There’s More Than One Kind of Renovation

I’ve always imagined buying an old old house that needed a complete gut renovation and diving in headfirst. I’ve never really considered any other kind of project. It would be an old house that hadn’t been updated or kept up for decades, and I would overhaul the whole space. That’s a pretty big project to undertake, even for an architect. And it’s a huge project to undertake as your first go round renovating a space on your own. That is most certainly still a dream of mine, and it will happen, but I think that dream is a little further…

Color is the New Neutral

I’m noticing a disturbing trend lately… I think it’s been going on for a while now and I just haven’t noticed, but an alarming number of homes are filled with absolutely horrible poo colored brown couches. Please. Stop this behavior immediately. Be better than a poo brown couch. I’m not really sure how anyone can look at that and think that it’s a good choice, forget trying to figure out why a furniture company would even offer it as an option. Ugh. Maybe poo brown is supposed to be neutral? Maybe not. The great news is that these days, in design…

Front Door Refresh Ideas ~ Wreaths, Door Knockers, and Door Mats Galore

I always love walking up to someone’s door and seeing a beautiful wreath, or a great door knocker. Doors and entryways don’t always get the love and attention that they deserve. They are people’s first physical interaction with your home, it’s a great chance to make a warm, welcoming first impression. There are a few simple elements to having a strong, statement making and memorable entrance. A solid door in a great color makes a strong foundation, and entry lights are the perfect frame. But the fun finishing touches are a great door knocker, and a fun door mat and…

Don’t forget your Amazing

This ‘memory’ popped up in my Facebook feed this morning of me cutting rebar with a big heavy gas powered saw, back when I was a construction worker during the Great Recession. It was a great moment and a reminder not to forget our Amazing. When we are going through the mundane day to day, it can be easy to fall into a routine and get caught up in what’s not amazing… what’s stressful, what we are worried about, what isn’t working, what we don’t have. When we are working to create something new we are constantly handling so much…

If I could buy anything ~ vintage highrise edition

There are so many amazing places that I would happily buy. So welcome to the first of who knows how many ~ If I could buy anything ~ posts. . . today’s debut edition is all about the vintage highrise {drool!!} Guys, Chicago has some AHMAZING vintage buildings, but one specific type that I’ve always been completely crazy in love with are the vintage high-rises. Seriously, breathtaking, stop you in your tracks beautiful, outside and in. The rooms are huge, I take that back, they are normal sized, you know, from the days when you had a dining room and a living room… and…

These beds will give you sweet dreams

I’ve been seeing a couple of really fun new trends in the bed frame realm lately… spindle beds and more antique style metal bed frames. I can’t get enough! So for a fun Friday roundup, here are some fun bed frames and images of bedrooms that are pretty drool worthy! Metal Bed Frames There are a lot of beautiful bed frames out there, but there’s something really eye catching about an old school metal bed frame. Simple. Sturdy. Basic in one way, but also beautiful detailing in another. And the metal is a great contrast to any bedding and stands…

Committing.

I just realized… I have a problem with commitment. In my last video post I talked about realizing that I was playing it safe by always having twenty different things going on {contrary to my belief up until then that I was just amazing at multi-tasking… and just amazing in general}. I intentionally started taking things off of my plate so that I could really focus on the most important things I was wanting to create. But sometimes even when you make purposeful changes like that, you don’t quite see the effects that you are wanting… so what’s up? Last…

Feel Good Friday Inspiration

I had a post about real estate and dead deals all ready for today, but then I saw this video and changed my mind. {I know it’s disappointing ;) you’ll get to read about it on Monday though! ~ sigh of relief} Instead, I’m writing about something that’s a huge deal in most people’s lives and sharing a crazy inspiring story. How many things are standing in the way of us having our biggest dreams… the life and experiences we really want, if we could have everything we dream about… If you ask someone that question they will likely have a…

What’s with all the pineapples?

Every year there’s some crazy new trend… everywhere you turn there’s a message that you need this and hurry before you miss out! This year it’s pineapples?! Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the trend is something I really love, like when flamingos were having a moment {actually I don’t think their moment is over yet}, but unless your spirit animal is a pineapple, maybe we can skip this one? We all know that the only reason trends exist is that, without new things being offered, people wouldn’t be buying stuff nearly as much. I do love the freshness and newness…

Diving into the awkward

As I was recording… and re-recording, my video post.. and then editing… and editing more… I kept feeling inadequate… clumsy… Things like ~ I don’t look or sound as good as other bloggers who do videos {or anyone else who is in front of the camera… ever} kept coming up… as I thought about bloggers and TV personalities who have been doing their thing for years, whether videos online or being actual TV show personalities and hosts… hmmm… But as I worked on it I realized {or rather remembered} something so so important ~ No one ever started something new…