Home Renovations

Our Chicago home renovations are finally here!

Ever since Adam and I were engaged, we’ve talked about how we want our home to feel. Home is the heart of our world so it’s important to us to invest in our space to make it feel right. To me, that means creating an environment that reflects of who we are as people and inspires us to be the best version of ourselves. We also love hosting people, so it also means designing a space where people feel welcome to come as they are and be their honest selves. On top of that, we’ve got two dogs and a toddler, so we also need a space that is functional and not full of breakables and hazardous things that temp curious little fingers.

While Adam was in school in Champaign, we did what we could on a very limited budget to make our home feel like a reflection of ourselves, and we loved that house so dearly. However, since we are constantly evolving and growing, I am so excited to learn from our first home-owning experience  as we move forward in designing our Chicago home.

When we moved to Chicago, we knew the chances of getting a turnkey home were slim given our budget, but we actually looked forward to the challenge of renovating and bringing out the best version of an older house. The house that we chose was built in 1920 and it has the most darling character with the most dated floor plan. Luckily for us, the previous owners loved the home dearly and kept it in top condition. In fact, we are only the third owners of this 100-year-old home, and that is one of my favorite things about this project! The walls of this structure are rich with history and have housed decades of love from the families before us.

I’m so excited to share this journey  and detail how we go about turning our concept of “home” into reality.

To kick it off, I’ve decided to take you on a little walk through of our home.

Disclaimer: We have unpacked enough to make the space functional for our every day lives, but we have not painted or even changed any of the original curtains. As you can see, we haven’t even used some of the rooms in the house yet! And I know I’m throwing a ton of pictures at you guys, so I’ll be going into further detail in later posts on what we’re renovating and how the space lays out.


Main Floor






  1. What a beautiful house! I’m looking forward to seeing how you and Adam renovate! How exciting for you to make this into your special home!

    1. Thanks, Deb! We’re really excited about this project. I can’t wait to share more pictures!

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