Random Musings

Today I had to run some errands though the Bucktown neighborhood.  Man oh man, I had some Sartorialist moments but couldn’t snap and drive at the same time.  I really need to get out and walk more so I can take pictures of the crazy that I see.  Speaking of taking pictures, I’d love it if you followed me on Instagram – http://followgram.me/jamiecfoley.  I am trying to document my “girl in a new city” adventures there.  I haven’t added new photos everyday, but I’m trying.

I desperately need some beauty help here in Chicago.  Anyone have a great suggestion for a hairstylist, facialist, bargain mani-pedi, maybe even an affordable men’s personal shopper?  For my husband’s new job, he really needs to up the ante and I’m having a heck of a time advising him.  I can’t believe he isn’t following my Pinterest page – Boy Style (I hope you read the sarcasm that was clearly intended in this sentence!) .  Google and yelp have been pretty helpful so far, but personal recommendations are always the best.

Oh, and since I mentioned it, follow me on Pinterest, too.  I have been reorganizing my pins to make them a little more manageable/searchable for me.  Perhaps they will be more useful for you, too!

This could easily become a food/restaurant review blog with all the yummieness I have been consuming in this city!  I could never cook again and my husband would be perfectly happy with a constant rotation of pizza, italian beef sandwiches, hotdogs, polish sausages, neighborhood finds, greek food, any sandwich on a pretzel bun, and hamburgers. However we soon wouldn’t fit in to our clothes.  To combat this situation we have been trying to limit our eating out to once or twice a week and we have been working out like crazy people.  The workouts are partially to get us ready for this in November. What have I gotten myself into?!

Our go to work out is from here: http://nerdefitness.blogspot.com/2012/06/50-shades-of-hot-by-mike-manzi-ladies.html.  Good god, don’t tell my husband that our workout has anything to do with 50 Shades of Grey, that could have any number of weird outcomes.  Suffice to say, this workout KICKS YOUR BUTT and has really trimmed some inches off in spite of my indulgences.

Oh, and because this is a design blog, let’s talk a little about design.  Yesterday, I went to lunch with one of my new/old friends.  She was my husband’s friend’s girlfriend when she came to my wedding.  I knew I liked her then, but it was before the day’s of Facebook (That makes me feel old!), so we really didn’t keep in touch.  Fast forward almost nine years, and she is married to my husband’s friend, momma of three adorable girls and we now live in the same state.  Anyway, we went to lunch in Oak Park and I seriously geeked out!  You know, Oak Park… home of this:

and this:

and this:

Edward R. Hills home at 313 Forest Avenue. Frank Lloyd Wright architected home was built in 1906.

Umm, yeah. Frank Lloyd Wright to your left and right.  We even passed by this one that is for sale – http://www.savewright.org/index.php?page=33&id=106.  Not in my budget, and not my aesthetic, but I just hoped I absorbed some of that architectural awesomeness by osmosis.  I texted my husband and said that I was a little bit wooed by Oak Park and I immediately made a list of real estate to drive by, so let’s just say when the time comes for us to buy our next house, it’s on the short list.

Can’t wait to hear your recommendations!


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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