Our Hidden Lighting Solution for the Sleeping Loft

check sheets | sconce | vintage rug (similar) | wool rug | bookcase | art | night light The pitched beadboard ceiling is one of the most charming aspects of our sleeping loft, and we’ve said this before (and I’ll say it again!), but this little loft was the most endearing surprise when we first laid eyes on our Tree House. Painting it a bright […]

Lighting That Works Well Together In An Open Concept Home

navy rug | desk | chairs | pendant lights Our home turns 132-years-old this year. Can you believe it? 132! When we first moved into this house, the previous owner / landlord had chopped up the layout to create two apartments (well, three, if you count the in-law suite that we’ve since turned into a proper […]

Adding Recessed Lighting to Our Studio (+ How Much Does It Cost?)

sectional | desk | desk chairs | navy rug | light | plant pocket Time zones are a funny thing. (This is relevant, I swear!) Kim and I both grew up in Ohio near the western end of the Eastern time zone, which extended bright skies decently into the evening all throughout the winter months. Now […]

How-To Restore (and Modify) a Vintage Brass Light Fixture

bed frame | chambray shams | velvet pillows | throw | bench cushion | vintage art (similar) A few weekends back, we were thrilled to host our good friend Daniel for an overnighter at our Tree House. So thrilled, in fact, that we made not just one, but two vlogs about it! In vlog #1, Daniel spotted this […]

Four Flea Finds That Made Us Smile

This past weekend, we went to the last Elkhorn Flea Market of the season, also known as our first flea trip of the season. (That garden unit took everything out of us!) Elkhorn is one of our very favorites – worth the hour and a half drive from Chicago – and we’ve been enough times to beeline […]

Lighting + Hardware In The Scary Room

This post is in partnership with Rejuvenation.  We started The Scary Room at the top of this year, and here we are, in the second half of April, and we are finally thisclose to the room’s starting point! I say ‘starting point,’ because do you remember where we began? Many of the rooms in this house required […]

A Mini Gooseneck for the Patio

We had a ‘Brickwarming’ party a couple weeks ago – a name lovingly dubbed by one of our neighbors – and we had every intention of completing two tasks before our friends and family came over to eat, drink and be merry: 1) Paint and stain the patio stairs, and 2) install a patio light […]

A Night In

A few months ago, Julia asked me to change the way we think about photographing our homes. Let me explain – have you ever noticed that bloggers are always (always!) chasing that daylight? But what if we started pulling out the camera in the evening, after the sun has gone down? By mid-afternoon, I’m already […]

Reviving Our Vintage Sconces in 5 Steps

A long, long time ago, we picked up a pair of sconces from a pop-up warehouse sale. We set them aside, even noting in this blog post of yore that they’ll eventually make their way into our bedroom – just a pipe dream in 2014! (As if anyone needed further proof that these renovations don’t […]

A Bedroom Progress Report

For the last week, our life has mostly revolved around one thing: Baseboards. You know I love them so! (HA.) Now that the bedroom is almost checked off the trim-list, there are just 3 rooms left in the whole house that are still in need, but who’s counting? (Ha-HA!) It’s funny the things you learn about yourself […]