Monday, July 18, 2016

From Oak to Ohhhhh! :)

 Happy Monday! July is flying by and it's been exciting for me to see the updates on lots of remodeling projects of which I've been fortunate to walk along side of offering suggestions and guidance. 
Here are just a few shots of Missy and Jim's ranch remodel that she sent to me via text this morning. I'm heading over there sometime in the next few weeks after their new furniture is delivered to help with accessories and finishing touches, but wanted you to see the dramatic transformation of this kitchen. 
Unfortunately I don't think I took before pics of their bathrooms, but if Missy has some, I'll post those later. 
Take note in the "before" pic below-the flat router-ed oak cabinet doors, which didn't touch the ceiling, the laminate/formica counter tops, the small arched doorway.
Also take note, that we did nothing to change the footprint of the kitchen (layout) or change out the beautiful maple hardwood floors. 

 We left all the boxes and cabinet frames, but added a taller frame to the top to allow the new doors and crown molding to go all the way up to the ceiling. New backsplash tile and quartz counters. New faucet and hardware on cabinetry. This whole house feels brand new as all the baseboards and trim around doors and windows was replaced and painted Dove White. 
(I'll snap pics of that next time I'm there).

 New Master Bath cabinet doors and counters/tile. We kept the original layout (cabinet bases) in the master which were oak, but had new doors custom built and painted. New Quartz counters and framed the mirror. The flooring (tile) was recently replaced so we used that as our jumping off point in picking colors/counters/tile. The half bath vanity (above) was completely replaced as we wanted it larger with new granite slab, hardware and tile added.
I can't wait to see this all in person and will be sure to snap more pics of the additional rooms. This is the same house that was featured a few posts back with the ship lap on the fireplace surround. 
Here's a fun project that I just completed for a client who ordered it for his wife's bday. He found a small surfboard on Craigslist and had me custom paint it for her to hang on the exterior wall of their cottage. Definitely no longer functional, but super cute name for their cottage and a welcome marker for guests. 
I'm heading to Not So Shabby now to work on making room for some new big ticket items I'm bringing in later this week. I'll keep you posted on that. Have a great week!!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016


This post is sooo last year. 
Well, not really last year, but last month already! Summer is just flying by and I am forever trying to balance work and play. In June, I was able to do both by surprising my husband by showing up in Chicago at the furniture design show, NeoCon, Before you think that's kind of a dicey thing to do, let me reassure you that for the past 5 years he has begged me to join him down there, but 'something suddenly' seems to come up every time I plan on it. Well, this year, I hung around town long enough to attend lots of great graduation open houses of Kennedy's classmates, but then I took the train from Michigan City (Dunes Park Station-which I highly recommend) and walked to The Merchandise Mart to join the chaotic masses of people perusing the show. 
I searched for Ken for over an hour (and in one embarrassing plot twist was asking the front desk people at Herman Miller to look for him for me----He works at Haworth)!!
Needless to say, he was speechless when he saw me walk up to him. 
I  had such a fun time exploring the city by day and then again with him at night. We only get down there once or twice a year, and now that I know how simple (and cheap!) it is to take the train in, I will for sure join him next year again. 
I ran/walked many miles in the morning and loved being so close to Lakeshore Drive and Navy Pier. 

 View on my morning run! So beautiful!
 All dressed up and no where to go. Ha! Certainly a different kind of night out compared to our mid twenties on Rush Street!
This was earlier that day in one of the wood flooring showrooms. I loved this herringbone pattern and thought most of the displays were so gorgeous!
Here I was EVEN earlier that day, kicking back with a good book and a cup of joe.

Here are some assorted displays/booths that caught my eye. I loved the clean, simple aesthetic and the pop of color here and there. 

 Thought this was cool. This was in the Haworth booth-tvs framed with black metal to look like an art gallery wall.

 Bolts of fabric became an eye catching wall display. 

 I loved this look for a hospital or doctor/dentist office setting:

 I'm just a small town girl, but I have to admit, for that half a week, I really appreciated and loved the big city. 
Thanks for putting up with my throwback post. I am trying to catch up on all the pics I've taken this summer and it's getting away from me. Hope you enjoyed a relaxing, meaningful weekend with friends or family or both.
 Happy July!