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

Posts Tagged ‘home portraits’

In Bloom, early-July

I’m anxious for more plants to bloom, but right now there are some pretty spectacular flowers in the garden, like our Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa interior). Some of these are transplants from other areas, and I added a couple more this year because the orange color is really stunning. They are doing much better in…

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In Bloom, mid-June

We have lots of things going on in the garden and yard that I haven’t written about yet, so I thought I’d start it off by showing what’s in bloom right now. This is Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), a native perennial. It likes the area near our garage, which gets some morning sun but is…

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Dreary Afternoon

To me, there’s nothing better to do on a dreary, rainy Sunday afternoon when I have the house to myself than to curl up in our master bedroom window seat with a latte, a cat or two and the latest This Old House magazine. Pete is at the cottage, of course, and I jumped at…

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In Bloom: Asters

This is the first year that our asters have bloomed, no thanks to the bunnies. They must be very tasty because they seemed to constantly chomp them down despite fencing them in (the flowers, not the bunnies). I think this is their third summer so I’m excited to see them in bloom for late summer…

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Prairie Dock

As summer winds down, trying to enjoy what is left in bloom. This is Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum, a native Illinois prairie plant. I was able to start on painting the storm windows a couple days ago, but discovered that the color I chose for the outer frame was too bright so I went back…

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Living Room Refresh

I rearranged a few things in the living room, and I really like how this corner of the room looks, finally. The bookcase belonged to my parents. I think they bought it when they were first married. It’s a little beat up — it still has the mark from the iron my mother set on…

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Smells Like Spring

Spring has finally arrived, at least for the weekend. It’s nice to be able to open the windows, hear the birds chirping and get some fresh air in the house. Hope you have a good, productive weekend!

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Dried Up

I’m trying to be more thoughtful in arranging our things around the house, such as grouping “like” items together to create more of a theme. Here’s the kitchen window arrangement. Even though they’re dead flowers I still like to look at them against the backdrop of snow falling outside (yet again!). Garden planning is on…

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How We Spent our New Year’s Eve

We really don’t like to go out on New Year’s Eve, so we spent a nice, quiet evening at home: a little fondue, a little sparkling wine, a DVD (The Simpsons Movie), a blanket and a cat or two. And of course, the first new year in our house. Perfect. So Happy New Year to…

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