With our bathroom update getting closer by the day it is time to make some design decisions. While I of course want our bathroom to be beautiful, and add value to our home, it HAS to be functional. Being a one bathroom household means that this room needs to accomplish a lot. The bathroom does not have a linen closet or any shelved storage so the only storage that we will have is the vanity and our two medicine cabinets. Thank God for those medicine cabinets!

I found the below vanity at Home Depot and LOVE that it has 6 drawers. We can hide so many things in there! One set of cabinets will house our towels, and the other set our taller, bulkier products that don't work with the drawers. I am not crazy about the hardware, but fortunately that is an easy fix. 

In terms of inspiration - I am obsessed with this bathroom! Our bathroom already has subway tile halfway up the walls. Unfortunately, it is a dingy off white/ivory color so we will be having it reglazed to be a true white. I plan on going with the dark hexagon tile floors to add some dimension in what will be an otherwise very white bathroom. 

Perhaps one day, if I can convince Phil, we will wallpaper the top half of the bathroom with a paper similar to this incredible black and white floral print. LOVE. But, one thing at a time! 


Twelve foot ceilings are a rare find in older Chicago homes, ours being no exception. This translates to, "WHY ARE ALL OF THE LIGHT FIXTURES IN OUR HOUSE SO STINKING UGLY?!"

I have a dad who was an electrician for about twenty years at my beck and call, so all I have to do is find a few light fixtures to replace the dated boob lights I'm "exposed" to everyday (see what I did there? haha). However, finding non-chandeliers that are both stylish and functional proved to be quite a challenge. 

So, if you are also surrounded by hideous lighting day in and day out here are a few options that will update and uplift your room without interfering with your head space!

Scalloped Semi Flush Mount  - This light has been ordered and is on its way to brighten up Ruby's bedroom!

Scalloped Semi Flush Mount - This light has been ordered and is on its way to brighten up Ruby's bedroom!

Crystorama Broche  - This is the light have planned to replace the current fixture in our living room!

Little Girl's Bedroom Rugs

Lately I have been obsessing over a rug for Ruby's bedroom. I have had a hard time coming up with an inspiration piece this time around. This will be Ruby's third nursery in her short 17 months of life, so maybe I am just out of ideas!

I debated about wallpapering her room but decided something so permanent for someone who will have LOTS of opinions of her own very soon was too risky. Her room will be painted in Benjamin Moore's Frostine. She has a large window looking out onto our deck and ivy covered brick wall, the bright white seems to highlight and bring the outdoors in.  

I digress, ok, in terms of inspiration I think the rug will be the focus of Ruby's bedroom. After hours and hours of rug browsing I have narrowed it down to my 5 favorites. They are completely different from one another so I just need to decide what colors and look I prefer.

Do you have a favorite?



HOLY BLOG HIATUS! We closed on our house, went camping in St. Louis over Labor Day weekend, hosted my sister and her boyfriend in Chicago before she deploys again for South Korea, and bought a new laptop charger (ours corroded thanks to a chewer named Ruby, and we were without a laptop for a couple weeks), all while simultaneously working on the house. But, I'm back!  

I just hung up with the moving company and we are officially moving next Wednesday. A week from today, oyyy! We have lots of packing and organizing to do but the excitement is building.

Since gaining possession of our house we have spent quite a bit of time there making changes that are necessary before move in. Thankfully, I have the worlds BEST dad, who also happens to be incredibly handy, and knows how to make exactly what's in my head come to life. He spent a weekend in Chicago removing walls, relocating outlets, and framing for us. Did I mention how great he is? After his portion was complete we reached out to Andy at Windy City Painters who completed our drywall and painting (don't worry, wallpaper will also be joining the party soon) portion of the project. If you're in the Chicago area I HIGHLY recommend this company, they are fantastic all around. We have ordered Ruby's bedroom and closet doors but unfortunately they will not be arriving until early October (post move in) so the trim/door painting and install will have to wait. So stay tuned! 

Here is what we have accomplished so far. I may be biased but I'm LOVING it!

This is a before picture looking from the master bedroom into what was considered a den. We needed 3 bedrooms, so we converted the den to what will soon be Ruby's bedroom. We removed the french doors (as pretty as they were) and closed in this area making the master bedroom inaccessible from Ruby's bedroom. 

This is a before photo of the entrance from the kitchen into the den (what will be Ruby's bedroom). This odd tri-fold was removed and framed in for a normal size door. 

Demo Day! 

We made many a trip to Home Depot that weekend.

We made many a trip to Home Depot that weekend.

Walls are going up and walls are coming down!

What was the master bedroom closet (I know SO small) was reconfigured to be the new closet in Ruby's bedroom. 

There's a wall between the master bedroom and Ruby's bedroom now! Woo hoo!

The current deck railing wasn't to code and I was a nervous wreck every time Ruby was outside. 

In the process of being rebuilt so that no babies or chihuahuas will fall through the railings!

The master bedroom is framed and drywalled! My dad's company is building us custom closets that will go along the new back wall. They should be arriving sometime in November and I CANNOT wait. 

Ruby's freshly drywalled closet. 

What once housed the odd tri-fold door is now framed and drywalled for a standard size door.

I never knew replacing french doors with a wall would make me so happy but this layout works so much better for our family. 

We painted the entire house Frostine by Benjamin Moore, white is so bright and fresh to me and we are loving the results.

To switch it up we decided to go with a navy (Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore) accent wall in the living room. It adds the perfect amount of depth and drama.


I have NEVER had my own dining room. Heck, in two out of my four apartments I didn't even have a designated bedroom! Our soon to be house has bedrooms AND a dining room, can you even believe it?! Of all the rooms in this house the dining room is my favorite. It is the room you walk into when you enter the home and it has the sweetest little fireplace on the left hand wall. It't our first impressions room, so it's gotta be good! 

I have been dreaming up this room since I saw it, it is begging for a little life to be added. Our overall color scheme of the house will be grey, white, navy and brass, with obvious accents of wood and greenery. I'm planning on a navy accent wall in the living room, which is adjacent to the dining room, so the tones will play off each other nicely.

We will wallpaper the left wall of the dining room in the below grey and white wallpaper and add a rich beam mantle to the fireplace for depth and texture. The white entry table (which is actually a dresser) will be located by the front door to hold keys, wallets, gloves, etc. Above the table you will find a round brass mirror and blue marbled lamp. The dining table will sit in the center of the room with its four grey chairs, flanked by two navy armchairs. The gold etagere will sit on the wall opposite the front door where my white serving pieces will be displayed. Unfortunately, the ceilings are not high enough for a traditional chandelier but my love for this flush mount brass fixture runs DEEP! With the addition of brass candlesticks, greenery, and maybe a wire basket of birch logs this room should feel complete. 

Don't look for reveal photos any time soon. We have walls to knock down, doors to replace, and closets to build before any of the "pretty" happens. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning!