22 November 2010


Progress has been happening on the house. Don and I have been working our butts off - busy busy all day at work, then go to the house and work until 10, grab some food on the way to the apartment and sleep. Repeat. And weekends have been marathons to get as much done as possible. Despite some minor surprises, and the regular complications that come with renovating, we're still on schedule. Countertops, heat and hot water going in today. We will be moving in this week! Here are a couple of photos, with more to come soon.

There's been a perpetual mess for about the last month...

Last week's big milestone - appliances and cabinets!

Last weekend's big milestone - sanding and getting a coat of finish on the floors!

05 November 2010

matchy matchy

I was ecstatic when I saw this post on Apartment Therapy just now. I think every girl needs a radio to match her purse!

Oh Orla!

03 November 2010

a charming past

Part of the appeal of buying an old house was the potential to discover charming bits of the past. While our bungalow doesn't have any of the unique built-in elements of most Chicago bungalows, it did come complete with its own bit of charm. Here are some things we have discovered:

There's a safe in our basement! It's really old and we don't have the combination and I'm dying to know what's inside. Don is sure that it is empty, but I'm banking on rubies and maybe some severed heads. I bet a gangster totally owned our house in the 20's.

The basement stairwell is lined with old wine crates. I'm still trying to decide if Pigeon Zinfandel would be delicious or pigeony.

And super fun discovery - our exterior walls on the first floor have zero insulation!!!