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A dog bed is one of those things that’s a must-have for any pet lover, but finding one that can withstand a beating from our pups has always been a challenge. Jack and CC are big, slobbery knuckleheads (that we love so much, it hurts), and we often joke that if attending school was a thing, our dogs would be the smelly kids in class. Never mind that CC doles out tongue baths nightly and they get more baths than any pet we’ve known, no, these two can make a freshly laundered bed look filthy in less than a day. All that to say, our house wouldn’t be a home without them (Libby, too!), and while every choice we make is a direct result of ensuring their comfort, we’re always hopeful to merge their needs with our home’s style.

We’ve been using beds and mats from Janery for years now, including an extra wide foot-of-the-bed cushion that lives – you guessed it – at the foot of our bed. It’s made of two cushions with waterproof liners, and Jane whipped up a custom length in an outdoor fabric that would envelop both. We love it, but lugging it into any other room isn’t practical. Scott and I agreed that we wanted a couple of beds that we could easily kick from room to room; we wanted dog beds that didn’t look like dog beds, and they had to be affordable, (extremely) durable and able to hold up to endless washings.

As I was pulling my jeans out of the dryer a few months ago, I asked Scott, why aren’t denim dog beds a thing? A quick online searched proved that they are a thing, but I was having trouble pinpointing one that checked off every one of our wishes. If it was attractive, it wasn’t affordable. If it was affordable, it wasn’t washable – and the list goes on. Heavyweight cotton denim is a fabric that only gets better with age, wash after wash. I was determined to make our own.

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SUPPLIES USED FOR 2 DENIM PET BEDS

2 – 26″ x 26″ IKEA FJADRAR cushions
A set of Euro sized waterproof liners
2 – 22″ brass zippers
2 yards of heavyweight denim fabric

Tip: The Etsy shop that I purchased our fabric from is no longer active, but I found that searching for all cotton denim brought up thicker options overall (as denim with stretch is typically a little more thin). Here’s a close match to the fabric we purchased. 

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This is probably my favorite part: I brought my fabric and zippers to our local dry cleaner, and I asked her if she could sew up two pillow cases! Knowing myself far too well, it would be weeks (if not months) before I pulled out my sewing machine, and even then, let’s be honest, we’re not on the best of terms. I asked her to make each case a 24″ square, which would allow our 26″ pillows to look and feel more full. We agreed on double stitched seams for extra strength and an invisible zipper. You can see above that our denim was a medium blue, but we ended up preferring the lighter variation on the underside! She sewed the cases so that the underside was exposed, and we couldn’t be happier with the results:

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The pillows received a waterproof liner before we slipped on their covers (the Euro sham is usually sized as a 26″ square), and both the liners and covers have been washed and dried countless times over the last handful of months. Just as we hoped, the denim fabric has held up especially well, with virtually no sign of wear! If anything, it only gets softer with each wash.

For the most part, the beds hang out in our living room, but by the end of the evening, Jack and CC will have pulled them into the funny little nook. They’ll arrange the cushions so that they’re next to each other, or in the off chance that Jack isn’t around, CC will double up – à la The Princess and the Pea.

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We love that these cushions don’t scream, ‘look at this doggie bed!,’ and I waited a couple of months before writing this post just to make sure they’ve lived up to our expectations. And they have! For two beds, our supplies totaled less than $90, and the cost of having them made was an additional $30. For something that has proved to be so durable – in such a classic, casual fabric, too! – we’re super happy.

Now just imagine if I could learn to sew and, most importantly, stick with it?

  • Stacy G. - January 12, 2017 - 6:19 AM

    These are great! I need to try a dog bed with Millie again. For some reason, she wants not part of them. She came to us with a blanket that she eventually chewed to shreds. I bought her a nice pad for her crate that she chewed to bits one afternoon while we were away. After that, I bought her a puffy pillow bed for the living room, and she never even sniffed it. I gave it away to a friend. Millie has been with us for four years. I wish she would just get comfy and settle in. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 12, 2017 - 8:51 AM

      Oh, Millie! We have that same issue with Libby. She would rather crush every pillow than sleep in a cushy bed, whereas Maddie was totally happy to curl up in her kitty basket. These silly pets of ours and their foibles.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - January 12, 2017 - 8:28 AM

    Dog beds are seriously, the worst. Especially with our dog, who is an un-build-a-bear. When we first got her, my husband let her on the couch. Then the throw pillows started to explode and the armchair arms started to look gnawed on, so I put an end to that. We got her a nice bed and it “mysteriously” exploded and then she cried because it wasn’t cushy enough to lay on the tile floor. I put a towel in there, it exploded. I put an old shower curtain in there, it exploded. We dropped her off at a friend of ours while we were traveling and she exploded THEIR dog’s bed. Her bed is now a fabric scrap graveyard and I can’t bring myself to try and replace it because that’s kind of a lot to pay for something that she’s going to use as a chew toy! She has chew toys and everything but oh no, she has to chew everything cushy, and then cry about the fact that there is nothing cushy for her to lay on. #rantover On a related note, let’s go learn how to sew ; I, too, have a neglected sewing machine and all I can really make is an envelope pillow with the world’s most crooked seams. Maybe if I learned how to sew, I could make dog beds faster than Ash could destroy them…haaaa.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 12, 2017 - 8:50 AM

      Dog beds are so hard, thank you for commiserating! Thank goodness our pups haven’t destroyed anything to shreds (knock on wood!), but Jack does love to nibble the edges of his bed, and the denim has been holding up like a champ. Poor Ash, the rough life of a dog, am I right?!ReplyCancel

      • Kathy - January 12, 2017 - 9:55 AM

        THE RUFF-EST. I’m just going to soak everything in bitter apple extract and call it a day. What’s that, Ash? Everything is comfy but it doesn’t taste good to chew so you don’t want to chew it anymore? IMAGINE THAT. ALL OF YOUR CUSHY THINGS HAVE MAGICALLY STAYED INTACT.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - January 12, 2017 - 9:56 AM

          Ugggh that bitter apple is such a necessary evil in this house, too. You’re not alone! Dog parents unite!ReplyCancel

        • kg - January 16, 2017 - 12:25 PM

          I had to bitter apple for mine too…some are just chewers! I found some chew toys helped – chew this, not this. Other thing I found was making a bed using good quality vinyl – I used a plywood base (put some ikea legs on it), then foam about 6-7 inches, then covered with a drop cloth, then finally vinyl. Then I put a snoozy crate mat on it, just to cozy it up, and also easily replaced when they shred it. And the vinyl handles the bitter apple very well. My sympathies, hope what I did helps you too!

          Kim, have you ever thought of starting a Pet Website, you seem to have good insight into pet behavior (had a friend who was appalled that her dog moved his bed around! LOL), and to solving and decorating the house to accomodate the pets. And you have good pet connections too, great stuff! Just an idea!ReplyCancel

          • Kim - January 16, 2017 - 12:59 PM

            I LOVE your vinyl idea! We have to be careful with vinyl in the off chance that our kitty would want to cozy up on it. Her nails are like little razors, and she can slice through just about anything!

            And thanks for the kind words. We like to sprinkle in the pet stuff here when it makes sense, and we’re all eyes and ears for any suggestions! You miiiiiight just say we’re pet obsessed.ReplyCancel

  • Allison H - January 12, 2017 - 10:14 AM

    AH! love these! my friend and i were just talking we wanted to have a sewing day and make covers for our pups’ beds! this is a great idea!! thanks for inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - January 12, 2017 - 10:42 AM

    Kim, our styles are pretty different, yet you continue to be such an incredible source of recommendations and inspiration! I’ve had two euro pillows stuffed in my closet for months, and I now know what to do with them. Wrigley and her new little brother will be getting two new beds as soon as the puppy teething stage is over :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 12, 2017 - 10:51 AM

      Aw, how sweet that Wrigley has a new little brother!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel @ Manhattan Nest - January 12, 2017 - 2:46 PM

    BABIESSSSS!!!!!!!!! Jack is a great model but CC SLAYS. Like, I cannot with this. Look at that dumpling!

    Those pillows are way cute! I’ve been carting around the same stupid big square pillow (still wrapped in its original plastic) for literal years now to do the same thing for Linus. It never occurred to me to have someone just make it for me…BE MY LIFE COACH, KIM.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - January 12, 2017 - 4:32 PM

    I have been meaning to investigate how to make my own dog bed and this is giving me a great starting point! I wouldn’t have thought of denim, but it’s perfect. My only road block is I’m a great dane parent and there is no way a 26×26 pillow would be big enough. Hmm I will have to start thinking some more..ReplyCancel

    • Ryan - January 12, 2017 - 4:44 PM

      For one dog bed that I made, I used old bed pillows and opened up the long side on two pillows and then stitched them together to make one bigger pillow. I’m about to embark on making a new dog bed for our newest dog who’s also our smallest yet at only 45 lbs. We currently have several of the round costco beds but they’re big and scream DOG BED.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 12, 2017 - 8:31 PM

      Aw, we love Great Danes! Thanks for the suggestion, Ryan!ReplyCancel

    • Loryn - January 13, 2017 - 8:00 AM

      My mom has a big lab/rott mix, and she uses a crib mattress for his bed. They’re inexpensive, and it’s easy to find waterproof liners.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - January 13, 2017 - 9:32 AM

        We’ve heard of that, too! Thanks for all the great ideas, guys.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - January 12, 2017 - 5:16 PM

    Just want to say thanks for calling it fabric and not material! Such a pet-peeve (pun intended) of mine!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - January 13, 2017 - 3:52 PM

    Fabulous idea! Absolutely love the photos you get of them – priceless. :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - January 16, 2017 - 2:56 PM

    I was so happy when I saw this post because I recently upholstered my bed with the reverse side of denim. I loved it but I thought I was crazy. So glad to know I’m not the only one. Here’s a link to mine: http://www.theycallherflipper.com/diy-upholstered-malm-bed/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 16, 2017 - 3:06 PM

      That’s so pretty, Andrea! The idea of a denim bed is so dreamy. (Pun intended?)ReplyCancel

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This post is in partnership with Blu Dot. More lately than ever, our friends have been saying, your home is so close to done! What’s next? Although the list of rooms on our to-do list is the shortest it’s ever been, we don’t even consider the rooms that we’ve shared done done. As our needs from room to room…
  • Gladys - January 10, 2017 - 6:48 AM

    Gorgeous pieces. I would love to get their 2 door credenza for our living room.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - January 10, 2017 - 7:29 AM

    I love the hot mesh patio chairs. I’ve been wanting to get some patio dining furniture for our screened porch for this spring!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - January 10, 2017 - 7:45 AM

    I love their barstools!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - January 10, 2017 - 8:01 AM

    So much good stuff at Blu Dot… LOVE the Chicago Lowboy in Walnut.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - January 10, 2017 - 8:05 AM

    Too indecisive to say what I’d get – haha!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 8:30 AM

      I hear ya. It’s all SO good.ReplyCancel

  • CC - January 10, 2017 - 8:53 AM

    The Swish Console desk is lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Mags - January 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM

    Just moved to Chicago (hey neighbor!) and I’m amazed at how much more space we have – and how much more furniture we need! I’m loving the large mirror mirror for our bedroom and the dipolmat sleeper sofa for my office balcony!ReplyCancel

  • Alleira - January 10, 2017 - 9:35 AM

    We’ve purchased a bunch from BluDot – a low dresser and their king sized bed with storage, among other things. Great quality furniture and the design is stellar. If we won the gift certificate, I think we’d probably buy a Turn stool or the Turn coffee table. Or maybe we’d splurge and get something bigger since it would be a substantial discount. Anyway – love BluDot! Great partner for you guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 9:46 AM

      LOVE the Turn coffee table – and thank you for the kind feedback, Alleira!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Stewart - January 10, 2017 - 9:52 AM

    I drove by the new store a few weeks ago and it looks amazing. I cannot wait to poke around inside. I’ve been searching for a durable, kid friendly ottoman for a while and the bumper looks like it would be perfect.

    Love the chairs you guys choose! So cozy for fun dinner parties.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - January 10, 2017 - 10:33 AM

    I’ve got my eye on the hot mesh chairs for my enclosed patio!ReplyCancel

  • Risa - January 10, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    So many amazing choices but I am leaning towards the Splash Coat rack in slate or whiteReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 10, 2017 - 10:40 AM

    These are so beautiful and your photos are crisp, yet soft–all my goals!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 10:46 AM

      So sweet, thank you, friend.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - January 10, 2017 - 10:43 AM

    Oh my, the Knicker Chair. It is a beautiful example of how good cruelty-free faux leather can look.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 10:45 AM

      YES, that’s a good one!ReplyCancel

  • Karla Darling - January 10, 2017 - 10:46 AM

    I’m actually shopping for dining chairs right now and I like the Hemstad chairs in blackReplyCancel

  • Holly Edwards - January 10, 2017 - 10:50 AM

    I love the rugs!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 10:52 AM

      Right?! The Cush rug has been a longtime favorite. We’re just running out of rooms to put it in, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Page - January 10, 2017 - 10:59 AM

    Okay, so I’ll just everything off their website! There’s so many things I would love. Either and lounge chair or a cool mirror for my dining room. Of course I’m always a sucker for rugs and accessories.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - January 10, 2017 - 11:21 AM

    I’d use it to help my Mom get her dining room sorted. She’s been in limbo for ages with a table that’s too big for the room and chairs that are too short for said table. I know she’d love to start fresh, and this would be a great jumping off point!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - January 10, 2017 - 11:33 AM

    We purchased our first Blu Dot piece recently – the Pi Large Side Table – and absolutely love it! My only complaint is that they don’t have a store in Michigan. I’m on the hunt for a new coffee table and am in love with the Free Range Coffee Table (fingers crossed!).

    The new chairs look great in your space – and awesome giveaway!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 11:42 AM

      I couldn’t believe it when I found out they were opening a store here! We’d been watching the building go up for months wondering what it would be – needless to say, we lost our minds when we realized it would be a Blu Dot. :DReplyCancel

  • Laurie - January 10, 2017 - 11:44 AM

    I love the TDH leaning mirror!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Abeln - January 10, 2017 - 11:46 AM

    Ooh! I’m dying for the one night stand couch-so guest can sleep over comfortably in our small apartment!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce - January 10, 2017 - 11:54 AM

    Love Bludot, i’v purchased my media console from them and it looks amazing! I have my eyes on their dining tables and chairs for a while now… do you mind sharing where you got your dining table from?ReplyCancel

  • erin - January 10, 2017 - 12:29 PM

    We have that exact table. It is the BEST table! love that chair you chose. I think we’d go with the bright green in that style!ReplyCancel

  • Agata - January 10, 2017 - 12:44 PM

    I love their real good copper barstools! So beautiful and unique. I love going to the outlet store in Minneapolis every weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Nadia Kaplan - January 10, 2017 - 12:46 PM

    Beautiful. And love the chairs. Great work :)
    Have a lovely day.ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - January 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

    love those chairs! at first hearing purple was a choice I was surprised until I opened it and saw that it is a really nice purple! those chairs are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - January 10, 2017 - 12:55 PM

    We have the nook which we absolutely love – if we were to wine we’d probably look at more dining chairs, we currently pull in our outdoor furniture when we have a big crowd.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - January 10, 2017 - 1:03 PM

    Inquiring minds want to know– what happened to the old dining chairs? I understand why you replaced them– but they are so fabulous!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 1:06 PM

      They found a happy home after we listed them in a Mid Century Facebook group – it was bittersweet!ReplyCancel

  • Kandy - January 10, 2017 - 1:51 PM

    I’ve been coveting two of the copper Real Good Chair forever for my dining room. I have vintage Bertoia chairs and thought those would make great dining table head chairs.ReplyCancel

  • Ewelina Los - January 10, 2017 - 2:02 PM

    Hang 1 Drop Mirror… or Laika Medium Pendant Light… or Snowmobiles print!!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 2:45 PM

      Yes! Their artwork is awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Nicolette - January 10, 2017 - 3:05 PM

    Dang Media Stand….all the heart eyesReplyCancel

  • Danielle Adams - January 10, 2017 - 3:46 PM

    These exact chairs!!! As soon as I saw this picture without even reading the article those chairs were calling my name! Perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - January 10, 2017 - 4:02 PM

    I never thought I would want an oval dining table, but I LOVE the Swole in Smoke. And the Clutch chair in Smoke/Pewter??!! Swoon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - January 10, 2017 - 4:12 PM

    An amazing coffee table for sureReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - January 10, 2017 - 4:26 PM

    A rug is most likely what I would go for but it all looks good!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Teal - January 10, 2017 - 4:38 PM

    Love the Chip chairs, so simple and clean!ReplyCancel

  • Ro - January 11, 2017 - 3:13 AM

    Look great.
    I have been looking for a mirror for our entryway and the hang 1 large round mirror would be perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Frank - January 11, 2017 - 7:43 AM

    NEAT chair. Need or want? Probably both.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - January 11, 2017 - 8:56 AM

    My husband and i just closed on our first house yesterday (!) in WI after living in Chicago (Pilsen) for many years. I’d love to use the credit to help purchase the Modern Black Pedestal Dining Table for our awesome 1968 eat-in kitchen.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2017 - 9:27 AM

      Hooray! Congrats, Kasey!ReplyCancel

  • Kira - January 11, 2017 - 1:58 PM

    Ooooh love the new chairs – the perfect shape and size! And SO excited about Blu Dot’s new store in Lincoln Park (a little dangerous since it’s so close to my house!) Happy Wednesday!

    xo,
    Kira

    http://www.theimperfectionistblog.comReplyCancel

  • Trude - January 11, 2017 - 3:11 PM

    I’ve been wanting to create a nice landing spot in our apartment, so I’d probably put it toward that stunning Branch Bench and some pretty hooks/shelving. :) Loving those chairs you went with!!ReplyCancel

  • Aurora - January 11, 2017 - 4:09 PM

    Those ladder hitch bookcases are beautiful and great that you can add on as you need.ReplyCancel

  • Gill - January 11, 2017 - 6:38 PM

    I’m setting up a home office, and would love the Swish Console Desk as a solid foundation to my soon-to-be functional office nook!ReplyCancel

  • Paige - January 11, 2017 - 7:10 PM

    I love that table! It’s perfect!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Gill - January 11, 2017 - 9:06 PM

    Bedroom furniture!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - January 12, 2017 - 7:15 AM

    I am all over the Paramount Daybed, and adding the the Hot Mesh chairs for my patio.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - January 12, 2017 - 10:16 AM

    I would use the credit towards some new dining chairs! Love their options. I have been searching forever for new ones.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - January 12, 2017 - 3:45 PM

    In the middle of a full on kitchen Reno… it would be great to be able to chuck the dumpster dive in the dining room for a new branch table. (Your dining room looks amazing!)ReplyCancel

  • KATHLEEN - January 13, 2017 - 9:49 AM

    That Copper Real Good Chair has stolen my heart for MONTHS,
    the D3 Modern Wood Bookcase, in walnut/gray would look amazing in our living room, that stilt Floor lamp in walnut makes me swoon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - January 13, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    I would get cozy chairs for our living room!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - January 13, 2017 - 3:42 PM

    Your new chairs! Love them!!! 😊❤ReplyCancel

  • Sandi - January 13, 2017 - 5:26 PM

    I need some family room chairs!ReplyCancel

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new-year

On New Year’s Eve, a friend asked if I was looking forward to the new year. I replied with a smile and a yes, but as I said it aloud, it must have sounded like a question; there was a lot more yes? and a little less yes! I caught my inflection as the word was coming out of my mouth, and I explained…
  • Cara - January 5, 2017 - 11:38 AM

    I love this!!! So many bloggers load up on big, sometimes unnecessary, projects just for content. In a world of excess I love and appreciate your honesty and scaled back approach to 2017!! I love everything you guys do and have been so inspired by your home and your approach to blogging. There’s something authentic about how you plan your renovations and budget. I have to give you props for doing more for your community and giving back also!! LOVE YBH and am exciting to see what you all do this year.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2017 - 12:01 PM

      Cara! Thank you for making our day. This means more to us than I could say in words, and we feel incredibly lucky to have you rooting us on. Happy New Year to you!ReplyCancel

  • Jon - January 5, 2017 - 12:04 PM

    I’ve been following your blog since the post about burning sage, and it has been a great journey! You got this. Keep going, no matter the size, speed, or number of projects – you guys are inspiring to follow and learn from.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2017 - 12:25 PM

      Blast from the past! Speaking of, we could use a little sage burning to kick off the new year. Thank you for the sweet words, Jon!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - January 5, 2017 - 2:44 PM

    Finally!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Gooch - January 6, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    Spontaneity…yes! I’ve been waiting. A long time friend. More ice skating, glasses of wine and maybe a brunch or two! LOL. Glad I read this post, as I’m uber excited to hear this, as you know. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - January 6, 2017 - 9:48 PM

    I’ve been looking for curtain rods with long finial caps forever! Do you mind sharing your curtain rod source?ReplyCancel

  • nicole - January 9, 2017 - 11:09 AM

    That tiny faux-furnace heater is THE CUTEST. I’ve always wanted one but the ones I’ve seen can look cheap and a little tacky but that one is perfection. Now, to convince my husband that we need one in San Diego…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2017 - 8:29 AM

      That might be a tough one, ha!ReplyCancel

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christmas-dogs

Do you take time, as the end of December comes near, to look back on the year? We’ve been thinking a lot about what 2016 has brought. We started the year with our big three-room-renovation, and in February, we allowed ourselves a week off to enjoy the warm sun with our friends. As soon as we…
  • Alli - December 21, 2016 - 10:26 AM

    I’m in Chicagoland and just love reading along and hearing about all your favorite spots! Would love to see you guys work on a few other local Chicago homes — anything from basic decorating and art (come to my house, please!) or bigger renovations. Also, you guys have such great partners — Ace, C&B — keep it up! 👍🏻ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2016 - 10:57 AM

      Thank you, Alli! So happy to hear this!ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - December 21, 2016 - 10:44 AM

    Can’t wait to see what you guys have next year. This has been so good although that picture of your Maddie tugged at my heart when I saw it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2016 - 10:56 AM

      I keep a little photo on my bedside table (she’s all curled up like a burrito in a blanket), and it’s still tough to look at! Thank you for the kind words.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - December 21, 2016 - 11:38 AM

    Thank you for sharing your home and life! Love reading your blog. <3ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2016 - 11:55 AM

      Thanks, Bethany! Happy holidays. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Mike - December 21, 2016 - 4:47 PM

    I am so glad I found your blog this year! It’s been so much fun watching your projects. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your time off! I look forward to your new projects next year.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 22, 2016 - 11:44 AM

      So happy to have you following along! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - December 22, 2016 - 5:57 PM

    All the feels re-reading your tribute to Maddie. I think I got through 2 sentences before the waterworks kicked in! 😻😭💕

    On another note, you guys have accomplished so much this year! I’m always in awe of your attention to detail and admire your love of whimsy.ReplyCancel

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This time last year, we were wrapping up the demolition phase for our big 3-room-project. On the agenda was the second floor bathroom, master bedroom and laundry room, and because all of these rooms shared at least one wall, it made the most sense for us to dive in head first. No looking back, no way. What followed…
  • Stacy G. - December 15, 2016 - 6:52 AM

    Looks great! I especially love the retractable clothesline. That is a great addition.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - December 15, 2016 - 7:23 AM

    incredible! i love that it’s right there but it’s so pretty! and all the little things you did, definitely make it the tops!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey G - December 15, 2016 - 8:17 AM

    Wow so amazing!!

    Do those dryer balls actually work to soften clothes instead of fabric softener?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 15, 2016 - 8:34 AM

      We’ve never used fabric softener to compare it to… BUT it does speed up the dry time and help to keep things from wrinkling! We love them. We always keep 2-3 balls in the dryer, and when they start to get too small, we’ll have the jar for backup. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marti | Project Palermo - December 15, 2016 - 8:34 AM

    It looks beautiful, yet still so practical! I think this might be my favorite project you’ve done yet. Upstairs laundry: livin’ the dream.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - December 15, 2016 - 8:46 AM

    This looks so great! I’m in the super early stages of planning our laundry reno and our space is pretty small so this is a great inspiration for me and hope you won’t mind a couple of questions! What are the dimensions of your laundry room? I think ours is about 5×6. And how do you like the stacked units? I’m trying to decide between putting ours side by side or stacking them.

    Loving everything you guys are doing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 15, 2016 - 9:41 AM

      Hi Jess! Our room is almost identical size, so this same layout would work for you, too. We stacked our washer/dryer because it was more important for us to have a base cabinet for Libby, and we’ve been loving it! I think that if it’s important for you to have under counter cabinet space, go with stacked. If you want more cabinetry within arms reach, go for side by side. And, of course, if counter space is important for you (for folding, etc), go with side by side. I’m pretty short, so the ONLY drawback to having stacked units is that I have to stand on my tippy toes to reach deep into the dryer!ReplyCancel

      • Jess - December 15, 2016 - 10:22 AM

        Thanks for the feedback! I’m pretty tall so reaching into the dryer isn’t a problem for me :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle | Birds of Berwick - December 15, 2016 - 1:10 PM

    I love all the design elements in here. What a great use of space and I love that your laundry room is off the bedroom! Who wants to walk down 2 stories to the basement?? Not me! So my hubby does most of the laundry. ;-) If we had the space it’d go upstairs for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - December 15, 2016 - 1:32 PM

    This is so perfect! I love how beautiful and functional it is. I would LOVE to have the laundry room right off the Master, or even in my Master Bedroom closet. Dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Marie-Louise Høg - December 15, 2016 - 1:57 PM
  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - December 15, 2016 - 2:08 PM

    It turned out gorgeous! And like several other readers said, the idea of a laundry room right off the master is GENIUS!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 16, 2016 - 9:11 AM

      It just makes so much sense. Thanks, Josh!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne | The Gathered Home - December 16, 2016 - 8:01 AM

    INCREDIBLE! I don’t think it’s strange at all to have the laundry room off the master bedroom – in our home, it’s just outside the door to the bedroom. I love everything you guys did in this space! It’s all so thoughtful, well-designed, and most of all, beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 16, 2016 - 8:53 AM

      Thanks, Brynne! Hope you’re doing awesome! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma - December 16, 2016 - 9:04 PM

    So lovely. That wallpaper is so great. I might actually enjoy laundry if I had a room like that 😂ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 17, 2016 - 11:26 AM

      It takes the sting away, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kim B. - December 17, 2016 - 5:50 AM

    This is perfection! It’s true, on first blush it sounds a little crazy to have the laundry room off the bedroom — but when you think about it for even two seconds, you realize it is absolute genius! And especially when you’ve made it such a beautiful space – every detail from the wallpaper to the brass knobs to that lovely countertop. Lovely! Thanks for sharing it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 17, 2016 - 11:27 AM

      So nice, thank you, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - December 17, 2016 - 1:31 PM

    Very nice! I like the retractable clothes line. I’m planning on installing one when I renovate my bathroom. I don’t have a lot room and a retractable one just makes so much sense. I was thinking of putting it in the tub — a la hotels — but maybe should have it span the length of the room, like you did.ReplyCancel

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    […] Love everything about this space. […]ReplyCancel

  • Dana Z - December 18, 2016 - 8:36 PM

    Love everything about the finished product! The wallpaper, DIY laundry solution and sliding door are some of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Dakwerken - December 19, 2016 - 4:51 AM

    Wow, that looks so neat and clean! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - December 20, 2016 - 7:51 AM

    I just adore this room! I love the wallpaper! I was wondering if you could tell me which baseboards you used? I’ve been trying to find a link or something on your blog to them- did you get them at a big box store (Lowe’s/Home Depot)? Same for the trim around the doors. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Hélène - December 20, 2016 - 8:21 AM

    I love the design of this room! But did you ever consider switching the bathroom and laundry room locations? I love the idea of the laundry room off the bedroom, but I’ve never seen it when there is no ensuite.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 20, 2016 - 10:21 AM

      We did consider swapping them, but having an ensuite wasn’t a deal breaker for us. We chose this over the other, especially because the door to the main bath is SO close to our bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • […] This laundry room makes us actually want to do laundry! […]ReplyCancel

  • Soapstone - December 28, 2016 - 8:10 PM

    This looks wonderful! Love the butcher block countertop and the wallpaper!ReplyCancel

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