Holiday Home Tour — BSHT Christmas 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but how the hell are the holidays here already? Knowing full well I’m a procrastinator, and when it comes to holiday decor, well I kinda fail; I signed up for White Buffalo Styling Co.’s BSHT 2016 Christmas Home Tour last August. Plenty of time to prepare and plan…and plan I did…in my head.

Last weekend The Boy and I talked about putting up the tree and my brain flashed back to the conversation with Lindsay. Hmmmm, wonder what week those posts goes live. Think. Think. Think. Pull up Google spreadsheet…OMG, next Wednesday. Scheisse! When it comes to Christmas, I mean well, but it always sneaks up on me…I turn around and suddenly Jack Frost is nipping at my nose. If you hopped over here from Makerista, welcome. Click around a bit before you leave, and don’t forget to hop on over to The Curated House. She’s up next in this online parade of homes. (I also list out the schedule down below cuz I like to make it easy on ya.) Let’s get to it!

House Of Hipsters Holiday Home Tour - BSHT Christmas 2016

For the last week I’ve been a busy little elf, scampering about the house. Moving this here. Moving that there. Digging through boxes that the movers just shoved anywhere convenient in the basement that was under construction. We had never decorated this new house for the holidays, but I do my best work under pressure. First things first, I definitely needed some garland for the banister.

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Our Broken Basement and Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

The other week you got to read the doozy of a story about how The Boy broke the basement. A lot of you sent me sweet messages saying, I’m so sorry…oh that darn deductible. How much will that cost to fix? Can it be repaired? Chin up. This is just so awful. How on earth did a sink do this much damage? You guys, these are all these same words we’ve been saying to each other. Thank you for all the encouragement.

So what do you do when you flood the home you just bought 6 weeks prior?

After our basement flooded, we decided to install luxury vinyl flooring. It was durable, easy to clean, and best of all, water resistant.

Well, to begin with, you hope to God you included basement coverage in your insurance policy…which thankfully we did. We also, unbeknownst to us, added an inclusion for depreciation. Phew. So my advice to all you homeowners out there, go check your insurance policy…seriously, go now, I’ll wait. This is important. See what is covered and what’s not. If you have something precious, is it protected? What is the extra cost? Most of the time, it’s not much more. Also, and this should be mentioned, this was not a slow leak. A slow leak like the one in the main floor bathroom would not have been covered. This was sudden water damage…very different scenario.

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Styling The Dorothy Draper Dresser with Randal Ford

While meandering around the Randolph Street Market a couple months ago, I visited one of my favorite vendors, Flower Child Vintage. Since it was the last outdoor market of the season, Flower Child outdid themselves with vintage treasures galore…but their Dorothy Draper dresser was what caught my eye. I’d been coveting one for years, but the price tag was always out of reach…that was until today. A bit higher than I’d normally spend, but this piece was worth it. A classic beauty. Sitting in Chicago traffic on the long car ride home, I thought about all the places I could put her. A Dorothy Draper dresser isn’t a piece you want to hide. Quite the contrary, you want to see her on the daily…hmmmmm, I landed on the foyer. Now to style her up.

Dorothy Draper Dresser - Interior styling with the artwork Kingdom by Randal Ford. I love the masculine ram with the Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency glam.

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Final Reveal – The Bathroom Makeover – One Room Challenge

It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge which means ding, ding, ding, times up! Words can’t even express how excited I am about the bathroom makeover. I mean wow! The transformation is crazy, and I honestly can’t believe I live here. It’s wacky and crazy and out there and pretty much describes exactly what happens in my brain. Like if you were a really tiny person and crawled into my ear to have a look around, I would imagine this is exactly what you’d see. Are you prepared for this? Put yo’ pinky rings up to the moon. Whoop, whoop!

An antique dresser was converted into a bathroom vanity. I love the eclectic wallpaper by House Of Hackney - Empire Midnight. I love the Clé Tile Cubicon cement tiles on the floor paired with white subway tile.

The goal for this bathroom was if you are a guest in my house and in the need of the lavatory, you will walked in here and forget to pee. Gerry my man, you did one hell of a job. Seriously, you brought everything that was in my head to life. If you live in the Chicago area and are in need of an amazing contractor, give this guy a buzz…and no he’s not paying me to say this. He just did an amazing job for one of the toughest clients on the planet…me.

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Potty Paradise – The Bathroom Makeover

With all the Cubs hoopla, my Week 5 One Room Challenge post got a bit lost in the shuffle. But don’t you worry that pretty little head of yours, we are on schedule and feeling fly y’all. Potty Paradise is almost complete, and Gerry and I are snoopy dancing on the Clé Tiles…okay, Gerry’s technically not dancing like this, but I’m all…

One Room Challenge Bathroom Makeover dance

In Week 4, I left you with a cliff hanger…the excitement in the air was electric. Renee was here hanging the first few panels of wallpaper, and I couldn’t help but share the, “Oh my God I can’t believe I live here!” moment with you. Once those panels went up the whole space just transformed. Even The Boy’s mouth was on the floor…and it takes a lot to impress him.

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