Casey’s First House

In the spring of 2015, my husband Finn and I started our house hunt in the city of Chicago. As first time homeowners, there was a big learning curve, some heartache, and a bit of patience involved in the process…but ultimately we found a home that was “the one.”


We moved in September 2015 and are now hard at work transforming every room in this 2 bedroom/2 bathroom city space.

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Our master bedroom has received the most TLC out of any space in our home. We said “bye bye” to those bright green walls, re-stained all of the wood floors in our home, and we added furniture and some pretty new items to the space. 06-augusta-master-bedroom-dresser-bed



Stained Floors // Paint Colors // Rug // Dresser // Accessories // Curtains // Bamboo Shade // Nightstands // Office Area master-bedroom-nightstand-casey



Our guest room received a complete overhaul as we wanted it to be a cozy & comfy spot for our guests. We decided to add a DIY wood wall treatment to the wall behind the bed, and then painted the room a dark navy. Then I swapped out the lighting, built a floating credenza, and added some art & accessories to the space. I was nervous to go with such a dark, dramatic color but it turned out beautifully and our guests absolutely love the space. View More: More: More:

Wood Wall Part 1 & Part 2 // Choosing a Navy Paint // Painting the Guest Room // Ceiling Light // Hardware & Sconces // Building the Fauxdenza // Gallery Wall // Guest Room Reveal

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When we moved in, the living room was a big blank space just waiting to be transformed. We immediately knew we wanted to add storage & personality…so we hired a contractor to create custom built-ins for the big wall. Then we added a large seagrass rug, our white sectional, a new bar cart, and accessories.



Built-ins // Couch // Bar Cart // Rug // LED lights on TV // Indoor Plants Casey-White-Couch-Family-Room-3family-room-plant-built-insmirror-fireplace-mantle-living-roomcasey-basket-built-ins


Our guest bathroom was incredibly dark when we first moved in. So right away we re-did the lighting, changing out the pendant light for a bright overhead vanity light. We also traded out the mirror, painted, renewed the grout lines, and added plenty of accessories to bring it all together.09-guest-bathroom-wide-shot-augusta-after

Bathroom Plans // Bathroom Progress // How to Renew Grout // Bathroom Reveal


This is the one room that we have just about completed. We added some DIY shelves over the toilet and then added a few accessories to complete the space. Wooden-Ikea-Shelves

Bathroom Shelves // Bathroom Reveal



Thanks to a few simple updates, our kitchen is looking spruced up and improved. We first added a classic white subway tile backsplash and I installed a new faucet from Ikea. We also changed out the pendants over the island, added a dinner bell, and created a faux roman shade for the window.dining-room-kitchenkitchen-dining-laundry



Faucet // Subway Tile // Lighting // Faux Roman Shade // Dinner Bell // Hallway Board & Batten // Dining Room // Our New Appliances


Outdoor space is a hot commodity in Chicago, so we were so happy to find a condo with a small balcony area. For the first 9 months of homeownership, the space was pretty neglected. But determined to enjoy our first full summer in our new home, we jazzed it up with some new furniture and plants. You can read about the full transformation here. wide-shot-patiobalcony-overhead-shot-patio


Outdoor Patio Makeover

Thanks for following our journey!

Casey Finn