A Peek Inside My Condo • The Kitchen

gold and white leather barstools, gray countertops, gray cabinets, coffee mug - the calm collective

Gold and white leather stoolsthese are similar (but a bit more pricey) and I was also eyeballing these



Good morning, beautiful.

I’m going to jump right in with some truth serum. If you would have told me 6 months ago that I would be moving, yet again, into my own apartment I would have called your bluff.  But that’s what happens when you try to dictate the Universe. Regardless what you think your life is supposed to look like, it’s always going to continue tirelessly on it’s path to ensure that you’re living the life that’s meant for you – the life that will fill you up from the inside out, and will continue to do so long after you’ve “arrived”.

So while I went through my phase of sitting still, in shock, not moving a muscle, not eating a thing, and really just being entirely unsure of which way was up and which was down, I’m done with that now. I’ve started to fall in love with my west loop condo that overflows with sunlight throughout the entire day. I’ve started to really value my neighbors and how kind and loving they’ve been since the day I got here. I’m finding small joys in the free coffee bar downstairs, the beautiful rooftop pool with a hot tub that’s open all year round, the free rooftop yoga on Mondays, and the attached dog park where Jasper can freely roam and just be a dog here in the city. And I’m really falling in love with my alone time. It’s been necessary, rejuvenating, sacred.

gold and white leather barstools, gray countertops, gray cabinets, coffee mug - the calm collective

When we’re sitting in the uncomfortable, it can be SO easy to overlook the things that are actually going right in our lives.

Can you relate to that?

And while I may not be fully back to normal – little by little, I’m getting there. Nesting this sweet home of mine has made all the difference, and doing it intuitively has been a really cool experience.

What does intuitive design mean exactly?

Well, I just made that phrase up, but I’m sticking with it because it’s the truth. I’ve always been a neutral lover. Color has always felt like a really big commitment, so I’ve steered clear of it for the most part for my entire life. I remember painting my high school room purple (which funny enough is my least favorite color), and months later I remember feeling regret.  Every place I’d ever have after that would be designed wth neutrals. The pop of color would be navy blue, or if I was feeling really crazy, maybe a soft olive green ;)

This time around, I wanted to design my home based on what makes me feel good right now, in this moment. Screw commitment – because nothing in design is ever permanent. It can always be fixed, changed, updated.  As I began picking things out (I had almost all of my furniture still, thankfully) I noticed I was gravitating towards colors like yellow/marigold, orange/burnt sienna and all different shades of blue. A far cry from my recent homes, but I went with it anyway. Little by little as I started to bring in these pieces, I noticed my mood was only increasing and I was feeling that much more energized in the mornings and throughout my day.

Condo Kitchen in Chicago with gray cabinets, wearing a gray sweater and tan wide leg jeans - The Calm Collective

Soft Mock Turtleneck Sweater in Gray (similar and by my favorite brand) • Tan Wide Leg JeansEarrings • Pendent Necklace (similar) • Stone RingRope Ring • Bar Stools • Coffee Mug (thrifted | but this is my every day favorite)



I was designing a home that was lifting me up, making me happy, bringing me joy. And that, my friends, is the entire purpose of design.

So with all of that being said, I thought it would be fun to do a little home tour here on the blog. Interior design has always been a huge passion of mine (I like to think I get that love from my Mom and Grandma) – and I often say that if I wasn’t a photographer, this is what I would be doing. I’m so excited to share this space with you, because it really does feel like I’m showing you what my insides look like right now, which has come a long way (in the right direction) since the end of July. I’ll be sure to share some of the items in case you, too, are on the hunt or are feeling the itch to update your space.

So let’s jump in!

The Kitchen

gold and white leather barstools, gray countertops, gray cabinets, coffee mug - the calm collective



gold and white leather barstools, gray countertops, gray cabinets, coffee mug - the calm collective

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gold and white leather barstools, gray countertops, gray cabinets, coffee mug, dried flowers, gold wire mirror - the calm collective

So there you have it. Just a quaint little kitchen with my every day basics, and a couple of sentimental pieces thrown in there (the copper tray that you see on the island was my Grandmother’s, and there’s a photo of my parents from back in the 80’s in a vintage gold frame)

Until next time, loves. x


Other Noteworthy Things:

• It’s 80* here in Chicago today (?) which has me all kinds of confused (I’m ready for sweater weather!), so my girlfriend and I are utilizing our free mornings by heading up to the pool for a swim.

• Speaking of sweaters, up until this morning when the temps got weird (they’re going back down tomorrow!), I’ve been living in this.

• Does anyone have this cookbook? It is SO good!

• I’ve started a Fall Playlist over on Spotify, and while I’ll continue to add to it, I thought I might as well share it now :)

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