Vintage Photo Grid

I’ve mentioned before that our larger rooms – the living room, dining room and studio – are rooms that will be evolving slowly. Sometimes a bit too slow for my impatient ways, not to mention, we find ourselves being hesitant to make purchases at all unless we know¬†for sure. Which, by the way, no pressure! […]

A Very Green Studio Installation

Over the weekend, we installed a very green (and sort of purple) wall of plants to the studio! Scott has been convincing me for years that a “living wall” would be a fun addition to our home, and while I’ve always loved the look, we were short on space in our small condo. This house […]

A Hometown Desk Makeover (v.2)

We took an extra long weekend away celebrating a job well done for my favorite guy (a work-slash-reward-trip for Scott; congrats! You deserved it!), and as is typical upon returning home, it’s been tough getting back into the swing of things. Chicago is finally feeling warm – it took long enough! – but the trees […]

The Farmhouse Desk: Starting Over

Scott and I are a little bit all over the place with house progress. With the workroom being completed (packing Shop orders was life changing last week!), I’ve got my sights set on the main studio space, but we’ve also been working on the entryway baseboards during the weeknights, we’re really itching to find a […]

A Patch-Up Job

When we pulled up the wood flooring from our home’s foyer, our intent was to 1) ultimately tile the entryway (especially since knocking down all the wonky walls left large gaps in the hardwood) and 2) use those tongue and groove planks to patch other areas of the home. We thought, pssshh! No problem. This […]

The Farmhouse Table: Stain and Finish

Admittedly, the finish on the farmhouse table – which will ultimately be used as my studio desk – took much longer than anticipated. A handful of road bumps (oh, we’ll get to that!), working around the contractors and shuffling the table from room to room (it was a total guessing game: where will be the […]

The Farmhouse Table: Deconstruct to Reconstruct

Over the weekend, Scott and I got to work on making our Craigslist farmhouse table a usable, working studio desk for this girl. For now, I’m still using the same small painting table, but word on the street is that the drywall work will be finished this week (or next, maybe?), and we can start […]

Partition? Down. AstroTurf? Up.

First! Ten million thank yous to our wonderful, gracious house guests: Kalli, Julia, Jillian, Heather, Rob, Jodi, Meg, Rex and Julie (whew!). We sincerely hope you enjoyed “meeting” some of our closest friends and blog favorites. We couldn’t have gotten as much done as we did without them, and for that, we owe ’em. Big […]

All the Action Happens On the Second Floor.

This coming weekend, we’ll be moving into the new house – and OMG, there is so, so much to do before then! While the entryway, ceiling and room partitions will be corrected by contractors, we’ve been pouring all of our free time into making the home liveable before we fill it with boxes. (We did […]