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5 Reasons to Love Roller (and Solar) Shades

There are several windows in my house that really give me trouble when I think about how to dress them. Some have gorgeous nineteenth-century moldings that I don’t want to cover, some are the only source of light for an entire room, and still others are in areas where I need light, but also need privacy. […]

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Organize Your Guest Room for Summer

I love hosting guests in my house. I have had dreams of opening a B&B and always practice by treating our weekend friends like they’re staying in a cozy getaway. The good news is you do not need ambitions of running an inn to still have guests who love staying with you. There are some total necessities […]

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How to Turn Your Outdoor Room into a Livable Space

I love being outdoors. It just seems to be good for the soul, and recent studies say it’s good for your health, but did we really need a study for that? The fresh air, smell of fresh-cut grass, gentle warm breeze, and birds singing are just what the doctor ordered. If you have a porch or […]

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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Guest Bedroom Décor

We all have that guest bedroom in our homes that is totally neglected, except for when guests actually use it. It usually gets the “leftovers” of décor; random mishmash items that have no other spot in your home usually end up here. But what if you could literally transform that room in a weekend to […]

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DIY a Window Screen From Scratch

Chicago houses and apartments are notoriously set up in the shotgun style—narrow, but long. A city lot is typically 25′ wide by 125′ deep, and our home is no exception! Our living room is barely 15′ wide (our entryway, stairs, and small bedrooms account for the remainder of the width), but one of the best things about […]

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6 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

When everyone thinks of spring cleaning, they tend to only focus on the inside of their homes. Most don’t think of it as an opportunity to give their backyards a facelift. If your yard is anything like mine, it is chock full of junk. Kids’ sun-bleached toys strewn about, random empty pots that once held beautiful […]

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Planning & Measuring for New Window Treatments

Previously I shared that we are getting our house ready for vacation rentals here. As you can see below, we finally moved some furniture into the house, but the windows look a bit bare. It’s hard to tell, but the room currently has mini blinds in it. When the blinds are pulled up to the […]

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Lessons In Landscaping (Let’s Learn Together!)

I’m going to start by saying that until recently, Scott and I haven’t had a reason to landscape the outdoor spaces surrounding our home. Having lived in Chicago for close to 10 years, we’ve been the happy renters of a third floor walk-up, and then the owners of a second floor walk-up. Both buildings have had nothing more than […]

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The Case for Motorized Shades

You might have seen that we recently installed motorized Bali Tailored Roman Shades as a part of our bedroom makeover. Now that they’re in, we love them! They’re just what we had in mind, and the clean texture adds a fresh simplicity to that entire side of the room. They’re a no-fuss, no-muss kind of window treatment, and […]