Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A CHICAGO BUNGALOW TOUR (EMILY'S NEW HOME)

First of all, I want to thank everyone that went to have a look at my guest post at Must Love Junk, Susan's Saturday Night Feature:  The Blogger Behind The Blog.  If you missed it and feel that there is anything else you need know about me (!!), you can visit that post Here

Now, I have been promising you a little tour of daughter Emily's first home and today I have that for you.  We had a really great time doing this together, she running from room to room adjusting pillows and picture frames, and me trying to work with the wonky light that day.  But we did it.  For the sake of anyone new, Emily is an interior designer and works for a large Chicago based furniture company as both a designer and salesperson.  Just 26 years old and a newlywed, she and Mike bought this home in May, and on both a budget and an eye for what works, she transformed this little Chicago bungalow into a very chic and relaxed home.

And by the way, she made this wreath...mine didn't turn out nearly this well! lol!
To the right of the foyer is the living room, which is done in different tones of taupe, cream and gray.  These colors flow throughout the house along with a touch of blue.  She found these club chairs at Overstock.  See the stripes near the glass block window?
The sofa and love seat are from the shop she works at.  All the tables, lamps and accessories are from Homegoods, the ottoman from Overstock and the area rug from Ballard's.  See their pup, Rusty, curled up on the loveseat?  What a life!
Emily and Mike love to turn in early, watch some television, read and work on their IPads, so she paid particular attention to the master bedroom.  The queen size bed is from her shop, nightstands and lamps from Target, bed linens from Macy's.  She also has a beautiful area rug from Ballard's here that you can't see.
And I wanted to give you a peek of the area rug she scored at Joss & Main.  All of her rugs are textured and I just love that.  There is one more bedroom but it's empty.  It will be the nursery for those future babies!  Yes!
This is the dining nook.  The table and chairs were given to them by the previous owners.  She jazzed things up with two parsons chairs from Ballard's, as well as the wall prints.  She found the ladder when we were out antiquing with Kris last week...I wanted one, too!  Wahhhhh!

I hope you've enjoyed this tour.  I think Emily did very well mixing quality pieces, such as the sofa, loveseat and bed, with budget minded tables and accessories.  Her rugs aren't cheap but with so many of us preferring hardwood floors, it's nice to have something beautiful and durable under our feet. 

I have a busy week planned that involves cleaning up, clearing out, weeding and killing weeds, and amending the soil in my backyard beds. I plan on tackling this with a vengeance! I'm transplanting bulbs and adding new.  I've promised myself that if I work hard today, then maybe tomorrow I will treat myself and pick up a few new plants!   I think we have enough time before the first frost, and we are so lucky here in the Midwest, the temps are in the low 70's, so it's a perfect time to be outdoors..  I have really been feeling guilty for neglecting this backyard and fawning over my gardens at the lake.  So I'm putting my heart, soul and tiny little muscles into making a dent in this big yard.  I'll take some before, during and afters, and pray I have the strength to type a post after! lol!  See all of you soon! :)  Oh...and hope you had a  Happy Labor Day!

XO,
Jane

60 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

She has a lovely place and oh does that tufted headboard look comfortable!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

What a beautiful home! I'm in love with the club chairs and the textured rugs! Everything turned out so lovely! Emily is very talented and such a beautiful girl. Sweet Rusty is pretty adorable too. :) Loved the tour!

Theresa said...

I love it! ALL so gorgeous!!!! I know that they are enjoying decorating:) Have a blessed day dear Jane! HUGS!

Vel Criste said...

What a pretty and cozy home! Love the chalkboard pantry door and hope you show Emily our comments, the apple really does not fall far from the tree Jane!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a beautiful home your daughter and son in law have created for themselves! Sending many blessings for a happy married life!

Linda said...

I love her home!! Peaceful and beautiful! Amber did stripes (I helped) in her office back in Katy.
Emily seems to be your 'Mini Me!' I love it!! Amber has one in Kailey.

How wonderful to already have the guest room ready and future nursery all waiting! Your Emily ROCKS!

It is still WAY to hot to work in my yard! The Bermuda grass is about to take over one 'flower' bed....it's mostly Asian Jasmine and now GRASS!!!

Beth said...

Emily and Mike have a beautiful home!

April said...

Love everything about it, Jane! Your girl did a wonderful job of pulling everything together. Guess she got it from her momma! ;)

NanaDiana said...

That house is just beautiful. Not many kids start off with a new home and can decorate it so beautifully. Good for them! Now they can enjoy it and not have to worry about trying to "finish it up". I love it. They are just a darling couple, too.

I really think it is cute that she wanted the aqua mixer to match the back splash.

Enjoy your gardening- xo Diana

Sarah said...

Jane, it's fun to the newlyweds cozy new home. Emily had done a terrific job. Love that big bird cage!
Good luck with the garden. Still too hot here to get out to work, but believe me there is a lot to do. I've neglected it since spring other than to water frequently. Just too hot for some things to thrive, so they just melt away never to be seen again. Enjoy your plant time!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

She has done a lovely job creating a cozy, warm and inviting first home.

20 North Ora said...

How proud you must be of your daughter and her new home! She has done a fantastic job pulling it all together. Great job!

Judy

Debbiedoos said...

Oh how pretty Jane! Congrats to your daughter. You must be so proud. I love her decor too, very pretty! She has good taste like her Momma.

Kathleen Grace said...

Thanks for the home tour! I love Emily's style, she has a beautiful home. I l♥ve that painted dresser!

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, Emily definitely has an eye for style and I love her new home the way she has it decorated. It gives the feeling that you could feel very comfortable when you visit. I love the stripe walls. It is a beautiful 77 degrees this afternoon. Enjoy your being outside working in the yard. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.

Olive said...

Jane, you can tell Emily is very put together and is a decorator. Lovely home. This home is a sweet start to them making many happy memories. xo, olive

Debby said...

Very nice. Love the big chest that she found. Cute couple. It is fun having adult kids, isn't it.

Susie said...

Jane, Your daughter has a wonderful way of decorating. I love the stripes. xoxo,Susie

Primitive Stars said...

Wow, Emily will have a beautiful home to live in, love the layout too. I love the chest she found, nice touch....Thanks for sharing Jane, Hugs Francine.

Judi Morris said...

It's so very nice Jane!! It looks so cozy and inviting ~ they are blessed to have a home to call their own. I just adore the bird cage!!!! Well, I love it all Jane, you have got to be so happy and proud! Judi

Stacey said...

So pretty!! She has wonderful taste.

Kathy Moreland said...

Wow! So pretty! I love the neutral colors, and the flow. Beautifully designed!!

Barbara F. said...

Such a lovely home, Jane. She is a chip off the old block, as they say! So pretty and her hubby is handsome, a beautiful couple. Love everything they chose. xo

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Emily and Mike's home is lovely. She did a terrific job of decorating. Very talented young lady. I know how proud you are of her.
Thanks so much for sharing their beautiful home with us.
Mary

Something Nice and Pretty said...

She has great taste Jane, my daughter and I went shopping this past Saturday and she picked up a green runner and pillows at TJMaxx...it's fun to see them grow like that:)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Emily and Mike have a very charming home...luv all the earth tones.

Blessings,
Linda

Art and Sand said...

They have created a beautiful spot to relax. I can't wait to help my children decorate their first homes.

Mary said...


Thanks to you and sweet Emily for sharing the lovely home. What a grand job she did - it's so pretty and has colors I love. The stripes are awesome, and to be painting them while cooking a roast for the-laws at the same takes guts!!!!

Happy week in the garden - it's 100F and terribly humid here so the garden suffers on while I stay in the a/c!!

Hugs - Mary

ANNE said...

Pretty house - thanks for sharing!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Emily's home is very cute and stylish! Lovin' the chalkboard door! Don't work too hard in the gardens Jane:@)

Doreen@househoneys said...

I love what Emily did to her home. She's got an eye for detail and design...just like her mom :).

It's not every day you see a 26 year old have a home like this. She's off to a wonderful start (she looks so happy in the pic with her hubs).

Leslie Harris said...

I love her home and what a cute couple they are! thanks for sharing her home, I think she's inherited your decorating gene. I like her club chairs too.
BTW. I hope you got my comment on your feature. I was blown away by that post. It was so special Jane.
Leslie

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Jane,
It was so fun to meet Emily in person with you. I could see right away her love of decorating. She has such beautiful ideas and I loved the house tour. Ok Emily you need to start a blog already!!!!! I will be your first follower. Gorgeous home. I loved Emily the minute I met her. She is as cute in person as she is in her pictures. Love your home Emily. So comfy and pretty.
Kris

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I love Emily's new home. She has done a wonderful job of making it so pretty and inviting.

They are the cutest couple.

hugs
Sissie

Lori said...

I want that dresser as well ~ what a find! Love how she has decorated ~ the beiges, grays and blues really flow nicely. Thanks for the tour ~ that Rusty is a sweetheart!

Pondside said...

Your daughter is a talented young woman! Her home is lovely - so light but with some sense of real luxury. Like you, I'd like that dresser too!
I enjoyed your guest post - lovely to get to know you better.

June said...

I love Emily's new home Jane! Everything looks just beautiful. She has created a lovely space for she and her husband.
I cringe when I think about what my newly-wed home looked like: ))))
Have a good time in the garden my friend.
hugs...

Lulu said...

Isn't it fun observing a daughter's sense of style evolve as she creates her own space? I love how our kids find their own voice as Emily has done with her bungalow. Good for her having the patience to do stripes!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
How proud you must be of your daughter! Her new cottage is wonderful! How great is that she is so close to where you live...that is really special. Love little Rusty! I am partial to Boston's having had more than a few i through the years.
Hugs, Patti

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Emily has a beautiful home and she is doing such great things with it!
I love that painted dresser too.
It's been beautiful with the weather and I have so much to do outside as well.
We actually have some trees starting to turn, they have been so stressed from the heat and lack of rain.
Hugs friend,
Cindy

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful.. she is one talented girl! Good luck to the newlyweds in their new home - I love the color of that mixer too!...lol..

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

So pretty. Everything looks so new and fresh and you can just tell her personality shines through. How fun to have her close by :-)

Balisha said...

I have loved seeing your daughter and son-in-laws home. Lucky you to have them so close.
When I think of our first home...wow how times have changed.
Balisha

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

First, I just went over and read all about you! I felt as if I already knew you and yet I learned so many things! You did a great job, just the right amount of information.

As for Emily's home. No fair! My first home didn't look anything like this! She has excellent taste and beautiful things. I love the textured rug (and the pup). Everything seems to have perfect placement and of course those colors are just divine! She obviously paid attention to her mother's good taste.

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

What a lovely first home! Emily has great taste, and I really appreciate the way she mixed lower priced finds with more expensive ones. Sounds like she likes Ballard too!

Melanie said...

I loved this tour of Emily's house! She has done a fantastic job of decorating it "perfectly" so quickly - I'm in awe! Guess it helped that the place was move-in ready. I could go to each picture you posted and say, "I love that!" The striped walls, the open frames, the tufted headboard, the ladder in the dining space, that gorgeous yellow dresser, the hardwood floors, the furniture...great job, Emily! :-)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Jane, they have a lovely home - so much thought went into decorating it.

And what an adorable picture of them!

I am so happy for you all. Truly.

Big hugs.

Karen said...

Your daughters home is wonderful,love that tufted headboard. My gardens have been sorely neglected too. I haven't felt great this summer. I have tons of work to do as well weeding transplanting and on and on. I'll be thinking of you and knowing I'm not alone.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Jane! I have been by to visit a couple times! I can't visit you, and leave with few words!

Jay was in town until yesterday morning. I dropped him at the airport and then it was back to work!

Emily has created a lovely home! Every detail is lovestruck! She is so talented!

I also held onto every word and image of your little blog biography! (I LOVED being in that Mary Tyler Moore, go to the big city and be an independent career girl generation!) I was on my second interview with Continental when Mr D and I got engaged. He was in the military, so I too, let it go!

The story of of you met Al, and how you became his bride and an instant Mom...Better than the book Love Story, my friend!
Blessings to all of the "B's"!
w/L.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Oh...Jane...I am sorry about the typo! I meant to say...
"The story about how you met Al!"
~L

lynn said...

emily has done a beautiful job feathering her 1st nest, jane! love it!

Rebecca Nelson said...

SQUEAL...it's fabulous my friend. LOVE THOSE CHAIRS!

I'm soo happy to see your sweet little self!

xoRebecca

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Emily's home is so cozy. Love the chalk paint project she did on her pantry. S nice that you live so close to her too!

Jacqueline said...

She has done a wonderful job! What a lovely place to come home to. Wow, my place was such a dump. Her taste is beautiful and I just love Overstock and Joss and Main. I have been happy with many things from there! Thanks for taking us on the tour. Lots of fun to have them so close!

Deserae said...

Your daughter has a beautiful home....I love the colors she has used. How lucky that she lives so close by too :o) Have a great weekend!!!
~Des

Chatelaine said...

Her home is lovely. What a great tufted headboard and that bench on the deck is precious. I love the neurtal shades and the stripes give a bit of pizzazz.

Emily did a fabulous job with her new home. Rusty is adorable!

Carol said...

Oh, Jane, there place looks so lovely. You are a proud Momma, aren't you? And that's a beautiful thing!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... Emily's new home is just beautiful... I love all of the neutral colors she choose, and everything is so pretty!... love that bed!... how nice to have such a pretty deck too, and Rusty is adorable!... I am sure you love having her close by... her wreath is pretty, you need to post yours!... hope you have a nice relaxing weekend... and find lots of plants for your garden... xoxo Julie Marie

emily barlocker scott said...

Um.... that is like my dream house.

Traci said...

It's gorgeous!! I love those club chairs & her headboard.