Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More

Back Problems? Try Putting Your Feet Up

10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Paint Your Bed for a Colorful Night’s Sleep

Better Your Bed (and Body) With Bolsters and Neck Rolls

Get in the Swing of Things with a Swinging Bed

11 Creative and Thrifty Ideas for Bedside Tables

9 Ways to Dress a Four-Poster Bed

Urban Grace


A good friend recently introduced me to Urban Grace, a delightful shop which just moved into a jazzy new space in downtown DeKalb, Illinois.

Owners Sherrie Larkins and Rachel Polly have an eye for fine finds. They pick up furniture and other goodies at estate sales and such and then work their magic to breath new life into their pieces.

The Urban Grace style is akin to shabby chic, but with an urban angle. Hold the sugar too – their pieces aren’t cloyingly sweet with floral and lace. They’ve collaborated with Nathan Rock of Industrial Artifacts who showcases some of his industrial furniture, fitting in among the mid-century leather suitcases,  rolls of Rifle paper, framed antique illustrations and block-print throws.

Urban Grace also sells clay and chalk-based paints by CeCe Caldwells’ Paints, which they also feature on their furniture in an array of cheery colors. The paint is also easy to apply and environmentally friendly, as it’s non-toxic, water-based and made of natural ingredients.

Best of luck to Urban Grace in their new space!












Houzz Tour: Steering Toward Subtle Nautical in Los Angeles