• Make Yourself At Home

    My Grandparents live on a homestead. Quite literally the home my Grandpa was born in. Every memory they ever made was in that farmhouse and a lot of my memories are there, too. Growing up I always envied friends of mine who had lived in the same house since they were born and their parents never planned on moving. Even still, I didn’t want that for me. I love houses too much to stay in one for too long. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss the ones we used to have. In fact, that’s one of our favorite Friday night rituals after the baby’s in bed. We try to think of a memory in one of our old homes that the other person won’t remember. Jon always wins because as he often reminds me, he has the memory of an elephant, for whatever that means.

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  • Pack Picks: Outdoor Furniture

    There seems to be a pattern with the #NixonPack pads throughout the years. Every spring (I know, we move too much), Jon either plans to build a deck/patio or upgrade an existing one and I plan for the design once it’s done. Only, I’m impatient and I can never wait for it to be finished before pressing “place order” on the furniture. Jon is a one man show and currently building a two-tiered deck in our backyard. I hold a few boards during nap time and let them slip (just a little) while I fantasize about my outdoor dining table covered in flowers and a festive feast for my little family. He’s got a deck screw in his mouth, balancing the drill in the crook of his elbow and is holding up a 16 foot header that weighs a ton while I’m all, Jon, can I please have an outdoor chandelier? Oooh and one of those trendy rattan swing chairs?! He reminded me of this just the other day. “You know you do this every time, right? You cart out the furniture, the lanterns and even potted plants before the last board is in?” Guilty. Here’s what the Pack is eyeing for our outdoor oasis:

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  • The Perfect Listing

    To use a trendy term, perfect listings are like unicorns. They simply don’t exist. But if you’re thinking about selling your home, keep reading below for our Top 10 tips to start growing your “perfect listing gilded horn”. Your Realtor (and bottom line) will thank you:

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  • Small Stage

    I’ve always been one to get excited for the Parade of Homes. Heck, Jon and I used to create our own Parade of Homes when we would take walks in Chicago at dusk and hope we could see the interior design of people’s houses as they were lit up from the street. OK, that sounded creeper-esque. But you get the idea. We were incredibly flattered and excited to be asked to stage a condo in ICON Tower for the Downtown Living Tour coming up in Syracuse this weekend. Here’s what we were working with 1) Two weeks notice. 2) A one-bedroom condo and by one bedroom, I mean itty bitty. 3) We weren’t allowed to paint or do anything with the kitchen. What first presented as challenges, we looked at as opportunities. And anyone who knows Jon and me will tell you we thrive on competition and are always up for a challenge.

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  • A love letter to our sellers

    Each time we move into a new house and start transforming it room by room, I always have a time or two where I stop and wonder, what would the old owners think if they walked through the door right now? And then I find myself flipping back to our old homes and ask, do you think they painted over Grey’s mural? Did they swap out the chandelier that I loved? If I could talk to the kind empty nesters who sold us our current home, here’s what I’d say.

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  • Dim Some

    When choosing the right lighting in your home, you think you’re done when you’ve picked out the actual fixtures. That’s just the beginning. Speaking of light fixtures, we replaced literally every chandelier, pendant and sconce in the newest #NixonPack house and I can’t wait to share them with you. But that’s another day. I don’t want you to wait one second longer to make this quick switch that will completely transform the entire vibe of your home.

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  • Tile Style

    We’re elbow deep in our latest kitchen renovation and everything has been chosen, except the backsplash tile. What am I waiting for, you ask? I want to love it. The last backsplash I chose was absolutely love at first sight. I haven’t felt that same pitter patter yet and I’m holding out. If you’re whispering “subway tile” at the screen, sorry friends, I’ve already ruled it out. Here are some contenders:

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  • Why We Came to Cambria

    Taking on a major renovation can cause an immense amount of stress on a family. There are countless decisions involved, so many different moving parts (and people!), not to mention the mess. Having tackled every renovation you can imagine in a home, I firmly believe the kitchen is the hardest of all. It’s the heart of the home, and when the heart is having, well, open heart surgery, let’s say, it’s life or death.Read More

  • Kitchen Conundrums

    I was about to go all Kardashians on you with the title and play on the k’s buttt – I spared you the cheese. Moving on! We have had SO many questions about kitchen remodels lately, from friends and clients, that we thought a post was in order. Something about spring has people ready to renovate! I love it. Below are some common questions we get asked on the regular and our honest opinions from experience – both in our own homes and in real estate.

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  • Golden Oldies

    A few days ago, we had a camera crew in the house filming our kitchen renovation (more to come!) and the group gravitated toward a few of my favorite pieces in our home. All three happen to be in the living room. They also happened to be my most treasured possessions. One of the guys commented that I had pretty “badass” style. I can’t take full credit. That goes to the old dudes. Here’s what he was talking about:

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