WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Living in a city can feel like a concrete jungle. Sometimes we would prefer an actual jungle - or at the very least, a bit of green. We are fortunate to have a tiny yard and have occasionally made use of it (see: pumpkin bonanza). But this summer, the front yard and back patio have… Continue reading WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

PUTTING SOME PEP IN OUR STEPS

Over the next few weekends, we are both finally home, not traveling, and with no major plans – perfect for knocking one of our smaller home improvement projects off of our list! As you may know, we own a multi-family walk-up in Chicago. The first floor is a rental unit, currently occupied by tenants, and… Continue reading PUTTING SOME PEP IN OUR STEPS

WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

A renovation project is really a ton of different projects under one roof. As we have said before, every home is a fixer-upper. And some need a lot more TLC than others. Our Bucktown beauty had seen better days, and while we wanted to make it better, there were some days when we didn't really… Continue reading WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

EVERY HOUSE IS A FIXER UPPER

When I was first looking at houses, I thought I had it all figured out. I came up with a checklist of what I wanted in a place. That checklist looked something like this: In one of the Chicago neighborhoods of Bucktown, West Town, or Wicker Park An older (pre-World War II) home with character Good… Continue reading EVERY HOUSE IS A FIXER UPPER