June 4, 2020


A guest post by Candace McCutcheon

“I LOVE it!” Kristen was smiling from ear-to-ear as we stood outside after our showing of her soon-to-be condo. It was a sunny fall Tuesday morning. The light filled the front bay windows perfectly and the lush backyard made for the most relaxing weekend oasis.

Over the past few weeks, we had seen many promising options but I could tell we had yet to find the one. Kristen (and her adopted pup, Bandit) were coming back home to Chicago after living in Austin for a few years. The condo we saw that morning was exactly what they had been looking for. We made an offer that day.

Since closing this past October, Kristen and her (very handy) boyfriend Matt have DIY-ed their way through her 1300 square-foot condo. From the dreamy porch swing hanging beneath ceiling-strung fairy lights to the newly-added French doors closing off her office/guest room (complete with a custom-built Murphy bed!), Kristen has truly transformed her home. My personal favorite details are the hand-painted tiles on the bathroom floor and surrounding the fireplace. If you plan on stenciling your floors in the near future, you know who to call.

Congrats, Kristen — I can’t wait to see what else you do!