• 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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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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. ...

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  • Unique Housewarming Gifts

    Admission: I’m a terrible gift-giver. It’s something I always vow to get better at, and yet, I am that person who brings a bottle of wine for every occasion. You too? Now, I haven’t heard any complaints because let’s be honest, you can never have too many bottles of wine. The ...

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  • The roundabout way to let light in

    One of the biggest challenges we’ve found in our current home is adding light, in all forms. I’m talking natural light, actual lighting, and lightness to balance out the wood. Today, we’re tackling natural light. We have a mid-century craftsman style home set on seven acres surrounded by gorgeous pine trees. It’s dreamy. ...

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  • Nixon 2.0 For President

    I’ve always had an affinity for the red, white and blue. Patriotic pride pumps through my veins and with a last name of Nixon, we get asked about our relation to the President on the regular. Funny story. When my mom was pregnant with me she was so sure I ...

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