Monday, June 24, 2013

Dreamy Courtyard and a Graduation Party with Southern Charm

It's been a while since I've made a post for Room 363 because I'm just getting back from an amazing extended family vacation in beautiful Hawaii.  It was a welcome escape from the unpredictable Chicago weather this Spring.  I was welcomed back to Naperville by Mark's stunning courtyard that looks like the set for a magazine cover shoot.  Dreamy, right?

With Summer comes a flurry of high school graduation parties and one lucky University of Kentucky bound lady had Mark loading up his truck to look like the Beverly Hillbillies in order to assist in creating the southern themed party of her dreams.   

Mark is also helping me with decorating my work-in-progress master bedroom.  I live in an old home in the Historic District of Naperville, so we're short on closet space.  One of my requests was that I had a nightstand that would serve as more than an alarm clock and book of the week holder, but would potentially provide more clothing storage space.  During a trip to the mall, I made a panic purchase at Restoration Hardware placing an order for a nightstand.  After getting the stink eye and a stern lecture from Mark on frivolous purchases, I decided to cancel the order and trust the nightstand decision to him and his promise to find me something just as great at a third of the cost.

Not long after, I received this text from him, reminding me to trust him and the cost was under $100.  

Oh boy, we are NOT in Restoration anymore, Toto.  I must admit, I was a little scared.  I was pleasantly surprised, however, when he showed up on my doorstep with this beauty a few days later.  

It gives me the extra storage space I need while being a unique piece that gives my room character.  I'll share more pictures from my room when it's completely put together.  

The sun is actually shining now, so I'm off to enjoy this beautiful day.  I hope you're doing the same!



  1. omg... this courtyard is absolutely dreamy!!!
    i`m happy i found your amazing, beautyful, inspiring blog! ;-))
    all the best
    your 434. follower

  2. I love your new piece!
    He was right :)
    I recently was in RH and feeling sad I couldn't own all of it LOL...
    I went into their restroom and it was reality in there Haha! I laughed
    so hard...that place was lit with florescent lights and the floor tiles
    were broken...horrible. I felt better though :)
    What town were you guys in in southern Ky? where I live....

  3. OMG!! This courtyard and graduation party is so lovely. I am so happy to see it. My friend is planning her child’s graduation party at one of Chicago event space and needs some help, going to help her to arrange everything adorable there.