By , October 23, 2007 11:59 am


Hi! I’m Kim!

I am thirty-three years old, live in very northern Lake County, Illinois (in a suburb of Chicago) and work for the federal government in Chicago. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (I am not a licensed architect and probably never will be), and my full time job is in the architectural design industry.

However, my day job does not define me! I became an ACE certified personal trainer in July 2013 and I teach whole body strength classes at Essential Fitness in Grayslake, Illinois. Fitness is my passion. I love to exercise, especially running and cycling! I love sharing my passion for fitness with others.

And, there’s more! My husband, Steven, and I run FakeMeats.com – an online shop of vegetarian and vegan meats and treats!!!

Enough about work!

I am originally from Iowa, and ended up in Chicagoland when I graduated and moved to start work and marry Steven in September 2007 (check out wedding photos here and here). I live with him (obviously) and our cat, Data!

<image: Kim and Steven September 1 2007>

Kim + Steven

Data (known aliases: Datalor, Poopface, Datos Potatoes, Sczuzzle Butt, Calla Face, Stink Turd, Sweetie Pie, Purr Machine, Sh!t Box)

Khaleesi (goes by Khali) joined our family in February of 2017,

and Jon Snow (goes by Snow) is our outdoor friend!

Although I am a designer, this site covers way more than just that which concerns design. I write about a variety of topics – some silly, some serious, and some work related, but all real. Honesty is very important to me, so you will see a lot of open and oversharing (ha ha) posts here.

I started this site in July 2005 as a means of keeping in touch with my family and friends. Happily, it has turned into much more than that, as it has introduced me to new friends from all over the world.

In October 2007, I made the switch from hand-coding my site to using wordpress. My old site archives can still be viewed under the Archive 07/2005-10/2007 link.


This site is edited in wordpress, and currently runs on Panaroma 2.0 by Themocracy. From October 2007 – January 2010, I ran it on a personalized version of the Sorrowful Skies theme.

All of the images on this site have been created by me, with exception to those noted otherwise. Feel free to download these images for personal, non-commercial purposes. But please DO NOT attempt to reproduce these images for commercial purposes in any way. If you would like to ask for my permission to use these images, please contact me.


I would love to answer any questions you may have about the content of this site. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me with ideas, comments, or general problems you have about the site. I am particularly interested in hearing about navigational problems within in the site, or slow upload times.

You can email me at kilax@ilaxstudio.com or leave a message in the comments sections on the home page.

4 Responses to “About”

  1. Anna says:

    Loved the cat with a tie. He looks like a Sweetie Pie. 🙂

  2. I see your comments on all the blogs I visit so I finally came over to say hi! I look forward to reading more and learning more about you. Oh and I loved the 100 things list! I could relate to so many!!

  3. Round Lake! No way! I love getting to read blogs from the area! If you ever run close by, let me know! 🙂

  4. I’m so glad you found (and liked) my blog! It’s awesome to find another design professional out there with a blog! It’s awesome that you live in Chicago, I went to Greenbuild last year and absolutely loved the city, it’s awesome you get to be there all the time. 🙂

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