This week has felt a lot like a bit of a catch-up after the absolutely insane weather we’ve been receiving! Most of the time, we were wondering what day of the week it was or how long we’d been wearing the same jammies. Despite a near-city-wide shutdown for a handful of days, we managed to squeeze in a family photo session with our friend Renee, host a small, cozy gathering with our neighbors for the Super Bowl, and finally – finally! – stretch our legs outside with a wet and soggy walk with Lucy + the pups. We hope you’ve stayed safe and warm, but at least there’s some good news: Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring! So, there’s that.
One of our favorite parts of sharing our renovation journey with you is the sense of community and the we’re-all-in-this-togetherness that you bring. We always say that we have some of the smartest, most witty and creative readers (it’s true, we heart you!), and your feedback is a large part of what motivates us and keeps us going. The only downside to writing this blog, is that we rarely have the opportunity to see your cute faces, but this weekend, hopefully we will!
If you’re in the Chicagoland area, we’ve teamed up with Value City Furniture to design a tablescape with a ‘Dine In for Valentine’s Day’ theme (light on the blush tones, heavy on the moody black and lush greenery), and we’ll be hanging out at two of their locations to share those ideas and chat with you. Simply put, we would love to meet you! During the events, you’ll have a chance to win all the place settings (valued at $800, sneak peek below!) + a $100 UberEats gift card – oh, and everything in the store will be 10% off! Here’s when and where:
Saturday, 2/9: Value City Furniture, 49 W. North Avenue, Northlake, 3-5pm
Sunday, 2/10: Value City Furniture, 1015 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, 1-3pm
I consider Ashley to be my environmental guru (plus she’s just a really, really good human all around), and her recent breakdown of energy consumption was fascinating – especially as Scott and I are trying to be more mindful of our footprint every day. Also, this.
In our last Weekender, I shared Heather and Aaron’s dreamy all-black kitchen, but did you see that they painted the pantry hot pink? Hot. Pink.
It’s official. Gwen is the master of color!
Did you see this new Kids’ Collection? ‘Peace Out’ might be my favorite.
Every winter, I turn to this for the softest lips. My biggest tip? Use it in the shower to avoid the mess.
Last weekend, Scott set up a sitter for the evening so that we could celebrate 1 year of breastfeeding Lucy. I followed her lead and recently weaned her, and while I am so proud of myself for making it a whole year (honestly, my initial goal was to just give it a try at all!), I was feeling a little sad to lose that special time with her. We started with cocktails at The Violet Hour and followed that up with the yummiest dinner at Publican Anker. It was the best date night, and we always forget how cute and delicious those places are!
Speaking of food, I’ve got one word for you: Landbirds. I can’t stop, won’t stop raving about how good it is, and I bring it up at least once a day. Chicago friends, have you been? (Get the tiger sauce!)
Happy Friday, and we hope we’re lucky enough to meet you this weekend!