Nursery Reveal

Nursery Reveal

At the time I'm sitting down to write this post, there is still no baby update. And at the rate things are going, I'm beginning to wonder if she's ever going to come. By the way she's kicking and squirming, I would think she couldn't get out of that cramped space soon enough, but it appears instead that she's deciding to soak up these last few days of peace and quiet before being drowned in kisses and slobber (yes, the dogs are eagerly awaiting her arrival as well)! 

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Custom Made Coffee Table

Custom Made Coffee Table

It's been almost six months since we moved into our new house and I can say it's finally starting to feel like a home. Furniture that had been ordered months ago is slowly starting to trickle in and much to the dogs' disappointment, rooms are beginning to fill up, making their evening wrestling matches a bit more challenging. I've also been working on a handful of projects here that have recently finished up, and I can now proudly showcase in my home. 

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How Our Dining Room Came (is Coming) Together

How Our Dining Room Came (is Coming) Together

For those of you familiar with the site Everything But the House, that title is pretty fitting for our dining room, however it'd be changed to Everything But the Furniture Store. That pretty much sums up where our dining room furniture came from. Auctions, check. Estate sales, check. Craigslist, check. Seriously, where is the fun in walking into Pottery Barn, pointing to a dining room set, and declaring, "I'll have that one."?! C'mon, waaaay too easy. For those of you who have been following me for awhile now, you know that's not really the way things work over here, especially when you have the talented resources I have at my fingertips. Since moving into our new home, I think I've become my #1 client, taking advantage of the full gamut of services. 

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Why I Will Never Stop Shopping at Thrift Stores

Why I Will Never Stop Shopping at Thrift Stores

A couple weeks ago I made reference that I had some exciting news to share, and because of it, there would be a lot of interior decorating inspired posts coming up. Well, here is the first of many! However, I should probably take a step back and fill you in on the details. After nine plus years of living in our condo, we finally decided it was time to say good-bye to high-rise living and move into a single family home. It was a big change, and there are many things we are missing about condo life - smelling what our neighbors were eating for dinner, waiting 10 minutes every morning for an elevator, receiving dirty looks when we let our dogs run around the lobby off leash, and being woken up at 3 am by our 20-something year old neighbors after a night out. (I'm laying on the sarcasm here if you can't tell)! Yep, it was a hard choice all right, but we were ready! 

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Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Part 2

Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Part 2

It's been a couple months since I kicked off the Bucktown project, and I thought we were due for an update. If you missed the first part, you can get up to date here. We've made some significant progress, and things are slowly starting to come together. We were hoping to have things wrapped up by late March so everything was settled by the time the baby arrived, but apparently the furniture industry doesn't work around due dates and when they say it takes 10-12 weeks for a couch to arrive, you wait patiently. So, let's take a look at where we are today.

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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

If you've been following me for awhile, you know it's no secret that I have a slight addiction to throw pillows. I think the first time I openly admitted it here on the this blog was about two years ago. You can read all about that here. Yep, I know it, but honestly, I have no intention of doing anything about it. Through my decorating escapades over these past couple years I've learned a thing or two, and one of those things is the importance of throw pillows. After my last post of our great room renovation, I received a lot of questions regarding where the throw pillows came from. I decided this was perfect timing to discuss in more details the lovely topic of pillows! 

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Great Room Renovation Reveal

Great Room Renovation Reveal

Ok, so who's ready for a room makeover reveal? Like, a biiiig room makeover reveal! Because that's what you're in for today. I've been working up to this post for a looong time, and although there are other changes that will probably be made to this room, I think it's finally to a point where I can put my perfectionist tendencies aside and share the end product. Given this is the main room of the house, and it actually doubles as two rooms, I guess I can understand why it's taken me so long to write this, and why this post is going to be so long. If you're still here by the end of this post, God bless you!

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Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Beautified! Part 1

Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Beautified! Part 1

I am really excited to be sharing this post with you today as it marks a new chapter for me. One of the main drivers that turned me to this whole furniture restoration business was my love for interior design. I don't know when it started, but I have always been drawn to beautiful interior spaces. When I was a little girl, I had notebooks full of my "blueprints" of homes I designed. I always wanted to buy the latest home decor magazines and remember sitting in my bedroom studying the pictures stressing over which home I should live in. (The struggles of an eight year old are rough I tell you!) In high school, I took an interior decorating class which I excelled at and proudly finished top of my class. Granted, this was high school and the majority of my classmates were probably just trying to fulfill some credit requirement and HomeEc was already filled. None the less, it was a proud moment...and made up for my C in Biology. 

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Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to show off this bedroom makeover. It was one of the first rooms we completed at the lake house, and I've shared bits and pieces of it over the past couple years, but have never showed it off in its entirety. I think it's because I like the room, but I don't LOOOVE the room. I have been waiting for some 'ah-ha' moment to really complete the room. Well that didn't happen, but instead I had a 'I have a whole new look for the room' revelation. I'm telling you, you never know when these thoughts are going to happen, but you have to cease the moment when they strike. For me, I was in the middle of a spin class and it was like a wave of inspiration came over me and I was suddenly enlightened with how this room should look. Spoiler alert, it involves wallpaper and a lot of blue and white. Big surprise there, huh?! So, before I go and tear up this whole room, I figured I better document how it looks in its current state.

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Living Room Update - Custom Made Ottoman

Living Room Update - Custom Made Ottoman

Well, my upholstery guy strikes again! And in typical fashion, he did not disappoint! A couple months ago I shared my $10 Craigslist chair makeover. The upholstery guy at my studio worked his magic and completely transformed the chair. I was so blown away with the finished product and wasn't about to call it quits. All I could think about was what else could I have him make?! My mind was going full speed as I paced room to room, creating a list in my head of all the new upholstered furniture we now suddenly needed. Before this, I never would have thought we needed an upholstered headboard for the dog bed, but now...we absolutely do! (Ok, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture.)

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Mud Room Renovation Reveal

Mud Room Renovation Reveal

"Okay, it's time." "You can do this." "It's just for a day, then things can go back to normal." These were the encouraging words I kept telling myself when preparing for this room renovation reveal. Why? Because it's the Mud Room. The room we enter through after being outside and dirty all day. The room we lock the dogs in when we're too lazy to clean them. The room we use as overflow storage. The room that has a never ending pile of laundry next to the washer. So, as you can imagine, the thought of getting this room photo-worthy was daunting to say the least. It meant I had to clean up our 'real-life' clutter and present it as a tidy and organized space. Trust me, I tried to photograph it 'as-is' and those pictures were less than appealing. I learned long ago I'm no June Clever when it comes to being a domesticated house wife.

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Nautical Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Nautical Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I have to admit, the home renovation reveals are always my favorite to write. Maybe I write them more for myself than anything else. Even though I lived through this whole crazy process, it never fails, every time I write about one of our room makeovers, I am completely amazed at the transformation this house has made over the past 2 1/2 years. (You can check out other room reveals here...KitchenDownstairs BathroomGuest BathroomPowder RoomMaster Bedroom.) I promise you, when it comes to dramatic changes, this room is no exception. Seeing these old photos also makes me question my sanity just a bit. What we were thinking when we decided to take on such a huge project is beyond me. Saying that we were a bit naive at the beginning of this whole ordeal is probably a bit of an understatement. 

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Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Ok guys, this is a big one. In the words of Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman (which is, by the way, a Top 10 classic in my books), if you don't read this post, "Big mistake. Big. Huge." I can't really say why I haven't shared this bathroom makeover yet, seeing as it was one of the first rooms in our lake house renovation we completed. I think the main reason was because it is such a dramatic change, and I wanted to get it just right, so I kept procrastinating. Well seeing as some of the rooms are already on round two (or three) of renovations and makeovers, I guess I better get on this!  

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