I often joke that the Two Flat’s corner hutch was what sealed the deal for me. Chicago is full of rich history, yet so often, the beautiful vintage homes that we all wish for are hard to find; over the years, they’ve been stripped of the very things that make them beautiful, often times because it’s much – and I quote – ‘easier’ for the ‘newer, better’ thing. That charm is gone. Just gone. And so, upon touring our dear Two Flat for the first time, I squeezed Scott’s hand – hard. He knew it, I knew it. This was our next big project.
That’s not to say we haven’t touched the things that others may deem precious – to each homeowner’s choice, their own – but this hutch? You can’t touch my hutch. (And yes, you are getting the biggest sneak peek into our refinished 130-year-old pine floors!) I dream of this hutch. I dream of what color I should paint, what finish the hardware will be. I think about replacing the shelving inside with glass, maybe lining the back with paper, maybe not. As I scratch drywall mud debris off of that mirror, I smile at the silvering that’s happening along the edges. It’s in the dining room, and isn’t that an opportunity to be more playful? Or perhaps I shouldn’t force it – restraint is beautiful, too (and sometimes more difficult to nail).
I can’t help but ask: How would you refinish this hutch?
Other Things This Week
I started wearing nail polish for Lucy (Mommy. Paint. Polish, yeah!), which I’m actually loving! Another lifetime ago, I once picked up the prettiest glitter polish (a splurge, for sure), but it’s been her – and my – favorite so far. A real pick-me-up.
150K nature illustrations spanning hundreds of years are now free online. (Yeah, you read that right!) Reminiscent of our native bird prints, don’t you think?
I read and re-read this article, quoted below, and having been on both sides (and having had a child much later in life), so many things stuck with me. It was hard to pull just one quote, but this felt especially poignant:
If a friend were to move away, it would be obvious that extra care is necessary to nurture a long-distance relationship. When one friend has children, the same is true, only the distance is now an emotional one.– Hi From Your Childless Friend
I know I was just talking about winter candles, but I can’t stop wearing these summer jeans! They’re the perfect Mom jean, if you’re afraid of the Mom jean. The gateway jean, I think. Tip: Size down.
I went to a Sseko Trunk Show recently, and I left having ordered this skirt. It just arrived, and I plan on wearing it non-stop with my concert tees all summer long!
The #1 new release in peanut butter. I AM DYING.
We were recently interviewed by Elizabeth of @cheapoldhouses (she’s the best, truly) and featured in the March issue of Country Living Magazine! Have you seen it? It’s a good issue, and I especially loved the spotlight on I Spy DIY‘s Barnhouse.
- CB2: Up to 30% off rugs
- Crate & Barrel: Extra 10% off select clearance
- Everlane: Choose What You Pay (yes, really)
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- Pottery Barn: 30% off kitchen and dining
- Rejuvenation: 20% off kitchen and dining, lighting and hardware!
- Serena & Lily: 20% off upholstery sale
- Target: Up to 25% off furniture
- West Elm: Up to 30% off upholstery sale
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Wishing you all a happy weekend and even happier Leap Day! What are you up to? We’re headed to Cincinnati for a quick video shoot, and I plan to eat my weight in Skyline Chili, whenever and wherever possible. xx