I’ve had so many questions about what we registered for and if I had any advice for the newly-betrothed. Pretty much everything on our lists were needs–either upgraded quality or matching sets, or add-ons to really “finish” our kitchen supplies. We definitely approached it from a practical standpoint and restrained from overdoing it with superfluous items that would barely get used–i.e. no ice cream makers or beer making kits or formal china, or I don’t even know… ten serving dishes in different styles.
So here’s a list of ten things we registered for that we use pretty much every day, and I highly recommend you consider adding to your list, as well. And if you’re not engaged and registry, just maybe consider adding to your home!
We registered at Williams-Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, and Anthropologie–but West Elm has great options also (like the world’s faaavorite Belgian linen bedding–and don’t forget a bed skirt!)! I know Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Food52 are other popular options.
To make it easier for people to source the things they see in our home on Instagram or wherever, I’m starting this new series SHOP OUR HOME #SchmiedskiGreystone. Sometimes it will be product by room, sometimes it will be a specific item category, like this first one: mirrors.
I’ve bought more mirrors for this place than anything else. I usually have two mirrors in my home aside from what’s in the bathroom; a floor mirror, usually near the front door, and a mirror above my dresser for getting ready. But a larger home calls for more mirrors… I guess?
I wanted to get this up while it’s still the beginning of summer so you have time to place orders and zhush up your own outdoor space.
I failed to include any photos of our back yard in the before tour of our home largely because I didn’t take any before photos. I had zero vision for this space; to me it was pretty hopeless, and that’s saying something. Half of it is covered in astro turf, the other half is made up of broken, uneven concrete, and the fences, which were covered in dead ivy vines, resembled the upside down world from Stranger Things. I had no plans to make over our backyard; I was just happy to have a space to sit and drink rose in the summer, regardless of how it looked.
So you’ve toured the before photos of the first floor of our house. Now follow me as we make our way upstairs to the second floor. Yes, this is a two-story Chicago greystone and we occupy both floors. (For some reason this seems to confuse guests when they arrive.)
Please keep your hands and heads inside the railing, people…
As I mentioned in the welcome post, this blog exists largely because of our new house, affectionately dubbed #schmiedskigreystone on Instagram. I know you’ve seen a lot of progress on insta and in my insta stories (I basically treat that platform like it’s a blog) but I have thousands of process photos to sort through on everything from replacing our stair runner to changing out light fixtures, and of course the design process…. so this will serve as a more permanent document and design resource for myself and all of you!
Long story short, we had every intention of staying in our old one-bedroom, Wicker Park apartment for at least another year. But when a year-long gas leak was discovered around Christmas–after a string of other incidents signified that place wasn’t up to code–we decided it was time to move.