It’s Friday morning in Chicago and the temperature says “2.” And so I am doing everything in my power to keep Harlow asleep on my lap so he doesn’t wake up and give me that look.
That look that says, “we go to park now?”
No Harlow, we don’t go to park. Not today. Because today the air hurts. It bites your face and your hands and if you’re not dressed in at least four layers it simply hurts to move.
So instead let’s take a gander through our house and where we currently stand in terms of decorating. We’re getting closer, but not quite done. We’re still waiting on a dining room table and hutch, both are authentic mid century pieces that my mom purchased for us for Christmas that I am so excited about. The hutch looks like this and I am losing my mind over it! The only downfall is that both pieces are in Nebraska and have yet to be moved to Chicago… And so we wait.
The overall look we’re going for is mid century modern. I’ve spent a lot of time researching, pinning, and waiting for just the right pieces rather than “buying just to fill space” like I used to do. Also, decorating does not come easy for me. Not at all. It takes me about five times before I get it right.
I’ve purchased a lot of pieces in Chicago, but have also had a LOT of luck online. Thank God for the internet. One of my go-tos has been Hayneedle; a one stop shop for finding everything, and at very affordable prices.
Nebraska friends, I’m sure you’re familiar with Hayneedle as it’s headquartered in Omaha. If you haven’t browsed their selection you are missing out. Here’s the top five things we’ve recently ordered.
This Crosely Turntable.
The sound on this is absolutely incredible. How fun is that vinyl has made such a huge comeback? You can walk into a record store in our neighborhood and it’s packed.
On to the kitchen… that has a fridge with an ICE MAKER. No big deal.
We needed a little extra storage for Harlow (his request.) He’s getting more independent and asked that he has his own area where he can help himself. I respected this so we ordered this kitchen island.
I love this kitchen piece because the quality is so nice. And yes, the alcohol belongs to Harlow. He may have a problem, we’re monitoring the situation.
The Sunburst clock is also from Hayneedle, found here. I simply type “mid century modern” in the search box and found so many awesome pieces!
But anyway, our place is about ten times bigger than any other apartment we’ve lived in Chicago, but the only downfall is that there are no coat closets. None. And in the winter I wear about 100 coats and scarves so we needed something. Thus we have this coat rack.
I feel like you don’t often see a good coat rack in homes anymore (probably because people have closets.) But we’re bringing them back (because we have to.)
And this is just part one. As it turns out I’m also terrible at home photography so it takes me several days to muster the courage to do it.
Part two will come after we add some backsplash to the kitchen and retile the fireplace. Chris thinks we can do both on our own. I do not. Welcome to our nightly discussions! Have a good weekend, friends. Stay warm. If you have an animal left outside please call me, I will come get them.