At the end of this post, we were called out last week by Julia – one of our go-to text-ing ladies for home advice – when she said, evening shots on home blogs – a rarity. It feels so elusive and mysterious. Ah, touché, Julia.
This made us realize – well, she’s right! We’ve never shared snaps of our home at night. When sharing photos here, we’re all about the natural light – sometimes putting off photographing a finished project until the next day (or the day after) when the light is just right. Chasing the light; that’s a big part of every finished post you’ve seen here.
But it’s funny, because it’s those moments at the end of the day, sans daylight – with Scott and the kids – that we feel the most relaxed and cozy in this home we’ve (so lovingly) tweaked. It’s at night when the lights are dim, when we catch up over dinner – and let’s face it, when there’s a big glass of wine involved, that we feel so at home. Over the last 5 years, we’ve upgraded almost every light fixture to a dimmer switch, and as the hours pass into the evening – as silly as this may seem – we’ve perfected the mood-light level in our home. At night, there are no harsh lights, colors seem to fade, and we focus on relaxing, re-charging.
Julia was right – we rarely get to see our favorite homes in the evening. So, we want to know. How do yours look? (Admittedly, it was a bit of a photographic challenge, too. But who needs daylight when you’ve got a tripod?)
And PS… don’t be fooled by the light from the window in the first photo. We have street lights directly outside; I suppose that comes with the territory in a second floor home, right?
After Kim’s mention of the status with the (Former) One yesterday, we were touched by your kind words through email, Twitter and comments. Thank you all! We try not to dwell on what wasn’t meant to be around here, so all of your encouragement has re-fueled our house hunt fire and kept us moving forward to find the RealOne.
While we were convinced The One really was the one, we’ve (slowly) come to terms with the fact that there is a different home out there for us. This was a complicated sale with a lot of factors beyond our control, and no matter how hard we tried, things got to a point where we simply weren’t comfortable moving forward. We learned a lesson and have fully, totally, 100 percent, moved on.
Goodbye, original woodwork. See ya later, light-filled second floor studio space.
Adios, century-old tile entryway. We didn’t like you anyway, yellow dining room. (We will, however, miss you, apron sink. We had big plans for you.)
The best part about the Chicago real estate market is that every home has a lot of siblings. If this wasn’t the house for us, we’ll find a sunny brick two-flat, tree-lined street-residing, two-car garage-having, original tile-sporting, hundred-twenty-year-old, beautiful, perfect, twin of a house somewhere else. We’re up to the challenge and are working with a great team that’ll make it happen.
For now, we’ll be humming this tune – but maybe without all the drama.
The last handful of days have been weird ones – full of ups, downs, and in-betweens. It felt as though nothing actually went as planned, but we did our best to turn those lemons into lemonade (so they say). I’ll admit that while I was, at times, a bit of a Gloomy Gus, I bounced back just as quickly – as it seemed that most things were out of our control, so what’s the point of dwelling?
We did take a (too quick) trip to Cincinnati where we were able to spend time with Scott’s family and friends (good!), but we were derailed for a bit when our trusty wagon needed a trip to the car hospital (bad). While we had every intention of spending an afternoon at our favorite college-day haunts while in Cincinnati, those plans were nixed when our car went downhill (and in a ironic twist, this happened while we were driving up a hill when an axle went haywire. But it’s fixed now – good!).
Progress has been made on The One (sort of good?), but the so-called “progress” means that we have officially let it go – bad, yes, but we can finally just move on. There is some relief in that, so we’re ready to get back out there, dig in our heels and take that good with the bad – and make it really good again.
If that makes any sense.
Even though it’s been an exhausting few days (mentally, mostly), we are feeling optimistic about what’s to come. We have a dose of spring fever – it’s around the corner, right? (despite the snow storm we drove through to get back to Chicago) – and family time was perfect and necessary. This whole limbo-living nonsense won’t get the best of us, nope. Good things are coming; we can feel it.
If you saw our sneak peek yesterday, you’ll know that today kicks off our Curator’s Collection with Joss & Main! Pinch us; this is crazy. We’re just a little bit excited (ok, a lot bit), and you can get started by using this invite for Joss & Main (if you’re not yet a member), then make your way to our entire event right here. Go on, click over!
We focused on items that were a perfect pairing of boy + girl – a balance of Scott + Kim – and everything you’ll find in our collection are things that we either love, wish-listed or find eerily similar to our own tastes. So for fun, we rounded up a few of our Joss & Main selections that we could see (or already see) in our home, starting with the living room. That cat pillow? Check. The clock? Check, check! The collection of gold frames? Uh, check.
When it comes to the kitchen, I’ll be the first to admit that Scott does almost all the cooking in our home (aside from the occasional take-out nights and weekend treats), so he was all about that butcher block (we have that board’s doppelganger) – and those knives. But I take full credit for squeaking in that cutie pie terrarium (you know it!).
And maybe it’s because – lately, especially! – we’re aching to take on new projects, dreaming of garages and scheming which’ll be our next tool purchase (or wait, isn’t that all the time?), but we were all about the workshop. Yup, we smooth talked our way into curating a handful of power tools – bright blue toolboxes and our favorite catch-all Ball jars, too.
There is so, so much more in store, and we hope (please and thank you!) you’ll take a peekbefore it’s over! (Again, if you’re not yet a member of Joss & Main, you can sign up using this invite so you can totally skip the wait list). As a full disclosure, we do make a small commission on anything that you love, buy and add to your home – but rest assured that any funds will go toward future projects around our home.