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Hardwood Tile: Best of Both Worlds

People always say that hardwood floors are the best—the most aesthetically pleasing; the highest quality. But that was until the invention of tile that looks exactly like hardwood! You see, tile is so much more durable than true hardwood. It is easy to clean, is impervious to pet scratches, and you can replace individual pieces […]

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Designing a Neutral Nursery with Natural Shades

When it came time for me to start designing the nursery for our first baby, I turned to Pinterest first for inspiration. I knew that I wanted a room that wasn’t super babyish, but was still baby friendly and had lots of easy, casual style. I wanted to create a room that was in sync […]

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4 Must-Have Living Room Updates

Outside of the kitchen, our living room is—hands down— where we spend the most time in our home. We gather there for everything: playing games, relaxing with a movie, snuggling up with a book—you name it! But sometimes a room just needs updating. I’m not talking a little change here or there; I’m talking a […]


How Does a Room Make You Feel?

It’s no secret that around here we’re big fans of blinds, shades, and draperies (sometimes together!) to spice up a naked window. Recently, I shared with you the window fabrics of our home, ranging from casual Roman shades to long and flowing curtains. Friends have asked, “How do you decide which treatment to put into which room?“ […]


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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Mix and Match Drapery Hardware for Every Style

Coming from a designer, this probably isn’t a surprise, but new drapes just bring out the design geek in me. I relish finding the perfect accent to my room and in making sure that all elements—down to the hardware—are in sync with my design. I even think the hardware and how it works with the […]


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. […]


7 Patio Décor Must-Have Pieces

We take our patio décor pretty seriously around here. As soon as the weather starts to cooperate, most evenings are spent outdoors eating, chatting, or just relaxing. Over the past few years, I’ve managed to come to the perfect little mix of patio must-haves that make our outdoor space just as comfy as it is […]


The (Window) Fabrics In Our Home

As Scott and I continue renovating each of the rooms in our house—from the reading room to the dining room to the bedroom—at some point, we find ourselves debating fabric swatches when we’re considering window treatments. Our sweet spot for coverings has surprisingly been the ever-casual-but-cool Roman shade, as we now have four rooms where we’ve […]