The kitchen design, and the one cabinet decision that almost broke me.

We are getting closer and closer to go time… the kitchen cabinets should be shipping the first week of April and I have plenty of things I still need to do. Anyone know where to get a super sexy black kitchen faucet?? Given that we will have had at least a month of waiting while the cabinets were being fabricated, there are no excuses for not being ready when they actually get here! So what’s our kitchen actually going to look like?! I’ve shared my inspiration images for the kitchen, and now I’m finally sharing the actual finishes we’ve picked…

Where would you live based on your house style?

Happy Friday! This week has been a complete whirlwind. There are still a million decisions to be made for our renovation, but it’s also the busiest season at work so with working around the clock seven days a week I feel like we aren’t really making any real progress at our place, which is a bummer. I know it will all come together, but I do need to find time to finalize counter decision and buy important things like our sink and faucet like ~ stat! But in the meantime I need a break so let’s talk about something fun……

What’s the market really like right now, and how to have success as a buyer

{photo credit: McAlpine¬†Tankersly Architecture} Hi there! I’ve been a little pre-occupied with our renovation lately, but we are in full spring work mode over here and I today I wanted to talk about something that I get lots of questions from people about all of the time ~ what’s the real estate market like right now? And how can someone possibly have success in this market?! Honestly, I get tons of questions all the time, they are all great questions and before I got into real estate I had no idea where to go to get answers for any of…

The totally boring things I couldn’t be more excited about in our new place

It’s official, I’m middle aged. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that, I’ve never been happier and I’m super stoked about what I’m doing and creating in my life these days. But I will say that the things that I get excited about now are very different than what I got excited about in my twenties, lol. When we first moved in to our new place, I literally laid down to ‘hug’ our brand new beautiful hardwood floors in excitement, and I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. I was SO excited. About floors. But let me tell…

Accepting the Learning Curve of Our First Renovation and what I’m learning along the way…

This is what my ‘in progress’ kitchen actually looks like right now. It’s not pretty, and it’s not super fun to live in. I had been a bit naively optimistic in hoping that could stack up the kitchen boxes and make a usable ‘counter’ space on top of them until our actual cabinets come, which clearly isn’t happening. Right now we have no dishwasher and only 24″ of usable counter space, if that. It’s definitely not our dream kitchen scenario! I knew we’d have plenty of curve balls and surprises during this renovation, but one thing that’s been kind of…

How We’re Transforming Our Kitchen

From the first time we walked through our new place and I saw the kitchen layout, I knew exactly how I would transform the space. I have no idea what I’m doing in some other areas of the house, but I am very clear on what is happening to this space, and it’s a good thing since we ended up getting started with this part of our renovation a wee bit {a lot} earlier than we had initially planned. So what are we doing in there?! Here is the plan of the space when we bought it. The kitchen is…

The floors I wanted… and the floors I got…

When I started imagining what I would do with our condo and how I would transform it, I imagined re-doing the floors in a kind of classic walnut color… not too light, not too dark, totally timeless. In my head I was picturing something like these floors {side note: this is a newly renovated house that our team is listing here in Chicago, cute right?!} Our existing floors were a pretty light color but they were kind of too bright in a way, it’s hard to put my finger on it… here is a before pic. The existing floors in…

Why everyone should treat their house like a flip

{photo credit: Fixer Upper} You guys, this renovation is stressFUL. It’s also awesome and it also sometimes kind of sucks. But I signed up for this and really, I’m super excited about the project and doing this ‘flip’. Honestly, it might just be my personal preference, but I’d rather take on a huge fixer upper in a house or building that has boatloads of potential, or has ‘beautiful bones’ that has just been a bit neglected, than a newer property. But that’s just me, and the truth is that you don’t have to take on a huge project in order…

Meet our new house!

I’ve shared some of the ups and downs of buying and starting renovations of our new place… but I haven’t actually introduced you to it! Meet our cute little house {condo}! We bought a super outdated two bedroom two bathroom condo in a loft/courtyard building in a pretty hip part of town. Honestly, I don’t feel cool enough to live in our new neighborhood, lol, but here we are! It’s the ‘perfect’ fixer upper and will {hopefully} be a great flip.¬†Here is the layout of our new condo… So what are we going to do to this puppy? As I’ve…

The whirlwind of living through a renovation…

Guys, we are officially IN our new place! It still kind of doesn’t feel real, but I’m sure that’s because have no kitchen appliances right now and are living out of boxes for the next few weeks while we get new baseboards installed and hopefully get new kitchen cabinets. And paint colors, I need to figure out the paint colors! When I first started planning this whole thing out… buying a fixer upper, renovating it and selling it, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on everything. I mean, I literally worked on countless renovation projects for a decade…