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Dining Room Decorating Guide

Just in time for Thanksgiving…let’s talk dining rooms! I’m actually in the middle of updating my dining room right now, so this topic is timely for me, too. Here are some rules of thumb to follow, and some tips and ideas for getting your dining room ready for entertaining. I’ve separated them by the main […]

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Using Your Dining Room to the Fullest

When it comes to extra platters and once-a-year turkey roasting pans, most of us wish we could store them more efficiently in our kitchen. We’re just as guilty! When Scott and I were renovating our kitchen last year, we drew up plans and considered what each and every cabinet would hold. Our island pulls its weight, […]

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Step-by-Step Fall Entertaining Guide

Fall is prime entertaining season. With the holidays around the corner, cozy indoor gatherings take center stage over casual summer cookouts. It’s this time of year that things might get a little fancier and, in some cases, a little hectic. Sometimes it’s hard to keep your head on straight while planning a party to remember. A few […]

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How to Choose Window Treatments for a Nursery

I recently gave birth to my first baby (a sweet boy!), and had a lot of fun putting together his nursery. I’ve always loved decorating, but since nurseries are new territory for me, I made sure to do my research before getting started. Today, I’ve rounded up what I learned about choosing window treatments that […]

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5 Tips to Make Cleaning Less of a Chore

Do you enjoy cleaning your home? Is that an odd question? We’ve talked about how we keep the window treatments in our home in top shape, and I’ll also fully admit that I have always loved a good cleaning session. The instant gratification you get from making the bed or wiping down the kitchen counter after […]

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Organize Your Home Before School Starts

With school starting back here before we blink—for some it has already started—there has never been a better time to get our homes in order. There is something so peaceful about having your home organized before heading into a hectic season. Whether you have one school-aged kid or five, your home becomes a dumping ground for […]

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5 Easy Ways to Create Your Master Bedroom Retreat

We lived in our current home for almost three years before we gave a second thought to turning our master bedroom into a retreat. In our case, there were a few not-so-ordinary reasons why (our home renovation has been the largest undertaking of our lives to date!), but we find that a lot of our friends, […]

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3 Tips for Decorating Large Living Rooms

The larger a room is, the harder it is to decorate. I think it’s because larger rooms have more moving parts. When you add something, you need to make sure it’s playing well with everything else in the room. So it stands to reason that a living room is going to be more difficult to decorate […]

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How We Take the Stress Out of Hosting

With warmer weather and summer in full swing, we find ourselves attending a lot more barbecues and entertaining even more in our own home. One of the many things we love about Chicago in the summer is seeing our neighbors and friends out and about, and planning low-key meet-ups as we catch friends during walks with our dogs. […]