life in a nutshell

Chicago

We had the pleasure of going to one of my favorite places last week, and although we were only there for about 24 hours it was a total blast!

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Such a beautiful city! Love the architecture

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Buckingham Fountain.

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Brotherly love.

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First time to Wicker Park.  Loved it.

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Pure Michigan

I’m backkkkkkk!   We returned from our trip to Michigan on Sunday and have been trying to play catch up ever since! As you probably know, Nate & I are from neighboring small towns in southern Michigan.   It was nice to go to the place that we’ll always call home.   I know a lot of people that have never been to Michigan assume that it sucks, but I’m determined to change your mind.  Summer in Michigan is absolutely gorgeous, and there is a lot of great things to see.  Our vaycay went by fast, and we didn’t get to experience all that our hearts’ coveted, but here’s some of my favorite pictures from the trip:

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Our 1st stop: East Lansing!

There’s me in front of my old dorm at Michigan State.

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Oh Sparty, I’ve missed you more than you know.

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Congrats to Colleen & Jesse – there’s me with the beautiful bride!

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Stop #2: Detroit

We don’t take no bull! (Kel & I in Wyandotte)

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Take me out to the ballpark! A summer trip home is not complete until we go to a Tiger’s game.

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Now you know where I get my eyes from!  (Aunt Ann & I)

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Stop #3: Kalamazoo

 Maci Muggles enjoying life

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Uncle Warren & Aunt Janet!

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Stop #4: Grand Haven

Reunited! Finally!!

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Love me some Lake Michigan

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Nate & Biff

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Stop #5: Irish Hills/Brooklyn/Napoleon

St. Joseph’s Shrine in Irish Hills.  Such a special place – not only because we got married at the Shrine 2 years ago, but also because my family’s history is rooted so deeply here.  My grandparents and other relatives are buried here too.

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Check back tomorrow because I’ll be putting up the pictures from Chicago! 🙂

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Until then…. xoxo!

lately

I’ve realized just how impersonal my posts have been because, well, I never really talk about what’s going on around here!   I live my life in pictures, so I know I haven’t been up to much when there isn’t much photo documentation.

Here’s the highlights from my life story in recent times.

 

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I do have some mildly boring interesting news to share though  –  We’re heading to Michigan next weekend!  My friend Colleen is getting married and my husband has his 10 year high school reunion! (are we really that old now??)  I’m pretty excited.   Summer is the best time to visit, and it will be great to see friends and fam! 

xoxo

if I could sum up this week in one picture….

Scary isn’t it?

Before you contact Hoarders casting call, let me enlighten you on my not so casual week.  (Okay that’s an understatement – it pretty much was a clusterf*** .)  This week’s highlights:  a client that wanted their drapery like yesterday, when it won’t even be done with production for the next couple weeks….a rug that is backordered until July that a client fell head over heels for…and a proposal that took 6 nonstop, caffeine induced hours to prepare and price.

Despite what a lot of people may think of the career field of interior design, it’s not always so glamorous.  There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that never makes it to your favorite HGTV show.   Dealing with backorders, items that come in damaged, and hours spent researching and preparing are everyday realities.  Breaking the news to your client that their chair came in with the legs busted off and will not be ready for their party in 2 weeks is, well, not so fun.

My favorite is the stereotype that design is all about picking paint colors and fabric.  It is the designer’s ultimate responsibility that the space functions well and holds up over time.  It has to be up to code for safety reasons.  Each detail (like the faucets in the bath or the outlet covers) has to be thought of and selected.  It’s all the hard work that gives way to the beautiful end result.  So next time you are flipping through a design mag and see an amazing photo, remember all the countless hours, stress, and tears that went into it! 🙂

PS> Please excuse my extreme sarcasm and lack of posts.  I’m off today, and am going to unwind, recharge, and get inspired! xoxo