Weekend Rewind: Fall Fun

It’s pretty amazing what you can accomplish in a weekend when you don’t have to fit in a 15-mile or so run—and all the preparations that go into that. I’m still adjusting to life post-marathon, but I did go for my first jog and caught a beautiful fall sunrise over Montrose Harbor. IMG_2851

I’m REALLY liking that I have more time for projects around the apartment. Much more on this later, but here’s a sneak peek…

Once I’d scrubbed all the stray paint off (I somehow managed to get it on the strangest things, like my work bag in the next room!), I had to quickly get ready for my first Halloween party of the season at a friend’s apartment. He’s a great host, so the party was a blast! I can only hope my Friendsgiving in a couple weeks is as successful. (Speaking of, it’ll be my first dinner party so I welcome all tips and tricks! Send ’em over!)

And that still wasn’t the end. We decided to go for a scenic drive… and ended up in Milwaukee. Whoops!  We picked up some cheese and meats and enjoyed a nice view from the lakefront near the art musuem. It was very Wisconsin.

I hope everyone is getting out there and enjoying these beautiful fall days!

Urban Nesting’s Top 10 Pins

How are we feeling about Pinterest these days? I’ve had more than one girl friend over the past few weeks say she’s overwhelmed by it, or that she still likes it but no longer “love loves” it. I’m not going to lie: It makes me anxious some times. So much inspiration, so little time! I try not to look at it right before bed.

But I also know I’ll never leave it. It’s such an amazing resource, even in just in the organizational sense. I’ve been old-school “pinning”—aka ripping pages out of magazines—for years and years. Just ask my mother. And my filing cabinet. But now that we have Pinterest, I can have all those ideas in one place. And it’s portable. And sortable. And searchable! So long clutter. Pinterest in amazeballs.

OK, I should never say that again. Sorry.

So I mostly use Pinterest for three things: 1. Home decor inspiration (including home DIYs), 2. Recipes and 3. Gift ideas (in a secret board, of course!). Sure, there’s the other boards about architecture, beauty, fitness and fashion, but those kind of fall by the wayside in terms of my main interests. What do you collect on Pinterest?

Well, if these numbers are any indication, recipes are where it’s at. I checked out my most repinned items specifically from Urban Nesting, and five of the top 10 are food! Here’s a rundown (and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest… if you’re not completely sick of it):

1. Foodie Friday: Pesto-Stuffed Chicken

IMG_01822. Foodie Friday: Strawberry Mango Salsa

IMG_10003. I Want That Wednesday: Urban Backyard

brammy-kyprianou-residence-exterior-pool-family-portrait4. Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

IMG_14535. Foodie Friday: Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

IMG_1120Rounding out the top 10:

6. I Want That Wednesday: Indiana Basketball Card
7. Completed This Space: Entryway Vignette

8. Dining Room Revamp: Part I
9. DIY: Dipped Wooden Spoons
10. Foodie Friday: BBQ Shredded Beef Sandwiches

Shop H&M Home!

My apologies, I must have missed the memo last month: Did you know H&M now sells home goods?! Apparently they’ve had a home line in Europe for some time, but it was just last month that it launched here in the U.S., though it’s only available online (for now anyway).

While I have a love-hate relationship with H&M clothing (I haven’t done much shopping there in a few years), it is nice to have another option for affordable decor, especially for someone like me whose style is still evolving (and so a throw pillow purchase that turns out to be less than perfect 6 months down the road doesn’t hurt as bad when it was only $3.95).

Here are my top five picks from the line for fall:

Moss-knit Blanket, $79.95

Moss-knit Blanket, $79.95

Mug, $5.95

Mug, $5.95

Storage Basket, $14.95

Storage Basket, $14.95

Plate, $6.95

Plate, $6.95

Scented Candle, $7.95

Scented Candle, $7.95

House Tour: Apartment Therapy-Style

A few months ago now, I posted a teaser pic of an apartment in Edgewater. I couldn’t explain any more than that at the time because… I was trying out to be a House Tour Contributor for Apartment Therapy! Well, sadly that didn’t pan out—I never actually heard anything back!—but why let the pictures (interiors photography is much harder than you’d think, especially on a cloudy day!), words and inspiration go to waste? Enjoy—and click through to the jump for more pics and a resource list!

Name: Tom Matthews, a children’s respiratory therapist, his boyfriend Chris Lalamay, a printmaker-turned-marketing exec, and their dog Kota
Location: Edgewater, Chicago
Size: 1,265 square feet
Years lived in: 14 months; owned

Green. Sure, it’s a great color—the Color of the Year even—but for every single wall in an apartment? That’s another story. But that’s exactly what Tom and Chris were dealing with when they moved into their condo in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood in April 2012. Room by room, they’re repainting, repurposing and finding the perfect pieces to fit their new home.

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