There’s one room in our home that we’ve never been in much of a rush to address. Shortly after moving in, we pulled up the old, worn carpet and took down the dusty black mini blinds that covered the windows. One day, after a particularly rough rainstorm, we noticed that the drywall under one of the windows was soft to the touch, and so we corrected the leaky issue from the outside, and yet we neglected the crumbling mix of plaster and drywall inside. Rather, we filled this room with shipping boxes and unpacked bins from the condo, rescued furniture and bags of clothes to be donated. We turned a blind eye and kept the door closed at all times, and we would say, one day, we’ll get to you, room.


It’s right off of our home studio and just outside of the master bedroom. Pretty quickly after move-in, it was dubbed The Scary Room – and for good reason! The walls are pocked with holes and old gum, the window frames are perpetually chalky to the touch and the baseboards are held together with duct and packing tape. Eventually, it’s going to be another bedroom, but we have a handful of problems to address to get us to a starting point! I know I must be painting quite the picture right now, but despite this room’s downfalls, we’ve always agreed that it’s a hidden gem in the house.

Typically, houses in Chicago are built only a few feet apart (on lots that are 25′ wide), which ends up blocking a large portion of natural sunlight on either side of the home. In our case, our neighbor to the north is set back, and our neighbor to the south is one story, which allows for full daylight to flood our entire second floor all day long – a rarity! The room’s two large windows combined with a smallish 6.5′ x 16′ footprint easily make this the brightest room in the house.


A few weeks ago, we completely emptied the room, finally donating carloads to various thrift and salvage shops. We had grand plans to knock out the closet for something a bit more custom, but that idea was very quickly derailed after a bit of attic investigation had us realizing that the closet opening was on a load bearing wall! Womp. We filmed the introduction to Scary Room on our Instagram Stories (including our face-palm moment, of course!), but in case you missed it, here’s the entire compilation of our 15 second clips:

Psst… I can’t help but laugh at myself for saying we haven’t done a thing to this room, and then I continue to list all the things we’ve done to the room. Nothing like being put on the 15-second-spot.

We’re looking forward to the day that we can proudly swing the door wide open, but until then, let’s dive into the issues we’ll be resolving sooner than later!

Problem #1: All the trim

I hesitate to call the trim a ‘problem,’ because really, it’s one of our favorite elements in the room. This is the only room in our home where any original moldings remain, and we’re going to do everything we can to salvage it. That said, it’s all completely flush with the drywall, due to a drywall-over-plaster job moons ago. There are gouges and screw holes and decades of caulk, and there are entire areas of the room where no trim exists at all. Even so, I might be the most excited about nurturing this detail back to life.


Problem #2: Electrical (or lack thereof)

Aside from the ceiling fixture, this room had no electrical outlets! Last summer, we hired our electrician to add an outlet to the television wall in the studio. While he was at it, we asked if he could add an outlet to The Scary Room, since it was a shared wall, and then we asked if he could move the light switch from the left of the door to the right. That was where his work ended, but we’ve since added more outlets – a lot more! – to this room’s punch list.


Problem #3: The closet

As we’ve done other work in this home, we’ve used Scary Room as the scapegoat. When the chimney in our bedroom was removed, we needed to reroute the furnace vent from our basement, and so we said, eh, throw it in The Scary Room closet! And when we needed to properly run a gas line to our attic furnace, we said, hmm, how about The Scary Room? You get the idea. In addition, the closet has a lower ceiling than the rest of the room, which we found out is due to a step-up on the attic floor. If we take down the closet wall completely and install a header to make way for a built-in closet system, that portion of the ceiling will always be lower than the rest of the room (not to mention, unless we shell out big money for a recessed header, it will create a larger division on the ceiling, too). While that may not be the biggest deal aesthetically, it is financially. Instead, we’ve been brainstorming some workarounds to make this closet work for us, rather than against us. More on that later this week!


Problem #4: 130-year-old subfloor

It squeaks and it creaks. It slopes from one side of the room to the other. It was poorly patched in when the closet opening was created. Before we can install the same hardwood flooring we have in the rest of our home, we’ll need to get the subfloor back to level.


Problem #5: Windows

I spent a good hour scrubbing these guys clean, just to see if there was any chance in salvaging them. Sadly, all the windows in our home were replaced with low quality vinyl at one point, and we’ve slowly been upgrading them as time and money allows. These windows must have been taped over with plastic (an assumption I’m basing on the history of the other windows throughout the second floor), and there are screw holes from where an air conditioning unit was secured. After all my best cleaning efforts proved to be fruitless – they’re still scratched, covered in sticky residue and etched black with dirt – we’re replacing them with new. We’ll be using the same higher quality vinyl windows we ordered for our bedroom (and love).


Problem #6: The State of the Drywall

We’ve already pulled all the trim down, leaving exposed drywall that will need to be patched in before we can (repair and) reinstall. Obviously, this room needs a lot of help in the drywall department – window wall, we’re looking at you! – and of course our closet plans call for some modifications, too.


New electrical, window replacement, subfloor and drywall repair (including those closet modifications on the load bearing wall) will all be completed by the same contractor who we worked with on our bed, bath and laundry. After a walkthrough with him last week, he had a tiny pocket in his schedule to get started right away! His team is here this week – eek! – and it’s been an exciting few days around here as a result. They’ll be done with their portion of the job by Friday, and we’ll be left with a bare bones room that will leave us left with flooring, trim work and closet installation – all of which will finally (phew!) get us to square one.

Watch out, Scary Room!

If you’re in the Chicagoland area and in the market for a trustworthy contractor, we’ve got a guy, and we couldn’t recommend him highly enough. Feel free to get in touch through our contact form in the menu bar.

  • Jess - January 18, 2017 - 7:50 AM

    We just found out the closet opening in our bedroom is load bearing, too! We had planned on tearing it out to open up the room since we don’t actually use it as a closet but now it stays since we can’t justify the cost. Oh well! Excited to see how this room comes together.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 18, 2017 - 9:07 AM

      Ugh, those load bearing walls! Ruining all the plans. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez - January 18, 2017 - 11:03 AM

    I know everyone likes the after photos, but there is nothing like a good brief of the before state and all the issues. Real life, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - January 18, 2017 - 12:29 PM

    I can’t wait to see how you transform this space!


  • 'col - January 18, 2017 - 3:46 PM

    Is it wrong that I got excited when you called it the Scary Room? There’s something wonderful about seeing a space that is Not Good come to life. Can’t wait to see what you’re doing with it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 18, 2017 - 4:13 PM

      Soon enough, it’s going to feel a little sad not to say ‘Scary Room’! We’ve grown so used to it, haha!ReplyCancel

  • B - January 18, 2017 - 4:04 PM

    So, maybe a stupid question, but is Scary Room going to be a guest room? If not, what will you use the room for?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 18, 2017 - 4:12 PM

      Yup, it’s the third and final bedroom in our house!ReplyCancel


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…
  • 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.

  • 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

    • Devon - January 17, 2017 - 4:21 PM

      Find an upholstery store- I’ve had the BEST luck re-stuffing my dog beds with upholstery foam scraps. It’s $7 for a GIANT bag of trimmings (think large trash bag size). My dog beds are now filled with higher-quality foam filling than my own couch! haha The only challenge would be that it’s not like a pillow in that it has a pre-set shape. I used the existing dog bed filler case, cut a hole in it, and stuffed it (the filler didn’t have a washable cover, just the bed itself).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:

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

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

  • Amy McConnell - January 17, 2017 - 10:19 AM

    Oh my gosh thank you for the tutorial – I actually think this is something I could handle! And I agree with you – denim is one of the (very few) materials that gets better with time and ware. Also – love the pics of your pups, our fur baby is one of my favorite subjects to photograph too!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - January 17, 2017 - 11:27 AM

    Your kiddos are the cutest! And aren’t the least bit camera shy, haha.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - January 17, 2017 - 11:46 AM

    Oh how i wish i had the sewing bug, i’m a victim of stage fright also. So many stacks of fabric waiting for me to get up the nerve to actually MAKE SOMETHING! I have to say, Jack and CC are the highlight of my day. Their love, affection and goofiness always bring a smile to my face!ReplyCancel

  • misie - January 17, 2017 - 3:28 PM

    Those two knuckleheads are too much – I want to curl up on the floor with them. Dog bed and a great idea but really those two, they steal the show every time.ReplyCancel

  • Devon - January 17, 2017 - 4:25 PM

    I just love these two! Im basically obsessed with CC… until Jack comes along and steals the show. They’re just gorgeous! You always seem to have the best collars for them- I love the extra wide (2″?) look. I think I have the same one Jack is wearing in a narrower version, where is CC’s from? Is it EcoLucks too?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 17, 2017 - 5:47 PM

      Yup, they’re both the EcoLucks style from Dublin Dogs! We love how durable they are, but we especially love the extra wide width. :)ReplyCancel


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!



  • 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!


  • 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


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

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  • 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


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