happy monday, friends! hope you had a nice weekend. i'm traveling for work this week, so apologies in advance if i'm MIA!
the mr. and i went exploring for homewares in our neighborhood on saturday. we're looking for a bookcase with doors and an entryway table, but we're in no real rush to purchase. we enjoy browsing boutiques and resale shops and i'm committed to buy only when i love something or it has DIY potential.
we started at one of my favorites, nadeau. nadeau is a must for unique, high-quality, hand-crafted, and affordable furniture and home accessories. most of their pieces are solid wood and shipped from places like indonesia. there are retail stores in 20 locations, so you don't need to be local to chicago to take a gander at their wares.
last time we were in austin, james and i bought an iron trivet for $6 that places like williams-sonoma sell for $60.
we also stopped by the lillstreet art center to peruse their gallery and artisan shop.
we stumbled upon first slice inside the shop and stopped for lunch. waiting for our orders, we read about the cafe and learned that is actually a charitable organization. first slice is a self-funded charity, founded by a chef, that provides restaurant quality food to the homeless and needy.
i had the turkey, aged cheddar and cherry chutney sandwich, james had the lasagna, and we shared a slice of cherry pie. let me tell you, it is restaurant quality. and the staff was so friendly.
for the chicagoans: we learned about empty bowls, a fundraiser taking place on march 1st at the ravenswood location. artists will be selling handmade bowls for $25. each purchase comes with free soup and bread and all proceeds benefit first slice.
images by james roy photography