we bought a house part 2 | main floor and family room

Our new house is a beautiful three bedroom, two and a half bath 1900 square foot home. It has great bones, architectural details, light, flow and space, and I think there is a lot of room for potential here. We plan on starting with cosmetic changes – a fresh coat of paint, refinishing the hardwood floors and installing new baseboards and doors. I have a few ideas about the feeling I want to achieve for the space but nothing is set in stone. We would like to eventually update the kitchen and the bathrooms and even open things up and add on a little, but we are going to put all that on hold until our bank account recovers from the down payment.

Let’s take a tour. Here’s how the house looked when we first saw it -

we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogwe bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogwe bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogThis is the formal living room and dining room. We are so glad the original hardwood floors are in great shape and flow throughout the rest of the house (with the exception of the kitchen and the family room) and that big bay window in the living room makes me so happy. We are making minor changes in these two rooms that we hope will make a big impact – putting a fresh coat of white paint on the walls and trim, refinishing the hardwood floor with a beautiful dark stain, installing flush mount speakers in the ceiling, swapping out the light fixtures and furnishing. Although we have a decent amount of furniture coming from our condo, I have nothing for these two rooms and plan on buying everything new!

we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogwe bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blog we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogRight now the kitchen is clean and fully functioning. It’s a decent size and there is quite a bit of storage and counter space as you can see. The cabinets are from IKEA and are in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, it’s not big enough to fit a table, but right now it’s just us two and this layout works fine. We are going to live in it for a while to see how we use the space and then do some renovations in a year or two or whenever the budget allows for it. For now we just want to do some minor updates like paint, new light fixtures and new appliances.

we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blog we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogwe bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogThe family room is rather large and we have big plans for it. A few being rip out the ceramic tile, install hardwood flooring, remove the drop ceiling and replace with drywall, install pot lights, makeover the fireplace and build a bar. We plan on tackling this to do list next spring. For now we just want to paint, install new light fixtures, build some shelving, install new doors and furnish. The family room is my least favorite room in the house right now but I’m going to do my best to get this space feeling cozy.we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogA major bonus for this house was the screened in porch. It’s big, bright, spacious and overlooks the backyard. No big plans here except a fresh coat of white paint and some window treatments. I see a lot of porch sitting and cocktail hours in our future.

Here are a few photos of these rooms empty - we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogwe bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blog we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blog we bought a house part 2 | palettes and passports blogRead we bought a house part 1 here and stay tuned for part 3 of the home tour which includes a look at the bedrooms and bathrooms.

we bought a house part 1

we bought a house part 1 | palettes and passports blogToday I’m happy to share that we finally bought a house! We started house hunting last fall and the process was slow at first. We found a home we really liked in our desired neighborhood and made an offer, but our offer was ignored and a few weeks later the sellers accepted a different one. It was discouraging, but we were familiar with how tumultuous the home buying process could be and were committed to staying positive. The winter dragged on and for a while it seemed like we might not find anything. At the beginning of March a house came on the market that we were really excited about. We made an offer but then had to withdraw it due to strict zoning restrictions that would not meet our needs. Once again we were bummed but we knew in our hearts that we had to let this one go. The search continued. A few weeks later another house came on the market that was in our ideal location. We made an offer and after some negotiating struck a deal! It’s a beautiful three bedroom, two and a half bath 1900 square foot home. It has great bones, architectural details, light, flow and space, but naturally there is still a lot I want to do to it so hopefully you’ll indulge me as I post about our new home and the projects we have in store for it. Stay tuned for the whole house tour this week!

paris 01 | france

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berlin | germany

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munich | germany

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A few additions from my trusty travel companion for Munich - wheat beer, the Chinese Tower in the English Garden and the urban surfers on the Eisbach wave near the Haus der Kunst.

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wells street art festival recap

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kate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogkate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogkate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogLeading up to the fest I felt really good and less stressed out than I usually do. I did over 40 transactions throughout the weekend. Be Sharp paintings sold out and almost half of my paintings were purchased. I am also happy to report that my favorite and most recent painting Whole World sold. The other items that were a big hit were the Home prints and the 12×24 city paintings – I had Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and for all the kind words about my art! Throughout the weekend I was battling a pretty serious viral infection so I especially want to thank all my friends and family who pitched in to help!

kate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blog kate zizter wells street art fest | palettes and passports blogI spent most of last week catching up on emails and online orders. This week I plan to start working on a few custom orders and slowly building back up my inventory of paintings for the next fair - September 13th and 14th I’m participating in the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. It’s an excellent arts fair celebrating its 10th year and a great showcase of all the local Chicago artists. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more updates!

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wells street art festival reminder

kate zitzer love you so paintings | palettes and passports blogkate zitzer art | palettes and passports blogHappy Friday! Just a reminder that the Wells Street Art Festival is this weekend. Please stop by to see my work in person (55+ original paintings and dozens of prints) plus several other amazing artists, listen to some live music, eat delicious food, drink a little wine and say hello.

This week has been wildly busy. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a few photos of my studio as I prepare for this weekend. I participated in the fest last year and had such a great time that I couldn’t wait to apply again this year. I’ve been preparing for it since January – sketching, painting, ordering supplies, packaging prints, signing, framing and photographing all of my artwork.

The Wells Street Art Festival is located along Wells Street between North Avenue and Division, starts at 10:00 am and closes at dusk. I’m booth 301. Please come check it out!