About Us

Nov. 02, 2012

It all started back in 2006 when a cute Northwestern freshman girl threw her frisbee into a thistle bush and an awkward guy went in to fetch it.

Graduating in 2009 with a BS in Computer Science, I found myself moving to Michigan for work and travelling back to Chicago every other weekend to visit. We got married in 2010 right after Hillary graduated with an English major and Religion minor and she joined me in my 2 bedroom apartment in Michigan. It was a great place to start, but it was difficult to do any real personalization. We painted a few walls and made a curiously odd headboard from our TV box, but besides that and pictures on the wall (almost entirely comprised of wedding photos), there wasn't much that could be classified as "us."


So we started saving for our first house, and made an offer on our 3-bed, 2.5-bath colonial in April 2012. That spring also brought new fluff to our lives as we adopted an adorable furball, Nova, an American Eskimo. In retrospect, this may not have been the smartest thing we ever did so close to moving, but we had a reputation for doing multiple life changes at once.

Our house

We fell in love with the family room that didn't have two walls already taken up by a large fireplace and exterior door, the large kitchen with roll-out shelving, and the small but well designed master bathroom. But that doesn't mean we didn't want to change anything. And as Hillary has learned to love, or at least tolerate, I'm never one to simply half-heartedly try something new (I once bought a sewing machine and learned how to sew simply for a prank gift to my sisters-in-law). We've got plenty of projects to keep us busy for years and love teaching Nova new tricks, and we'll keep you informed about all our progress as we figure things out. Thanks for visiting!

Jeff, Hillary, and Nova