Wednesday, October 22, 2014

a shoe storage solution...

since we are moving (YAY) but not until the spring (BOO), i am moving forward with organizing things and trying to make the most of the space that we have.

one of the things that was a necessity was to organize our hallway and all of our, okkk... my shoes because the current set up is not cute nor adequate.

the bins are a new addition because the shoes, etc originally lined the hallway and it because a total mess. so part of my solution is this shoe cabinet.

Baxton Studio Glidden Wood Modern Shoe Cabinet
i ordered it on saturday from Wayfair (i love that site) and it is due to arrive friday. fingers crossed that its perfect for the space and helps me dump the bins.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

excited to say that we are planning to move...

i can't even begin to express how geeked i am that we are planning to move. while the rent is crazy cheap and we have never had a single issue with anyone in the building (they have actually come to my aid a couple of times when i couldn't make a sticky new lock work) or anyone in the neighborhood, i have never been a fan of the area.

this is mainly because it is one of those areas that has like zero amenities. i mean a chicken/fish joint, chinese food joint, dunkin donuts, aldi and walgreens are all good things and there is a great little community cafe but other than that, and especially after living in ukranian village for 8 years, i have felt like i am isolated in my own city.

like how do people live like this, with no starbucks to walk to or a nice bar/restaurant to crash in at the end of the day. yes, i am being first world problems dramatic but also being so real...

and the apt if just so small. i have written before about some ways i tried to maximize the space but seriously there is only so much i could do and i ended up with the wall of boxes

and don't get me started on closet space. we have one. YES, one closet. digest that. and just imagine, how completely insane that has been/is.


{my closet after i broke my garment rack and tried to squeeze more into it}

and i can fit like a third of my clothes in it along with the summer pieces we got the wee one and a couple of pieces of joe's things. thankfully she just folds most of her things.

i have my thrifted wardrobe, but the rack will no longer stay up because well, frankly i overloaded it. and then i purchased a garment rack, which was pretty nice until i broke it by crushing it behind the door one day and i have my storage unit, which is where i have tried to keep my off season clothes.

so, the fact that joe is on board with moving and we are very actively seeking a new home, thrills me.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

spring bed linens and living with intention...

it was such a brutal winter and spring has been long coming but amazingly today the weather skipped spring and went straight to summer with 80 degree temps in chicago.

i wanted to pop open the windows and lighten things up a bit but it was a bit too warm to open the windows (not complaining) but i did stop by my go to for almost everything store, tjmaxx and picked up a new lighter quilt and an embossed floral sheet set and i paired them with an xoxo pillow that i purchased months ago from h&m but never used and two laugh pillows that i picked up last month from marshalls.

nicole miller quilt  | hotel new york emobossed sheet set | h&m xoxo pillow | new port laugh pillows

the two framed pieces are goodwill finds that cost under $5 each...score!

oh and i never took the lights (seen here) that i put on the headboard around xmas off..i love the subtle lighting they provide.

speaking of h&m, they have the most adorable linens online currently like this pretty floral pillow cover...gonna do a quick post about the pieces that i love..

if you read my other blog, then you may know that i have had somewhat of a challenging year but i am working to get back on track and so i purchased a journal/notebook where i hope to use to check in with myself more and as it notes, live with intention...




Thursday, March 20, 2014

i picked up a few pieces from oh joy for target...


spring is finally here, 
at least that's what the calendar says (#sidseye) so i snagged a few pieces from the oh joy line @ target.

the colors are so pretty!


Monday, March 10, 2014

oh joy for target...

pretty tables capes and decorations? 

i'm in.


available 3/16/14 at Target!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

organizing: apartment therapy january cure - project list

one of my biggest goals for this year is to create a home space that is relaxed aka clutter free and perfect for entertaining, so i am giving the apartment therapy january cure a go.

for one, i downsized from a 2 bedroom apt that i lived in by myself to a 1 bedroom apt that i share with, so one of the biggest challenges is where to put my stuff. mind you 90% of it is in storage but who wants to live in a place that doesn't have some of their personality aka doesn't feel like home.

so, i did bring some things with me but a lot of them are still in the boxes that I have to go in from time to time when i need things...


apartment therapy released the first task of the cure, which is to create a project list of the areas that you want to address.

of course this wall is a MAJOR one and i know that part of the solution will have to be to take some of my things to storage (boo hoo) but i am hoping to be able to just organize some of the things, so that i have them because nothing is more annoying to me than needing something and knowing that i own it but not having access to it.

so, creating my project lit is what I will be doing at some point today or probably more likely at various moments during the day...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

organizing: with the container store

of course the new year is a great time to start getting more organized and who better to offer solutions than the container store...

they have videos on everything from choosing the right hangers to maximizing your doors for storage.

p.s. I will also be doing the Apartment January Cure this year...deets to come.

Monday, December 2, 2013

decor: wood and brass bar cart

if i didn't already own & love the thrifted bar that i have,
i would so be buying this baby!

the target wood and brass bar cart is awesome and it is so hard to find a good,
affordable one which is why i was so over the moon when i found the one i did at the thrift.


the price point is so doable and it looks just as fab in person
as it does in the pics i had seen of it online

i also love this iron table/stool. the only reason why i didn't snag it is because it was 
too heavy for me to carry by my dang self...but it is pretty awesome.




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

delish: chocolate...chocolate...cheesecake

one of the best things about living with a chef is of course the good eats...

Joe whipped up this beauty a few weeks ago and i still can't get it out of my mind...



i will try and get the recipe but these things are usually well guarded secrets around these parts...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

home cookin...

one of the things that i have planned for my life is to do a lot more cooking at home.

don't get me wrong, i will still be hitting up the restaurants, cafes and food trucks but i have so many cookbooks and recipes that i have bookmarked over the years that i want to start exploring.

today i slept in a bit then got up and made a simple shrimp & tofu egg scramble.


I mixed in this delicious sundried tomato seasoning from Lesley Elizabeth and it was soooo gooodddd!!! I can't wait to use it in other things.