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Design question: Using industrial light strings in a retail setting?

April 21, 2014 | Leave a comment

industrial light string

I’m trying to figure out lighting for the shop. LOATHE the flat paneled fluorescents in the drop ceiling. Yuck. The light is unflattering and not warm or inviting at all. Considering canned or track lighting, but not sure if I can make that kind of permanent installation in the space.


Also thinking about doing those industrial strings of lights, like the ones you’d see at an outdoor carnival. -Swagging them in a zigzag pattern across the width of the store.

Do you find those charming? Or do you think they’d just look tacked up?

industrial light string white cord

They do come with white cords, so against a white ceiling they might look cute and vintagey. (a real word now) But maybe something could be done to warm those up even more, like long strips of torn muslin hung slightly higher so there’s a layered look? Ugh. I don’t know. I need professional design opinions. The shop is supposed to have a 1940′s farmhouse vibe, so I feel like we can get away with slightly unconventional fixtures.


In love with…Set of American Horror Story Coven

April 8, 2014 | Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to New Orleans with my oldest daughter, who turned me onto American Horror Story: Coven. We visited the main home where they were supposed to have lived and fell even more in love with this beautiful city. I could easily picture myself in any of those sets.

So here is some lovely antebellum architecture eye candy for you to feast on. Enjoy!



American Horror Story Coven Season 3

American Horror Story Coven Season 3

American Horror Story Coven Season 3

American Horror Story Coven Season 3

American Horror Story Coven Season 3


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American Horror Story cast


This weekend’s jewelry event! And furniture painting classes!

April 7, 2014 | Leave a comment

Hello Friends!

Last week we ordered a bunch-a-bunch-a-BUNCH of fresh jewelry for the shop. There’s something for everyone. A little boho, a little trendy, some arrows, leather Junk Gypsy-style cuffs. C’mon out! I know you’ll find something fun to take home. And the prices on these new lines are really good…an easy treat in these tight times.


Our next furniture painting class is scheduled for Monday, 4/21 at 7pm. Learn how to use a number of paint types (Chalk Paint, Clay Paint, Milk Paint) & techniques, distressing, waxing, and other fun tricks. All materials will be provided, no need to bring a thing. You’ll leave with boards and notes for how to replicate each treatment at home.

$95 covers all materials and 2 hours led by a trained instructor. Call 1-708-469-7863 to book your seat in advance or reserve your seat online:

If you haven’t made it out lately, please stop by and take a video browse of what’s in the shop (just click here).

Hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,



Pining for a green sofa

March 23, 2014 | Leave a comment



green sofas

Seeing this post over at Making it Lovely has stoked a fire that’s been burning in my soul. A fire which can only be put out with a gorgeous green sofa.

Normally I’m all about the neutral sofa, but green…oooh lately green sounds swoony. Last spring I had a crazy moment when I found a new Room and Board sofa at Goodwill for $75. It was right after we had lost everything in the basement flood, so I looked on it as a blessing.

And now I want it to be green. (It’s gray)

Can I do a slipcover? How hard is that? It doesn’t have to be perfectly fitted, but if it could magically transform into one of those gorgeous beauties up there, I wouldn’t turn my nose up.


(Sorry about the dappled light. This is in my front room, directly across from our windows.)

This is what I have to work with. It’s in great shape, nice and long for Dave. I won’t have to work around any pillows or soft-shaped cushions, so it seems like a good candidate for a fitted slipcover. What do you think? Tackle it myself or hire it out?



Healthy living check in: Day 43

March 14, 2014 | 5 Comments

I lamented before about seeing the American Dealers video and being so sad about how jowly I was looking. Blah! That’s not cool. And it’s especially uncool because it made me feel ugly. Life is too short to beat yourself up like that, right?

I’m also not one of those folks who likes to complain without doing something about it, so I got on the wagon to weight loss. I’ve also fell off a few times so far! I’m fairly certain that those lemon drop martinis and Jalapeño poppers I ate last night at The Sanctuary in Brookfield are *not* part of my whole-food-plant-based diet.

I use the term “diet” as in “what I eat” not how I’m restricting myself. The thing I’ve found really interesting in taking this approach is how you look at your food as though you’re discovering a whole new arena of menus and ingredients. I don’t think of it as “I’m never having ice cream again”. I think of it as “OMG I never knew there was such a thing as blueberry chia seed pudding and that it’s so freaking good!”

So here I am at day 43. I think I’ll keep going. :)

Let me know if we’re doing this together!

Day 43

Eating healthy update

March 11, 2014 | 4 Comments


I decided to change the focus of my health just about a month and a half ago. It’s not a diet, just changing what I eat in that I’m dialing in better quality food. More plants, more whole foods, fewer meats, no processed food-like stuff.

I went to the doctor yesterday for an unrelated issue (I’m a dolt and fell off a chair at the shop) to find out that I’ve lost 10 pounds. That’s a nice perk, but the best part is that I feel really, really good. Tons more energy.

Here are some tweaks that I’ve found save a lot of impact on my body:

  • Adding soy milk in place of half & half to my morning coffee.
  • Eating lots of raw veggies and fruits.
  • Adding as much protein as I can that is not animal-based.
  • Drinking lots of water, especially when I want something snacky in the afternoon. I add a few Mio drops, just enough for some flavor, and I’ve been totally fine staying away from sodas.

The bonus to eating things like raw veggies is that there is zero cooking time cause it’s RAW! I just shred the veggies, dump it all in a bowl, toss in some yellow curry or tikka masala sauce on it and dinner is DONE. My 4 year old son even eats it.

Last night we had quinoa with lentils, green chickpeas and masala. It was warm and cozy. Everyone cleaned their bowls. -That’s what’s shocking to me, that the kids are not being as picky about the new menus as I might have imagined. Weird.