A Peak Onto Our Rooftop

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In a surprising turn of events, I woke up feeling energized and excited about today.

I say "surprising" because typically the day after a long weekend/vacay I can barely move for a few hours. Yet, for some reason I jumped out of bed before 6:30 a.m. and was at the park with Har by 6:35 a.m. I can only attribute this odd behaviour to the fact I officially have that summer feeling.

And it feels so. damn. good.

It's that feeling when you want to stay up late and get up early. Be outside as much as possible. Do things you might not normally do, like sit on your stoop with a book, or lay in the park with your pup. After months of hibernation, Chicago is awake and the energy is infectious!

So last night, after a day of walking the neighborhood, eating tacos at Big Star, and buying Harlow a pool for our rooftop... Chris and I decided to tackle our usually boring Sunday night (now Monday night) emails from the comfort of our deck.

Our twinkly lights were on, a light breeze was felt, and a few glasses of wine were had.


It was so so nice. Summertime in Chicago always seems too good to be true. Simply walking out your front door and not being slapped with cold air almost feels like a fairytale.

"You mean we have at least four months of not being afraid to go outside?! For real? No time to waste then, let's do EVERYTHING."

That seems to be the mentality for most Chicago people in the summer. Every patio is packed, the beaches are full, and boats are everywhere up and down the river and on the lake. Like I said, it's pretty amazing.

Speaking of, this week (or next) I'll be doing a summertime guide to Chicago. If you're planning a vacay here, let me know anything specific you'd like me to include!

Chris and I typically tend to seek out patios, the beach, or rooftops. This is our first summer with our very own private rooftop area and we are VERY excited about it.


Pretty much everything you see is from Hayneedle because their outdoor furniture is amazing and so is their customer service. You've probably heard me talk about this company a lot, but that's because I seriously love all of their stuff. (It's also where so many of our indoor rugs come from, like this runner I get frequent emails about.)

I basically live in this egg chair right now... And guess what? I'm partnering with Hayneedle and actually giving one away tonight on my Instagram @thedailytay, so check it out later if you'd also like to live in your very own egg chair.


Vintage string lights found here and solar lighted umbrella found here.




And that's a peak onto our rooftop. Not pictured: small swimming pool for Harlow (he insisted.) What are some of your favorite outdoor pieces?

Posts to come this week:

*Chicago Summer Guide.
*Unsolicited Advice For Brides-To-Be, (a list of things I wanted to skip out on, but am glad I didn't.)
*Memorial Weekend in North Carolina. (so. many. pics.)
*Changes in T-Shirt Town (exciting things happening!)

That list is more for me than you, (I have a feeling staying on task this week may be difficult.)

Happy Tuesday. Happy Summer. Happy everything! Stay present or it will be Fourth of July before you know it!

10 comments:

  1. So I know this is cliche but I really want to know the best pizza places. My family is in Chicago and they always recommend Gino's East. We went and it was okay. Not amazing. So a pizza guide for my fat ass would be awesome. K, thanks bye.

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  2. Your. Patio. Is. Dreams. How I wish I didn't live in Hong Kong sometimes so I could have a patio like that. Imagine the parties! (though who am I kidding, I don't even like socialising ha ha)

    Seriously though. It looks great.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  3. Looks great! I love a good rooftop. A "peak", I see what you did there! Bring some of this summer weather our way, it's so grey and cold here today. Ooof.

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  4. LOVE your patio. It's like the perfect size - space for a table, space for relaxing and then just open space to hang...or put Harlow's pool. :)

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  5. I have serious heart eyes looking at your patio. I love how everything came together! I don't have a trip planned to Chicago this summer, but one of my friends and her husband will be there next month. They're huge baseball fans and love watching the games at local bars, which one do you recommend?

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  6. Your patio looks amazing, and I especially love that outdoor rug!

    Allie | www.lunavidablog.com

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  7. This is the most amazing space! (And that view!!! Wow!) I've got that summer feeling too.
    The one thing you did not mention in your post, but caught my eye, is your planter (the multi-pot rack one)...where'd you find that thing? I am obsessed with plants lately and I'd love to have something like that!

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  8. I like the look of your rooftop, what a bloody nice looking space

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  9. Yea, so I totally think that I'll be venturing down from Wisconsin to enjoy a glass of wine in that awesome space you got. :)

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  10. Yea, so I totally think that I'll be venturing down from Wisconsin to enjoy a glass of wine in that awesome space you got. :)

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