Category Archives: Happenings

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Hooking Up Our (Sorta) Whole-House Audio System

A few months ago, I realized that while we absolutely love our in-wall surround sound system in our main living room space, it was less than ideal music placement if we were, say, cooking in the kitchen or entertaining in our quickly progressing backyard. Schlepping a bluetooth speaker of some sort to wherever we were situated wasn’tKEEP READING >

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A Night In

A few months ago, Julia asked me to change the way we think about photographing our homes. Let me explain – have you ever noticed that bloggers are always (always!) chasing that daylight? But what if we started pulling out the camera in the evening, after the sun has gone down? By mid-afternoon, I’m already counting down the minutesKEEP READING >

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On Air with Chris and Julia

Have you listened to the Chris Loves Julia podcast yet? When Julia told me they were about to launch a podcast, my immediate thought was yes! Give me all the podcasts! As my go-to girlfriend for all things home (and my texting confidante when torn with design indecision), I told her we’d be the first to subscribe. So when she followed up byKEEP READING >

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The Challenges of Renovation Indecision

One of the biggest perks we get from writing about our home renovation is connecting with like-minded people – you know, you. We receive emails on anything from where we like to shop to who we’d recommend for plumbing and electrical and whole-house-gutting, from paint color favorites to suggestions on Chicago pet rescues. It’sKEEP READING >

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A Chicago Salvage Shop with Purpose

Remember the Great Door Hunt of 2013? We learned a lot of lessons that summer when it comes to shopping second-hand, and although our silly story saw us through ups, downs and in-betweens, we came out on top. Hooray! As frustrated as that journey felt at the time, can I admit something? I secretly loved that we spent so much time hopping from hereKEEP READING >

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Well Done, 2015 + a Big Thank You

Even as we wind down our year, we still have a tall order ahead of us. On our ambitious agenda? Starting the bathroom tile (and nailing down every last detail on how many bullnose pieces we’ll need for the walls), mapping out our plan of attack for the PAX, and choosing a bedroom paint color. We’ll be falling down the internet rabbitKEEP READING >