We’re a husband and wife duo from Chicago, living, working, and playing amidst the hustle and bustle. In 2006, we took a leap of faith and packed a one-way moving van from Cincinnati to the Windy City. We craved change; we were ready.
In 2007, we purchased our first home together – a teeny, tiny condo on the second floor of a yellow brick corner building (all 675 square feet of it!), hence the name of this blog. Over the course of 6 years, we DIY-ed our way through each and every room, sometimes twice, as we’re guilty of craving change. After convincing ourselves we wouldn’t stay in Chicago forever, we spent each wedding anniversary traveling from city to city, in search of our next big adventure. The verdict? First time was a charm; we hit the jackpot with Chicago. This city is our home.
Fast forward to the summer of 2013; we said goodbye to the second floor walk-up that found us falling in love with Chicago, and we purchased a fixer upper of a house – right down the street. It’s been our dream to nurse an old home back to life, and now, well, you can say that we’re finally doing it!
Here, you’ll find us giddy over power tools (Scott), cupcakes (me), flea markets and spray paint (both!) – and over sharing snaps of our three four-legged kiddos, Jack, Maddie and Libby. We’ll talk about our home’s renovation journey, share our travels, art, photography and – from time to time – dish about the random that makes us tick.
While Scott spends his days in shiny shoes and stripey ties, you’ll find me in our home studio, where I run our two online stores: The Pet Shop and The Print Shop. On any given day, I’m painting your pets, printing photographs (both jobs that were born from this blog), tweaking our home (I’m a continual fuss-er) and keeping this corner of the web cozy. You inspire us more than you’ll ever know, and from the bottom of hearts, we thank you for reading!
The Pet Shop unofficially launched in 2008, after gifting Scott a handmade mini portrait for his birthday. I was thrilled (albeit, shocked) when I began receiving word of mouth orders – from friends’ cats to my childhood dog, I painted countless teeny paws and wet noses. Simply put, you all have big mouths, and we love you for that. It’s still humbling to know that a handful of requests quickly escalated to hundreds in a handful of short years. Your support has been nothing short of amazing.
Our three fuzzy kids – our loves, inspiration and cuddle bugs – picked us. Each one lived a former life in a shelter, and they all have a story to tell. (Oh, wouldn’t we love to know?) They’ve easily taken over our hearts, and now, we’re reaching out for them. For every sale in The Pet Shop, 10% of our proceeds are happily given back to our loyal companions by way of nonprofit animal rescues.
What began as an offbeat gift giving solution for the animal lovers in our lives has evolved into creating one-of-a-kind portraits for all – while treating our wet nosed buddies along the way.
The Print Shop was kicked off in March 2013, a place where we share the view from our lens as fine art giclée prints. As a result of sharing our photography on this platform, reader requests for prints became all the encouragement we needed to get those files out of dusty archives and onto your walls. (Again, have we told you how much you rock?)
Most photography in The Print Shop was taken during our yearly travels, a tradition that started as we set out to explore at least one new city every year – it’s our fun, adventurous way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Of course, you’ll also see snaps taken around our own gorgeous hometown of Chicago, too.
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