ve been struggling with finding the right pieces for my own living room but it’s finally starting to …

Interiors

01.15.20

The Best Ikea Finds That Look Expensive

IKEA is such a great resource for budget-friendly furniture and decor. I’ve relied …

IKEA is such a great resource for budget-friendly furniture and decor. I’ve relied on pieces from the brand to fill my apartments, and just ordered a few new things for the house. I found myself clicking through the site looking for clothing racks, baskets, and outdoor chairs for our porch, …

Interiors

01.13.20

My Home Office and Guest Room

When I work from home, I spend my days in my home office/guest …

When I work from home, I spend my days in my home office/guest room. It’s the 3rd bedroom in our home right next to Margot’s room. This room cozy, quiet, and gets good light and I’ve loved working here, but in the coming months, I’m going to turn it into …

Interiors

11.01.19

Anecdote is Live and these are my Favorite Items in the Shop

We opened the doors to Anecdote a few weeks ago and I am …

We opened the doors to Anecdote a few weeks ago and I am excited to announce that our website is LIVE! I can’t believe that everyone (in the US) can now shop at shopanecdote.com! This is a project I can’t take that much credit for since the team has been …

My Home

10.06.19

A Black and White Floral Bathroom

When we bought our house, there were some updates we wanted to make …

When we bought our house, there were some updates we wanted to make so it would feel more like our home. It mostly came down to paint, lighting, and window treatments, but the bathrooms needed a little work. They were technically “finished” but we love interiors (so much that we’re …

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