Last week, my friend Jess and I were walking to a neighborhood coffee shop when she spotted a teeny neon piece of paper tacked to the window on one of the prettiest storefronts in Logan Square. The space was home to Butterfat Studios, a unique tattoo shop that was so much more than body art, rather, it was an artistic hub in our community. Scott and I would often stop to admire the gorgeous exterior wood molding, and we’d peer through the window, marveling aloud at the jungle of plants that just thrived. Thanks to social media, we (sadly) knew they would be closing up the physical shop to begin hosting pop ups around the country, so when this unassuming 8 x 11 sheet of paper boasted an estate sale, I texted the flyer to Scott, and he said, we’re so going.

It began at 9:30 this past Sunday, and although we arrived only an hour past that, the store was already thinning out. I started to get my ‘estate sweats’ (estate can also be substituted with flea or thrift, and I know you know what I mean), and we worked our way throughout the space as quick as one could while trying to take in every last thing.

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Amazing Rare Things | Plant Forms

As we were arriving, a towering (massive!) potted philodendron was being lifted out the door by two grown men. We were given free reign to poke our noses into every nook, every cranny. We worked our way through the main floor before heading to the basement, and while Scott debated a side table, I opened the kitchen cabinets and considered a handful of colorful mugs.

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Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

We reconvened, and after testing out a vintage fan (too rickety), we each nixed the idea of mugs and tables (although Scott was thisclose to going back for said table), and instead began sorting through the stacks and stacks of books. Bingo.

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Extraordinary Pigeons

As it turns out, the world’s most beautiful book collection has been living in Butterfat all along! It took all of our power to walk away with only four books. Scott, being as sweet as possible, asked me if my armload of 3-plus botanical books was absolutely necessary, but apparently, my resounding yes! wasn’t quite clear enough. So many of them could have been used as frame-worthy tear sheets, but I begrudgingly laid them all out and began the challenging whittling process. In the end, we both agreed wholeheartedly that these four should be cracked open and on display at all times. They’re too pretty to stay closed! We’re going to need more tables just to lay them flat all around the home – it only makes sense, right?


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We did leave with one extra item besides the books. A handful of framed photographs lined their hallway, and when Scott saw me looking over the coziest photo of this playground, I didn’t have to say a thing. It came home with us, too. That soft morning light warms my heart.


Have you picked up any good finds this fall?

PS… More of our thrifty adventures, and a great article on what to expect at an estate sale.

  • Kathy - October 20, 2016 - 8:06 AM

    It’s my dream to get a tattoo from Esther…I have a bunch already (including my favorite super!nerd Zelda tattoo) but I am reserving space especially for her. That being said, have you SEEN her work? She has such an elegant, realistic style that’s so breathtaking you could hold up one of those books to a tattoo that she’s done and not even tell the difference!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 20, 2016 - 8:36 AM

      Yes! Their work is amazing. A friend of ours has the most stunning floral tattoo from them (can’t remember if it’s from Esther or Stephanie), but yeah. I always tells Scott that I wish I would’ve started yeeeaaars ago on some sleeves. :)ReplyCancel

      • Kathy - October 20, 2016 - 9:02 AM

        It’s never too late! It’s so addicting though, which I always thought was hilarious because when I got my first one I was like, this friggin’ HURTS like who in their right mind would go back for MORE? Um, me. Oops. The memory of the pain disappears surprisingly quickly.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 20, 2016 - 9:58 AM

          Don’t tempt me! I already know exactly what I want! One day, I very well may be the grandma with two full sleeves.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - October 20, 2016 - 11:16 AM

    I love those books!!! They are so pretty… I would be equal parts wanting to tear out pages to frame them, and leaving them intact on the coffee table.

    And I love that playground art. It seems so peacefull…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 20, 2016 - 12:53 PM

      Right? I have them closed up for now so I’m not tempted to tear out every page.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette - October 20, 2016 - 12:43 PM

    Wow, that photograph. Really love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - October 20, 2016 - 9:57 PM

    What great finds – I’m honestly a little jealous!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G - October 21, 2016 - 6:48 AM

    Those books! I have a bit of an obsession for natural history posters and art. I have several replica posters, and I am always on the lookout for real vintage posters and books. What a find! I am sorry that you have to say goodbye to a neighborhood treasure.ReplyCancel


Over the last couple of months, in addition to dialing in our backyard, Scott and I have been making and committing to decisions in our home studio! The studio has seen a lot of changes over the course of our 3+ years in this home, and although it has come a long way, it hadn’t yet hit its…
  • Sarah - October 18, 2016 - 8:35 AM

    The shelves look so good! And weirdly I just bought that kitty planter myself last week! Good to know I have good taste!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - October 18, 2016 - 11:15 AM

    Do you print the photos from The Print Shop at home? Just wondering where you hide away all that equipment. Your studio is so clean and organized! Mine always seems to feel like a computer lab.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 11:23 AM

      We don’t! We’ve been working with a trusted printer that we love and can produce high quality prints.ReplyCancel

  • KK - October 18, 2016 - 11:46 AM

    Ah the shelves turned out beautiful! Where did you get the clear paper storage container in the last photo? I’ve been searching for something exactly like that!ReplyCancel

  • lindsay - October 18, 2016 - 11:54 AM

    Love these shelves! Your pintrest link leads to nowhere :( I’m dying to see what that is because I’m currently looking for ideas for my living room.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 12:02 PM

      Oops, thanks for the catch! Should be fixed. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dee - October 18, 2016 - 11:59 AM

    The last link on this page (about laying behind the television) isn’t working. I’d love to see what you mean!

    Also, the shelves are gorgeous. You’ve inspired me to go to my local rebuilding center and try to score some old boards!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 12:03 PM

      Thanks, Dee! (Link fixed btw – thank you!)ReplyCancel

      • Jess - October 18, 2016 - 1:28 PM

        It’s not working for me either for some reason.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

          Ack! It looks like Pinterest is down right now.ReplyCancel

  • Dakwerken - October 19, 2016 - 4:08 AM

    Wow! Those are some really great ideas to reuse the wood planks! I am not going to throw them away anymore. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne | The Gathered Home - October 19, 2016 - 8:56 AM

    These shelves are just gorgeous! You can’t beat the beauty of salvaged wood! My heart still hurts a little for the salvaged wood shelves I left behind at our old house!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 19, 2016 - 2:12 PM
    • Regine Labossiere - October 20, 2016 - 1:50 PM

      We just made shelves out of reclaimed and salvage wood and I’ve already said that we MUST take them with us when we move, whenever that may be!ReplyCancel

  • Regine Labossiere - October 20, 2016 - 1:48 PM

    I love using reclaimed and salvage wood. It’s just so beautiful and each piece is unique. We recently used pieces of pine and raw edge maple to create shelving in the mud room and it looks great.ReplyCancel


At the tail end of last week, Scott and I packed our bags and stole away for an extra long weekend in San Francisco. Our yearly tradition has always been to discover a new city on or around our November wedding anniversary, and although we’ve spent a good amount of time in SF in the…
  • misie - October 13, 2016 - 10:05 AM

    Sounds fantastic – a soul feeding good time! Love the pics – San Fran is definitely on our list. Also – have you guys watched the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen – they roll around Portland – it’s a good one.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - October 17, 2016 - 11:13 AM

    Hi Kim! What do you use to edit your photos? I love the look of the Golden Gate Bridge shot!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2016 - 11:36 AM

      Thanks, Eileen! I use Lightroom for initial edits, and then I pulled these photos into Photoshop and ran some light actions over them. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - October 19, 2016 - 2:01 PM

    Oh, this is perfect! Hubby and I are going there in 3 weeks…can’t wait!

    Any recommendations for restaurants besides the more popular ones?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 19, 2016 - 2:12 PM

      Oh, dear. I don’t remember many of the places we grabbed food, since most of it was done late in the evenings after a fun night! We did have an amazing brunch at Black Sands (the photo of the coffee cake, but their scrambles were DELICIOUS), so I’d highly recommend that! Does anyone else have suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Haley - October 21, 2016 - 3:46 PM

      This was one of my favorite places when I lived there years ago.

      Unfortunately a lot of places I remember how to walk to them but not the names or streets.ReplyCancel


Update: We’ve sold out of custom pet paintings for the year – thank you a thousand times for your continued support! We’ve still got you covered with our gift certificates, and in the meantime, continue to take advantage of free shipping for all Print Shop orders through the end of the month with promo FALLSHIP. xx The Pet Shop…
  • Debra - October 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

    I was just staring at my mini portrait of Ray-Ray with the Julius photo bomb and thinking that I need to have individuals done one of these days. I see by the update that you’re sold out but if anyone is on the fence about a future order, I would highly recommend it!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2016 - 9:18 AM

      Debra, that is so kind, thank you! That was definitely one of my more unique paintings, and I love that you had the photo bomb idea! So cute.ReplyCancel