Feb 15 2019

Oakdale Living Room Before + After

Having a store with a certain aesthetic caused people to continually ask if we offered design services. We would always help people in store design a room through pictures and emails, so after a while I decided I would give it a go. After all, I had just finished designing my parents house and had done two houses of our own. I am so glad that I took that leap two years ago as I have so enjoyed working with...

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Jan 21 2019

When life hands you lemons…

clearly the saying ends with, you make lemonade. But seven years ago today, lemonade was far from what we were thinking. We were at one of the lowest point in our lives and our marriage. We were very happy to be seven months pregnant, but everything around us seemed so unstable.  I had just left my job trying to figure out what to do next. Just after that, while Joe was flipping a house, the contractor stole a LOT of money...

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Jan 16 2019

5 trends I can get behind in 2019

The new year brings new beginnings and fresh ideas. It's a time where we reflect on the year before and what was good and then leave behind the bad. We get excited about what the future holds for the new year. New goals are made for things such as diet/exercise, dating, focus, etc. The home front is no exception. Home trends change each year and here are 5 trends that I think will be big in 2019 and that I...

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Jun 02 2018

Our Shared Kids Bedroom Design Board

I am so glad that the post on shared bedrooms helped so many people! It was a struggle for me an I am glad I am not alone! I am almost done with the boys room. So close! This weekend we are building their little window built-ins and planning out the picture wall and then we are done! For now, nothing is every finished in my house, but iteration 1 is almost complete. In a year, their littlest brother who...

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May 25 2018

How to decorate when you have kids

I have been getting asked a lot lately on how I decorate our house while having two little boys. In my opinion, decorating while having kids is all about balance. I don’t think you need to sacrifice style because you have kids, but I do think that you should make decisions based on them at the same time. I have had so many people come into our store and say I will decorate the house when my kids go to college and...

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Trend Alert – Cerused everything

Cerusing is very hot right now and for good reason. It is not only beautiful because it accentuates the flow of the wood grain on the piece, but also is sophisticated, while having the ability to be under-stated. Cerusing is when you strip down the wood and then open the grain with a brush. Next you stain the piece or paint it. After it is dry you then fill in the grain with glaze or lime wax. It has been...

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Oct 06 2017

Kids Playroom/Guest Room is under way! Here’s the inspo board!

We have this room of our kitchen. Every ounce of me wanted to tear down the walls and make the kitchen/living room into one big room. However, we only plan on living here for a few years and it would be nearly suicidal as a home seller to take away a bedroom. Second option was let Wells and Brooks have separate rooms and stick one of them in there. However, when I first moved to Chicago, I had the room off...

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Sep 18 2017

Love Letters – Pink is neutral

Neutral used to be white, gray, black and beige. However, pink is making its way onto that list of colors that play well with others. There have been times that blue and green have made their way into the famous neutral club, but pink is inching its way in and has been for a while. Because it has been a part of the club for a couple of years now, I think it is safe to say it can stay...

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