Hey Hey L.A.!

January isn’t even over yet and I’m totally rocking my ‘non’ resolutions. {Watch out 2017!} I spent this past weekend out in L.A. on a ‘just for fun trip’ and it’s been so. great. I was kind of waffling about whether to go or not when I ended up reconnecting with an old friend from my very first adult job after grad school. I haven’t seen her for almost ten years {also, wow, I’m old}. So I pushed through my weird indecision and hesitation and booked it! Plus I still hadn’t officially done anything to celebrate getting my license so what was I waiting for anyway?!…

White Kitchen Refresh

You heard it here first, white kitchens are on their way out. Or are they? This is a hot debate right now, as white kitchens are the go-to for pretty much every kitchen renovation and are in most new developments I can’t help but wonder if they’ve saturated the market a little too much. But, my personal opinion on their current popularity aside, shaker cabinets and white subway tile are both timeless and classic. But as with everything, if you see it too much, and too often, people get tired of it and it starts to seem stale. It’s inescapable, just…

Exciting News! …and conquering fear

Remember how I was saying that it’s been a huge year for me? I’m super excited to share that I got my Architecture license! Biggest. Deal. Ever. It’s officially official. And I don’t think anything has ever been this big of a deal for me  to achieve. I didn’t end up having a huge celebration or anything, but my license is definitely up on my fridge for the near future, where I can see it every time I walk by. But I did notice something really interesting while I was taking my last three exams – I had to cram…

Architecture | Politics | Energy

Even if it’s the most boring year of your life, it’s still a big year for everyone… Personally, it’s been a huge year for me. But before I could get my big news put together and finish reworking everything to do an official relaunch… the Cubs went and won the World Series – after only 108 years – kind of a huge deal, especially here in Chicago…. and then we had the election… with a pretty surprising outcome. How can I compete with either of those things?! First the Cubs stole my thunder and then the Election rained on my…

Uptown Renovation Wrap-up – Living Room Options

Eugenia’s renovation was a little bit of a two step project. There were the big projects that needed to be completed before the move in – refinishing the cabinets, painting the space and installing the new lights and ceiling fan, and then there was planning for the rest of the space in a way that Eugenia and her husband could implement over time at their own pace. There were several pieces that were coming along with the move, the sofa and the dining table and chairs {and one train table not shown that is a cute, but temporary, toy/play space…

Uptown Kitchen – Final Photos!

Here they are, final pics of Eugenia and her family’s kitchen renovation! It’s hard to even remember the before space, much less imagine that it’s all the same cabinets under that glossy new paint. This is definitely one of my favorite projects for a huge transformation of a space while working with a lot of the existing conditions. It’s easy to make a huge change when you can tear everything out, move walls and really start over, but you can also completely transform a space with a few strategic moves and a great team. I feel so lucky to have…

Please don’t buy {or build} an ugly house

When you’re buying a new house it’s important that the inside space really works for you. But it’s also important that the outside doesn’t look like shit either. Sometimes I look at a building and I honestly don’t know – 1. what the person who designed it was thinking, or 2. who on earth thought it was great looking and what an awesome idea it would be to buy it. In one way I can totally get behind the idea of ‘to each their own’ and that everything is beautiful in some way… to someone… but also – some buildings…

Uptown Kitchen Transformation – In Progress

One of my favorite things about renovations is seeing the progress as the space transforms, so I’m super excited to be able to share that with you for this project. I’d already mentioned before that we decided to keep the existing cabinets and repaint them. This is an awesome way to get a big change for a lot less cost, and these kitchen cabinets were a classic style and in good condition, so it really made sense to keep them. So how do kitchen cabinets get re-painted you ask? Well, for starters – I would not consider this a DIY…

Hang out with me today at the Pullman House Tour!

I’m heading to the Southside today for the Pullman House Tour! Pullman is a really beautiful historic neighborhood founded by George Pullman, a railroad magnate. He was a trailblazer in his time and built an entire community for his employees. There are different types and sizes of house for the different levels of employees and they each had certain distinct characteristics and were grouped together in different areas. There are row houses for the workers in three widths, twelve feet, fifteen feet and seventeen feet. Yes, you read that right, can you even imagine a twelve foot wide house?? One of my…