Surprise, It’s Your Birthday!

October 24, 2014

Well, not really. My birthday is actually a couple weeks away, but last weekend The Boy pull one over on me. Which I have to be honest with you…is not an easy task. I can sense anything unusual happening in the house like a hipster without his beard and beanie. I knew something was up because I asked him if I could go to the Kinfolk Weekend Retreat at Camp Wandawega. Oh sure, of course, have fun…wait, what weekend are we talkin’ about here? October 17-18. Suddenly a look of panic crossed his face, and he says, “That’s opening weekend for duck hunting.” Ummm, ok…hunt Sunday rather than Saturday. Problem solved. I pushed a tiny bit more…I really wanted to go! He finally said, “Don’t ask questions and DO NOT get upset. You can go any other day except October 18.” Well darn! And quite mysterious.

Friday he tells me to pack an overnight bag for Saturday night. Are we going to Paris? Are we? Are we? Are we? Ya, NO! BUT, we ARE going out. Ummm, ok. What about our children??? You do remember we have children, right? Covered. Apparently grandma and grandpa were coming down. SWEET! Where we going? Can’t tell ya that. Well darn!

Saturday morning I was told to be ready at 1PM, and we promptly left at 2:15PM sharp…it’s how I roll. I also asked how I should dress. Normally I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal, but if we’re going out on the town, I need to play the part. I’m instructed skirt over jeans. Right on, something cute is in order.

Traffic into the city was pretty horrendous, but we finally made it to Destination #1. The Thompson Hotel Chicago. We had stayed here a couple months prior for for a wedding. Let me tell you, this place rocks. Super swank and funky as all get out. The staff, oh so sweet. And they pipe in the most amazing smell to the lobby. Seriously, I want my entire house and body to smell like this. It’s like the best candle and perfume wrapped with in bow. If someone at The Thompson is reading this, please, I’m begging you…please tell me the scent. I must have it.

The Thompson Hotel Chicago Lobby


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DIY Blog Tour

October 20, 2014

Hey guys! Hope you are having an awesome week! So I have kind of a different post today. Last week I received a sweet email from my new blogger friends Foxtail + Moss asking me if I wanted to participate in a DIY Blog Tour. Ummm, really? YES PLEASE! They too are from Chicago, and I heart their work so much; how could I say no? (Seriously, these girls kick some serious DIY butt, and I’m completely honored they even consider me!) The girls sent me a few questions which I’ve answered below and then I’m handing you off to my favorite DIY blogger. That might just have been the hardest part of the interview! There are so many talented bloggers out there.

DIY Blog Tour


Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

October 20, 2014

Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

So a few weeks ago while glamping at Camp Wandawega, we ate at The Duck Inn, and I ordered a Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet. Unless you live in Wisconsin, it’s hard to find a bartender who can mix up a good one. So upon my return from Badger country, I took matters into my own hands.


Interior Styling – Front Room

October 15, 2014

Interior Design The Front Room

So a long, long, LONG time ago, I photographed my front room and posted it to the blog. This is when I had about 5 visitors a day and you guys probably hadn’t any idea of its existence. So this past weekend, I decided to rephotograph it (since it has change a bit…does that surprise anyone? Nope. Not one bit.) and repost. Y’all know my love for interior styling, #cantstopwontstop, am I right?

This room in particular is probably one of my most favorite in the house and coincidentally also closest to completion…if there really is such a thing? Yes, I keep moving small items like vases and antlers around, but for the most part, this room has not changed much. Oh, I did add into the mix that pretty little Katy Skelton hairpin end table a couple months ago. And yes, those are brass hairpin legs! I know we’ve all discussed that calling furniture sexy is super weird, but in this case, well that table is sex on a platter. (Although I must confess. See that brass planter all sad and empty? The one from Schoolhouse Electric? Umm, ya, I know, it’s in dire need of a nice leafy plant or succulent. I just haven’t found the right one as of yet.)


Estate Sales

October 13, 2014

Attending An Estate Sale

This past weekend for me was really weird. The boy goes on a duck hunting adventure in Wisconsin every year. Normally that means he drives the kiddos up a day early, drops them at grandpa and grandma’s house, and I follow Friday night after work. Well, this year was different. He kept saying to me, “Wow momma! You get 4 days off to yourself! What are you going to do with all that quiet time?” Huh, umm, well, I have to work and then I’ll be at my parents, with the kids, and you’ll be at some cabin. I don’t get it.

Surprise! Surprise! Some how my parents were finagled into watching the critters from Wednesday to Sunday, and I got to stay home! BY MYSELF! IN COMPLETE AND UTTER SILENCE! TO DO WHATEVER I WANTED TO DO! OMG! What the heck was I going to do with myself? Well, first I made a hair appointment. Then I perused the estates sales. Have you ever been to one? Read More

Grandma Pearl’s Zucchini Bread

October 13, 2014

It must be that time of year again because my parents keep showing up on my doorstep bearing zucchini by the armload. The neighbor lady brings it to their back door when she harvests extra. We like to make this casserole called Zucchini Italiano which has really no Italian ingredients in it except for tomatoes and possibly some oregano? But it makes for a hearty meal here at House Of Hipsters and resides in the church cookbook with my name beside it. I also make my grandmother’s Zucchini Bread recipe. A recipe I’ve eaten for years and years. A recipe I now make for my children that makes them squeal with glee. Today, I’ve decided to share it with you.

Zucchini bread recipe



Let’s Talk About You!

October 9, 2014

Let's Talk About You!

There are so many new faces to this blog as of late, that I decided it was time to talk about you guys again. I’m always so curious about you! Who are you? What are your interests? How did you find this little spot I like to call my virtual home? And even if you’ve done it before, do it again! I’m always switching it up.

So here’s the drill. I put together this quick questionnaire. Leave your answers in the comment section. Easy peasy, right? And go!

1. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

2. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?

3. What is the most favorite item in your house as of right now, this very instance?

4. What room in your house needs a makeover?

5. Last song you listened to?

6. Last book you read? Read More

Hanging Curtains

October 9, 2014

Do you guys remember how I make Emily Henderson cry? Remember my sad, sad, sad looking bedroom? If not, click here to read about it. Well, the makeover has started. I’ve had some backorder issues and a lot of wait time, but everything is starting to arrive and I’ve been dying to give you a tiny sneak peek. While I’m at it, I figured I’d give you a few tips on how we hung our rods from The Shade Store. BTDubs, I’m not getting paid for this post, I’m just crushing hard on this lovely brass hardware. If you could ever marry hardware, I’d marry these brackets! I mean look at this little lovely! Pretty dope, right?!?!

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11 Bargain Buys Under $100

October 7, 2014

Hey you guys! Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping! I don’t know what you have planned for the day, but mine is full of work, work, and more work. Boo, right? Well, I’m preparing to turn that frown upside down with this fun post! So, I have to be truthful with ya, remember that post of 10 Bargain Buys Under $100 here? I had to pare it down because it was outta control! There was too much goodness for just one post, so this is technically “Part Two of the Goodness”.

Are you ready for a shopping extravaganza because today’s list has an extra special yummy item. That tea towel WAAAAAY at the bottom. Laura found it while we were shopping over at the Renegade Fair in Chicago a couple weeks ago. She reluctantly walked away from it, since she was only living room shopping (girl’s got will power for days), but boy do I keep thinking about that little pretty pretty. Hey Laura, maybe you should have Ryan read this post? Hey Ryan, that tea towel down below, go buy it for your girl! She lurves it!

And BTDubs, there’s only 79 days ’til Christmas!

11 Bargain Buys Under $100


DIY – Candle Packaging

October 6, 2014


Free Printable Candle Label  Graphic

I have to admit, 100% of the time, if you were to place two identical items in front of me, one having spectacular packaging and the other with horrible type and all the crazy colors of a fruit bowl, I’d pick the pretty packaging hands down. Even if it was more money, I’d buy the pretty packaging. Materialistic, maybe? Vain, maybe? I’d like to think hope chalk it up to good taste. But one this is for sure, it’s the graphic designer in me. I crush on good typography. I live for it. I’m constantly judging magazines and billboards for their kerning. I just can’t help it. Read More

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