Before Tour: Part II

Happy Holidays!!!! Ohmigosh, you guys, 2013 is almost OVER. That’s totally nuts to me. I’m honestly a little sad to see it go, for the first time ever. Keith and I had a baby, bought a condo, and I enjoyed my most successful business year ever in 2013. But life is always evolving – who cares about a date, right? Time for bigger, better, or maybe just okay stuff in 2014! I’m up for it. I think. Just when I start to get my energy back, the little one goes through a growth spurt and thinks sleeping is nowhere near as important as eating. Which … fair enough. If I could roll over and eat a slice of cake in the middle of the night … I mean … duh. Yes.

Anyway …

Let’s finish up the Before House Tour before the year ends, because of course things look so completely different already, and I want to be able to post proper Before and Afters at some point. Oh and these are all courtesy of the listing agency, p.s. – I didn’t have a chance to take my own photos before we started tearing stuff out of the walls. Just wait until you see the kitchen …

Dining Room

dining room before 2

dining room beforeHow about that light fixture, eh? And the weirdo kitchen cabinets extending into the dining room for some insane reason? Niiice. So far, the walls have been painted, the light changed for a glorious, hand-painted, porcelain chandelier and the hideous (unpainted) cabinets REMOVED. Also, p.s. I complain about those things, but the room is actually totally lovely and giant and I have nothing really to complain about.


hideous kitchen before

THIS is something to complain about. But it looks completely different now. We’ve removed all of the upper cabinets, replaced the countertops, sink and faucet, brought in my favorite kitchen hutch, and are in the process of painting the bottom cabinets white. We’ve also moved some stuff around, aaaand I’m not going to tell you anything else. El surprise in the works. I’m going for bright and elegant to fit in with the rest of the place. Seriously, what happened when they did this kitchen update in the ’80s? I think someone hit their head.

Guest Room

guest bed beforeTiny. Cute. No problems here. It’s just off of the kitchen (formerly maid’s quarters), so the placement is actually perfect for guests. It’s on the opposite end of the apartment from the main bedrooms and offers plenty of privacy and access to the kitchen for late-night or early-morning snacks. I plan to make it really moody and cozy with blacks and gold and moody/cozy stuff like that.

Guest Bath

before guest bathWell hello there, crazy shower curtain! Whatryu doing heeere? This doesn’t show the adorable vintage floor tile, but I’ll share that later. Lots of stuff needs to be changed in here – namely, the faucet in the bath and all of the shower tile. Hoooraaay. Cha-ching!

That was the sound of a cash register. Followed by …



arched hallway 1920s apartmentI forgot to show you the arches in the hallway and the cute, little nook! I’m typing this while sitting at a little desk in there now, and I’m loving it. Look for wallpaper in the future. So. Excited. For wallpaper.


chicago porchAnd we have a porch! I can’t wait to cover this in plants and a striped umbrella in the summer. Keith and I have been dying for some outdoor space for so long, we really feel like we’ve hit the jackpot with this (AND a yard!).

And duh, that’s because we have. And I have most especially won when it comes to readers. You guys make me SO HAPPY. I was just talking about you last night to a friend – I can’t express how much I appreciate you reading and commenting and always wishing me the best. I wish the best for you too – ALWAYS – and I hope we continue to share this space for many years to come.


[Images by Prudential Rubloff]

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11 responses to “Before Tour: Part II

  1. Oh my heavens, what an wonderful place! I love it even before you fix the odd ball things, I can’t wait to see after pictures.

  2. Your new place is gorgeous, with so much potential! Congrats on all of the positive changes! Best wishes in the new year!

  3. This Beautiful Life

    oh the possibilities!!!

  4. Wow, those are some beautiful bones. You can really do up the place. It’s lovely

  5. So much space! Enjoy the process. Looking forward to the ‘after’ pictures.

  6. I see a beautiful antique glass doorknob in the bathroom!

  7. What a beautiful house! Can’t wait to see the after photos!

  8. Omg.. Such a lovely place. Enjoy your new home.

  9. Your new place looks great, so airy and spacious. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  10. Wishing you much love and happiness in your new home x

  11. Love your place. Love the floor and think love it all.

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