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A Beginner’s Guide to a Headache-Free Paint Job

Do you feel frustrated when you hear the phrase, “It’s just paint!“ I do, even though I’m completely guilty of saying it myself. This is usually a phrase thrown around as Scott and I debate the merits of this blue versus that blue, this white versus that white. “It’s just paint!“ we’ll say, meaning, it’s not that serious—you can […]

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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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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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5 Tips to Create Your Perfect Mudroom

Want to know a trend that makes me so excited? Mudrooms. Drop zones. Whatever you want to call them, they are genius. Older homes usually don’t have one, but that definitely doesn’t mean you can’t build one yourself. Today, I rounded up some great organizational tips for creating the mudroom of your dreams. I gathered […]

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Give Your Shades the Spring Clean Treatment

It wasn’t that long ago that I was just talking about our winter care routine around the house, but over the weekend we took a long walk around our neighborhood without jackets. It’s downright smile inducing when that first lukewarm breeze hits your skin! Whether it was the air or the rejuvenating walk, Scott and I talked the whole […]