A Restoration Engagement

If you haven’t picked up on it by now, this is an interior design blog; but, given all the monumental things that have taken place over this past week, I think it’s acceptable for me to go a bit off course for this one post. After all, how often do the Cubs win The World Series and Donald Trump elected to be our 45th President? And, even more exciting for me personally, how often do I get engaged?! Yes, this past Friday, Matt and I got engaged! Now, I promise this post will have something to do with design and my future posts will remain interior design focused (after all, interior design is my first love); but given the eventful week, for today only, this post is going to be a bit more personal.

LinnieJames Engagement 5A few weeks back my sister, asked me if I would take a break from my work to spend Friday November 4th with her. She had the day off herself and wanted to have a “sister day.” The plan for the day was to meet at her apartment, go get a mani/pedi, get our hair cut, grab a late lunch at 3 Arts Club Café in Restoration Hardware, and then head to an art expo that evening at Navy Pier. Given I desperately needed a break from my computer, this day of beauty and sister time was exactly what I needed!

The day began as expected, but it wasn’t long before my world got turned upside down and I got the most incredible surprise of my life. I have yet to blog about this yet, but both Matt and I will be moving to Seattle after the new year. We can discuss that more at a later time, but the thing you need to know is that Matt wasn’t supposed to be in Chicago and I hadn’t seen him in a few weeks.

Anyways, back to Friday… After we finished up with our hair, my sister and I grabbed an uber and went to RH as planned. For those of you Chicagoan’s who haven’t been to the new RH yet, I highly recommend checking it out. Not only is each floor incredibly inspiring and beautiful, but it also has a restaurant inside with the best food (my favorite being the cheeseburger of course)! We walked into RH and my sister gave her name to the hostess after which we followed her in to our table. I walked in first, with my sister behind me (the way you walk when being seated in a restaurant) and, I’ll be honest, the only thing that was on my mind was getting a glass of wine and that cheeseburger.

Restoration Hardware Chicago

The next thing I knew, I was looking at Matt, sitting at a table for two beside the fountain with two glasses of champagne (underneath the most gorgeous chandelier I might add). As I mentioned before, Matt should have been in Seattle, so him, being in Chicago, at Restoration Hardware… I knew it could only mean one thing. My hands were shaking and he must have been pretty nervous himself because he got down on one knee so fast, there was hardly a minute for either of us to catch our breath. The next thing I knew, we were engaged (and the entire restaurant and store was clapping and cheering for us)!

Now despite my talkative nature, I don’t love feeling like everyone’s eyes are on me, but as I looked around, I realized I wasn’t only surrounded by strangers enjoying their lunch, but hiding in the windows in the big atrium above, were our closest family member’s, one of whom had been photographing the entire thing! It was without a doubt, the best moment of my life. And the ring, well let’s just say, he did good!

We spent the rest of the day celebrating with family and friends… I honestly never wanted Friday to end. It was truly the perfect proposal in the perfect place, with the most perfect guy. He nailed it. It was a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life and I cannot thank everyone involved enough for making it happen; most of all, my fiancé!

Don’t ask me where the wedding will be or when, there is much to be figured out in the months to come (while also finishing my thesis and moving across the country), but I promise I won’t leave you all completely in the dark. After all, while Matt and my dad may disagree, I’m pretty sure after finding my dress, the most important element of any wedding is how it is designed… That, and marrying the man of my dreams of course.

xx Linnie

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