Chicago Fixer Upper

We have renovated many interiors over the years, but this Chicagoland fixer upper is our first whole house DIY reno…

Discover what led emptynesters (an attorney and a writer) to leave a beautiful Nordic French home they designed, downsize by half, fix up a neglected cottage almost entirely by themselves, and chronicle lessons learned.

Home Tour & No-cost Decorating Tips

Living Beautifully – Peeks Around the House

House Tour – Early Fall 2017

5 minute video with more peeks of the Chicagoland reveal

Chicagoland FIXER UPPER


We Added a Bathroom!

Shop My House! (Resources)

We Found a House!

Fall Update 2016

Winter 2016

K i t c h e n Stories
Kitchen Reveal
Choosing Quartz for the Fixer Upper Kitchen

M a s t e r  B e d r o o m Stories
Master Bedroom Reveal
Create a DIY Wood Plank Wall in 3 Hours!
Master Bathroom Reveal
Choosing Plantation Shutters for the Fixer Upper

All About Upgrading the Doors

Choosing Wood Doors for the Fixer Upper
Our Rustic Alder Front Door
Adding a Barn Door

Interview and Reveal

BEFORE: – our cottage swallowed up in weeds waiting to be loved back to life. 

Weekly and Monthly Adventures

week 1 – update

week 1 – reflections

week 2

how we got here

week 3

week 4

week 5

week 6

week 7

week 8

week 12

week 16

week 24

week 28

week 32

week 36

week 40

week 42

week 44

week 48

Before the Fixer Upper

week 52

Is your business/brand interested
in sponsorship of the fixer upper series?

See my contact page here


Pacific Entries
Riverwood Shutters

Wood Plank Wall in Master Bedroom


Choosing Quartz for the Fixer Upper Kitchen


Choosing Wood Doors for the Fixer Upper

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We have a fixer upper in Arizona too!

Let’s SHOP!

White Slipcovered Sofa
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
Trees White Wallpaper Mural
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Upholstered Dining Arm Chair
Shop My Breakfast Nook
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Wreath Doormat
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing