we bought a house!

For those of you who may have missed the news, we bought a house! In Kansas! On the internet! Yes, you can buy houses on the internet. You can buy anything on the internet, duh. Needless to say, it is a total renovation and a huge undertaking but we’re so excited.

We have to be out of our apartment in less than 40 days, and there is still so much to be done. Like what, you say? Well here is a bit of a list:

  • Move the current kitchen to the dining room and the dining room to the kitchen
  • Close the random side door that goes outside from the kitchen
  • Literally tear down everything
  • Close the sunroom to make an office
  • Refinish all the hardwood floors
  • Add a bathroom in the Master
  • Completely renovate the downstairs bath
  • All new windows
  • Exterior paint
  • Interior paint
  • Master closet
  • Adding a laundry room above the garage and a door that goes to said room off of the upstairs loft
  • New slider in the kitchen
  • Add a door in the kitchen to the garage

In the meantime, I thought you would enjoy to see some pictures of the before because everyone loves a shit show, right? Below is a photo from the kitchen now looking into the “new kitchen”.

christin's kitchen renovation

It’s pretty, isn’t it? The fridge came with the joint. Needless to say, we’re totally designing around that piece. It is a real showstopper. We stole about 2′ from the wall on the left from the downstairs bath because I would rather have a bigger kitchen than a guest bath. #decisions

This is the “old kitchen” and it was super small and gross and I can’t even. This will be the dining room. Since the photo below was taken, we have knocked out the wall to the right of the door (that is the one that is stupid and is gone) so that the stairs are open and it doesn’t feel as cramped.

christin's kitchen renovation, with a ch

I will obviously be live blogging this whole process, with updates to come as we have them. There should be a lot going on in the next coming weeks, so get ready for the big reveal sometime in September. Until then, check back here for these amazing before photos because everyone loves a good before photo.

our apartment therapy feature

The day has finally come, and gone but I had been waiting to share this with you forever, so here it is! Our NYC apartment on Apartment Therapy. We are the second episode in their series called “the A line” where they film two different apartments with the same layout in the same building to see how different people approach the space. I’d say our episode is a bit more drastic than the others, but I’ll let you all be the judge of that.

Christin and AJ apartment therapy


I honestly cannot believe this is live and I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out. To be honest, the comments on the article are killing me. Please watch the video and let me know what you guys think!

well, hello there!

If you’re reading this, you are actually reading it and not hallucinating. This is the longest blogging break I have ever taken, clocking in at well over a year, but life happened. I feel badly for neglecting this space, but to be honest, I had to prioritize.

So much has changed since my last post. Basically, everything in my life has changed since my last post. We moved…to Kansas City and we’ve almost been here a year, if you can believe that. I had to buy a car, and I got a new job in an entirely different field. We bought a house…online (more on that to come later). There has been a lot of change, which is something that I’m not the best at. If I’m being honest, which I am around here, I am terrible at it.

nelson atkins museum kansas city

I have missed this community more than anything and hope you all will still have me. I plan on being the same blogger I was before, only now with a complete home renovation on deck and home base in the Midwest.

world’s (second) largest garden gnome

I really hate to discount the grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park but you guys, I “met” the world’s (second) largest garden gnome! Okay, apparently since this gnome was erected, a larger one hopped onto the scene but this is the world’s largest in New York, so whatever. And yes, I have a thing for garden gnomes, because I’m weird. Deal with it.

Moving along, after we went to the Vanderbilt Mansion we had burgers because that is my favorite food and because it was my birthday the day before. I do what I want. Then we drove around, like all over the place. This is what happens when you live in a city without a car, someone hands you car keys and you go exploring like Lewis & Clark, but without all the non-amenities. While looking for things to do around Sundown mountain, I stumbled upon this. So my boif promptly pulled into the nearest gas station for hydration and directions. Needless to say, Chomsky and I were fast friends. He said he’d text me, but I’m not holding my breath. He was a little stoned…(ha).

So we saw the country house, ate, drove around, saw my new bff Choms, and went to dinner at the CIA. When I promptly doubted every decision I’ve made up until then.





me and the second largest garden gnome

I was SO excited! Couldn’t even help myself. Yes, I’m wearing birks, no I don’t care. DEAL WITH IT.

hudson valley ny

FDR Bridge NY

culinary institute of america hyde park ny

Lest you thought this was the end of the Hyde Park posts, you thought wrong! I have more, guys. Just for you. Apparently I should go away every week and only work two days because then I’ll have a ton of blog content. Did you miss some posts? Don’t worry! Check out parts one & two.

what I’m wearing: tee (on sale!) // pants (on sale!) // sandals // sunglasses