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Weekend Favorites 9.16.16 // We’re Officially Homeowners!

We’re officially are homeowners in the city of Chicago! Whoo hoo!

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I can’t believe I’m actually writing this: WE ARE HOMEOWNERS! IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO.

Okay, it’s really a condo. But it’s everything I’ve always dreamed of. A nice 1700 square foot vintage penthouse that’s been completely refinished. The espresso floors called my name the moment we walked into the open house!

sunroom in chicago condo

So, here’s how the story goes: This past May Tony and I decided to stop spending our money on the ridiculous rent prices in the city (and everything else that’s incredibly expensive in Chicago) and look for a place to really call our own. Our apartment wasn’t the best and actually quite large for the two of us, but the kitchen was terribly small with poor lighting, so it just wasn’t a place that ever felt like home.

Through some mutual friends we found a realtor and a lending group we really trusted. Since the housing market is booming, there wasn’t much out there. And if there was, it was going FAST. We quickly figured out that we didn’t like the newer modern layouts of the condos in the city — the kitchens tended to be incredibly small and feel of the space lacked character. After months of searching, we were disappointed and figured we’d have to resign our lease at our current apartment until next year.

However, a day before we were supposed to resign and extend our lease, I spent some time online looking for places and spotted our soon to be condo. It was BEAUTIFUL and immediately I knew it was the one. I sent it to Tony, who also loved it!

The price was a little above what we wanted to pay (but oh so gorgeous!), but we also went in knowing that not much work needed to be done since the place was in such wonderful condition. As far as location, our condo is located in Ravenswood (a Chicago neighborhood), which is a lovely and booming. Initially I thought that we would end up heading more west to an area like Wicker Park or Bucktown, but the house pickin’s were slim there.

Anyway, we went to an open house on the condo and fell in LOVE. We walked out, called our realtor and made an offer that evening.

living room in chicago condo

picture of our new living room!

So that’s the story. Buying a house is stressful and more complicated than I thought it would be, but I’m so happy to have purchased when we did. We’re thrilled and plan on moving in this weekend!

I’m in the process of working with a design company to help decorate my bedroom. I will, of course, be giving you updates along the way. We’re calling it #AmbitiousHome. How cute is that?

Well that’s what’s new with me. Such an exciting time in my life right now. So thanks for being patient with my chaoticness over the past few months. I’ve literally been scrambling to get things done, mostly because of the house & moving.

Anyway, let’s get onto my favorites from the week. SUCH good stuff this week!

This Strawberry Coconut Granola is everything.

Can we dive into a bowl of these fries together? As in literally dive.

Absolutely making this easy dinner next week (in my new kitchen!)

I hope you guys didn’t miss my nut free granola bars (definite shameless plug).

Paleo pumpkin magic bars. DEAD.

Still struggling to use up all that zucchini? Here’s an awesome healthy southwest inspired recipe!

I am ridiculously obsessed with credenzas.

Really wanting to try this parsley mask

4 questions to help you follow your heart’s desires.

You need to read this article from the NY Times.

Actually really kind of in love with these kylie+kendall booties.

Have a wonderful, happy weekend!

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