Some spaces are better to renovate while you live in them…

A couple of weeks ago I found the most amazing place that had just come on the market. It hasn’t been sold in 40 years! It’s a massive condo in a vintage three flat and is a massive 2400 square feet on one floor. A sprawling three bedroom two bath space with tall ceilings and gorgeous original trim, it even has a picture rails in the dining room {be still my heart}! And of course it needs a lot of updating {that’s part of what makes it so great, in my opinion anyway!}, but has all the vintage charm that…

Wood trim: to paint or not to paint, that is the question…

When it comes to renovations, there’s one topic that people always have strong feelings about… whether to paint the vintage wood trim and built-ins… People generally have strong opinions and are solidly on one side or the other of this debate. It’s either fine no matter what, go crazy and have fun… or you are the devil incarnate if you even think about defiling a vintage treasure in such an offensive way. I might be the rare bird who doesn’t have strong feelings one way or the other. Well, I take that back, I’m actually really conflicted about whether to…

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…

The Home Stretch

I swear there is a quote out there about the last certain amount of yards before the end being the hardest – I wish I could remember the exact saying but whatever it is – it’s true. We are so close to wrapping up Lindsey and Doug’s renovation… if we could just get the bathroom vanity taken care of and a few other odds and ends we’d be done. And we are all ready for that. I kind of love and hate the last few weeks of a project. Things happen really quickly and you see a lot of change…