Kitchen Renovations

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” ~Louis Parrish

If that’s true, what better place to start highlighting renovations than in the kitchen?  Below are some snapshots of a few kitchen renovations we had the privilege of working on.


We love how the bright green inside of these open cabinets brings a pop of color and brings a fun element of design to this kitchen.  Check out the before picture to see how repainting your cabinets can completely change the look of your kitchen!

 Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Semi-Gloss Elephant Gray


Sanding and repainting these cabinets give this kitchen a clean, polished feel.

The wood cabinets, muted green walls and tile backsplash all come together to make this kitchen feel warm and welcoming.

Check us out on Facebook for more kitchen designs that we’ve found and love!  We’ll be posting throughout the day as we highlight “the heart of everyone’s home” – the kitchen!

More Tips for Winter Lawn & Garden Care

It’s snowing!  Here are a few tips to take care of your lawn, trees and other outdoor plants when it snows.

  • Be careful to avoid spreading salt near shrubs or other plants.  Sand or sawdust are more environmentally-friendly options for curing those slick walkways, providing friction without the addition of chemicals into the ground.
  • If it does snow a lot, try to brush the snow off of any evergreen branches in your yard as the weight of the snow or ice may cause serious damage to your tree.
  • Make sure to brush the snow off of evergreen trees as soon as possible after a big snowstorm as the accumulating snow can cause serious damage to the branches. This can be done easily with a broom.

We hope that these little suggestions will help make taking care of your outdoors a little easier this winter.  Let us know if you have any questions and we’d be happy to help!

Wisteria Sprout Update

Look at my growing wisteria!  Not even two weeks ago today, I posted this about sprouting a wisteria from a seed and look at how quickly it’s growing already.  Sprouting seeds in the winter months is a great way to fend off winter woes and since Mr. Punxsutawney saw his shadow this year, we may have to stay indoors a little longer this year.  (Though today is beautifully sunny, I must say!)

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up your home and your day during the cold winter months, I really recommend getting some seeds and trying this out!  Then when the warm spring months do come (I promise, they will!), you’ll be ready with some beautiful sprouted flowers to put in your backyard.  Look at this wisteria – just over two weeks old!

If you’re wondering what types of flowers/plants are best for you, leave a comment and I’d be happy to give you a few ideas!

Tips for Winter Lawn & Garden Care

The past few days have not felt much like winter here in Chicago, but for as much as we’d like spring to be here soon, we still have some time to go.  With the snow melted and warmer temperatures, it might be a good time for you to do a few of the tasks you may have put off or forgotten about.

Move your garden decorations, such as urns or other containers, into the garage or basement to protect them from damage from the cold.  If they’re too large/heavy, turn them upside down to prevent water collection or cover them with a bag.

To preserve the wood on the handles of your garden tools, paint them a variety of colors.  Using bright colors like red or orange and avoiding greens and browns will also make it easier to locate them when you’re gardening and set them down in the grass.

Start a record of which plants do and do not do well in your garden.  If you’re just getting into gardening, save it for the spring and summer months and jot down your observations.  If you can remember your garden from last year, take some time to jot down your notes.  This will help as you plan your garden for the coming spring and summer.

Finally, don’t wait too late to order your seeds!  Many of the more common varieties can sell out quickly.

Happy gardening!