I Used To Be Punk Rock – Style Post

March 4, 2015

Ever since I started writing this blog I knew I wanted to create style and fashion posts. But for me, photographing myself is not the easiest thing to do. (Unless you’re Heather Wyancko she makes it look like a piece-a-cake!) After returning from Alt Summit, I knew I need to make this style thing happen, so I searched and searched for just the right photographer and finally found Hallie Duesenberg. She shoots Amelia over at The CHICago Life. Hallie was going to be my girl whether she liked it or not. She has also shot my favorite band PHOX…yep, sold!

I Used To Be Punk Rock Style and Fashion post

Lucky for her me, she agreed right away, and I didn’t have to resort to threats. But with this crazy cold Chicago weather we needed a location inside because I didn’t want to freeze. Hallie found this amazing restaurant and cocktail lounge called Presidio. And let me tell you, if you’re ever in the Chicago area, check this place out. It’s decor is industrial slash mid-century slash chic slash just plain rad. I was dying over the decor as soon as I walked in the door. Hallie said when she saw it, she knew it was right up my alley.


Wants + Wishes

March 2, 2015

I’m starting to shop for the master bedroom makeover, and I have sooooo many home decor wants it’s ridiculous. I’m also learning (not really, this has been clear for quite some time) that I have shopping ADD. I tell myself to only search bedroom decor and suddenly I’m shopping for shoes. What is wrong with me? So today I decided to share my Wants + Wishes.

Wants + Wishes — Home Decor Wants



Found & Foraged Linky Party #16

February 28, 2015

Oh home decor, you’re a tricky little bugger. Last week a reader advised me to take a step back from my bedroom makeover. I took that advice, and I’m glad I did. Thankful for your comments, I’m seeing this room with much more clarity. A couple weeks ago, I was shaking the Magic 8 Ball and asking if I’d get thru this one. It replied, “Don’t Count On It”, but today it said, “As I See It Yes”. Ha, I kid. I really don’t plan my home decor around a Magic 8 Ball, but if I did, it might keep things interesting around the house, that’s for sure!

Anyhoo, last Saturday, I wound up stopping into Scout and Brimfield and found this cute Saarinen side table. Once I finally dragged it out of the car, the white was popping and the round shape was softening the space. Yahtzee! I also made you guys a mixtape last Wednesday. It’s something I do every so often to mix things up around here. If you take a listen, you’ll have to tell me how you like it. I also received my style shoot photos from Hallie. I’m really excited to share them with you; be on the lookout for that post next week. I’m also working on another “I Make Emily Henderson Cry” post.

But enough about me, let’s get to this linky party already! Welcome to Found & Foraged you guys! I’m so happy you made it. Last week we got off to a really slow start, but wound up with over 180 link ups by Wednesday. So I’m going to take a poll. Do you guys like Saturday night linky parties? Or is Saturday night one of those personal funday nights? If you want to move it, we can always move it. You let me know. So what have you been working on? Spring cleaning? St. Pat’s parties? Home decor? A cool DIY? I can’t wait to see! Link it up!

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Petite Modern Life   ///   Black, White and Gold Office Makeover

Home Decor - Office Makeover


House Of Hipsters Mixtape #2

February 25, 2015

Apparently my ears get bored very quickly, so I’ve been on the hunt for new music as of late. It also probably doesn’t help my cause when I find a song I like, it goes into heavy rotation for a month or two of commuting…over and over and over again. It’s the one major issue I have with iPod playlists. Convenient yes, but one can only listen to a certain song so many times don’t cha know. So I’ve begun to play a little game in the mornings to keep things interesting. iPod roulette. It’s been fun, weird, nostalgic and a whole lot of, “I have never heard this song before, but apparently I own it”.

House Of Hipsters Mixtape #2



Master Bedroom Makeover Blues errrrr…I Mean Navy

February 23, 2015

Do you guys ever get all gungho about a home decor project, get frustrated, have a freak out session, and then procrastinate? Erm, please say yes. Please tell me I’m not the only one with my head in the sand. See, a long time ago, I posted a picture of the state of my master bedroom. It was one of those before shots that I said may never have an after. I was keepin’ it real. That particular post was actually the start of the “I Make Emily Henderson Cry” series. A couple weeks ago, I received an email regarding that post, and I was asked to see an after. Very exciting, so let me tell you, this project (and the pressure) is on. It has to be perfection. Utter and complete perfection.

I found some base pieces that I’m absolutely loving, and I’ve asked my girl Jennifer Harrison AKA @FleaMarketFAB for some design advice. I mean, let me tell you, thank god for Instagram. That’s how we met see, we were both featured in this Domaine Home Instagram Challenge post, and the rest is history. We’ve been IG besties ever since. If you don’t follow her fantastic feed, you must. Stop what you’re doing right now and go check her out, but come back because I need some advice.

Still with me? Cool. Anyhoo, back to this bedroom makeover madness. I have a few base pieces, but when chatting with Jen, she said it might be a bit too masculine. After feeling a tiny bit crushed, I’m going to have to wholeheartedly agree with her. I think it’s a one way road to Testosterone City and Colin Farrell is mayor. Not that that is a bad thing, but no wonder The Boy likes it so much. What’s up bro. Fist bump but in a classy kinda way.

Mid Century Modern Bedroom Makeover


Found & Foraged Linky Party #15

February 21, 2015

Welcome to Found & Foraged night you guys! I gotta tell ya, i was a bit nervous last week when only a handful of you showed up, but apparently everyone had fabulous Valentines Day plans…jealous! Y’all arrived on Sunday though and brought your A-game. I had such a fun time looking at your projects. You shared everything from Oscar parties to Valentines to St. Patrick’s Day and many a rockin’ makeover.

As for me, I had a pretty fun week. Had my very first style shoot today at Presidio in Chicago. It’s this shwanky new restaurant and cocktail lounge that will be opening March 3rd. If you live in Chicago, I highly suggest you check it out. My photographer was the very talented Hallie Duesenberg. I was so nervous, I thought I might barf…BTDubs, I didn’t…Hallie was super sweet. I just love her; can’t wait to do it again!

If you remember, last week I was armed with rubber gloves and Lysol. I’ll have you know, the plague has finally vacated the premise! Hallelujah! We netted out with Little Dude having walking pneumonia and pink eye. He was not a happy camper. But as of yesterday, he’s got his spunk back. I’m shakin’ my buns to a happy dance over here!

Before we get tonight started, I just want to let you know I have a giveaway with The Honest Company that ends soon. So, if you haven’t entered to win, go do that before you take off tonight. You can find it here. Let’s get this party started with some features already!

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Lemon Peel   ///   Faux Sheepskin Bench Makeover

Faux Sheepskin Bench Makeover


Plus Sign Pattern

February 18, 2015

While wandering aimlessly around Target the other day, I was stopped dead in my tracks by these plus sign pattern sheets. Love at first sight people! Simple, elegant, and just plain lovely! Here’s the clincher, king sized sheets for only $38.99! Hello ladies, get in m’cart! Of course I bought two sets, right? I mean, you can’t have enough sheets. Besides, look at them! They’re adorable! They’re so cute and surprisingly soft, I don’t even want to get out of bed today (or maybe I just don’t want to go to spin class). I digress. Anyhoo, let’s get a little crazy with plus signs…you’ve been warned.

Target Plus Sign Sheets



The Honest Company Giveaway

February 16, 2015

Wow, we haven’t had a giveaway on House Of Hipsters for a couple months now. The Honest Company thought it was about time, and so did I. While at Alt Summit, I popped into the powder room to freshen up. Low and behold, it was like The Honest Company had a mini explosion of loveliness! Hand lotions, mouthwash, lip balms, hand sanitizer, books, soaps…you name it, it was there to be sampled. I dropped my business card into a fishbowl for a chance to win an Essentials Bundle. I might have given it a tiny kiss before it left my fingertips and made a wish. Guess what!?! I won! And you can too!

The Honest Company Giveaway

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Found & Foraged Linky Party #14

February 14, 2015

If you were paying attention, you might have noticed that little old linky party #13 is missing. Kyla, come on…don’t be silly. Are you really that superstitious? Why yes, yes I am. Don’t believe me? Just read my about page and scroll down to #14. Besides, I need all the luck I can get these days. Yesterday, Friday the 13th, the plague entered my home again, and this time it was armed with a side of pink eye. Which I have to say, ranks up right there as one of the grossest ailments on the planet. I’m once again armed with rubber gloves and a force field of Lysol. I have to say, it’s been one heck of a battle. This bug has put up it’s dukes and fought a good fight. But hear me roar, I will reign victorious!

A quick what have I been up to…hmmm, well, next week we are going have a little giveaway fun, so check back. Mark your calendars and don’t forget because it’s going to be a good one! I promise! If you’re in need of a last minute Valentine’s Day gift idea, don’t you worry, I got your back! I whipped up a couple pretty Valentine’s Day printables that are free to download. (BTDubs…you’re cutting it a bit close…just sayin’…but not judgin’) And speaking of Valentine’s Day, I did a little number with Minted.com on my gallery wall to jazz up the place. You’ll have to let me know what you think.

Enough about me though, let’s get on with this shindig, shall we? How are you guys doing tonight? Is everyone wearing red? Did you have dinner with someone special? Did you get a fancy gift? Are you eating bonbons by the fireplace? Enjoying a liquid libation? Tell me all about it so I can be jealous.

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Legal Miss Sunshine   ///   Valentine’s Day Donuts

Valentine's Day Donuts Recipe


Valentine’s Day Free Printables

February 11, 2015

Happy almost Valentine’s Day lovers!!! Seriously, how did THAT happen? This is always one of those hallmark holidays that sneaks up on me. It’s like I sail through Thanksgiving thinking I’m on top of my game and get clobbered by Christmas. When I was a kid V-Day was a favorite of mine. I loved exchanging those tiny cards with Bugs Bunny or Strawberry Shortcake. The boys would give Transformers and Star Wars cards. Each envelope would be attached with a heart shaped sucker, stuffed with “talking” hearts or SweetTarts. You’d eat pink frosted cupcakes and paste a doily and big red heart on a brown paper bag to collected your loot. Well, this year’s different. I’m celebrating and gifting you two free printables! How ya like them apples?

Free Valetine's Day Printables



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