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Plant Sale

Over the weekend I stocked up on a bunch of great native plants at the Lake County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale. The event took place Saturday and Sunday at Independence Grove in Libertyville, which is a beautiful place to go for biking, kayaking or hanging out.— I’ve never been there before, but would…

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Busy Weekend

It was an action-packed weekend here at Bungalow Chronicles. After a family obligation Sunday afternoon, Pete and I drove out to The Natural Garden in St. Charles. It’s not the most convenient nursery to go to, and it took a solid hour’s drive, but they are one of the few nurseries in the area who…

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Rethinking the Kitchen

Last Saturday we were the first delivery of the day from Abt, THE place to go in Chicagoland for appliances and electronics. Good-bye crappy old Caloric-brand “Heritage Series” range — you’re not going to turn yourself on whenever you want any longer. Hello, beautiful new Frigidaire slide-in range. The fried eggs came out perfectly, and…

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Anthropologie Underfoot

I don’t like to shop just for the sake of shopping and I don’t go to stores just to “look around”. I rarely, if ever, purchase something on an impulse. I pretty much shop for things only when I have a need for something or a problem to solve. So although Pete disagreed, I felt…

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TV Dinners

I know, I know. You’re not supposed to eat meals in front of the TV. But we do, and that’s that. I doubt we’re ever going to change that until it gets nice enough to eat outside. What I’ve always hated about eating in front of the TV are the tray tables: they’re ugly and…

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The Perfect Sofa for an Awkward Room

I found the perfect sofa for our bungalow. I had been casually searching for a while now, so I was thrilled when it was right there under my nose all along. I’ve always been a fan of Room and Board, and I was browsing their site once again when I decided to look at sectionals.…

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Current Favorite

The third bedroom in our house is just off the kitchen near the back door. We thought it would be a perfect little family/media room, and I really like how it is turning out so far. Originally I imagined the space as a TV/media/home office space, but it’s a small room and since I always…

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Finally, Members of the Clean Plate Club

This is the dishwasher that came with the house. Considering it sounded like a train roaring through our kitchen, you’d think it was hard at work scrubbing off those food bits and getting everything squeaky clean. But this is how our dishes looked after a spin through it. Yuck. The glassware was even worse. The…

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Our First Fun House Purchases

See that mailbox? Is this a mailbox that belongs on the lawn of a bungalow? I think not. A farmhouse perhaps, but not a bungalow. And so began my quest for a new mailbox. I saw some worthy candidates on the web, but nothing really bowled me over. Finally, as we were making another fun…

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