Bringing color into the Kitchen

A few posts back was all about refreshing the white kitchen, but there are a few other trends happening on the horizon that are super fun… and colorful! More and more often you are seeing some really fun, and really beautiful different colors being used for kitchen millwork. I’m so excited to see more color in people’s spaces overall. Here are some amazing spaces, from more understated grays to pastels and playful mint green {it’s having a moment, yay!} to rich darker and bold colors, they are all beautiful. And none are all white, and I love that :) Light Grays & Pattern…

My non-resolution resolutions

Last year I had so many huge life changes and it was amazing. This year I want to take everything I achieved to a new level, and also work on having more of certain things in my life. So I decided this year to do a different kind of resolution… more like non-resolution resolutions. I’m usually not a resolution kind of person. I wasn’t ever really successful, and felt like there was this idea that January was the only time anyone made any big changes… but this year I’m making some less traditional resolutions and I’m loving them. 1. Own Everything: this might…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I like to start off each year really indulging in all of the things that I love and want, to really set a strong tone for my year to come. In order to create everything I want, I immerse myself in them with extra intention at the new year, to make things more real. Yesterday at the workshop I went to about Endings & Beginnings I got a great reminder that actually, our energy is finite, we don’t have an unlimited supply to be giving to anything and everything, so it’s important that we are aware of where we are…

My favorite gold accents & accessories to brighten up your space

There are so many super fun and great looking gold accents and accessories right now, even if you don’t have gold hardware in your kitchen, you can still totally get in on ~ what I think is ~ the best trend in a long time. Here are some of my favorite gold accessories/accents that you can easily integrate into your space. Instant upgrade and refresh. Installing a new light fixture is actually pretty easy and will totally transform a room. These two from West Elm are really beautiful, totally affordable and you can use them in lots of different spaces…

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…

This is a teardown… or is it

I looked at this building with one of our clients the other day. In the description of the property there was the phrase “potential teardown”. From the photos it didn’t really look like there was anything obviously wrong with the building, you can see some slight sagging in the center of the facade, but it doesn’t look major – so I was definitely curious. Usually if the pics look fine and someone is saying – don’t bother saving this one – it means one of two things: there are big time problems that you just can’t see yet this is just…

Beware the gut rehab…

The These days it seems like everyone and their brother is buying and flipping houses. What am I talking about, this has been going on for a while now. I’m pretty sure HGTV is completely responsible for this horrible trend… all that DIY shit everywhere you turn… house hunters, flip this, remake that.. making it look so easy and like you can do an entire renovation in a weekend. Not. True. It is 100% possible to do a spectacular job on a gut renovation/rehab, and there are lots of people who do spectacular work.. but, there are also lots of people who…

Love and affinity -it might just be the biggest deal

I’ve been thinking a lot about affinity lately.. you’re love for something. And how much of it we have {or not} in our everyday life. Have you ever walked into a space, met someone, or discovered something in life and your whole self kind of falls in love in a whole new way? You feel excited, inspired, different parts of you awaken and you feel like you discover a new level of how much you can love and feel for something? You can’t always explain it or make sense of it, but you know it when you feel it. It’s…