Making a (back)splash

My kitchen is tiny, dark, and kiiiiinda gross. The people that lived here before me were, by my account, filthy animals and no cleaning was done before I moved in. The cabinets were absolutely littered with cockroaches, the countertops were splotchy and stained, the caulking between the cabinets and the wall was nauseating. If I…

Better Living Through Home Decor

I’ve never been the type of person not to know exactly what to do with a room. To me, a room begs for what it needs, just like your coffee begs to be stronger, or creamier, or sweeter, whatever your taste. When I’m doing showings with clients, there will occasionally be a room with a set-up…

(Floor) plans

  Last year I started this blog with no real aim other than my brokerage told me I should create an online presence (ha), then stopped when they wanted me to switch to using their spammy template blog. This year I continue, because a wise and successful coworker said I should do whatever I want…

Update

I was getting some calls done at the office when I wandered past the accountant’s office and saw this…. I’m tied for 3rd place with my managing broker and other top agents in the office for number of contracts closed for April! Woo! I also had a client, David S., say this: “Thank you so…

5626 W Patterson Ave

I just listed this super cute, vintage attic apartment in Portage Park. The landlord and her family have lived in the home (she occupies the main part of the house) since the early 1900’s. It is supremely well-maintained and absolutely spotless. Check out that great tile in the kitchen, and the closets in the bathroom!…

DIY: Watercolor String Lights

This weekend, my cat Bart clearly needed to go to the vet, but I just didn’t have time to take him with all the showings I had scheduled for the day. Enter my neighbor Megan, who dropped everything at 8 in the morning to come over and take his meowling butt to the clinic. Great…

2325 S Sawyer Ave #3A – RENTED

I just listed this 2 bed, 2 bath apartment the other day and despite me being a fixer-upper, vintage-charm leaning lady, this one has visions of windows that actually stay up when opened dancing through my head. Ah…. new construction! This huge, luxurious apartment in Little Village is just a couple of blocks from my favorite…

7946 W Catherine St., Norwood Park IL

I went to check out this two-bed,  1 bath ranch house near O’Hare airport and totally fell in love with its old-school flavor. Sunken living room? Check. Mustard appliances? Check! (Also, an ovenless kitchen… bizarre!) And dreamy wallpaper, check check check. This one is my favorite, from the bathroom. You see, if the snowflakes are…

Around Chicago: Morton Arboretum

If you’re looking for something less structured than a conservatory, but more walkable than a forest, the Morton Arboretum is for you. It’s in Lisle, which, from where I live (Little Village, southwest of the Loop) is about a 1/2 hour drive during non-peak hours. It’s early spring still, so the staff chagrinedly admits there…

2744 W. 18th Street, $900 – RENTED

This apartment has some idiosyncrasies, I’ll give you that! The entire building is made of two buildings that were converted into one. Two front doors? Check. An exposed boiler? Check. A bedroom window that faces the rest of the apartment? Check. Although, perfect for playing “drive thru”! Ha! Some good stuff about it? It’s huge……

Make It How You Want It

See that painting of the flowers? It’s a much-needed filler of empty wall space that had been gnawing at me. I’d been wanting to get my mitts on a Dutch Masters style still-life print (or vintage oil, if I were so lucky!) but none were to be found, or at least, not at the price…

Shay and Diego’s New Keys

  It’s the last day of the month, which means lots of new keys to give out! I decided to start putting a special touch on people’s new keys by personalizing them. I bought these transparent keychains on Ebay. The front pops out and you can slide whatever you want inside. As a collage maker…