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Hi!  I’m Stephanie, and I live in Chicago.  This is me:

And this is how I feel most all the time:

I am unabashedly candid and sillier than I should probably be for my age…  as a result of which, my kids will probably end up looking something like this: I have an insatiable appetite for interior design, travel, and all things time-worn and beautiful.  These, for instance, are perfection on a stick:

(via Better Homes & Gardens, I think…  pardon the handwritten notes, svp)

   (via Domino)

   (via House Beautiful)

…And things like this make me really, really happy:

(photo I snapped in San Gimignano, Italy last fall)

  (via Amanda Wilcher Photography.  My darling friend Vani at her wedding.  Jai ho!)

I grew up in a small, blue-collar town in Indiana, played kickball with the neighborhood kids every night till after dark, caught lightning bugs, and ate dinner at my grandparents’ house on a regular basis.

(via flikr)

Our hometown looks about like this:

(Ball Jars via flikr.  Country Road via flikr.  Ice cream stand via Kristen Gray Photography)

In the summertime, this was my favorite place to be. 

Later on, I spent a short lifetime leading a cushy existence in Charleston, South Carolina, an idyllic southern town that smells like sweet tea and salt water, and sounds like water lapping on the side of a boat.  Thanks to my 10 years there, “y’all” is forever woven into my vocabulary, and I think EVERYTHING tastes better deep fried.

(Hominy Grill via flikr.  Charleston marsh via flikr.  Sunset via Robert Donovan.)

Last year, I traded up for the Big (but still down-to-earth) City life in Chicago.  In my bones, it just felt like the right thing.  It still does; I love it here.

Being in Chicago puts me much closer to my family.  This is my Mom and Dad.  Not sure how I lucked out and ended up as their kid, but they’re both pretty awesome.

I firmly believe in things like always being kind and smiling at strangers, and calling the check-out ladies at the grocery store by name.  For instance, I bet this lady’s name is Fran.  Or Gladys.  Wassup gurl.

                     (via Getty Images)

Drinking out of Ball jars…

 (via abryanphoto)

Napping when it’s storming…

…and dunking my heavily buttered, crusty baguette into my coffee.

(via flikr)

I wake up every day truly devastated that the 80’s are really over.

I love my golden retriever, Gus, so much it hurts.

  (via Amy Bane Studio C)

I think the lemon cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B’s are like a big hug from Jesus.

                  (via flikr)

And if it wouldn’t mean weighing 957 pounds, I would eat this for every meal….

I am never, ever, on time.  I’m eternally searching for the perfect pair of jeans and the perfect white t-shirt.  And that, in a nutshell, is me. 

                    (via Amanda Wilcher Photography)

I think I am the luckiest person I know and think my life is perfect, even when it’s not.


So just let me introduce myself…

Hello!  Karrie here.  This is me:

Like Stephanie, I was born and raised in the Midwest, with the sounds of John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits serving as my life’s soundtrack.

Where, if you turn off the engine, you can hear the wind create a gentle rustling of the cornfields.

And days and nights are spent perfecting a hook shot on the rusted out basketball hoop.

Though I loved my upbringing there, I smelled the vibrancy of California a million miles away, and post-college promptly traded the Midwest for the sunny beaches of Los Angeles.

I haven’t looked back since.

Living by the beach, and riding my bike-with-a-basket to work, I’ve become totally hooked on the So Cal lifestyle and am completely inspired by it on a daily basis…

The laidback attitude…

The openness and diversity…

And the never-ending Pacific that seems to swallow all worries when staring out into it.

So who am I?  Well, personality-wise, I would say I’m equal parts old soul and clown. I was blessed with a dry wit and uncanny ability to tell it like it is, for which I have my little Mexican grandmother to thank.

My family – well, they are what keep me grounded in my adult life, and I talk to my mom every single day.

I believe in things like telling it how it is…  spending Saturdays on the beach…  and every once in awhile, watching E! for an entire afternoon in my PJ’s and eating homemade macaroni & cheese.  I’m always searching for a new hobby; in recent years I’ve taken DJ, ballet, Spanish, photography, cooking, and knitting classes, as well as surfing and skateboarding lessons.  Bring it.

In my dream world, I would be living in a California beach bungalow, steps from the beach…:

…With this little guy as my buddy to ride alongside me on the boardwalk…:

My neighbors would have the elegance of Ina Garten…:

The spunk and penchant for recipes with massive amounts of butter and cream, like Paula Deen…:

And the homey recipes of Italy from Giada…

Oh, and I’d own this winter cottage located steps from my parents’ house in sunny Florida:

A few years back I got hit by the decor bug when Steph flew out to help me decorate my new apartment.  We ooh-ed and ahh-ed our way thru every home store from Santa Monica to Venice and have been exuberantly exchanging ideas and inspiration ever since.

(Left: Weego Home, my fave store in Santa Monica.  Right: Neptuna in Venice)

This blog serves as a testament to both our friendship over the years and our love for life and all things design.  Hooray for Covet Living!