Author Archives: Kim

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Choosing and Installing Tile for the Garden Apartment!

This post is in collaboration with Lowe’s.  Our tenants moved out of the garden apartment around late April, and immediately, we dove in, gathering quotes and meeting with contractors. We needed to come up with a (somewhat loose) schedule in order to plan for what we hoped to be a 2-3 month renovation, and we quickly locked in our favoriteKEEP READING >

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When Is It Time to Restain Your Deck?

Three summers ago, we stained our bare wood deck, painted the railings and built a new (safer) staircase. It made all the difference in the world, although we always sort of wished that the opaque stain color we chose, Gray Birch, was a little less blue. It was the softest, prettiest gray, and while we loved the impact it made to our home’sKEEP READING >

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A Small Update In the Garden Apartment (with Big Impact!)

This post is in collaboration with Schlage. Progress in the garden apartment has been moving full steam ahead, and it kicked off with the demolition of the old flooring and installation of new. We had high hopes that our contractor could pick up where our tile guys left off, but unfortunately, his current job is taking a bit longer than expected,KEEP READING >

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Our Bed In a Box (Plus Other Updates) 1 Year Later

It’s been close to a year since we completed our master bedroom renovation, and a little more than a year that we’ve been sleeping soundly on our Leesa mattress. Not surprisingly, we’ve received lots of emails since then from those of you that have been curious about our Leesa – do you still love it?, you ask. The shortKEEP READING >

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A Night In

This post is in collaboration with Article. On a good day, 60-degree weather in the city can feel a good ten degrees warmer when the sun’s hitting you. It’s during times like these that we like to eat lunch on our east-facing back patio, where the cool air is mixed with hot sun. For the better part of the day, this is where the warmthKEEP READING >

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Our Planter Boxes: After a Chicago Winter

Late summer of last year, we had just completed our DIY planter boxes for the back patio – all 37 linear feet of them! – and after a consult with a local nursery, we felt pretty comfortable bringing in soil, planting and mulching in September. We’ve never been much of green thumbs, but since living in this house, we’ve hadKEEP READING >