renegade holiday market

Get Pumped! Cuz this weekend is the 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market!! Woop!

I will be the first to admit that many "craft fair" events are just a lot of junky tchotchkes, and you may even find some things in that category at renegade, but you'll also find some awesome handmade gems!  It's the perfect place to find holiday presents and stocking treasures.  Last year I was in Portland for the weekend so I couldn't make it (not that I'm complaining, I had a wonderful time), but this year I'm definitely going, and if you're in Chicago you should too!!

It's this weekend only, December 1st and 2nd at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, so Go Go GO!

turkey day

I hope everybody had a fantabulous Thanksgiving!

We had a great time in sunny sunny California, we ate delicious food (The Man's Uncle Frank makes the best tri-tip and blue curacao margarita's in the world!), spent time with wonderful people, and even went bowling!!

Now we're back to the daily grind and it's already time to think about christmas trees and stocking stuffers.

So Happy five-days-ago Thanksgiving

wishful wednesdays {dining room}

It's been quite some time since I wrote a "wishful wednesday" post.  They were by far my most popular posts, and also the most time consuming.  I took a break from them because I had less time and less inspiration, but now that The Morning Man and I have moved into a bigger better apartment I've got inspiration comin' out the wazoo!

Now that we have the time and space to really make our house a home The Man and I just can't stop thinking, and wishing, and planning, and (for the first time) doing.  So wishful wednesdays are getting a little re-vamp.  At times they will still be about my fantasy future, but now they will also be about our real life plans for our real life home.  Of course we're renting so there won't be any big over-haul projects, but we plan on focusing on making each room great and perfectly us (and adaptable for when we inevitably move again).

First things up - The Dining Room!

I haven't talked about it too much so far, but The Morning Man is an incredible craftsman.  He designs and fabricates beautiful and unique furniture, and I am the lucky girl who gets to take it all home.  Back in the beginning of July he started working on our dining room table (yeah, we have a dining room!).  He had this crazy idea and with his woodworking skills and my powers of sudoku he created a one-of-a-kind and totally awesome dining table:
Here's a picture of it in the shop before the clear coat and glass.
The table top is comprised of  368 blocks, there are 6 different sizes and they are spaced out so that blocks of the same size never touch (sudoku power!).  The base of the table is really cool too. From this photo it looks like it's just painted black, but look a little closer . . .
and you'll see that it's actually burnt! It's a Japanese technique called Shou-sugi-ban.  It creates a beautiful texture.

Once The Man finished up the table we began our hunt for the perfect dining room chairs.

The table is so strange that it was really hard to find the right fit.  At first we tried out chairs at Ikea.
(The white chair with wooden legs and the ghost chair are not from Ikea, I just loved and wanted them)

Many of the chairs looked liked they'd do just fine in photos, but up close it was a whole different story. There are many things I am happy to buy at Ikea but furniture doesn't seem to be one of them.  When we went in we saw that all of the chairs in our price range were just too cheap, and any chairs that were decent looking just weren't worth the price.  We sat there contemplating buying the cheapest chairs (the all black with metal legs for 24.99) just for the time being, so we could sit somewhere in our house, but even that seemed like a waste when we flipped the chair around and saw how easily the "finish" a.k.a. black paper, had pealed off the particle board.

It was impossible to find and cheap and classy chair option in Chicago . . . until The Man typed "cheap furniture Chicago" into google.

Now why didn't I think of that?

Those three magic words lead him to a place called Interior Express Outlet.  It's a warehouse in a strange vacant area near the airport, and it's chock-full of decently priced, great looking knock offs of chairs that we had never even considered, due to their price everywhere else.  Like fantasy home chairs, your wildest dream chairs, wishful Wednesday chairs! EAMES CHAIRS!!!

That's right, those beautiful, goes with everything, you can't find them for less than $250.00 a piece chairs that we never thought could possibly exist in our own home were only $55.00 each! $55!! AHHHHH!! I'm in love, and his name is Eames Shell Chair.

And now everything is together and we feel like fancy grown-ups, with a fancy custom made dinning room table and six fancy shell chairs, all in our fancy dinning room. And we stare at it lovingly while we eat dinner off of $12 tv trays in the living room . . . where the tv is.

the conversation

Alright, I don't know how I missed this, but maybe you did too.

While falling down the rabbit hole that is the internet I happened upon an interview between Garance Doré and Amanda De Cadenet. Garance Doré is a wonderful fashion blogger, photographer, illustrator... who, on her blog, has a web-series called Pardon My French (which I love to watch).

Although she looked familiar, I had never heard of Amanda De Cadenet, but in this 10 minute video they talk about her new venture, The Conversation.

As it turns out The Conversation is a series that came out at the beginning of the year on Lifetime. I started watching the videos on Amanda De Cadenet's website and I just had to share.  The videos are a series of interviews with various women, from actresses, to authors, to senators, etc. but unlike the type of interview you're used to seeing on television these are  . . . comfortable.  It's like watching two friends chatting without any pretense or prodding, and what they discuss is both relatable and genuine. It's really refreshing. 

Here is a link to the first episode. Give it a try, I found the series quite wonderful, and you don't have to have an interest in these women's lives as celebrities (the first episode is with Jane Fonda, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Silverman, and Zoe Saldana) to have an interest in what they have to say as women.

And if you like it:
Second Episode
Third Episode
Fourth Episode
Fifth Episode
Sixth Episode
Seventh Episode
Eighth Episode

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