Archive for ‘Condo’

January 4, 2013

The cheapest corner of my house

One thing that I refuse to pay a lot of money for is shelving. It just seems dumb. I mean, you end up filling your shelves with other stuff, so in the end you really don’t see a huge amount of surface area. Behold my “entertainment center” that most guests think I had custom made:


p.s. WHO IS EXCITED FOR VANDERPUMP RULES!?!? That’s a commercial for it on the t.v.

Annyhoodles, the “entertainment center” has quotes around it because it’s actually some pushed-together shelves. The middle three are from our old condo, which we got from Ikea about four or five years ago. The ones on the end are from Target. Apparently they’re not online, but versions without the shelves are available here.

Step closer, why don’t you?

January 2, 2013

Some ways to not go broke

Here’s the dill: most non-filthy-rich people have to prioritize their funny money (which is what I call the leftover dollars after stuff like health insurance, mortgage/loan payments, savings, daycare, charitable donations, yadda yadda yadda). In my experience, people spend in one of the following areas: fabulous vacations, designer clothing, high-tech gadgets, sports/arts/theater events, gambling, fun stuff for their kiddos, or nice cars.

In my case, my house is usually where I splurge if I have extra funds. Still, I’d be a fool to spend more than I need to, and I’ve become pretty adept at mixing cheap stuff with not-cheap stuff to achieve an overall effect of pure awesomeness. And I thought you might be interested in some of the non-wallet-breaking objets I’ve found (that’s “objects” in French, which makes me ultra-classy).

When I was budgeting and scouting out stuff for our new place, I came across this amazing image:

Source: Buckingham Interiors + Design


September 28, 2012

A few of my favorite things


Pretty sure I’ve used that title for a post before. Deal with it, suckas.

In case you’ve tried to wear flip flops outside recently (and you don’t live somewhere without seasons, like California), you’ve noticed that autumn is upon us. You’ve probably noticed your local ‘bucks adding Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (barf) and Salted Caramel Mochas (gimme) to their menus.

So, in the spirit of the seasons a-changin’, I’ve put together some of my favorite cold-weather-ish things. I will also answer some questions you asked in my previous posts.

September 3, 2010

Summer bedding

When Dave and I were planning the wedding, one thing that bugged both of us was creating the registry. It’s just so…selfish-feeling. And that’s saying a lot, coming from a spoiled brat like moi. But…we had a Long Talk sitting on a 600-dollar goose-down comforter in Macy’s and decided the registry was almost as much for our guests as for us. We were really doing them a favor by creating a list of all the shizz we wanted.

…HA. Just kidding. The registry is totally for you. It’s for you to get all of the nice crap you’re too cheap to buy for yourself. Yeah, yeah, it also makes gift-giving easier for your guests and guarantees that a) they’ll give you something you like and b) they won’t give you a 14th toaster. But seriously. It is awesome. Single friends come over and tell me I live in a “grownup” house and I just smile and say, “You’ll understand when you get married.” (To preempt the comment questions, the book I forgot to take off the bed is the third in this series – easily the best three books I’ve read all year – and I’ve been through 43 so far, so that’s saying a lot.)

Anyway. That’s not my main point. Here’s the deal: I didn’t want nice China because I’m too paranoid to ever actually use it, and we already had glasses and silverware. So with extra spots on our registry, I went ahead and registered for a second bedding set. I call it my “summer bedding.” I also call it “totally awesome.” At the beginning of the summer, I always get bitten with the redecorating bug, and having a whole new outfit for my bed is a great way to make a change without giving Dave hives over my shopping addiction hobby.

(Here are the sources for the bedding: duvet, sheets, and Euro shams; shaggy throw pillow; beaded throw pillow was from Macy’s but isn’t available anymore; rose throw pillow, knit throw, standard pillow shams)

Oh, for reference, here’s our…uh…”winter bedding,” I guess? (This was before we got a new rug and my 80-dolla headboard.) I love this version too, but I’m glad I get to change between the two.

Baxter approves.

How about you people? Do you have two sets of bedding? What other crap do you do to avoid going broke when you feel like redecorating?

April 16, 2010

Chez moi

I keep getting emails from you lovely people asking about some of the decor going on in my house, so I figured I’d post a little photo tour for you. With every month that passes, I get more and more content with the way our condo is coming together. Dave’s only complaint is that we’re not set up to host large groups of people, but just between you and me, I like it that way. I haaaate having crowds of people in my space. All I can think about is how messy things are going to get.

To keep myself from going crazy, I’ll tell you generally where I got certain items – if you want links to the actual pieces, leave a comment and I’ll provide.

March 30, 2009

Want to hang out in Chicago for the summer?

If you know of someone (maybe yourself?!) who’s looking for housing in Chicago this summer, click here! (There’s a full photo tour in the ad link, too.)

Yep, we’re renting out our place. And it’s awesome. I’m not kidding. I love living here. Lemme know if you’re interested by leaving a comment on this post and I’ll get in touch with you privately via email.

"In the Water, They Touch"

Right?! You know you want to live here.


We get guh-REAT light throughout the whole unit

I’ll be honest – I’ll feel more comfortable renting the condo to someone who reads my blog (or is friends with someone who reads my blog) than a person I find on Craigslist, so anyone who gets in touch via The Beholder will be given preference. And probably some baked goods, too. And maybe some makeup.