A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

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Antiquing Fun is Relative

Last weekend my mom and I drove downstate to my late father’s hometown to see my aunt (his sister) and meet up with my cousin and other aunt (my dad’s brother’s wife) who were driving in from Ohio. My cousin Beth and I are only 4 months apart, and after going our separate ways for a…

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Dining Room Light Fixture

Once we sold the dining room chandelier I started searching for bungalow-appropriate ceiling fixtures. It was much harder than I thought! For one, authentic vintage light fixtures were super expensive everywhere I looked, either locally or online, and reproductions really weren’t any cheaper. This was in late October and I was hoping to find something…

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Craigslist Love, Final Chapter for Now

Shortly after all our other listings and once we moved my grandfather’s workbench into the dining room, I decided it was time to say good-bye to the crystal chandelier that came with the house. I knew it wasn’t original to the house, for one. I’m pretty sure I was told it was there when the…

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Craigslist Love

Continuing with my year-end recap, over the summer I got the “urge to purge”. Yes, I had just hauled my grandfather’s antique carpenter’s workbench home, and trying to figure out where I can put it may have partially triggered that. I began to look around the house and garage and question if I really needed…

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Surprise, Come Pick Up Your Workbench!

Back in July, my mom texts me and tells me her brother (my uncle) is putting his house on the market and he wanted to know if I still wanted my grandfather’s carpenter’s workbench. Whaaaa?! I have fond memories of that workbench. It practically filled the basement in my grandparent’s house in Toledo, OH and…

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Day 6: Frame Artwork (Yay!)

Once again, some of my planned projects for the start of the year just happen to coincide with Apartment Therapy’s January Cure: Choose a Piece of Artwork and Get Going on Framing. Just before Christmas, Pottery Barn had a one-day 40% off sale on frames. I bought two of their 8×10 white frames for a…

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Spell it Out

Back in June when we were at Elkhorn Flea Market, I contemplated buying a couple of letters, “a” and “e”, from a vendor. Being a graphic designer, it was mainly about the letterform instead of the meaning of the letters, i.e. I didn’t necessarily have to have a “P” and “D” for “Pete and Denise”.…

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Metal Garden Sculpture

We went to the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park last year. Since I’m such a native prairie freak*lover*admirer *younameit I fell in love with this Purple Coneflower metal sculpture. The flower head sits on top of the stem and rotates when it catches a breeze. We haven’t found the right spot for breeze-catching…

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Wall Decor

Some of the walls in our house are really barren, like in the guest room and one wall in the TV room. Other spots are empty but have restrictions, like long and narrow, so I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for interesting wall decor. Earlier in the summer, we were at Elkhorn Flea…

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The Latest Bungalow Happenings

Making good on my goals for 2012, we’re in the middle of a couple of big projects (and they’ll likely be the last for a while as finances are tight tight tight). It didn’t help that we just returned from a nice little trip to Germany where I scored on this pristine vintage coffee tin…

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