House TalkN is a fun lookiloo at houses, houses, houses. It will answer pressing questions like, "When folks build a McMansion on a small lot, what are they compensating for?" or "Was the real estate agent drunk when they staged this house?" or "Why don't the Smiths' ever leave their drapes open when I am on a harmless walk-by?"

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

House For Sale!

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
It's getting personal, now. A house on MY STREET is for sale. 
I am on a personal mission to sell this house. 
My children are on a personal mission to sell this house.
My neighbors are on a personal mission to sell this house.
We love our neighborhood and we especially love our neighbors.
If you or someone you know is looking for a well loved, well cared for, family home in old town Champaign, look no further. (And, ahem...if you want great neighbors!)

This street has the best lemonade stand in town. 
This street is hoppin' on Halloween.
This street is near Clark Park.
This street knows how to have a pool party.
Now, for the house tour!
Archways in the entryway.

Double pantries for extra storage.
The kitchen is swoon worthy. It is light and bright with tons of storage. The kitchen boasts a Viking stove, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, a prep sink, two dishwashers and a large eat-in space!

We all know that the kitchen is the hub of the house. There is even a built in workspace!

Gleaming hardwood floors throughout.
When the homeowners planned the addition, they added a second staircase leading to the kitchen.
The kitchen "island" has cupboards on both sides!
The kitchen flows into the family room which has custom built (by Willard Brewer) built-ins. 

For those of us that live in older homes, we know that a master suite is hard to come by. This home has a huge master bedroom with his & hers closets, a private office and a full bath.
The guest bedroom also has a private bath. The homeowners included a vintage medicine cabinet when they renovated the bathroom.
This custom built mudroom promises to contain all of the backpacks, boots, and coats!
Outdoors, the garden has been professionally landscaped and maintained. The wraparound patio provides a beautiful setting for family dinners or neighborhood barbecues!

Need more convincing? Here are some more details:
-4 bedrooms
-3.5 bathrooms
-2 staircases
-Formal living room
-Formal dining room
-Garden shed
-Garden courtyard
-Heated sunroom 
-Finished basement
-3 fireplaces
-Almost 4,000 square feet
-$449,000 NEW PRICE! $399,000!

What say you? Won't you be my neighbor? 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

I Was A Great Parent...Before I Had Kids

My mother is a patient woman. Many years ago, she placed a curse on me. It was the "Someday, you will have a child just like you" curse.
As I lovingly parented my first born, I thought of my own mother. What the &#$% was wrong with her? This gig was easy. 
I shared my arrogant and patronizing views far and wide. Parenting was easy. I read all the books, followed all the instructions and my little angel was proof of my excellent parenting. 
That's when God smacked me down. 
Meet me In The Powder Room to read about my mother's curse finally coming to fruition.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The "F" Word Zinger

I am sharing a post at In The Powder Room today about my surprise body image attack. 
I woke up feeling queasy about it and when I read the first comment of the day, I began pacing around, practicing imaginary comebacks.
For once, I am speechless.
Please come "weigh in."
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

An Outdoor Chaise

I love to be outside. I mean, LOVE IT. I'm what some might call "outdoorsy!" My sisters are outdoorsy in the way that they like to drink on the patio. But, me? I totally inherited the outdoorsy gene. 
Each day, I trek over to the mom office, aka "The Moffice." One of the great things about the neighborhood mom who offers up her pad for the gathering, is that she has an awesome outdoor space. 

Most of the spaces are set up as cozy conversation areas. There is one space that I secretly covet. There will come a day that I leave the herd, trade in my laptop for a mojito and spend the afternoon sprawled on her garden chaise.

I fear that once I cross the line, once I succumb to the chaise, I will never be able to work in the moffice, again. I will just stumble to the chaise in two day old pajamas and lounge my life away. I'll yell obscenities at my moffice-mates. They will sigh and they will begin to say things like, "Remember when she used to shower?" and "What a shame."

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Cottage Walk

I shared with you my "Run Route Special" here and here. No restraining orders followed so I am at it, again. 
This time, I am sharing some of my favorite cottages in my 'hood. One of the things that I love about my neighborhood is that each house has it's own personality- no two houses are the same. 
Come along and take a "Cottage Walk" through my 'hood.

Which is your favorite?

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Guilt, Reece Cups and Brown Velvet...

My husband has often referred to our bedroom as "Daytona Beach". Not because I strut around in a string bikini or chug beer through a beer bong very often , but because our bedroom is so light and bright.

Last year, I noticed some fancy-schmancy brown velvet curtains in the clearance aisle.  

I thought that I could use a little color in my all white color scheme!

I thought that I could handle a dark bedroom.

I thought that I would get big points for being a big girl and thinking of others.

I was wrong on all counts. 

I hated the brown, felt like I was sleeping in a cave, and my husband responded with "Ehh, I don't care about curtains. Whatever makes you happy, makes me happy." 

While hiding a secret stash of halloween candy, I stumbled upon my fancy-schmancy brown velvet curtains.

Feeling guilty for spending money on curtains that I didn't use, guilty for not giving them to charity, guilty about hoarding Reese Cups, guilty that I drank the last cup of coffee, and guilty that I fell on the floor laughing when a co-worker ran into a screen door, I decided to get out those curtains and find a use for them!

Check out this panel as a table runner on my fall table...

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Mammogram Day!

Last week, I shared with you that I am the worst patient on the planet. (See BoobTalkN) I asked for your support on my mammogram adventure and you delivered! 
As you might suspect, I deal with stress and anxiety with humor. When in doubt, I laugh. Thank you for sharing your sometimes funny and your always moving stories.
Here is a lookiloo into "MAMMOGRAM DAY!"

Thank you to Christie Clinic and their "Mammogram Mafia" for making my mammogram day go so smoothly. Please go check out and VOTE for their "Pink Glove Dance" video.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

The House Of Glass...A Tour

Ten minutes outside of the city limits, I arrived at the home of Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope. Mary, the dean of the University of Illinois College of Education and Bill, the president of Common Ground Publishing and a UI education professor, have created a haven that The News-Gazette referred to as "The Glass House On The Prairie."
Please pop over and read that feature. You will read all about this home's indoor pool, geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, limestone floors, original artwork, unique light fixtures, rooftop garden and the award winning "meditation hut."
Now, for the eye candy.

If you want to further swoon, click here to tour their guest loft.

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