Living in Osage County

I actually had the privilege of watching a full length movie on an airplane while returning from spring break yesterday.  Some of you may not think this is a big deal but it’s a huge deal when you have three children and one  is only 19 months old.  I was dreading our flights to and from San Diego but it turned out my 19 month old decided to take a two hour nap on the way home, which left me to scroll through my movie options–(we were on one of the new American Airlines jets that have their own TV’s and you can even watch movies that are currently in theatres now). I was so excited to see that I could watch August:  Osage County.

Let’s just say I LOVED the movie…yes, it was dark, depressing, and so dysfunctional but Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts did not disappoint in their acting abilities.  I will admit that I cried several times throughout the movie (maybe it was delight because I would look over every 15 minutes and my baby would still be sleeping).  Don’t worry the other two children were so engrossed in Frozen and The Mighty Ducks that they didn’t even look to see the dysfunctional movie I was watching.

I won’t bore you with my review of the movie but I was so awestruck with the house that they used to film the movie.

I couldn’t imagine living in such a grand home. …..that wrap around porch!

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It’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.  It was up for sale a few years ago but sold for $250,000 it definitely needed some TLC but it has so much potential.  It’s all in the details!

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The wrap around porch makes the house appear much larger than it really is but think of all that outdoor space to decorate with cozy furniture.

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 Love the front door and all of the molding around the windows….although, you would probably all cringe because I would paint that molding white just as fast as I walked through the front door.

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Not sure what one could do to move the huge vent in the floor…what were they thinking?

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 Check out the mural on the back dining room wall.  I’m not one for murals but the movie set made it look so interesting.

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And this is where most of the dysfunction takes place…doesn’t it always happen around the dinner table.  The chandelier was beautiful!

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The original wallpaper was left for the movie set.

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This house has five bedrooms but only one bathroom? WTH??

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  So interesting that the house had a separate screened in porch off the back of the house.

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This movie got me thinking about our deck off the back of our house and now I’m in summer mode to get it ready for some relaxing afternoons sipping ice tea and pretending to be in Osage county but without all of the dysfunction, of course!

Enjoy the weekend!

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Pendants Light the (Hall)Way

Last week, Amy featured pics from Style Me Pretty’s coverage of blogger The Doctor’s Closet home. Remember that black and white beauty? One of our favorite features was the long entry hallway with those perfect pendant lights.

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Pendant lights are the perfect way to create a statement in a hallway. A pendant is expected as a single in an entry, but matching ones down a hall are like a little unexpected surprise.

Architect Andrew Morrall

Architect Andrew Morrall

Ok, this is one hell of a hallway, but those lights would work perfectly (in a slightly smaller scale) for our layman hallways

Ryan Associates

Ryan Associates

Spinnaker Development

Spinnaker Development

Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors

Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors

Artistic Designs for Living

Artistic Designs for Living

Muskoka Living Interiors

Muskoka Living Interiors

Tim Barbour via

Tim Barbour via

Convinced to try ditching the cans??

Related to this only because they have great pendant lights, if you’re local to Chicagoland and haven’t tried Hoosier Mama Pie in Evanston, run there now…and seriously run, because you’ll be consuming so many calories you’ll feel almost as badly as the pie is good. The design of the place is fabulous and the pies are amazing–we had the chicken pot pie which was the best I’ve ever had (not really creamy and loaded with chicken) and the orange cream pie for dessert.  SO good.

Hoosier Mama Pie Evanston

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Eating at Eataly

While Amy’s off enjoying San Diego for Spring break, we’re hanging out in E-town for the week (Chicago by Choice 2014!) We kicked things off on Friday with a freezing Cubs opening day game (seriously, it was freezing) and yesterday decided to finally hit up the new(ish) Mario Batali concept Eataly Chicago.

The idea is a mix of restaurant and marketplace. And they’ve done a beautiful job of mixing traditional and contemporary finishes from the moment you walk in the door…

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Make sure you look up and check out the chandeliers hanging in the two-story entry

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You won’t be able to resist the gelato (unless you can’t get passed the nutella bar next to it)

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Nor, the meat and cheese case…I had the most delicious cheese plate with a glass of prosecco (does it get any better??)

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The seafood case was amazing and the guy working behind it was great. Conor loved getting to try the octopus

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We ate in the pizza and pasta area. I wish you could move more easily between eating areas, but my pea and asparagus ravioli was delicious. You have to choose one restaurant and order off that menu only.

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This was my favorite view in the whole place. The tiles are ridiculous and perfect paired with those ghost bar stools

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Carrera marble is used for all the trim and countertops throughout the second floor

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Ghost chairs/stools are also used throughout the restaurant too in different shapes and colors

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Lots of eye candy here and add that to a wine bar and a cheese platter and I’m hooked.

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