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apartment therapy feature!

It’s still amazing to me, almost six months after the fact that my home and work space was featured on Apartment Therapy.  Every year instead of making a New Year’s resolution I try to make a list of ten goals for myself for the year.  Some are semi-attainable like “visit a new country” and some are kind of a stretch like “pay off student loan.”  They are work-related, personal, financial, anything goes, as long as it gives me focus for the year ahead.  One of the goals that I wasn’t sure was possible last year was to get my apartment published.  After living here for a year and spending all of it scouring thrift shops, painting, refurbishing and hanging things I was pretty proud of my 1,000 square feet of urban living. chicago wedding planner

 So here she is!  First the living room that bleeds into the kitchen.  A cheerful yellow, a velvet blue couch, some handmade black and white striped curtains that my sweet mom made for me because I HAD to have giant horizontal stripes.  The bookshelf was in my room growing up and when I repainted it, on the back an “E, I love you!” painted by my dad when he was getting it ready for my kiddo room.  My late grandpas’ end table and my late grandmas’ coffee table plus a few new accent pieces to tie it all together.

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The kitchen and the living room are basically one in the same.  I found my kitchen table for $50 at a thrift store and once I stripped that sweet hunk of wood down, she turned out to be really beautiful.  I stained the top and painted the legs grey.  The only other thing I could really fit in the kitchen was my Mad Men-esque booze table and a couple of cheap Target stools I gave a mini-makeover to and painted the legs black.  A couple of easy additions in the form of pictures, a shelf of knick-knacks, changing out some knobs and my up-cycled spice rack and that’s about all the little baby kitchen could handle.

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There’s only so many pictures of a tiny bathroom I can show you.  But here is mine. It’s pink and it’s girly and it’s all good because Walter dog doesn’t even care. Also, I pretty much designed it around the shower curtain and the gold trash can. Not even mad about that.

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The bedroom is where I took on the project that took BY FAR the longest but probably my favorite part of my house.  I painted the whole room a dark grey and then stenciled gold flowers on top of it.  IT. TOOK. FOREVER.  It’s so imperfect but I love it.  My favorite thing is when people in the comments section of the blog said it looked like wallpaper!  A frame wall on top, simple white bedding and a wall of windows: another one of my favorite things about this place.  I refinished a chest-of-drawers (also from my childhood room) and painted them peach, I knew I wanted to incorporate peach curtains which were absolutely impossible to find so I bought white ones from IKEA and dyed those babies in the washing machine.  I have no idea how I did it but they came out so perfectly, but they were exactly the shade I had hoped for.

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And finally my tiny little porch.  It was the last thing I tackled and I don’t want to say an afterthought, but since I moved in in November so I honestly don’t think I set foot on it until Spring arrived in May-ish.  I bought a bunch of plants that I eventually killed, repainted some hand-me-down furniture from my parents a bright red and strung up some lights and an IKEA mosquito net.  It’s most definitely gotten the most love on Apartment Therapy and has been re-posted an absurd amount of times including being the poster child for cheap in the “7 Sources for Budget Outdoor Furniture” article. In addition it was named one of the “Best Balcony, Rooftop and Patio Gardens” and was first on the list of Apartment Therapy’s “Best of 2013 Outdoor Spaces.”  What do you think?  Which of my four rooms is your favorite?

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While Alexis shot one room I nervously sat in the other wondering what she was shooting and if I remember to dust there.  I was so worried everyone would attack me and the space in the comments, but I was pleasantly surprised that most people (who cared to comment) were so kind and complimentary.  You can read the whole interview here and see a list of sources of where I got almost everything in my house on Apartment Therapy.  Thanks for reading along and helping make one of my 2013 New Years dreams come true!

chicago skyline styled shoot at venue six10

This styled shoot was inspired, simply put, by our beautiful city.  The architectural landscape of Chicago’s skyline is incredibly stunning and we chose Venue SIX10 to showcase the cities architecture and give us the modern and clean backdrop we wanted for the shoot.  From the towering skyscrapers to the city’s structural landmarks, the Chicago skyline embodies a pretty masculine form so we challenged ourselves to make that work with the softness and beauty of a wedding day.  We used modern elements to convey sophistication and luxury such as the venue itself, stark white and angular with an amazing view.  Choosing a modern dress and cake that were both a bit asymmetrical and creating a ceremony backdrop that was conceptualized using glass spheres to create a modern illusion added plenty of modern and chic to the shoot.  We paired those elements with all white flowers, white linens and slate grey napkins, classic and clean stationary and those gorgeous ghost chairs for a dose of classic timelessness that will never look dated. The masculine lines of the city’s structural buildings combined with the soft and feminine orchid blooms at centerpiece of the design worked together to give us the city-chic ambiance that as Chicagoan, we know will never go out of style!

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Floral/styling: Natural Beauties Floral
Photography: Heather DeCamp Photography
Planner: Anticipation Events
Venue: Venue SIX10
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Stationary: Too Chic Little Shab
Linen: Private Label Linens
Rentals: Tablescapes
Dress: Jenny Yoo

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I had the amazing opportunity to invite some wonderful ladies over one Saturday morning to chat about me and all of the various things I am working on. (I’m terrible at talking about myself and my work, I think, so it’s one of my goals in 2014 to get better at it!)

Kate and Alysse founded and run People with Panche, which is a blog that celebrates women with panache. They define panache as: flamboyant confidence of style or manner; reckless courage.  Which I love.  Totally love.  Reckless courage is my new favorite thing ever.  From their blog: “We believe in women, dreams and hard work.  We believe in sharing stories, finding inspiration all over the place and having fun like it’s our job.  We’re Alysse and Kate, and every Tuesday morning we’ll bring you new stories of young Midwestern women making their dreams come true.  These ladies are bringing their passions to life as their jobs, side projects and after-work hobbies.  We hope you find inspiration here and choose to do the same.”

We drank some coffee, I showed them around my apartment and we talked about all they jobs I have and why I am so happy having all of them.  And of course, Walter did a little growling made the photos a million times cuter.

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DIY thanksgiving party ideas

The holidays were no less than insane for Anticipation Events.  Between holidays parties to plan, a couple of winter weddings to coordinate and some pretty exciting press we received I also planned your Thanksgiving dinner party for you in Marie Claire.  My first full page article and my first byline in all capital letters.  It was a good way to wrap up a great year.  Read the whole article here.

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award winning wedding planning in chicago

It’s true!  You’ve probably been inundated by this on TMZ and E! News all week long but we’ve won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for the FOURTH year in a row.  Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’ve been in business for four years but we couldn’t be more pleased to have this honor.  The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.  So 2014, we’re thinking you’re going to be our best year yet, let’s do this.

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