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

Tuna Box

By denise | October 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

When do you ever see a box, made out of solid wood, which was used to ship goods overseas, such as 48 7-oz. cans of tuna? We found this a little while back in our basement. Angola, sometimes known as Portuguese West Africa, was under Portuguese rule until 1975. They gained independence after a 15-year…

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3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

By denise | May 14, 2011 | 15 Comments

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour! Be sure to visit all 10 or so bungalows on the tour (links from-and-to the next blog are provided at the bottom of each bungalow’s post). As always, comments and questions welcomed and encouraged! Built in 1929, our bungalow is a classic Chicago-style brick bungalow, one of…

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Workbench, now Sideboard

By denise | January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Finally, and as promised, here is my grandfather’s wonderful workbench in its new role as our dining room sideboard. When we initially moved it inside, I wasn’t quite sure I liked it and my heart sank. I was hoping it just needed some balance with other things. I moved a large plant near it, added…

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2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

By denise | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The rest of our garden, extending from the flagstone patio toward the front of the house, did very well last summer. Every spring I think that I should have planted bulbs the previous fall to fill in bare spots as the perennials wake up, but I never do it. I guess there’s always next year.…

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Happy 8th House-iversary

By denise | June 23, 2015 | 7 Comments

EIGHT YEARS! How time flies—I really can’t believe we’ve lived here for 8 years already (technically I’m two days early, but still)! Unfortunately I missed our anniversary last year, but we’ll just chalk that up to the 7-year itch with houseblogging, as I strayed a bit from that last year. 🙂 On our House-iversary two years ago,…

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Greetings! My husband and I have been working on renovating, remodeling and restoring our 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow, inside and out, since Day One in 2007 (even before we owned the house!).

You’ll find the most recent posts below, or check out some hand-selected feature posts from the past above. I may change them with the season, feature a certain topic or choose random posts that were updated. Enjoy!

Now What?

By denise | June 27, 2007

Take a peek at our new house! Here is the “bay” in the living room. There are 7 of these windows: 2 on the sides, 2 forming the angles and 3 in the middle. In the close-up shot you can see what inspired my blog banner graphic. I really like how the windows have that…

It’s Ours!

By denise | June 26, 2007

After two years of talking, waiting, wishing, giving up, renewing hope, looking elsewhere, reconsidering, contemplating, negotiating, and finally signing the papers, the bungalow became ours as of yesterday at around noon! Everything went smoothly, and the PO (I get to call him the Previous Owner now and not The Neighbor —— woo hoo!) seemed to…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By denise | June 24, 2007

Ours keeps going and going! The prairie will be in full bloom very soon. Right now the Sand coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is in bloom and the Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is starting to open. It’s very fragrant right now in our backyard, but not overpowering. Here you see Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) in the foreground.…

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood…

By denise | June 23, 2007

…when the POD has finally been taken away! The storage pod arrived on the (former) lawn of the bungalow 161 days ago, January 13th. I know this because I was away for the weekend with a couple of girlfriends. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came home from that weekend because it meant that…

Stage Right

By denise | June 23, 2007

As I’ve mentioned, over the past 6-9 months we’’ve slowly been doing a number of things to get ready for the sale of the ranch. I had been saying every year for about the past 12 or so years that we must replace the porch and deck —— the wood had been splitting and it…

It’s the Little Things

By denise | June 20, 2007

I wish I had taken the time long ago just to do some of those little things that you look at every day and think you should do something about “one day”. In the kitchen of our current house we have cabinets that used to house a double oven (way before my time). Pete converted…

Seeing Red

By denise | June 16, 2007

Continuing with the staging of our current house, I knew I had to at least paint the ceiling in the living room. Why? Well, I had painted it red. Not cherry or fire engine red. It was a warm red, kind of brick-ish. The walls were red too. Yes, all FOUR walls plus the ceiling.…

Covering a Multitude of Sins

By denise | June 14, 2007

Another staging project for the sale of our current house was the living room. In the dining room, which opened into the living room, Pete had stained the floor a cherry stain, like the woodwork, and it had a glossy finish to it. When I moved in, the living room was covered in white wall-to-wall…

Staging in Stages

By denise | June 12, 2007

Okay, yes I love watching HGTV from time to time. Pete will disagree with me here, but I usually watch it in chunks——I get a big dose of it and then I don’’t watch it again for a long time. He always rolls his eyes when I turn it on. But I’’ve gotten some great…

Mother Nature, please be nice

By denise | June 10, 2007

It’’s been a hectic week, but I really don’’t want to get into that right now. What I do want to know is this: Why, oh why is it that when we’’re getting ready to move on from our current house the clematis bloomed more than ever before? Or why did we have this abundance…