My Favorite Way to Design a Space… Slowly

As I’m working on a new interior design project {my last for a while as I’m wrapping this up and making more space to focus on real estate} I’m reminded of my biggest struggle in design… I love the idea of moving to a new place and starting from scratch. Designing the space and being able to buy all new furniture… art… finishes… really making the space you. You can get rid of everything that isn’t you anymore.. {and sometimes that’s everything} and start fresh. Really be in present time. It can be a powerful thing to do, a completely…

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…

Having Less… to Have More

Every year I have so much going on that I can’t manage it all… and one thing that always falls to the wayside is this blog {ARGH! – so frustrating!} Why can’t I get everything done?! Why am I not better at multi-tasking… why can’t I just keep going at 100 miles an hour constantly?! Well, I always have a ton going on in my life, and that’s something I’ve always felt good about… it was part of my idea of who I was… but was it really working for me, that’s the big question I had to get super…

Interior Inspiration: Incorporating Vintage Furniture

So, as much as I love spaces where everything is brand new, I really love incorporating vintage furniture into a space. I think there’s something special and unmatchable in a space that is that perfect mix of new and old… it has a richness and character that other spaces just don’t have. But not all antiques are the same… and there is definitely an art to mixing them ~ both with vintage pieces from other eras and with new furniture. As always, design is subjective, but with that in mind here are some of my ‘rules of thumb’ for incorporating vintage…

How are those Resolutions coming??

How are we already in the beginning of March?! I feel like we are literally racing through 2017… so as we enter the tail end of winter and round the corner toward Spring I’ve been thinking ~ how are those resolutions coming? I always feel like my birthday is more of a personal new year than January first, for me it’s a great chance to check in with yourself  and is a more ‘real’ time for starting new things. So this past week I’ve been spending some time thinking about how I’ve been doing with my own list of resolutions… and…

Small Changes, Big Transformation

I love seeing the transformation of a space pre and post-renovation. And of course it’s always super fun to see a space that needs a major space lift and be able to go in and change everything. But you don’t always need to rip everything out and start over from scratch in order to have a big transformation within a space. Sometimes just some small adjustments  can make a huge difference, and lucky for you I just worked on this exact type of space! Here we started with an underwhelming condo, with a layout and size that worked, but bad real-estate beige…

How to be Successful as a Buyer

More contracts were written on properties this January than in the past nine Januaries. We’re still a few months away from spring, {or maybe not since it was 70 degrees in Chicago this weekend!} and it’s already very busy… I don’t know for sure, but right now it feels like there are even fewer places on the market than last year, or maybe there are just more early year buyers… either way, it means it’s even more competitive for buyers. That’s great for property values which continue to climb, but it can be really discouraging for people who want to buy a property and…

This ‘Aint Your Grandma’s Wallpaper

In the sea of trendy gray paint that’s all the rage right now, I’m on a personal mission to bring back wallpaper! I think wallpaper is so beautiful, my Instagram feed has a steady stream of vintage patterns that I come across and drool over. I love it. It’s an easy  way to bring an extra level of fun, color, and pattern to a space. It can take an already beautiful room to breathtaking, and it can take a forgettable or utilitarian space, like a hallway or closet, from invisible to star of the show. Today’s wallpapers are nothing like…

My Five Most Favorite Things About Meditation

Since I don’t live under a rock I’ve definitely noticed that meditation is having a little bit of a moment these days. I’m reading stories that all of these major athletes and celebrities are big time into meditation, it’s like when I learned how to knit thinking I was literally the only human doing it, and then found out that everyone else already knew how to do it, just no one talked about it! But now I’m seeing regular articles and different bloggers writing about the benefits of meditation. Personally, I’m a huge fan, it’s transformed my life. I grew…