Bedroom Makeover Thoughts

March 30, 2015

While perusing Pinterest, I recently came across a new bedding company called Parachute Home, and the caption under the image was “What do you love about your bedroom?” Hmmm, do I love my bedroom? Well, that’s a really good question. Not really. Well, not now anyway, but I will…as soon as I finish this bedroom makeover. We moved into our home over 4 years ago, and I’m finally getting around to the designing and styling this space. I mean sure, we purchased some nice bedding and a new Tempur-Pedic mattress right away to make it feel fresh, but I chose to focus my design efforts more on the main floor. A space that my guests would see.


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Found & Foraged Linky Party #20

March 28, 2015

Woah you guys! 20 weeks of Found & Foraged! I know in like a year I’ll probably giggle at my amazement, but seriously, 20 weeks! That’s 5 months! How cool is that? I have to thank each and every one of you for making this a community to share and explore each other’s work. I’ve met so many new bloggers and discovered so many amazing projects and recipes. BTDubs, I’m still eating the Cheesy Taco Skillet. Bahahaha. We might need an intervention. It’s become my Saturday night party meal. Or maybe I just have a thing with food right now because tonight’s features seem to have a theme of yummy recipes.

Did you all have a good week? I had kind of an adventure last Saturday night. If you’ve been here before, you all know we’ve had the plague in and out of my house for a couple months now. I thought it was gone, but nope. It came back last Saturday night with Little Maus. Ended up at the ER during the linky party, and I have to send a big thank you to all of you who commented. Each one of you put a huge smile on my face that night. And in case you’re concerned, it was nothing to worry about. Just a nasty virus with a nasty fever. Little Maus is back to her sassy, stinker self as of last Wednesday night and cranked to eleven.

Last week I posted The Girl On The Train discussion page for the House Of Hipsters’ book club. If you’ve read the book, want to read the book, or are in the process of reading the book, I invite you to join in the discussion in the comments section at any time. We’d love to have you. It’s no pressure and no obligation…come and go as you wish. And I announced that the next book is All The Light We Cannot See in case you missed it. I also posted my second style post! EEP! Those fashion posts make this old lady really self conscious, but they are still fun. Oh! And I also am co-hosting this rad giveaway with a bunch of bloggers to celebrate Table + Hearth’s 1 year blogiversary. Be sure to enter to win because it’s a good one! We are giving away a $300 Pottery Barn eGift Card! Anyhoo, shall we get to some features?

F E A T U R E S 

francois et moi   ///   Mudcloth Planters DIY

Mudcloth Planter DIY


Pottery Barn Giveaway with Table & Hearth

March 28, 2015

Do you guys know Emily from Table + Hearth? She’s this sweet little thang (and DIYer extraordinaire) from Texas who I just love bunches and tons. Well, this week her blog is celebrating its one year anniversary, and let me tell you, this girl knows how to party! Emily ask House of Hipsters and a bunch of other amazing blogger friends listed below to team up to give you a chance to win a $300 Pottery Barn eGift Card! Ummm, say what?!?!? Yep, you read that right! A $300 Pottery Barn giveaway! Hooray for blogiversaries!

Enter to win a $300 Pottery Barn eGift Card!


Style Post — Mad for Plaid

March 25, 2015

Dressing for spring in Chicago can be tricky. The mornings can be quite chilly while the afternoons are comfortable. And then you can get days like Monday where we had blizzard like conditions; while today is pushing 60° and sunny. It’s madness. You never know if the snow is gone for good until it hits 90° and even then it can be a crap shoot.

Mad For Plaid House Of Hipsters Style Post Dressing For Spring


Book Club — The Girl On The Train

March 23, 2015

So we’re almost halfway through March and quite a few of you…including myself…have finished The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. All the reviews I read had compared it to Gone Girl, so I was thrilled to be reading this month’s book picked by Ashley from Bigger Than The Three Of Us and Thalita from The Learner Observer and my co-worker Mary Kate.

This book is narrated by three different women which can sometimes make for a difficult read, but in this case, was well done. It just took some getting use to. The only thing I really found myself paging back to were the dates. Confused at first, I didn’t realize Megan’s dates were completely different from Rachel’s dates. I was also suddenly taken aback when Anna jumped into the mix a quarter of the way in. In fact, I thought I had completely missed the boat and had to double back to make sure. I mean, I do read in bed, half asleep, so ya never know.

The Girl On The Train Book Club Discussion Page


Found & Foraged Linky Party #19

March 21, 2015

So remember last week when I said I was noshing on the Cheesy Taco Skillet? Yep, that is still happening. This recipe is the shizzzz…pardon my language, but there’s nothing else like it. The Boy keeps begging me to make it, and we’ve had it 3 times in the last 2 weeks. We’ve had it over rice, wrapped in a tortilla, slathered in sour cream, with avocado and extra salsa because that’s just how we roll sometimes. If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to, it’s necessary. Tell Courtney I sent ya.

Last week I shared with you some styling inspiration concerning a certain credenza or two that I’ve been playing with here at the house. And yes, I’m still shuffling things around but things getting closer. And I also shared with you a few choice blogs that I like to read on my daily train ride into the city. And oh! One REALLY cool thing happened to me this week; I was featured on It’s A Beautiful Mess’s Instagram. I was doing the Snoopy dance all day long.

Unlike the last couple weeks, this week I don’t really have a theme. Maybe a bit DIY heavy? One caught my eye on Poppytalk. One was a good reminder. One made me actually lick my monitor (kidding…or am I?). One is super cool and two are makeover geniusness. Is that a word? Spell check is yelling at me, but just I’m going with it. Anyhoo, I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for me this week. Let’s link it up!

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Nur-Noch   ///   DIY Globetrotter Cabinet

DIY Globetrotting Cabinet



How to Style a Credenza

March 18, 2015

If you’ve been watching my Pinterest boards, you might have recently noticed a few pinning sprees with one theme — credenzas. I have 2 in my home, both with TVs hung above them. Nose crinkle, I know. But in my home (and most people’s homes), TVs are a necessity, and a credenza below a TV just looks better. For the last few months I’ve been playing around, and I just can’t seem to nail the art of how to style a credenza.

I want to distract from the old tube; however, my Type-A personality husband might go clinically insane. Moving decor around the house is enough to drive him batty. You add in decorative branches or a lamp shade creeping into the frame of the television…look out. His eyes will pop out and his head will spin.


Blogs I Enjoy Reading

March 16, 2015

Hey you guys! This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. A post to share some love, show some support and introduce you to a few really cool blogs I enjoy reading on the daily. You all know Grace and Laura, but in the sea of amazing blogs, I have some other hidden gems. Some you may know, some you may never have heard of.

Blogs I Enjoy Reading


Found & Foraged Link Party #18

March 14, 2015

Welcome back to another night of Found & Foraged party fun! Like last week, I found myself returning to a theme with your projects. This week some amazing DIY spring wreaths were linked up. Don’t get me wrong, everything was so great…like this Cheesy Taco Skillet deliciousness that I’m presently noshing on. You made it very difficult to pick and choose. Just stop being awesome already, okay? Seriously. Just an FYI, my navigation is a bit funky right now. I’m having a programmer working on it…fingers crossed it’ll be fixed soon!

Before we party, I always like to give a little recap of me week. I went to see For The Record: Dear John Hughes. It was a musical mash up of all his teenage angst movies. I soaked up every bit of the awesomeness and reminisced of days long ago. I also couldn’t take my eyes off Rumer Willis. I must say, when the show finished, my girlfriend stood up and said, “Is it just me, or does Rumer Willis have the best butt ever? I couldn’t stop staring at it!” ERMERGERD! I felt the same way! It was mesmerizing! You’d tell yourself to stop looking at it, and 2 minutes later, nope, there it was again. I told my trainer the following day that I will do whatever it takes to get her assets. He proceeded to have me push a large 150+ pound box back and forth across a gym floor in front of the women’s Rutgers basketball team (they were in town for the Big 10 Championship). Slightly embarrassing…there were snickers, but completely worth it.

Other then Rumer Willis’ perky fanny, I finally revealed my living room in another I Make Emily Henderson Cry post. I’m slightly hard on myself, but I write in jest. I’m actually thrill with my “good enough” post. I also posted my childhood favorite soup recipe, Vegetable Cheese Chowder. My mother would make it on cold winter nights. It’s one of those comfort foods I can’t live without. In fact, I usually just want to swim around in a vat of it! But I won’t, cuz that’s kinda gross. Anyhoo, with that being said, let’s party!

 F E A T U R E S

Brave New Home   ///   Marimekko Inspired Spring Wreath

Marrimeko Inspired Floral Spring Wreath



Dear John Hughes

March 13, 2015

Dear John Hughes,

You’ll never know how much of an influence your movies were on me in my teen years. I was a child of the 80s. I longed to be Molly Ringwald. Date Andrew McCarthy. Kiss Jake Ryan. Save Ferris. Give a diamond earring to Judd Nelson. I cut my hair short. Dyed it red. Was somewhat of an outsider. Had an air of cool punk rock. I listened to alternative music and wanted to drive a Carmen Ghia and live in Chicago. I even went so far as to drag my mother and sister to Wax Trax.

Since those days, I’ve grown up. Got a job. Have longer hair. Drive an SUV. Had babies. But looking back, I can see how those movies molded me into who I am today. Just between us, I had every single word memorized to Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Breakfast Club. I recorded them to Memorex a VHS tape when they aired on TV and paused the recording thru all the commercials. The swear words were edited, but that is probably why my parents let my sister and I watch them every single day after school. Over and over again.


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