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Our bed and laundry rooms are slowly making their way, with our bedroom at the point where everything is cozy and functions well. I’m still anxiously awaiting the arrival of a pretty sconce for a lonely corner (this one!), and we’re (read: I’m) debating on a few more framed photos or artwork. The laundry room, on the other hand, still has a ways to go, but we’ve made huge strides in the last couple of weeks! Here’s another little progress report, long overdue.

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First, we got a new washer and dryer! We. Are. In. Love. We chose this washer and this dryer by LG, both picked up during an appliance sale. They play a cute melody when initially turned on (to which we sing, I-am-a-washing-machine! to the tune), they’re pretty, and most importantly, our clothes are, well, clean and dry. We sold our old set on Craigslist, making back almost enough money to cover one of the new machines.

Second – and the main reason for this update – we finally have cabinets picked out! You might remember when we first shared our laundry room plans, but the ultimate goal for our cabinetry is to hide soaps and stain sticks, towels, bed linens and odds and ends (like cat stuff, old yearbooks and photo albums). As much as we love the look of open shelving, we have come to terms with the fact that we all can’t be open shelving people. We need a hiding spot for the kitty litter, you know?

After initially thinking we’d go with IKEA cabinetry, we eventually had to nix the idea due to a lack of range in cabinetry height. Our goal has always been to take the cabinets all the way to the ceiling, but the math wasn’t checking out in their standard 20-inch, 30-inch or 40-inch options. A few months ago, however, I stumbled across TheRTAStore.com, which specializes in ready-to-assemble cabinetry with all the bells whistles you could hope for – soft close hinges, a wide selection of sizes and finishes and, the best part, one-on-one customer service! Scott and I devoured this review from House Updated, and after checking out their selection online, we were relieved to see that we would be able to create, essentially, a floor-to-ceiling wall of cabinetry. Super organized laundry room, here we come!

To this point, TheRTAStore.com has been awesome to work with, and they’ve since come on board to partner with us on our laundry room renovation! We’ll be sharing our experience with their ready-to-assemble cabinetry from the user side of things, which’ll hopefully provide you with more options when it comes to renovating your own laundry room – or kitchen or bath. (Stay tuned for the results, because we’ll also be spreading the love to you, too!) To start, we chose a variety of sample doors. Below, from left to right: Dakota White, Aspen White Shaker, Newport White, Brilliant White Shaker and Grey Shaker.

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You can see right away that we were leaning towards the shaker style (just like our kitchen), but seeing the doors in person helped us to eliminate a few styles right off the bat. Our two favorites were the most simple in design, Aspen White Shaker (left) and Brilliant White Shaker (right):

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I’ll fast forward and quickly say that we landed on the Aspen White Shaker, due to the size options available; that said, the styles offer a variety of sizes and options across the board. Here’s a specific example: While considering the Brilliant White, we found that it wasn’t available in a 24″ deep x 30″ wide cabinet for above our washer and dryer (this will make more sense in a minute). In our case, the Aspen White Shaker did offer a deep cabinet, and because we liked both styles similarly, it was what made our decision.

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Okay, so on to the plans! The cabinets will go wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling in our laundry room. Eventually, our washer and dryer will be stacked to allow for lower cabinet space.

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The lower cabinet space is very, very important for a very, very important girl. We’ll be installing a kitty door into the cabinet so that Libby will have a private space to eat and potty in peace. Let’s just say that the pups don’t always make this easy on her, so we wanted to keep things behind closed doors!

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Let’s talk about how everything will shake out! I signed up for a ‘free kitchen design‘, which basically put me in touch with one of their in house designers to work with one-on-one. After filling out the form, I was emailed by Chrissy the same day(!), and I sent her dimensions of the room, my ideas, and a quick sketch I made in Photoshop to give her an idea of where we were headed. Below are the plans from point A to point B, and the thought process along the way:

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ONE. I told Chrissy that we were toying with the idea of dark lowers and white uppers, but how would that look with a white side panel along the washer/dryer? As it turns out, we weren’t fans. Wanting our wallpaper to be the star of the show, Scott and I both agreed that the tuxedo look was too busy for this small room.

TWO. For the second round, I asked if she could bring the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. You’ll notice a slim drawer below the upper cabinets. The idea for that was a DIY drying rack, like this!

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THREE. We liked the direction we were headed, but we asked her to eliminate the decorative crown in favor for something more streamlined. Also, could you even out the trim along both sides of the washer /dryer so that the side panel isn’t so thick? Regarding the side panel, this turned out to be our only pain point. Because our ceilings are 9′ tall in this room – and because side panels are typically only 8′ tall – you can see that we broke up the panel with the countertop. Once all of our pieces arrive, we will have to see how this plays out!

FOUR. In our final rendition, we did decide to take out the drying rack ‘drawer,’ and in its place, we added a taller upper cabinet. This makes all of the upper cabinets 24″ high, which we felt looked more pleasing (less cluttered!) overall. In the meantime, I ordered one of these retractable clotheslines!

Although our laundry room is a cute little thing, we did make the bold decision to have all 24″ deep uppers. Our lower sink cabinet will be pulled flush with the appliances (roughly 32″ deep), which will still give us the allowance we need to keep our heads bump-free. The extra deep uppers – typically reserved for above-the-fridge – will give us extra storage for larger blankets and linens, but it shouldn’t look out of place since you’ll never, ever see them from the side!

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With everything finalized, Chrissy added all of the items to our cart for checkout (including an extra filler piece and touch up paint), and she sent along detailed dimensional drawings so that we knew how to trim all of our filler pieces once everything arrives. We haven’t yet received a shipping confirmation (it could take up to 2 weeks), but we can’t wait to cross this massive to-do off the list!

Has anyone else opted for extra-deep cabinets in unique situations? In our minds, it will work out, but we’re also crossing all our fingers and toes.

A huge thank you to TheRTAStore.com for sponsoring our laundry room, and all the same to you for supporting the brands that support us. xo

  • Justynn Yagiela - May 24, 2016 - 7:43 AM

    Ok dumb question.

    Do you guys worry at all having the clothesline to hang items and the occasional drippy item dripping onto the wood floor? I know generally items are not THAT wet, but occasionally I find hand wash items are not “wrung out” enough and they drip as they hang.

    Just wondering, when I saw the clothes line I had to go back to see what floor you had and seeing the wood brought up that question.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 7:53 AM

      Totally valid! Right now, we use a folding drying rack (that’s old and wobbly and we can’t wait to get rid of it!), and we set it on our hardwood floors. We’ve never had an issue with dripping, but our clothes are never THAT wet once they come out of the washer. Just damp, I guess? Also, we’re not big into hand washing items, haha. If something is too delicate, I usually don’t buy it in the first place! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kitty Person - May 24, 2016 - 8:04 AM

    Please please please don’t make your kitty eat and poop in the same cabinet…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 8:10 AM

      The cabinet is quite large. We always have her best interest in mind. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kristy - May 24, 2016 - 9:42 AM

      I came here to say the same thing. The plan looks gorgeous and your hearts are in the right place. But it rubs me the wrong way that you insist that a 32″ deep enclosed cabinet is “quite large” for eating and excreting. I’m not sure that this is the best solution, either, but what about two separate cabinets so that at least the spaces are separated?ReplyCancel

      • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 9:50 AM

        Hi Kristy, we did consider 2 cabinets, but we quickly tossed that idea aside. With 2 cabinets, we would then need to put another cat door on the inside, and we feared that our elder kitty might get confused. The thought of her feeling trapped just breaks our hearts. (She’s a very small cat!) I see where you’re going with this though, so we may consider a little divider at the very least. I actually really like that idea! And for what it’s worth, our girl wouldn’t be hanging out in the cabinet all day long… She’s not one to lounge with her food. This idea is simply to keep her business away from the dogs so she can eat in peace.ReplyCancel

        • Kristy - May 24, 2016 - 10:29 AM

          Thanks for the reply, Kim, I do appreciate it! I also appreciate that you’re trying to give the cat some peace in this new design, but you lose me when you indicate that eating and excreting in one small, enclosed space is peaceful. In addition to it being gross, you run the risk of creating litterbox issues with even the most flexible cat, and it sounds like you’re really going to stress Libby out. I like Ariella’s suggestion of closing the laundry room door and installing a cat door, but I know your laundry room door may present a challenge there. Putting the food on the counter also presents challenges if she can’t jump up there. I hate to imply that we readers have any say in the design of your home, but you ordinarily strike me as people who love and respect your animals and I feel like you’re really off track here.

          (Sorry if this posts twice, I’m not sure what I did!)ReplyCancel

    • Ariella - May 24, 2016 - 9:59 AM

      I came here to say the same thing. That’s not cool. Cats don’t instinctively like to eat where they sh*t (nor would you) and you risk either having eating issues or litter box issues, neither of which are pleasant. Why can’t you keep the laundry room door closed and put a kitty door in there? Or keep the food on top of the counters (if she can jump up there)? There has got to be a better way to deal with this issue, and I can’t help but feel that you’re doing this for your own ease rather than your cat’s well-being. Normally I like your blog, but this really turned me off.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - May 24, 2016 - 11:32 AM

    The only place I’ve ever seen a retractable clothes line was in Colombia at a resort we visited in January – so funny to see one again so soon. They work great!

    Love the design – looks great! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - May 24, 2016 - 11:41 AM

    We used the Aspen White Shaker from TheRTAStore in our kitchen and laundry room and have been pleased with them thus far. Great choice! On a different note, like Kitty Person, Kristy, and Ariella, I am gravely concerned for your sweet Libby. Even if she is small and meticulous, even if you use the ‘dustless’ litter, even if she doesn’t seem to mind, this is not a time in her life when you want her to feel that she is being punished when you are actually trying to provide her a peaceful place away from the pups. Such a change could contribute to a number of health issues, the worst of which being an early demise. Older cats are even less able to deal with changes and stress, so I encourage you to use your super creative energies to find an alternative solution that is appealing both to you and to Libby. I’m sure you can figure something out! :)ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - May 24, 2016 - 11:45 AM

    Pretty plans. Does “sponsoring” mean the cabinets are free? Can you share what the cost would be for others?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 11:57 AM

      Hi Meredith, they are providing the cabinets, and we’ll be sharing the experience. They came to right under 1,200, but they tend to run sales frequently. Right now, our cabinet finish is 20% off, so the final price would be $950(ish). For us, that price also included an extra cabinet door, a side panel and a few extra filler pieces as well! Thank you for asking!ReplyCancel

      • Meredith - May 24, 2016 - 12:12 PM

        Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - May 24, 2016 - 1:27 PM

    It looks great! I have mine stacked and love them. No doubt you guys gave this tons of thought and compassion for your kitty Love. It will be interesting to see if she tolerates it. It’s a good idea! But as you know esp older kitties can refuse change. I’m assuming her litter box is in that room now, which hopefully will help. Mine hate the washer/dryer, would not poop in the litter box there. I resorted to one of those walk-through baby gates that has a built in kitty door. Dogs out, mama and kitty in. We love it, but yeah, I hear ya, I’d definitely prefer to hide it in a cabinet. Good Luck, can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 6:03 PM

      Thanks, Kathy – yup, the litter box is in that room now, pretty much in the same spot it will go once the cabinets are in (it’s currently just to the left of the washer/dryer). Both Maddie and Libby have been champions during the construction in this room. At one point, we had to move their box and food to the workshop downstairs while this space was down to the studs. We showed them where everything was, and they took right to it! When we moved it all back up here, it was business as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - May 24, 2016 - 1:43 PM

    I just wanted to alert you to using a liquid fabric softener in your new washing machine. I have the same LG & using Downey gunked up the drawer that holds the little cups. Then it caused mold & leaking on my floor.
    If you need to use a fabric softener, I would suggest you use dryer sheets.
    Also you need to leave the washing machine door open when you’re not using it.
    Otherwise you get mold in the rubber gasket that seals the door.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 2:05 PM

      Thanks for the tip, good to know! So far, we’ve been leaving the door almost closed after laundry, and then I’ll close it before bed.ReplyCancel

  • Cait - May 24, 2016 - 2:31 PM

    Looks like things are coming along nicely! Will you have to nix the gorgeous salvage sink, or does it still fit with these plans?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 2:36 PM

      Thanks, Cait. :) We had to nix it to make enough room for Libs. We have a different sink/faucet in waiting!ReplyCancel

      • Cait - May 24, 2016 - 3:05 PM

        Aww, that’s sad since it’s such a nice find, but totally understandable. Looking forward to seeing your new plan come together. :) (And if you still have the other sink, maybe you could put it to use in the backyard as a potting area for plants or something?)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - May 24, 2016 - 3:23 PM

    I’m with the others about the poor kitty, eating and excreting in the same box, even with a divider.

    Id put the food in the cabinet so they can access it, but keep the litter box separate. Couldn’t you build a “Plant Stand” or “extra storage” that can encase the litter box in the corner now where you have the food and water?ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - May 24, 2016 - 3:53 PM

    While it may not be ideal for the food and litter to be in the same space, it really is kitty preference. If your kitty isn’t used to that setup, watch for signs of dislike such as soiling outside the litter box. I have the same situation with pups so my kitty has had her food and litter in the same space (a storage bench) since she was a kitten and she hasn’t had any issue. Just try to physically separate them as much as possible (opposite sides of the cabinet). Good luck and I just love your laundry room!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 24, 2016 - 4:59 PM

      Thanks, Kristin! As long as we’ve had our girl(s), their food and litter have never been more than 3′ apart. They’ve always been very comfortable, which is our goal.ReplyCancel

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One of the long term goals we had for this house – we’re going back to 2013 now – was to add interior attic access. At the time, we only had a horrific exterior staircase to gain entrance, but now? Attic Access! Inside!

The attic, aside from housing the new furnace for our second floor, is mostly empty. Scary, but empty. We have a few bins for our holiday decor, some college-day art projects (I was into big art back in the day; nothing could ever be simple for me – what else is new?), my wedding dress(!) and old yearbooks. We purchased this aluminum attic ladder, and although we toyed with the idea of installing it ourselves, our contractors (who would be demolishing the exterior stairs – more on that in a minute!) cut us a deal that would save us the time and energy. Done.

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Installed at the top of our second floor landing, we decided it was the least offensive spot in our home. It leads to the front half of the attic, which is the most open for our stuff, and eventually, we’d like to add shelving up there for a bit of organization. The problem? Once our contractor was complete with his part of the job, it wasn’t very pretty.

We remedied that pretty quickly with thin pine lattice, caulk, spackle and paint! Scott made simple mitered corners with the lattice, using our nail gun to secure it around the perimeter of the door. I followed that up with a line of caulk, spackle for the nail holes, two thin coats of primer (this water-based Zinsser is our favorite) and two coats of regular ol’ ceiling paint.

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For the finishing step, we replaced the cloth cord for a simple white pull:

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Two days a year – you know, taking down the Christmas tree and then putting it back – the pull will make it a little less easy to open the attic door (we’ll need to get a step stool to pull it down), but for the other 363 days a year, it’s practically invisible! Worth it. The ladder can safely extend with enough room at the bottom to maneuver our bins, but that said, we agreed that attic duty will always be a two person job. One of us on the ladder, the other to spot.

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So, let’s go back to why we needed interior access in the first place! There’s a reason why our backyard never, ever makes an appearance on the blog. For one, we’ve paid it absolutely no attention since the day we moved in – three years ago. More or less, it has acted as a giant puppy potty. And two, there is – um, was? – an unsafe behemoth of a staircase. Because our home was initially separated into two apartments, the stairs acted as a back fire escape from the first and second floor apartments, and all the way at the top was the scary attic door:

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If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we’ve slowly been turning our two-flat into a single family home. We nixed the second floor back door for a wall of windows (what was once a kitchen is now our master bedroom!), and with our freshly installed interior attic access, it was finally time to take down the deteriorating staircase! On a related side note, afterwards, we picked up this safety ladder.

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We had been waiting for Operation-Tear-Down-the-Stairs for so, so long, and a small team of three men had it down and hauled away in 4 hours. 4 hours! Despite the backside of our house going from horrible to slightly-less-horrible, we are enjoying the massive amount of light streaming through our windows. The backyard is still very far from pretty, but we’ve completed a massive first step in the right direction. We’ve been working with a local steel fabricator on a new staircase that will lead into our yard, and we have countless paper scraps and napkins with makeshift plans-to-be. We’re in the early stages, but every day brings new challenges – siding repair and/or replacement, for one! – and new ideas. We are excited, overwhelmed and hopeful. Right now, we’re taking this one day at a time.

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We’ve been pinning our backyard ideas on this board, although it’s too soon to tell how far we’ll get this year. In our minds, we’ll be done with everything by October. Reality will likely have a different idea, so we’re promising each other to take it in stride. (I say with hesitation!)

  • Stacy@BlakeHillHouse - May 18, 2016 - 6:29 AM

    Exciting! That was quite a staircase. I can only imagine how much more light you have. We took some large trees out last fall, and I still cannot believe how much sunlight pours into the house. We just thought it was always dark on that side of the house. :D

    Looking forward to seeing how the yard shapes up.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 8:49 AM

      The back of our house has always been the brightest (where our kitchen and bedroom is), but now it’s on turbo power!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - May 18, 2016 - 7:05 AM

    How amazing! The back of your house looks just insanely better now. I’m sure it’s just a ton of weight off your shoulders. When it comes time for siding repair or replacement, what are your plans? It looks like you have vinyl – do you have any leads on a match for repair? Is your original clapboard underneath? My husband and I recently removed all of the vinyl off our 110 year old home to reveal gorgeous old growth cedar siding. It was one of the most thrilling experiences of our lives to see it there!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 8:52 AM

      Kari, color us jealous. Wow! Our house has been through a ton of transitions (even before us), so we’ve gotten peeks of what lies beneath… And it’s not very awesome. We’re still meeting with contractors and going over options, but I’ll tell you this much, we’ve never liked our vinyl. We have talked about residing the whoooooole house someday, but this project is sort of kick starting the back side at the very least! Updates to come as we figure it out ourselves…ReplyCancel

  • Meg - May 18, 2016 - 7:16 AM

    Wow! You two are RELENTLESS. We’d be taking a couple of years off to recuperate if we’d completely redone a bathroom, a laundry room and a bedroom all in one fell swoop! Kudos to you. I’m very impressed with your zeal.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Dreger - May 18, 2016 - 8:18 AM

    Oh how exciting! It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes not having 3 floors of staircases! So does that final picture mean that you removed the deck off the kitchen and outside access for the time being? Will you put a deck back on the backside of the house for this summer?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 8:53 AM

      Yup, for now, we have no backyard access, haha. We’re still figuring out exactly what we’ll do, but we’re in talks with some local makers. The good news is that our front porch (swing!) is The Spot to be in the summer until we can get this sorted!ReplyCancel

  • jannike - May 18, 2016 - 8:54 AM

    I hope you keep a balcony off the kitchen doors. It’s always nice to have space for the bbq close to the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - May 18, 2016 - 9:03 AM

    Um – we’ve ignored our backyard for fifteen years! (Hanging head.) Actually, it’s not horrible, but it’s not great. We did take our outside access stairs off during our initial demolition when we also converted our home from a two-family to a single-family – it was really rickety and dangerous, although we did manage to get a 400lb cast iron tub up those stairs without losing anyone.

    We’re trying to finalize the next phase of our work, which will finally address our back yard. It’s exciting – and expensive! Maybe we’ll be on the same timeline with this project! Best of luck.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 9:08 AM

      Ahhh, good luck to you too! Our cast iron tub was carried up our scary stairs too, but our contractor had to repair a few stairs as they went (one cracked in half completely). We are so happy to see this safety hazard GONE.ReplyCancel

  • Katy - May 18, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    That gif is mesmerizing. I’ve watched it about ten times already.

    I can’t wait to see what you guys do!ReplyCancel

  • Tina slocum - May 18, 2016 - 2:24 PM

    Hi Kim and Scott, I want you to know that I’ve been following you for years. You two are the most talented home “fixer uppers?” and designers and so precise in your work. Everything you do is so asthetically pleasing, clean and so gorgeous. Just a note of appreciation and thanks! TinaReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 7:11 PM

      You are incredibly kind. Thank you SO much, and thank you for following along and chiming in!ReplyCancel

  • Chance - May 18, 2016 - 7:06 PM

    We had a similar situation with our attic access. We got a dowel rod, added a little hook on the end and that enabled us to pull the stairs down easily. When not in use, the rod hangs on a little eye circle hook thing inside a nearby closet and its out of the way.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 7:12 PM

      Genius. We also have hockey sticks nearby that we can use, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - May 19, 2016 - 11:49 AM

    Oh my gosh, I can’t get over how much better it looks with all those stairs gone!!! Wow!!! I am looking forward to what you do with that side of the house.

    Do you guys plan on adding some insulation to the new attic drop down door?? We live in San Diego and even with our super mild winters, I notice a huge difference when we pull down our door to the attic and its that little bit of insulation attached to the door (beneath the ladder) that helps keep that cold air from creeping down into our house (and keeps the warm air in!) I can imagine its even more significant where you guys live since you have REAL winters! Ha!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 19, 2016 - 12:57 PM

      Thanks for the tip! We hadn’t thought to do so, but I suppose this coming winter will help to steer us in that direction if needed. And you’re right – our winters are REAL real. Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Cair - May 20, 2016 - 4:55 PM

    Da–, this is huuuuge! Congrats on it finally happening. Looking forward to seeing your back yard unfold.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne - May 23, 2016 - 12:48 AM

    How exciting with the yard. It looks so different.

    My parents have an attic ladder just like that. They have a long pole with a hook on the end (I think they bought it with the ladder) that they use to pull it down. Saves the step ladder and any potential incidents. Plus much easier to store!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - May 23, 2016 - 1:11 PM

    I bet your renter is happy having the deck removed from over that window, so much more light probably! Have you two done anything with the garden unit? I don’t remember there being much, but I’ve always been curious!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 23, 2016 - 1:20 PM

      Aside from a MASSIVE cleaning, fresh paint and some new lighting, the garden unit didn’t receive much. It was the ‘best’ part of our house when we bought it! Our long term plan would be to replace all the 12″ square tile down there with wood-look tile (to cozy it up), but for now, our renters are happy, so we’re happy. We don’t like to share too much about it for their privacy. :)ReplyCancel

    • Alison - May 23, 2016 - 4:55 PM

      That is what I was thinking too looking at that gif – So much more light for the basement windows! Just curious, do your renters use your backyard for entertainment at all (e.g. grilling or hanging out) or will they in the future when the backyard is renovated? Do you need two functional hangout spots in the backyard with some privacy in between?ReplyCancel

      • Kim - May 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

        There is so much more light for alllll the windows, really! The renters will be more than welcome to use the backyard when we’re done. Right now, no one uses it (except the pups), but we hope it will be one large communal and happy space. For the most part, our renters keep to themselves though.ReplyCancel

  • Allie - May 23, 2016 - 1:35 PM

    I looks so great! A nice blank canvas to work with! This reminds me of Manhattan Nest and all that Daniel has done to change the back of his house!

    Is your new staircase just going to be from the kitchen and you will completely patch the attic door? Or maybe even more windows will be making an appearance? So exciting for you guys! Also noticed you no longer have the nice blue windowed door to the garden unit. Bummer, I loved that color. Was it clashing with the sliding door? It must be so much brighter in there without the deck!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 23, 2016 - 1:47 PM

      Thanks, Allie! Yup, the staircase will only come off of the kitchen, and the attic door will be patched. The blue door you’re thinking of is still there – but it’s only in the front of the house. We have, however, talked about painting the garden unit’s back door once we whip this yard into shape!ReplyCancel

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Have you listened to the Chris Loves Julia podcast yet?

When Julia told me they were about to launch a podcast, my immediate thought was yes! Give me all the podcasts! As my go-to girlfriend for all things home (and my texting confidante when torn with design indecision), I told her we’d be the first to subscribe. So when she followed up by asking if Scott and I wouldn’t mind joining in on a low key conversation about our own renovations – and how in the world we handle the snowball effect! – I was all yes, yes! Then we immediately began practicing our least screechy on-air voice.

The first 3 episodes kicked off this week, and I listened to them as I edited photos and painted pets. Hosted by their friend Preston, the podcast feels as if you’re actually sitting in the room with old friends, chatting about your own paint dilemmas and why is it so hard to choose a white paint? The trio feels effortless and upbeat, because they are friends, but they have a way of bringing you into the conversation, too. Personally, I love that Chris and Julia give us a fun peek behind the blogging curtain, but I have just one request – bring on Charly!

You can catch all the episodes on iTunes or Stitcher, and we catch up with them in the third episode! (Bonus points for anyone who picks up on Jack’s cameo.) New episodes air every Monday, so go ahead and get hooked.

  • VerbalGoldBlog - May 16, 2016 - 11:27 AM

    I can’t wait to check out the podcast! Sounds fantasticReplyCancel

  • Carol - May 17, 2016 - 9:41 AM

    Love it! Hope you are guests again – it’s fun to have some of my favorite bloggers collaborate!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 17, 2016 - 9:48 AM

      Thank you! We love hanging with those guys. :DReplyCancel

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