Monthly Archives: September 2013

Boyfriend Decor


Yes, there is a ship wheel in our bedroom…

It is no secret that both Nikki and I have to deal with a little boyfriend decor. My mathematical man would most likely be happiest if we turned our top-floor apartment into a pirate ship. Nikki is a little luckier because her man confines “all his things with cords” to a little office off their front room. He does, however, insist on keeping his bicycle indoors. Even though there is a little nook (with extra room!) just outside their door where Nikki’s bike rests when not in use.

bike storage

you cannot win them all

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Shift Happens

It is no secret I’ve been itching for a change job-wise. Well, as luck would have it the universe is making sure shift happens. I’m out if town staying in the most luxurious of country homes (really! I had lobster Benedict for breakfast) and back home in Chicago the life I knew is already changing. My little restaurant is not the same and I am not sure I have a job to go back to.


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To Fly or Not to Fly

To fly or not to fly (either by plane or the seats of our pants) is a topic Nikki and I speak frequently about. (Righteously confused with fight or flight) so we are going to rename this the ‘indecision DIY life blog’.. seriously. Just kidding!

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last of two weeks. I had a delightful BFF visit, which included too much fun; a cold complete with dual pink eye (ew!) and then days of bed rest; losing track of time, in general; and two rightfully post-poned real-job interviews (fingers crossed).

Let’s pretend I have been blogging the whole time and I’ll do a summer wrap up…

1. It’s almost Fall. Seasonal changes make me feel emotional and question life. I try to exercise and do stuff. So far, I got a FREE (curly) haircut and sweet, full-sized samples for my patience as a hair model at Ouidad. Fall also means my urban outdoor container garden is almost finished. See below for my awesomely garlic-y Basil Pesto recipe, in action. So Good! I made enough to freeze. You should make it also, dear readers, and squirrel it away in the freezer for December.. trust me! So yeah, Fall makes me feel like a squirrel. Let’s not forget I grew up on a real farm in the middle of no-man’s-land, and right now it is probably harvest season.

pesto recipe

this is my top secret recipe

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To Quit or Not to Quit

It’s no secret that I am not employed in my dream career. To quit or not to quit is a question I ask myself every day, especially on perfectly sunny Saturday afternoons while the dread of having to go work in a restaurant creeps in.

On one hand, I do like being able to work 4 or less days a week and make more than most entry level professionals. In my free time I am able to workout in less crowded gyms, tackle the World Wide Web, scavenge for ally treasures, and do (and write about) DIY projects to my heart’s content.

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Doing it Myself: Pop of Color Lamp Makeover

A fellow home designer has fun with lamps and spray paint! (And you know I love green!!!) Check out my DIY Green Lampshade

September Four Interiors

lamp Collage Spray painting a lamp is a right of passage for a home decor blogger. And I felt it was time for me to take the plunge and spray paint my first lamp. This lamp was a Goodwill steal.

(It’s mate is waiting for it’s turn at a second life)

I have to confess something about myself. I don’t take risks. I’m a play it safe kind of girl. I was going to paint this lamp white. Because white is classic and safe, right?

I stood in Lowe’s,  my toddler screaming in the cart, trying hurriedly and desperately to make up my mind. Classic white, heirloom white, glossy white, or matte white.

Then my eyes gravitated to my favorite shade of green. The same green that just happens to be in my brand new living room color scheme.

I threw caution to the wind and threw it in the cart.


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Wine Review

I don’t claim to be an expert, except for what I have tried myself, but here is my first ever wine review. As a fan of a good rose, I would like to introduce you to my favorite find from my local wine shop- The Noble Grape. If you are lucky they have a shelf near the door of their more affordable selections. Over the summer I found the Casal Garcia Vinho Verde.


For the sake of this wine review… If you believe that.

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