Week 33: Our New Home!

What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! Moving while in your third trimester of pregnancy is NOT wise (just ask poor Chris, who has had to do 99% of the work.) Slowly but surely, we’ve been making this lovely Bucktown bungalow our own. It’s a first floor unit on a tree-lined street in a neighborhood full of young parents with puppies and babies (I’d say it’s a pretty solid fit.) It has two bedrooms, a home office, and a backyard for Scout. It’s down the street from our beloved watering hole, The Corner Bar, and blocks away from the Blue Line and Harper’s future daycare center. Chris saw the For Rent sign about an hour after it was taped to the door, and the next day it was ours ❀

It needed a little updating and style which is usually my forte, but with my dwindling energy levels, searing back pain, and ever-growing belly, my drive to design has been minimal, to say the least. Luckily, Chris loves working around the house and making a space feel like home.

Here are some before and after photos of our progress!

Before: Living Room/Dining Room

Before: Living Room/Dining Room

Before: Living Room/Dining Room

Before: Living Room/Dining Room

AFTER!

After: Living Room

After: Living Room

So this place was definitely in need of a clean slate. Chris painted the whole place a light blue/white which helped brighten things up (I mean, that red wall had to go ASAP.) Being the handyman he is, Chris also installed new drop lighting where the dirty old track and hanging fixture used to be. If there’s one thing Chris and I agree upon the most, it’s the presence of BRIGHT lighting (definitely crucial in surviving Chicago winter weather).

After: Dining Room

After: Dining Room

The kitchen was a similar story. But after a coat of paint and some brighter lighting (Chris also installed track lighting under the cabinets) our kitchen is as sunny as can be πŸ™‚

Before: Kitchen

Before: Kitchen

AFTER

After: Kitchen

After: Kitchen

We also bought this nifty island to create more storage and seating. Target!

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Bathroom – Not much happening here. Just spiffed it up a bit!

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AFTER

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The bedrooms are super tiny, so I don’t have much in terms of before photos, but here’s what we’re working with so far! Both our bedroom and the nursery are still works in progress!

Here’s our bedroom, we’re waiting on our bed, so I got pinterest-y with a makeshift headboard πŸ™‚

Bedroom mock headboard

Bedroom mock headboard

Here’s Miss Harper’s Room (also work in progress)

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Leetle Roooom

Leetle Roooom

I can’t wait for our little human to enjoy all her clothes and toys I keep taking out just to stare at. Her wardrobe is definitely the most extensive in the house already.

And finally the office! It’s always been important to me to have a space where I can focus and create. My creation station, if you will πŸ˜‰ I will be working from home a lot in the coming weeks as we wait for Harper to arrive, so a home office was an awesome plus when we viewed this apartment. Chris built me a desk with a file cabinet and tons of space. We still have to paint the desk top, get a monitor, and add a blotter, but you get the idea.

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I’m a big fan of color (clearly) and knick knacks. An office is the ideal place to showcase do-dads that didn’t quite fit anywhere else in the apartment.

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So there you have it! Our new home. It’s so crazy to think that this is the home we’ll bring Harper home to. Where she’ll crawl/walk/talk for the first time. Now, I’ve got to sign off before I start crying. Again.

Stay Gold πŸ™‚

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Season Change Cleaning Day

Winter Organization Spree; a mild burst of manic OCD

So. I live in a house on the near West side of Chicago. I have a gaggle of roommates (bathroom fights are a regular occurence) and to say my room is tiny would be an understatement. In order to make room for my (copious amounts) of chunky sweaters and winter boots, I had to do a little minimizing. I worked at home today as I had traffic court this morning (boooo) so I stocked up on organizational materials and my winter wardrobe to replace the summer’s.

Working for a website means 8+ hours of eye-blurring screen time; hence the nerdy glasses.

Working for a website means 8+ hours of eye-blurring screen time; hence the nerdy glasses.

work work work. code code code.

work work work. code code code.

Β Armed with a rubbermade bin (thanks mom), a hat box, a scarf rack and roommates hungry for the clothes I was preparing to donate, I went home to take on the daunting task of making my little room livable. I swapped out all my summer shoes/clothes/stuff I haven’t worn in forever, and replaced them with my cozy winter garments. I hung an awesome shoe/sweater shelf in my closet which has reduced the level of clusterf-ck in the small space.

STUFFED

STUFFED

Being a Chicago Native, you tend to develop quite the winter wear collection. So in order to tackle the excessive amount of knits I found this nifty scarf hanger (hung on one of those Scotch removable hooks which, by the way, are amazing) and a cute hat box I’ve owned for as long as I can remember.

so.many.hats.

so.many.hats.

so. many. scarves.

so. many. scarves.

So after crowding my room with the second half of my wardrobe, I took a cue from Pinterest and maximized the space in my shallow dresser drawers. Needless to say, I may have a touch of OCD. I mean, look at those socks.

The most organized delicates I ever did see. I may have a problem.

The most organized delicates I ever did see.
I may have a problem.

Dresser Space: Maximized

Dresser Space: Maximized

I also was rummaging around my old closet at my parents’ house and found this sweet bed caddy; perfect for keeping bedside essentials like books, your journal, pens, and chapstick. Obsessed.

Now I never have to get out of bed!

Now I never have to get out of bed!

Feeling sufficiently productive, I decided to take advantage of this organizing inspiration to give the top of my dresser a little makeover. I love my little knick knacks and I’ve had most of them for as long as I can remember. I’m obsessed with this jewelry tree (garage sale find), my Owl Russian Nesting Dolls (a gift from my late grandfather) and this graphic framed Levi’s piece from Β my lovely boyfriend πŸ™‚

sentimental knick knacks

sentimental knick knacks

I feel super relaxed after a good organizing session. I realize that might make me weird, but I don’t really care cause it just feels so damn good after seeing everything exactly where it should be. Sigh. Order makes me happy.

Stay Gold (and organized)

Stay Warm!

Stay Warm!

Spring Cleaning: Room Redo

So I have been beyond busy the past couple weeks; spring break ended, finals began, I turned 23, and our city experienced one of the worst floods in history! Amongst all this craziness, my bedroom at my parents’ suburban house (my hideout when I need to study, finish projects, or just escape the city for the weekend) had fallen into a state of catastrophe…

Yikes.

Yikes.

Double Yikes

Double Yikes

I don’t know about you, but when my room is a mess, my life is a mess. So I spent my Saturday afternoon getting my things in order for some hardcore spring cleaning. I have a very hectic few weeks coming up with finals and graduation so I will be spending a lot of time in the suburbs (free food/wifi/parental guidance) to eliminate the many distractions of the city. It took the whole afternoon/evening but I am pleased with how things turned out!

Much better

Much better

I did some rearranging to create more space for projects and yoga (when I don’t feel like making the trip to the gym.) A few years ago I ripped up the carpet and painted the floor as I am notorious for making a mess while working (and I’m kind of a slob) , so I mopped, dusted, and sanitized every surface I could find while moving my furniture around to reach the disgusting spots that haven’t seen the sun in months. After getting everything in place I started organizing my space for maximum productivity and minimum distraction.

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Nothing better than clean sheets and a made bed.

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My made-over bedside table with only the essentials.

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A well-lit room gives me more energy to get work done.

My favorite piece.

My favorite piece.

Side note: The pink sectional above is one of my absolute favorite possessions. I found it (literally) on the side of the road outside of one of the larger houses in my neighborhood. I called my brother and together we carried it several blocks to my house. Its a 1970’s style sectional piece (probably from a set) and it is upholstered in a thick pink material adorned with buttons and gems. Wherever I end up in life, this chair will be coming with me.

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My books are my babies…

I already feel so much better. There’s something about living in a clean and organized space that motivates me, boosts my productivity, and even helps me sleep better. I highly suggest taking a look at your living space; eliminate clutter and dust those shelves and I promise you’ll feel better about difficult tasks coming up in life. Now, after all this cleaning and rearranging, I’m kicking my feet up and watching some much deserved (and totally mindless) TV.

Time to kick back.

Time to kick back.

Gabby is exhausted too :)

Gabby is exhausted too πŸ™‚

Signing off,

Grace is Gold

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