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Have you ever had an item you love – say, a favorite tee or art print – color matched to paint? When we choose colors for our home, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that, more often than not, we rely on classic colors: white, black and navy. So when Ace Hardware asked us if we’d give their color matching technology a try at their Paint Studio, we really wanted to go for it and go bold!

The problem became that every piece of furniture waiting to be saved in our home – which, side note: we have a scary little room in our house that has been adequately dubbed The Scary Room for its ability to contain all the scary salvaged stuff – has a future in either being 1) refinished in its natural wood state or 2) painted black. Or navy. You know, our usual.

Rather than fall back on a safe choice, we put our feelers out in the universe, and we asked our neighbors if anyone had a household item that could use a makeover, and if so, we’ll do it for you! Bonus points if they were open to anything. Within minutes, I had a text thread going with too many yes-es, and a clear winner for the refresh:


This credenza lives in our neighbors’ playroom for their two sons, scored at a flea market years ago. It had already been painted matte black when it came to them, and we think at some point the top must have gotten ruined, causing the previous owners to flip the whole unit upside down. There’s a new-ish plywood bottom (and when I say bottom, I really mean the old top) to replace whatever had been damaged, which is why the louvered doors are also upside down.

Scott and I debated flipping the doors around, but it began to create a whole mess of issues, as the magnetic closures aren’t centered on the doors or the unit. In the end, we decided to leave well enough alone, and instead, we took 30 minutes to level up the doors, spackle the chipped areas and sand things smooth.

But on to the color! We chose this bright blue jacket from their son’s room, and the friendly folks at the Ace Paint Studio didn’t bat an eye when we asked them to turn this blue into paint:


Having loved the ease of the Amy Howard One Step paint, we opted for the same this time around, too (although you can get as creative as you’d like; they’ll match to any brand in any finish). The color matching technology gave us a code unique to our item, so check out Italia Blue!

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A tip to keep in mind if you’re color matching a reflective surface like our jacket: Once scanned, it read the darkest blue within the jacket. The color in the can was very, very vibrant, and although I knew it would dry down a bit, it ended up darker than we had in mind – a good 3-4 shades darker, easily. After the first coat, I’ll admit that neither Scott and I were loving it (see below), but after the second coat, it came into its own. Note: We followed this same One-Step paint method as before, all the way down to the clear wax finish.


I’m glad we hung in there, because three and a half coats later (the previous paint kept sucking up the new color!), we had a bold, punchy blue – still funky enough for a playroom, but a color that the boys won’t outgrow in a few years!

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Let’s dive into the before and afters! Here’s the credenza when we picked it up from their playroom last week…


… and after painting it over the course of Saturday, it was back in their home by Sunday, ready to load up! (While we were at Ace, we picked up a handful of clear storage bins to keep things organized inside the cabinet as well!)


If you’re looking to color match a favorite anything of yours, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Your item needs to be at least the size of a quarter
Choose something opaque, as it will get the best color reading
One part of the item needs to lay flat in order to fit in the color matching instrument

Okay, ready to create a color of your very own? We’d like to help! Together with the Ace crew, we’re giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader!  The giveaway runs through Monday, November 30th until 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Wednesday evening. Good luck, happy entering and have a fun holiday weekend!

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We’re happy to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. See all the blogger projects on the Ace Pinterest page.

  • Cathy Zheng - November 24, 2015 - 6:53 AM

    Wow, love the makeover! It’s amazing what paint can do to transform a piece. I too am pretty safe when it comes to paint colors but am dying to try something outside of my comfort zone now that we have a baby in the mix. Kid’s rooms are a great excuse to explore and go a little crazy with colors, don’t you agree? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - November 24, 2015 - 7:22 AM

    Wow — I can’t believe what a perfect match that is to the jacket! I wonder how close they could do a match off of a photograph?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 24, 2015 - 8:32 AM

      It’s worth a shot! It will create a unique code just for you. I’d ask the guys at the Ace paint counter!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - November 24, 2015 - 7:40 AM

    love that blue! I think I’d color match a coral jacket that I have. It is the PERFECT coral.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 24, 2015 - 8:31 AM

      And a good coral is hard to find!ReplyCancel

  • Cair - November 24, 2015 - 7:42 AM

    Why don’t my neighbors ever make an offer like yours?

    I love this makeover and really like the final color. I’ve wondered how those paint readers work with not totally flat colors.ReplyCancel

  • Nate - November 24, 2015 - 7:51 AM

    I’d color match to one of my sport team’s colors…Beale St Blue or Memphis Tigers BlueReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 24, 2015 - 8:30 AM

      Love that. We’d choose Pittsburgh black and yellow, haha!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - November 24, 2015 - 8:04 AM

    I love that bright blue. With all the whites and neutrals becoming more and more popular lately it’s refreshing to see someone else who loves color (and especially POPS of color) like I do!ReplyCancel

  • ellen ross - November 24, 2015 - 8:16 AM

    I would really like to color match the mini end table in our foyer to our throw pillows which have a nice light blue in them!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 24, 2015 - 8:29 AM

      Yeah, color matching comes in so handy for home decor!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - November 24, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    i’d color match from a favorite wallpaper! Love the blue you used!ReplyCancel

  • Molly W - November 24, 2015 - 8:26 AM

    I love the way this color brightens up the blue the family already has on their walls! Excellent choice!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - November 24, 2015 - 8:44 AM

    It’s beautiful! We have a brand new ACE close to us in Bridgeport, and my husband is loving it for quick projects. We are renovating an old Chicago 3 flat also, but leaving it as 3 separate units!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C - November 24, 2015 - 8:45 AM

    Looks great, but 3 1/2 coats sounds like a royal pain.ReplyCancel

  • Jess S. - November 24, 2015 - 8:57 AM

    I have no clue what i’d color match, but it looks fun!ReplyCancel

  • Anna C - November 24, 2015 - 9:12 AM

    Love the color!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - November 24, 2015 - 9:15 AM

    I’d color match these coral curtains I have!ReplyCancel

  • Christy G. - November 24, 2015 - 10:01 AM

    Love the color…especially for a boys room!!! I color matched a beautiful blue for a desk. Ace did a great job with that as well.ReplyCancel

  • Alex - November 24, 2015 - 10:06 AM

    i would color match from a tablecloth that i love!ReplyCancel

  • Mami2jcn - November 24, 2015 - 10:30 AM

    I’d color match burgundy curtains.ReplyCancel

  • Scrubber - November 24, 2015 - 10:39 AM

    Wow, I wouldn’t have thought that color would work, but it does. I would probably color match a little green bowl that I got in Japan — I love it and I think it would be a wonderful wall color.ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - November 24, 2015 - 10:41 AM

    Hmm…I don’t need to paint anything at the moment, but I’m going to file this information for future use. With my OCD-ness, I know it’ll come in handy some day!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome - November 24, 2015 - 10:43 AM

    I love that blue! I wouldn’t have thought I would want so bold a color in my home, but now I’m looking around to see where I could use a little punch of that amazing blue!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - November 24, 2015 - 10:59 AM

    Interested in this paint more each time you guys use it…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM

      It really is great! This time around, it took more coats – likely due to the paint finish that we were covering. Even still, we also bought a can of black One Step paint to always have on hand. Because of the super flat finish (if you don’t use the wax), it almost looks like a powder coated finish. We love it.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - November 24, 2015 - 12:14 PM

    My husband has a collection of vinyl records that have the greatest album artwork. Would LOVE to pull some colors from those for his “man cave”.ReplyCancel

  • Tanja - November 24, 2015 - 12:41 PM

    I would color match my college colors and paint a new console for my family room. It’s a darker room and a pop of colour would really help it.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - November 24, 2015 - 12:54 PM

    We picked up some ceramic bowls in Amsterdam (our big 5 year anniversary trip a few years ago) and I’d love to get those colors somewhere else in our house!ReplyCancel

  • shaunie - November 24, 2015 - 1:04 PM

    I would have to say that my favorite (and only) yellow purse that I owned for some time to match dresser drawer and table.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - November 24, 2015 - 2:00 PM

    Love that color, it matches the coat perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - November 24, 2015 - 2:28 PM

    Such a fun color!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - November 24, 2015 - 3:27 PM

    This is really cool! I think I would color match the green of my high school letter jacket to paint a night stand in my son’s room. He loves green and I love the green of my jacket!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - November 24, 2015 - 6:39 PM

    I’m getting rid of a huge & heavy sleeper sofa – but want to match the upholstery first – it is a silvery blue that makes for a very calming background color!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - November 24, 2015 - 6:51 PM

    I’d match an ad from an IKEA catalogue that I’ve been saving for JUST THIS purpose.ReplyCancel

  • susan - November 24, 2015 - 7:04 PM

    That blue is perfect for a playroom, and I love that piece even with upside down doors. Nice job, and thanks for the give-away.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - November 24, 2015 - 7:13 PM

    They have really perfected this technology! Go Ace! I have a planner that’s the most beautiful pale pink and I can’t find the color ANYWHERE! I want to paint a wall in my bedroom this color, so this would be great! Great advice even without the cash tho :) thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 27, 2015 - 9:19 AM

      I LOVE pale pink walls!ReplyCancel

  • arli - November 24, 2015 - 10:25 PM

    Love the blue! I would color match my white kitchen cabinets. Would love the very small amount of wall space to blend right in.ReplyCancel

  • Angel - November 24, 2015 - 10:39 PM

    My daughter’s room is currently a beautiful yellow called Tigger’s Tummy. She wants pink. We’d have to use this to find a pink we both like!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Arnold - November 24, 2015 - 11:04 PM

    Wow, that is a gorgeous blue!!!ReplyCancel

  • erica - November 25, 2015 - 1:04 AM

    What a great idea. I would color match this beautiful vase, that I’ve been keeping for my kitchen inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - November 25, 2015 - 6:40 AM

    I’m not sure what I would color match because a lot of the things I love are not flat and a 5×8 rugs would be hard to drag to the store. Know that I think of it, maybe the agua canvas cover to a basket I have. I want to paint the basement a light and bright agua.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - November 25, 2015 - 8:34 AM

    I would color match sports team colors for corn hole boards I’m making for a Christmas gift.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Matthews - November 25, 2015 - 12:31 PM

    BOOM. Greatest invention of the 21st century. Too many things to count that I could use that for in my house! Ace is amazing. :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Z - November 25, 2015 - 12:57 PM

    I am in shock what rock have I been under….Amy Howard at Ace. Found your blog through another’s interview. Hooked. And match…hhhhhmmmmm Well probably something sweet from the quilt my mom is making me. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - November 25, 2015 - 1:22 PM

    There are so many choices and I am like you guys and I have a very limited paint palette, white, gray, and black here although I have crawled out of my neutral shell and I am currently in the middle of painting our laundry room a soft light green. Alright…on to the next coat. We shall see how I feel about it soon :)ReplyCancel

  • John @ PADL - November 25, 2015 - 7:56 PM

    I’m amazed not only by how well the colors match, but how vibrant that blue is! Totally stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Brown - November 26, 2015 - 5:56 AM

    I would color match a dove grey shade to paint the legs on an old kitchen table. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - November 26, 2015 - 11:22 AM

    I’m not sure yet what I’d color match this time, but definitely something that already makes me smile :)ReplyCancel

  • Lori - November 26, 2015 - 5:34 PM

    I want to be your neighbor!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Richards - November 27, 2015 - 1:57 PM

    I’d colormatch my favorite lumbar pillow, a lovely greenReplyCancel

  • Trilby C. - November 27, 2015 - 2:58 PM

    We’re planning a re-do/update of my younger son’s room later this winter. We’ll color match a couple of the shades of blue and green from his bedding for the accent walls!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole V - November 27, 2015 - 5:58 PM

    I would colormatch my favorite purse for the perfect shade of mint green.ReplyCancel

  • Gina M (Wild Orchid) - November 27, 2015 - 7:38 PM

    I would love to color match my favorite green sweater!

    Entered the Rafflecopter as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT comReplyCancel

  • David - November 27, 2015 - 8:22 PM

    We have some tiles on the backsplash of our kitchen that are a nice royal blue color, so I would color match that so I could paint the trim and baseboards to match.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Renda - November 27, 2015 - 9:43 PM

    If I could get a color match of anything… I have lego dimension, and honestly the portal color is VERY nice. Nice enough that I am thinking of color matching it so we can do the walls of our living room in it.ReplyCancel

  • Elle P. - November 28, 2015 - 11:30 AM

    I would color match a rug in my house that I love.ReplyCancel

  • Ro osborn - November 28, 2015 - 1:48 PM

    What a fun post. I would color match a painting I have so we can paint the chest in the nursery to match :)ReplyCancel

  • Ansonia L. - November 29, 2015 - 2:28 AM

    I would color match my anniversary ring! I have a project planned for my living room.ReplyCancel

  • KathleenC - November 29, 2015 - 9:31 AM

    We have so much painting to do I’m not sure where we’d start! But our patched and spackled bedroom wall is certainly high on the list… I’d match one of the blues in the existing wallpapered accent wall (original to the 1959 house).ReplyCancel

  • Holly - November 29, 2015 - 10:02 AM

    I’d color match the pretty blue hue from my favorite thrift store score painting :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda - November 29, 2015 - 8:23 PM

    I’d color match a watercolor painting.ReplyCancel

  • Tina W - November 30, 2015 - 2:54 AM

    I would color match my favorite orange pots.ReplyCancel

  • Nathan - November 30, 2015 - 10:40 AM

    I have never colored matched anything, but would love to do some touchup paint of the current colors we have inside and outside of our house. I think this might work well!ReplyCancel



We guess that our bathroom was last renovated about thirty years ago, simply based on the current fixtures and the state in which they (sort of) stand. There is nothing remarkable in how it was done, and at the very least, we can say that the design is inoffensive; but over time, little grout remains between the tiled floor, the less-than-stellar fixtures are stained beyond repair and we can only stare at the clump-like caulk lines for so long. (Oh dear, that caulk.) Sadly, the only thing that could be considered salvage worthy is our bathtub, but because we’re swapping the plumbing fixtures to the opposite side, it’s no longer a fit for us (but could be for someone else with a reglaze, so that’ll get donated).

All this to say, we couldn’t be more excited to dive into this renovation. The bed, bath and laundry (but especially the bed and bath) are those personal spaces that we have turned a blind eye towards since move in day, and devoting so much attention towards it now feels like a dream, really! We never intended this long of a delay, but we’ve learned that renovation takes time. And now, it’s time. So much so, that even Scott is happy and willing to indulge me when I buzz on about aged brass vs. polished chrome and the merits of the perfect blush pink paint.

When Kohler heard about our bathroom project, they were just as excited as us to dive head first into a room design that will feel as beautiful as it will functional, and to keep things as transparent as possible, they will be providing us with fixtures throughout our renovation. To say we are beyond grateful to have their partnership wouldn’t be enough. We are continually amazed at their ability to effortlessly mix modern with traditional, style with quality. Everyone we’ve spoken with behind the Kohler team has been a wealth of knowledge (and boy, we ask a lot of questions!), and we’re really looking forward to sharing our experience with you along the way.


After spending a couple of days in Kohler, Wisconsin last year, it was all I could talk about for weeks. (This one time, at Kohler…) The heart and pride behind the company is so visible, and it makes my love of Kohler that much stronger (watching cast iron tubs glow a hot and fiery bright red during the factory tour was a standout moment, for sure!). Scott wasn’t able to go with me then, so we remedied that by taking a day trip up to their Design Center a couple weeks ago! Things we love about Chicago: the food, the alley finds and its proximity to Kohler, Wisconsin.

The Design Center is open to the public, and it’s 3 floors of all things bath and kitchen. If you’re even remotely close (or even if you’re not), it’s a must see! As soon as we arrived, we were paired with one of their product consultants, Stephanie, and we sat down to talk about our renovation plans, discussing everything from space layout to size restrictions. She hit us with questions like, how would you describe your style? We told her that our house tells us what to do – she’s an old lady, and she’s set in her ways, we said. When she didn’t bat an eye, we knew she got us. (Stephanie, you rock.)


Once we had covered everything we wanted to discuss, we began our walk around the Design Center, where we got the chance to be hands on – the best part! Staring with the vanities, we were impressed that soft-close drawers were a standard, with the ability to add in electrical and every organizational component you can imagine. (My heart!) In our case, we had to move on from the vanities; our space allows for nothing more than 4′, and we have our hearts set on a double sink. Kohler vanities don’t accommodate a double sink at the 4′ width, but we gathered a handful of ideas we’ll be adding to whichever vanity we do end up with!

Next, we spent a good hour (or two?!) dissecting what makes the perfect slope of a gooseneck faucet, but we debated going sleek and minimal, too. In the end, we said, who are we kidding? as we found ourselves attracted to faucets from the Antique, Artifacts and Bancroft lines. This set the tone for every choice thereafter, and we began mixing and matching faucets and tub fillers. Stephanie let us know that our decisions didn’t stop there – everything from choosing the exact shower head to the exact arm to the exact back plate could be tweaked to our liking!

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The shower head and hand held spray were some of the most involved choices to make, and we were happy to learn that we could opt for water savings (yes!) without losing water pressure. Kohler incorporates Racetrack Technology + Air-Induction Technology into their products (we had Stephanie repeat and explain this to us no less than 3 times), which combines to deliver force, eliminate overspray and provide larger, warmer drops while you shower.


Okay, who wants to talk toilets? We are probably more excited than we should be about a new toilet, but let’s just say that we inherited a less than stellar bowl in our current bathroom. This was probably one of our easiest decisions, made possible by the Kathryn (love her name, right?). Look at those angles!


Choosing a tub felt just as easy, and we told Stephanie that we’d love to see options in cast iron with a simple side apron. She encouraged us to get in! the tubs, and we couldn’t stop laughing. People really do that? That’s not just a TV thing?, we asked.


Last but not least, we browsed their collection of kitchen and bar sinks, which would work well in a laundry room, too! After sketching ideas (so many ideas – thank you for all of your input!) and measuring (and re-measuring) counter depths, we just couldn’t get on board with our vintage sink. Did our hearts break a little? Absolutely. That said, we know that’s the first of many road bumps, but we’re still weirdly excited about our laundry room renovation, and we have no shortage of ideas to make it work best for our family.


So while we were at Kohler, we wanted to check out the smallest sinks Kohler offers and found an adorable 15″ round under-mount on display in a sea salt finish. Sea salt is stunning – just a tiny step up from plain white with small flecks that looked like, well, salt.


We walked through our checklist for close to 3 hours, and we had about 30 minutes until the Design Center closed for the day. While Stephanie gathered up some samples for us, we took a tour of the upstairs, which is filled with kitchens and bathrooms to spark your own imagination – each room tucked into nooks, immersing you fully into each design:

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The room below had us re-thinking our floor tile choice, and we went home and immediately ordered penny round samples to compare against the hex tiles we thought (no, we were sure) we wanted:


Aside from the actual decisions we made throughout the day, the Design Center was inspiring in so many ways! Being able to see every single product is like a party(!) for your eyes, and the ability to interact with each item enhances the experience ten-fold. We surprised even ourselves by leaning much more traditional and sticking with classic chrome finishes overall, and we can’t wait to share our choices with you as the renovations unfold.

Speaking of which, the domino effect begins the first week of December!


  • patty blaettler - November 19, 2015 - 11:29 AM

    From experience, my advice is to beware of very large tubs. They use way too much water. Unless you’re a big guy you tend to just float in them (not cool), and by the time the tub is full, the water cools down. Also jets sounded like a great idea; we NEVER use them.
    Some of the most memorable baths I ever had were in a rather petite tub in an Italian hotel.
    Good luck with making a wonderful bathroom!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2015 - 11:56 AM

      I love that! And thank you! Yeah, we ended up choosing the same size tub as we have now in width and length, although I think the apron on our new one will be a couple inches taller. We stayed away from jets and kept it very, very simple.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia - November 19, 2015 - 3:48 PM

    I love all the selection!! And the tub is so simple and sleek! I do have to ask where you found your booties, I love them!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2015 - 3:54 PM

      Thanks, Lydia! I got them at TJ Maxx well over a year ago, but the brand is Franco Sarto if that helps! They’re super comfy, too.ReplyCancel

  • Staci - November 19, 2015 - 3:50 PM

    This seriously looks like a dream come true. Now I want a trip to Wisconsin!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - November 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM

    My husband decided to install our penny tile and this is how it turned out…

    I sure hope your installation turns out better. It makes me want to cry every time I go into the bathroom.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2015 - 7:42 PM

      Oh, no! :( We’re still deciding between the penny and hex, and every time we think we made up our mind, we change it again! We’ll be sure to use spacers!ReplyCancel

  • mgn - November 19, 2015 - 11:30 PM

    I think you are misusing divulge up there (maybe indulge)? Feel free to delete this if you correct it!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi @ Vintage Revivals - November 20, 2015 - 7:53 AM

    Wahhhhh!! I’m so jealous that you got to go back!! Kohler for life!! Cant wait to see what you guys came up with!


  • Ashley - November 27, 2015 - 8:38 AM

    Oh, it’s so my dream to visit Kohler! Best of luck with your renovation- I can’t wait to watch it come together!ReplyCancel



Finding a good pet bed might be one of the most difficult things we’ve done in this home – never mind tearing down ceilings or laying tile! No, no, it’s a decent dog bed that seems to be the struggle – ha! I wish I was kidding, but does anyone else feel this way? Our huge pups make the task even more of a challenge, as we’re constantly looking for something that can be fully washed and dried, not to mention, it has to look good.

I’ve been friends with Jane from Janery for several years now; she was one of our very first Pet Shop supporters, and I feel as though we’ve taken parallel journeys down the pet loving path in the time we’ve known each other. Jane creates handmade, quality pet beds sourced from materials made in the USA (yes and yes!), and for the last couple of months, Jack and CC have been nuzzling up to Janery’s Merlin Mats:


We have been through so many dog beds, but the reason we love our Merlin Mats is because the whole thing can be thrown into the wash – stuffing and all! It’s a thinly padded cushion that’s great for lining crates and protecting furniture, but our duo enjoy it as a regular bed just as much. (Most mornings, CC will nip her mat from her crate and bring it over to my desk while I work – which is so cute, I almost can’t handle.)

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Our favorite use of the Merlin Mat is for keeping their endless shedding fur off of the car’s interior during travel, but of course the same could be said for saving your bed linens or most comfortable upholstered chair! This past weekend, we visited my family in Pittsburgh, but let’s be honest – we were really there to finally meet the newest addition to our family, Nanook. I noticed that my parents had found a slipcover to protect their couch from his fluffy coat, but I’m thinking I know what Nanook’s getting for Christmas.


Now, it may seem that it’s all about the pups around here, but Maddie and Libby got a piece of the Janery action, too! (We love those little old ladies – their kitty kingdom is coming!) The Catnip Cuddler has 1/4 cup of, you guessed it, catnip hidden inside, making it extra appealing to our girls.


We chose the Bricks pattern in gray and navy for our clan, with the Catnip Cuddlers featuring a small velcro opening for you to refresh your catnip after every washing (velcro is exclusive to the Bricks pattern only):


We’ve had our pet mats for a handful of months, and they’ve all been through several washings and held up like a champ! Next on our wish list? These waterproof Charlie Cushions. Excuse me while I shop, but in the meantime, Janery is offering everyone 15% off anything in the shop when you use the promo code YBH2015 at checkout! And you have the chance to win $100 worth of store credit by entering right here.*

*Giveaway and promotion runs through this Friday, November 20th. Happy shopping and good luck!

  • Ryan - November 17, 2015 - 12:32 PM

    The pet bed struggle is REAL. I’m not going to spend a fortune because my girls are rough on EVERYTHING. They also have to be washable. Right now, the beds in my house all have removable washable covers, but an all-in one solution sounds great too. I just try to get as much cushion in there as possible for the old lady in the house…have to be gentle on her joints. Oh, and WHY are all dog beds stuck in the 90s fabric-wise? I don’t care how comfy you are, brown corduroy memory foam monstrosity, you are not crossing my threshold. I have a couple of donut beds from west paw design and they’re pretty great. But washing the cushions is a bit of a chore. Thanks for the tip on the new (to me) source!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2015 - 12:42 PM

      It’s SO real, ha! I love Janery’s Charlie Cushions are super plush, but they have a waterproof lining. That’s definitely next on our list. The other thing you could do to keep things super fluffy is use the Merlin Mats on top of your current beds – as an extra layer but also to keep things easy wash-wise.

      Ugh, we feel you on the bed struggle. We’re so happy to have this as a source, too!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 17, 2015 - 8:13 PM

    Ugh dog beds! So impossible. Add in the fact that our Saint Bernard mix is 100lbs with bad hips and I’ve never found beds that are big enough, plush enough, good quality, and reasonably priced. I just might be ordering the Charlie Cushion in navy herringbone for Christmas…ReplyCancel

  • Piper - November 18, 2015 - 8:38 AM

    We have two just-about-a-year-old corgis and in that time I have been through probably 7 beds! They chew on any bed we give them, ripping apart fabric and stuffing. Now, they have claimed a large sheepskin rug we own as their bed, and w it works for everyone! They don’t chew on it, and it can be brushed and shaken to remove dirt, and washed if they have an accident on it. However, the hanging dry and reconditioning does take a few days. So, I have a question regarding your new source for beds- do you think they would be chew-proof? They look like they’re thin enough to not be too tempting to rip apart, but I don’t want to buy another just to have them destroy it!ReplyCancel

    • Jane - November 18, 2015 - 9:10 AM

      Hey Piper! I hear you on the chewing – that’s something that a lot of dog owners struggle with. I wouldn’t guarantee my dog beds against chewing, because I’ve found that dogs can be so determined sometimes! However I know some people find that my Merlin Mats are less interesting to pups because they’re thin and low profile, as opposed to large beds that feel like enormous stuffed toys.

      I’ve been researching ultra strong canvas fabrics and have found a good source, and hope to release a line of extra-tough pet beds by the end of winter. They won’t be in patterns, but will be in fun, bright colors. If you enter the giveaway via the link above, or follow me on Instagram (@shopjanery) you can find out when I release them.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 18, 2015 - 9:46 AM

        Jane, I didn’t think about that – Jack and CC don’t have much interest on nibbling on their Merlin Mats, but it could be because they don’t feel like a big stuffed animal!

        Piper, Jane also offers free sample swatches of the fabric, so you could feel it in person!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - November 18, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    That bit about CC dragging her bed by your desk to sleep by you…I DIE. Oh man, could your furry family get any more adorable or cuddly?!?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 18, 2015 - 9:46 AM

      UGH, CC. She’s seriously too much, right?!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura - November 18, 2015 - 7:03 PM

    Those beds are too cute but I LOVE the rug! Where is it from?!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2015 - 7:23 AM

      Thank you! We picked it up from a vintage shop.ReplyCancel