Summertime is winding down, but that doesn’t mean patio season has to end.
In fact, fall is our absolute favorite season to enjoy the outdoors in. The crisp, cool air and the smell of burning leaves…
And it’s this time of year when you’ll find some of the best deals since furniture starts going on sale.
Discover some of our favorite patio essentials that will take you from the final weeks of summer well into autumn. Whether you’re grilling out with the neighbors or reading a book solo — these patio picks will leave you relaxed and refreshed.
Whether you’re in denial about summer’s conclusion, or you’re excited for cooler weather and the all-pumpkin-everything that makes fall, well, fall, making several tweaks to your home decor can help ease the transition between seasons. A few small accessory updates will help you crave extra time at home, as the days become shorter and the temperatures dip.
These tips will create a retreat to enjoy the longer upcoming nights, by incorporating rich textures, a neutral palette, and cozy accessories.
Kids’ sticky hugs, gummy smiles, and belly laughs are the best parts of your family’s home. Their oversized and generally clunky colored gear, however, is not so endearing. Whether you are settling in your new home, or you are staging your house to sell, avoid letting the space become overrun with brightly colored plastic. These tips will help blend your children’s belongings into your home’s aesthetic, without compromising your personal style.
When decorating your new home, it often pays to invest in higher-end pieces. However, expensive doesn’t always mean better; sometimes it is smarter to go under budget and re-allocate those dollars to items worth the investment.
Below is a guide on where to spend and where to save, when turning your new house into your forever home.
The summer heat shows no signs of dipping anytime soon, so imagine cooling down in one of these five @properties listings. These on-the-market homes boast secluded backyard retreats to enjoy when it’s too hot to consider doing much else.
Dive into the below to imagine yourself stepping out of your back door into your own tranquil sanctuary — or better yet, make an appointment to see them in person.
If you’re lucky enough to have an expansive backyard, live down the road from a nature preserve, or spend your summers at a beach house, then this advice is not for you. In fact, the only words of wisdom I have for you are to enjoy every bit of our short summer in your heavenly outdoors space (slathered in SPF, of course).
But if you are like many Chicagoans who have to squeeze one metal folder chair on a postage-stamp balcony to get some air or if your modest yard is covered in concrete or organic veggie beds, then this is your post and I am your people.
Finding unique housewarming gifts is tricky, especially when it comes to first-time homeowners. Long gone are the days of cliche toasters and cheese boards. So what should you bring if you’re invited to a housewarming party?
Here are just a few gift ideas for the different kinds of people in your life:
If you’re one of the million or so parents in the Chicago area like myself, you’ve been so busy shuttling kids to camps and activities that you can barely comprehend we are already halfway through the school break and great weather. Rest easy! There’s still plenty of time and many places to take your children to make the most of the warm-weather months.
Why not start by swinging by a few neighborhood festivals, where bouncy houses, salty corn on the cob, face painting and maybe a beer tent will keep everyone in the family happy for a few hours? Here are a few family-friendly fests you can’t miss in the last half of summer.