Monday, March 17, 2014

our living room!

it's been forever and a day since i've shared anything, but in a virtual spring cleaning sweep i realized i never revealed the before + after photos of our living room! as with the other rooms in our home, tyler installed new 1/4" drywall, restored the existing trim, and added new maple flooring. however, in this space he went especially above and beyond and created fireplace built-ins. we also replaced our front door, updated our hearth, and installed honeywell's smart wi-fi thermostat. you can read more about it on design sponge and

[sources: benjamin moore decorator's white door and trim paint, benjamin moore gray owl wall paint, safavieh courtyard grey runner, angenam wall sconce, and grundtal mirror]

Monday, December 23, 2013

happy holidays!

even though our selby lake is barely four months old, this holiday season has been more magical than ever. just after thanksgiving we took some festive photos to celebrate and commemorate this special time. we're looking forward to celebrating the merriest of christmases and wish you the same!

photos captured by rut photography

Thursday, November 21, 2013

gibbsboro kitchen

i was lucky enough to spend the year before selby's birth working with caitlin wilson designing interiors and promoting her textile line. one of the most exciting projects we worked on was the redesign of a kitchen in gibbsboro, new jersey. with details like calacatta gold marble, custom amish cabinets, hicks pendants, and nina cambell's swan lake wallcovering and fabric, the rejuvenated space is so impressive that house beautiful even selected it as their kitchen of the month in the december/january 2014 issue! 

the stunning after photos were captured by the talented courtney apple 

Friday, September 27, 2013

we are family!

on 3 september 2013, 11 days after my due date, i was admitted into the hospital to be induced. after being given a 12-hour dose of cervadil tyler and i were both feeling anxious and began nervously checking our iphones. much to our surprise we discovered that courtney apple's photos of our home had just been posted in a feature on design sponge. it was in that moment that i felt as if we had accomplished exactly what we had set out to as married adults and very soon to be parents. we had purchased our fixer-upper of a home before we wed and here we were in the hospital about to welcome our first child and (besides our kitchen) our home was complete and being shared with the world. we had successfully created a nest to become a family in and the timing couldn't have been any more perfect. roughly 20 hours later at 8:05 AM on 4 september we welcomed selby lake into the world and two days later brought her home. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

our nursery!

well i certainly did a terrible job of posting throughout my pregnancy, but i suppose a full-time job and growing a human will do that to you. with the baby due in just TWO days, i've been nesting more than a robin in spring and hooray the nursery is complete and ready for baby! we had the honor of it being featured on 100 layer cake-let and i'd love to share the photos here as well. you may remember what this space looked like pre-renovation and pre-nursery. and now it's ready for baby!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

lincoln square bedroom transformation

it's pretty much a guarantee that if something is ombre, i love it, and today's chicago master bedroom is no exception. designed by the talented suzann kletzien, the designer's guild floral drapery was her inspiration for the room. she was also influenced by moroccan design and vintage accessories. finally, as a city-living, space-saving solution suzann suspended the nightstand's light fixtures; thus creating an exotic escape in the heart of chicago's lincoln square. 

i would especially like to thank kimberly ecker of suzann kletzien design for submitting redesigns from their chicago firm!

Friday, March 22, 2013

a spring kitchen makeover!

while it's technically spring, we're still freezing our buns off on the east coast, as i'm sure is also the case in deephaven minnesota. but as you'll see in today's deephaven kitchen transformation, tulips go a long way in making it feel like spring. mary jane pappas of minneapolis's pappas design is gracing us with another delightful redesign. she's replaced a generic builder-grade kitchen with new white shaker-style cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, subway tile, hardwood flooring and a boatload of trim. top it all off with fresh flowers and this transformation is just like the month of march, it started as a lion and ended as a lamb.

i'd once again like to thank mary jane pappas of pappas design for submitting redesigns from her minnesota firm.