Thoughts on thoughts and images of beautiful things

Bike MS



My friends will be participating in the BP MS 150  in April, which is a 150-mile bike from Houston to Austin. In order to participate they each have to raise $400, which goes towards research to treat and cure MS. They train for months to endure this grueling ride, which takes two days. This is something that I care about a lot because it hits close to home for me, and I can’t wait to cheer them on at the finish line in Austin! I’ve already donated, but if you can, please consider donating to my friend Katie’s fundraising efforts!


March for Our Lives



I’ve been really inspired by the high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida for their fortitude and perseverance in fighting for change on an issue that is just absolute common sense. I’m sure the lack of support they’re receiving from certain NRA-owned politicians is infuriating, and yet, they keep fighting. Thank god this is the future we have to look forward to.

I’ve signed up for the march on March 24th in my city, Chicago. I hope you’ll be marching in your city.

Sign up here!

City girl


I remember listening to this song when I was in high school and college, dreaming of living in the big city one day. Now I’m here and I’m not as happy as I thought I would be back then. I thought I’d live in a beautiful apartment downtown, but I don’t think I knew much about money then. I thought life in the city was glamorous and always exciting. While sometimes true, not always true.

There are moments when do I love the city though. I had one of those moments the other night as I was walking downtown on Wacker Drive. The city at night is my favorite time in the city. It’s something about the lights. But the other night, as I was walking along the river, it was freezing and there were some snow flurries but I didn’t care because I was so caught up in taking the city in. It’s also not as crowded at night so you feel like you have the city more to yourself.

Big city blues


Although I love this city that I live in, I definitely have my frustrations with it. And they’re not necessarily frustrations with Chicago itself, but with the big city lifestyle overall. No one cares who you are in the big city. No one knows you, recognizes you, or looks out for you. In fact, there are people who are actually out to get you. I find myself craving a smaller community where people know each other, look out for one another, and where the lifestyle is more laid back and moves at a slower pace.

I’ve been feeling a stronger connection tho home lately. It’s interesting how when you’re away from home for a while, or from where you grew up, you start to realize certain things about home that you love, even though you could barely stand it while you were growing up. I think as you get older you also start to realize how important it is to be close to your family and those you love. They are an invaluable support system and they won’t be around forever. So we have to enjoy them, appreciate them, and love them while they’re around. We don’t even know how long we’ll be around…even more reason to be close to them.

I’m surprised by how much I’ve been loving my little home state of Indiana recently and the sense of pride that’s been building that I’m from there. As much as I love the vibrancy and beauty of Chicago, it’s never quite felt like home.

Shape of Water


If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love? That they remained in love? I’m sure that’s true. But when I think of her – of Elisa – the only thing that comes to mind is a poem, whispered by someone in love, hundreds of years ago: “Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere.”


This narration at the end of Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro practically brought me to tears. It’s such a beautiful love story and this ancient poem is the perfect summation of the love shared between Elisa and the sea monster. We’ll see how the movie does at the Oscars, but I loved it, so let’s hope it wins big!

The second Chicago Architecture Biennial


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The Architecture Biennial has graced Chicago twice now – the first time in 2015 and most recently this past Fall of 2017. It went down in January, and of course I waited until the last week to go see it. I wish I would have gone earlier so that I could have gone back to see my favorite things a few times. The theme for this most recent installation of the biennial was “Make New History” and it featured 141 architects, theorists, designers, etc. from 20 + countries. So it really is a global event, housed at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center in the heart of the loop. These are pictures of some of the displays that most caught my eye.


This is a model of Yves Saint Laurent’s salon…isn’t it glamorous?? So full of art…


I loved these white trees!

Interiors have always held a special place in my heart, so I liked this exhibit entitled “The Room of One’s Own”, which included several drawings of singular interior rooms.

I work at a kitchen & bath showroom, so I was pretty amused by this miniature pink bathroom.


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This room was very cool with about 10 or so models of fictional skyscrapers. As you can see how they compared in size to a person, they were towering!


Looking forward to the next Architecture Bienniale in a couple years from now!

Ashley Stevenson – Slim Freedom


This girl mesmerizes crowds at L stations in Chicago. I have only ever seen her at the Washington blue line stop, but I think she plays at others as well. I’m always happy when I see her because her voice is so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. I especially like her cover of Landslide. One can’t help but think of Tracy Chapman in comparison (a likening she may or may not be in favor of). She definitely makes waiting for the L more enjoyable. Her name is Ashley Stevenson and she goes by Slim Freedom. If you ever have the pleasure of seeing her while waiting for the L, you might want to skip your train and wait for the next one so you can listen a little longer, as I sometimes do 🙂

MTI Baths


I got to go to MTI Baths last Spring for a training through work and it was such a wonderful experience that I will not soon forget. They were hospitable and embodied my idea of southern hospitality. Their products are beautiful and carefully crafted right here in the U.S. in the Atlanta, GA area. We went on a tour of their factories and had the pleasure of meeting the people who make their unique products. I especially like their stone tubs, a couple of which I got to try for myself in the Woodward Mill House where MTI hosts their visitors. While it’s a new house, it’s filled with both new and old furniture and decor pieces that date back to the 1860s, giving it a bit of a southern plantation feel. The room I stayed in had two bathtubs in the bathroom – the lovely stone Juliet and the Jasmine, a Japanese style round soaker. I can’t say enough about the amazing whirlwind experience I had at MTI for the two days I was there. To top it all off, they have a female CEO! Katherine Adams was kind and her passion for her work and the company she has helped foster was palpable.

This is a nice little video to give you some insight into their company culture.

Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli – “Perfect”


Having recently seen Andrea Bocelli in concert, I was so happy and surprised to come across this collaboration with Ed Sheeran on “Perfect.” I have a lot of respect for Andrea Bocelli and he was absolutely amazing in concert. What a powerful voice! And a fun little duo here with Ed Sheeran. I have a special place in my heart for Italian because I was born in Rome and lived there for the first few years of my life. Not that I don’t think the song is beautiful in English when Sheeran sings it, but it takes on a whole new dimensions when Bocelli opens his mouth and starts belting it in Italian. I have to say I’m impressed with Sheeran’s Italian though 🙂

IIDA Headquarters


The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in Chicago, IL has a sleek new office on the riverfront designed by Gensler.


Click here to read about the design process of this space and to see more pictures.