We’re back! We had a great time on our trip to Houston and I have lots of pictures to share. Lucy did a fantastic job on both flights. If anything she was a little over excited about flying on the plane; “AIRPLANE! I SEE IT! AIRPLANE!” was a pretty constant refrain.  On Saturday morning we stopped at my grandparents old house and I was struck by how ahead of their time they were. True modernists! Their house was custom built by an architect friend in the early fifties and their furniture and decor bear all the hallmarks of midcentury modernism. Sorry for the iphone pics; I left my Cannon in the car.

I love the lacquered parsons style console table and that gorgeous lamp. The light fixture over the dining room table is simple and beautiful.

The house, where my aunt now lives, has the most amazing original furniture. The Eames rocker where my grandmother rocked my aunt throughout her childhood, a white drafting table desk and those show stopping Danish barrel chairs with their original naugahyde upholstery; all classic midcentury pieces that are so in vogue again. The teak bench that Lucy is sitting on is where all the grandkids would congregate in the living room.

This artwork in the bedroom gave me a chuckle. All you have to do is go on Pinterest to see how trendy silhouettes and owl artwork are.

It’s funny how when you’re young you aren’t really conscious of your surroundings. I think that all kinds of things affect our aesthetic choices as adults, but the nostalgia you feel for a particular environment of your youth can have an extra strong influence. Now that I’m an adult I really admire the choices my grandmom made for her home and I wish she was still here for me to tell that too.

Happy Monday!


Happy Almost Weekend!

There is the most gentle rain falling outside, and Lucy is napping. I was cruising Pinterest and stumbled on this old but good (great!) house tour from Apartment Therapy ReNest.

Can you believe it’s in Brooklyn? It looks like a Scandinavian country house. I’m especially in love with the white floors and stunning fireplace in the bedroom.I love those reclaimed wood shelves in the kitchen too (Y’all know I love some reclaimed wood.) You can look at more photos of this home here.

We’re headed to Houston tomorrow to visit with family and I’m really excited. I haven’t been to Texas in ages and I’m looking forward to some good BBQ; not to mention finally introducing Lucy to her extended family.

Have a fantastic weekend!



Highwood Pumpkin Fest

This weekend we went to the Highwood Pumpkin Fest with our carpenter/bff Sean and his kids. You might recognize the name from HGTV’s “Pumpkin Wars” which is airing Wednesday (Halloween) night at 9/8 central. We had no idea that HGTV was sponsoring the event, which aimed to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for most lit pumpkins. It was fun, but totally packed and the kids only lasted  about an hour or two before the crush of the crowd was too much for them. We didn’t actually see the pumpkins lit, but had a great time carving a few.

It was sooooo crowded. We packed up the kids and headed home, but I I found a few pictures of the record breaking lighting.

Beautiful huh? I wish we could have stayed until the end, but it was a bit too much, and too late, for the littles.

Lucy looks terrified, right?. Don’t worry, we soothed them with ice cream and cheeseburgers afterwards. I’d say its fun family event but we might try to go earlier next year to skip the crowds.

Are you guys looking forward to Halloween?


Happy Friday

This gorgeous place belongs to Nate Berkus and, of course, it’s amazing. You can read more about it here. I especially love his dark kitchen cabinets and that crazy wallpaper in the powder room. I am super excited about his upcoming line for Target.

I hope you’re doing something fun this weekend. Lucy and I are holding down the fort alone; Pk has a ten hour layover in Paris on his way abroad for the week (LUCKY!). What would you do for an afternoon in Paris? I suggested a museum and some cafe time and I can’t wait to hear about it when he gets home. It’s always a little tough when he’s gone over the weekend, I miss him acutely when he isn’t here to cook us bacon (one of Lucy’s first words!) and his amazing cheesy eggs.

Happy weekend!


Monday, Monday

A certain little someone woke up unbelievably early this morning, and no amount of cajoling could convince her to go back to sleep. We’re snuggled up on the couch watching cartoons this morning and I’m enjoying browsing through ‘s list of Top 50 Design blogs for Mom, 2012. There are a lot of old favorites, and some that are sure to become them. I love finding new blogs and inspiration. What blogs are you all loving these days?

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We spent an afternoon at the beach on a windy fall day and the sky was beautiful.

Happy reading!


p.s. I just realized that yesterday was my first blogiversary! Thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read and comment over the last year.

inspired by…

this gorgeous (and small!) house featured in the October issue Elle Decor. It’s the weekend home of Frank Muytjens of J. Crew Men’s Design.



I love how light and warm the space feels, the excellently curated collection of art, the gorgeous, faintly industrial and masculine feel, the muted palette, etc. I could keep listing things I like, but I think the images speak for themselves.




all images via Elle Decor

I only wish there were more pictures. This looks like just the house to have a long relaxing vacation in. Have a fantastic weekend!


Playroom progress

You know you’re classy when this is the light fixture for one of the main rooms in your house. Nothing says fancy like a partially disassembled builder grade ceiling fan hanging from the ceiling by a hope and a prayer.

So, so, so much better. This is the fixture that I found on Ebay and mentioned here. I LOVE IT. It definitely classes up the joint. I initially thought I would spray paint it to look more like this one, but I actually really like the satin brass finish. The scale is perfect for our small office/play room and it provides the perfect amount of light. Over the weekend my bestest friend forever from childhood came for a visit and helped me power through a ton of little projects around the house, including this one. Not only was she a fabulous assistant with a keen eye for design, but she also was an impressive baby wrangler.

She left on Saturday, but Lucy has been talking about her all day today. It was so great to see her, and to have an extra set of hands around to help get that long list taken care of. I can’t wait to show you everything else we did, but I just wanted to say that there is nothing like spending time with someone who has known you almost your whole life. I feel so lucky that we’re still in touch as (kind-of) grown-ups. Love you Fraser!

Hope you all had a great weekend,


We made it!

I’m not gonna lie. Traveling with a 20 month old is NOT easy. But we survived, and after spending yesterday waiting for our lost (!!!) luggage to be delivered, we are sufficiently rested and recovered. We had a great time visiting with family in DC. We stayed in a fun hotel in the ritzy Dupont Circle neighborhood and loved wandering around admiring all the gorgeous row houses.


Some of them had the most lush gardens in tiny compact yards.

DC feels like such a manageable size to me compared to Chicago. The Metro system was great for getting around and it was SO NICE not to have to haul a car seat around with us. Lucy LOVED being on the train and watching them rush through the station. Many of the Metro stations were designed by the Chicago architect Harry Weese and they are really amazing. They are some of the deepest train lines in the country and, random fact, have the longest escalators in the northern hemisphere. The escalators have really dramatic lighting at night too.

On Saturday morning we visited the zoo which was unbelievably crowded, but Lucy still had a great time.

She really liked the elephants.

Another favorite was the fountain at the Dupont Circle. It was the perfect place for her to run around while Pete and I snacked on some delicious food from the nearby farmers market on Sunday.


I definitely learned that toddlers need tons of space and time to explore new environments and that being constrained in the stroller was not Lucy’s favorite. We ate in our hotel or outside, when possible, so that Lucy was free to explore. I didn’t really feel like chasing after her in restaurants if I didn’t need to.


The only real hiccup in our trip was that our homebound flight was delayed because of weather. We were able to make it on another flight ( even though our bags didn’t) and luckily Lucy was asleep for the first hour. Thankfully I had the Ipad out when she woke up! Honestly, that thing was a lifesaver.



We had a great time! I wish we could have stayed one more day so Lucy could have acclimated a little more, but overall I think it was a success. I also had a babycarrier with me so I could wear her in the airport which made getting through security much easier. I’m not really eager to take her on a super long flight anytime soon, but I think it was a great experience for us. She’s been talking about planes and trains first thing every morning. Super Cute.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

xx – H

bon voyage!

via Getty Images

We’re headed to Washington DC tonight to visit family. I’m so excited to see everyone, but feeling a bit apprehensive about actually getting there. I’m not a huge fan of flying and am a little nervous about how Lucy will handle the flight. My Ipad is fully charged and loaded with Sesame Street and Thomas the train videos; hopefully she’ll be entertained. I also found these headphones so we don’t disturb other passengers. She’s teething so I may be buying lots of cocktails for myself our seat neighbors. It’s rare for my side of the family to have everyone together in one place (there’s too many of us!) so I’m overjoyed that Lucy gets some quality time with her aunt, uncles, and grandparents. Yippee! Any tips for traveling with a toddler?

Have a fantastic weekend!


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