On this spiffy and oddball blog you'll find loads of DIY, home decor and interior design stuff, home improvement whoo-ha, me telling you to paint, hopefully inspiration and butt kicking motivation, smart and/or stupid moves I make, snippets of life, chat about four legged best friends, a smattering of recipes, and ya know, general homeowner joys and frustrations.

You'll find the pictures are likely not fantastic, some embarrassing stuff spattered about too but hey, this is life.

So who the heck is Becky?

A creative kid all my life, I grew up in the 'burbs of Chicago.  After graduating from Ithaca College, I embarked on an 19+ year career in professional theater in Chicago as a prop master but also as a scenic designer.  Do not do the math.

Along the way, I earned an MFA in Interior Architecture from Columbia College Chicago, designed a few things, and draft for architects.

In 2013 I fell into the TV/Film world as a set designer first for Chicago Fire, next for the film Jupiter Ascending, two seasons of USA's Sirens, then picked up gigs here and there like Patriot for Amazon and Showtime's The Chi pilot.  More recently I worked on both seasons of The Exorcist for Fox Studios and the movie Widows.

As a friend said, I'm a Thing Maker.  Or, as Mike succinctly puts it, I create things out of nothing.

My patient, forgiving, sweetheart husband Mike and I bought a flipped house in June 2013 where we live with our German Shepherd, Hailey (now with Finn).

This is the story of undoing everything the flipper did.


This blog is dedicated to Hailey in her memory and in her honor, and without whom we would not have this house.  We got it for her.  It is hard to call it "home" without her.

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