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When we pulled Jack straight from the city pound 6 years ago, he was a pile of bones. His eyes were sad, and he sat at the back of his crate as we passed him by – several times, actually – to play with and consider the happier, wiggly smaller pups nearby. When we pulled these smooshy, tinier dogs from their cages, however, they wanted nothing to do with us. We brought them outside, and that blissful moment of freedom took over those smooshy, tiny bodies, and they would run, quite literally, like the wind. They writhed away from us, and after several failed attempts to make a connection, we were thisclose to leaving the slammer empty-handed that day. As we were walking out, we passed by Jack yet again (with a paper tag on his crate that read Jimbo), but this time we doubled back and said, well, maybe we should play with this one. Just to see. I mean, look at how sad! 

As a staff member brought Jack – er, Jimbo? – to the small playpen where we waited, he practically sprang from her arms and right into Scott’s lap. We barely had a chance to coo before he was licking our faces and crawling from Scott’s legs to mine. He couldn’t knead his body – his paws, his belly, his big head! – into our hands hard enough, and we were signing the papers to bring him home five minutes later.

It couldn’t be more true when we say that Jack changed our lives. We didn’t know why passersby would cross the street on our morning walks, and we quickly found ourselves spiraling down the internet rabbit hole researching things like ‘Pit Bull’ and ‘bully breed’ and all of the misunderstandings that are associated with them. On the flip side, we also found blogs and Facebook groups and television shows that love their big, beefy dogs as much as we do! Soon, we had fallen into a community where dogs ruled the roost in the best possible way. We were joining doggie group walks and making friends with puppy foster parents, and although we’d always been pro-rescue, we found ourselves diving head first into that world. It didn’t take long before we began giving back to this community we love so much.

And, well, then came Chunk. A girl who speaks for herself, and a noodle we love so much, it just can’t be considered normal. Add that to our senior rescue kitties (both hailing from our college days; I still remember bargaining with my landlord that I would clean the common hallway if he would just consider allowing me to have a cat), and that brings our pet total to four. Our lives are so full of warm, fluffy, fuzzy contentment!

I digress. All that to say, this winding path of pet love is a big part of many of our friendships today, and it’s the reason why we’ve found ourselves in a position to help with an incredible new project. Let’s talk about it!

One Tail at a Time is a local rescue doing amazing things, and they’re on a mission to make Chicago a no kill city. From the beginning, OTAT has been a foster based rescue, but by the end of this summer, they’ll be swinging open the very real doors to their own adoption center! A place for more rescuing, more fostering, more word spreading and, as a result, a whole lot less euthanizing in city shelters. We were asked by their director Heather if we would be willing to donate our time to makeover the space, and before she could complete her thought, we were all, okay, people, no time to waste! Someone hand us a paint brush!

We have a One Tail notebook where we’ve been keeping track of the needs/wants since we first sat down with Heather in April. At the top of this notebook is the word QUIRKY. This will be a space where joyous, difference-making will happen, and we all agree that this adoption center should make you feel good and silly and happy down to the core. We’re going to have so much fun with this.

So! Remember that sofa we pulled from a trash pile? It has lovingly been dubbed the Garbage Sofa, and this sofa will be the back drop of every photo of every dog that is getting their second chance with a rescue family. All those smooth talking pups that have undeniably wriggled their way into the hearts of their new moms, dads, sister and brothers will sit on this sofa as a forever family before starting a life with endless kibble, tennis balls and warm beds. Say cheese! (Are these two the poster children for their own Hey Girl meme or what?)

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Of course, Garbage Sofa will be getting a makover of its own, because, you know, we’re already drowning in fabric swatches as it is. We’ll be documenting and sharing the process for the One Tail Adoption Center over the course of the summer, and we’ve already got a great team of collaborators and sponsors that are helping us to realize their vision. You can learn more about One Tail at a Time, The Adoption Center and their goal to raise $70,000 in 70 days right here. Yeah!

  • Ann - May 21, 2015 - 7:16 AM

    This is just the loveliest, most heartwarming post! As a proud mamma to an OTAT alum, it makes my heart sing to see the support for our wonderful rescue. THANK YOU!
    PS- What kind of magic did you work to achieve that first photo? Hilarious and perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 7:51 AM

      Thanks, Ann! That first photo was a stroke of luck. The wind must have blown a delicious scent of alley trash in the air, because they both perked up their noses to sniff simultaneously. Scott and I were cracking up!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - May 21, 2015 - 7:33 AM

    This is so awesome you guys! And how rewarding. What an exciting venture!!!

    PS: Chunk’s facial expressions crack me up!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 7:52 AM

      She is ridiculous and SO expressive.ReplyCancel

  • Trish - May 21, 2015 - 7:57 AM

    OH MY GOSH – I recognize that house – I park in near it every day when I go to the gym! Anyway, I have definitely made a donation and will post this on my FB page. If you need any help painting or whatever, just let me know I’ll be glad to help!ReplyCancel

  • maria - May 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

    enter happy tears! What an amazing thing to do for such an important cause. it breaks my heart to think of where misunderstanding and ignorance is taking all those outstanding creatures, and all of their potential is being shut down like that. And for you to give back to the community and be so commited to the cause…wow. I can´t find the words. So I´m just gonna say THANK YOU. And I´ll follow along… So lots of love to the YBH human team & furry family, and to everyone involved with the OTAT shelter in Chicago of course, from my mutts and me in Barcelona :-DReplyCancel

  • katie - May 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

    what a fun project for a great organization! we are also a four pet family – 2 dogs + 2 cats, so obviously animals are very important to us as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:09 AM

      You gotta have the cats to balance the dogs, right?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 8:32 AM

    I seriously got misty eyed reading your story about Jack. Amazing to see that you’re paying it forward with this awesome project – I can’t wait to follow along!

    My pittie Posey appreciates your support too. :) https://instagram.com/p/hl8RnLkXBI/?taken-by=ispellkonfusionReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:09 AM

      Hi, Posey! Look at the little sideways hat! Cutie, cutie.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - May 21, 2015 - 8:36 AM

    This is GENIUS! I just started taking ‘glamour shots’ at my local shelter last Saturday. Trees and grass are nice as a background but a statement piece would be so cool.

    One of the main reasons for selling my own products (I design paint by numbers of cities) is to give back not only to people by helping them learn how to create through my product but especially to animals. I cannot wait until I get big enough to start donating more and putting on fundraisers.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:34 AM

      That’s so awesome, Adrienne!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - May 21, 2015 - 8:53 AM

    Well, it’s officially that I love you guys :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - May 21, 2015 - 9:19 AM

    I admit, I’ve been in the uninformed category too long. Never a need to even broach the subject until my boyfriend rescued a litter of mixed breed pits from his commercial property two months ago. They had been eating insulation and whatever else they could get their puppy teeth on. There was one dog that *somehow* ;) stayed in the truck as the rest of the pups were dropped off at the rescue. The entire litter died of parvo just shortly after, all because the tenant was too cheap and lazy to give his dogs shots. We were able to get ours to the vet in time for treatment and literally saved his life. So now, I’m a mom to a red heeler/pit mix (aka redbull) with a two year old in the house, something I would have never thought would happen.

    I so much admire what you guys are doing! I wish I was in a position I could do even more myself!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:31 AM

      Oh, that’s heart breaking! Your dog sounds gorgeous, and I’m sure he’s a great little brother to your toddler! ;)ReplyCancel

  • ryan - May 21, 2015 - 9:38 AM

    This makes me so happy to see! I found your blog on my own while googling for home inspiration and then discovered you know Heather (my lil sis). You guys are wonderful for donating your time and energy to OTAT. That couch is going to make for the greatest adoption photos :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 21, 2015 - 9:41 AM

      I thought you guys were related! I found your blog moon ago when you left a comment on Making It Lovely (because you had said something about being in Wicker Park), and I remember thinking, they HAVE to be sisters. Ha, small world!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - May 21, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    I love that first picture of your pups. They look so regal.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - May 21, 2015 - 10:39 AM

    I was hoping this was what you were doing! If only it was done by next weekend when I’m in Chicago!!!! Can’t wait to see the before-durings-afters!!!!!

    Also, Jack’s gotcha story made me tear up a bit! He is so lucky to have found you (and vice versa)!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - May 21, 2015 - 11:01 AM

    this makes my heart SO happy!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - May 21, 2015 - 11:13 AM

    Thanks so much for posting! I had a good cry, of course, then donated. Thanks for helping them out. Such a wonderful cause!ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - May 21, 2015 - 11:56 AM

    Your dogs.. are too cute for words.

    And y’all are awesome. Sharing this only blog + social!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

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  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - May 21, 2015 - 1:09 PM

    Oh, this story made me tear up!! As pet mama to four myself, I am so excited to hear how this new journey of yours pans out—and to hopefully see LOTS more of those puppy smiles =)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 21, 2015 - 1:26 PM

    That Jack, aka Jimbo, adoption story is SO sweet. Seriously, I’m like tearing up over here!

    It’s funny because just yesterday I was wondering what happened to the flamboyant couch you rescued. I love this! It’s such a statement piece and makes complete sense in a quirky and fun pet adoption center. I can’t wait to see what other cool touches you come up with!ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - May 21, 2015 - 1:38 PM

    Ohhh, that story gives me goosebumps. And what a fantastic thing to do with the garbage couch. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - May 21, 2015 - 4:45 PM

    As a proud owner of a rescue pittie I too have gone down the internet rabbit hole to defend my bread and find like-minded, responsible pit bull owners who utilize positive, force-free methods to train their dogs. I am also a rescue volunteer and am SOOOOOO excited about this project. Cant wait to see the updates. Your dogs are beautiful and hope that your makeover will help bring more people into the shelter so more dogs get loving fur-ever homes!ReplyCancel

  • Heather MacFeather - May 21, 2015 - 11:36 PM

    First off, I need to say I check your blog daily and love what you have been doing (I started following along just before you moved to the house).

    Ok, pets. I love rescues. I grew up and shared my adult home with more than a few rescue cats and still recall picking the first one when I was about 6 or 7 years old.

    In any case, the way you describe picking a dog is the opposite to how I ended up with two of my recent adoptees. Just goes to show that cats are a totally different, and very aloof, ball of wax. Two of the snuggliest cats I have had completely ignored me on adoption day. Cats!

    Best of luck with the new project, not to mention with that pesky kitchen door!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 22, 2015 - 8:33 AM

      Aren’t cats so funny that way? I adopted Maddie because she was a limp noodle of love in my hands at the shelter. Turned out, I learned on her first vet visit that she was extremely malnourished, so I spent the first few months of her life nursing her back to health!

      Now, she’s a sassy britches. You only pet her when SHE wants it, and only then.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 22, 2015 - 12:52 PM

    So exciting!! I miss shooting for my shelter, I moved too far away to be of much good to them. There are very few completely no-kill shelters here in SoCal and it was one of them. The people there are amazing! Can’t wait to see what you guys create.ReplyCancel

  • Joy - May 22, 2015 - 3:05 PM

    This is wonderful! Can’t wait to follow the progress here. Rescue is the best!ReplyCancel

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When our friend (and neighbor) Liz started asking us for recommendations on where to get textiles framed, I was curious to see what she was framing. We agreed to a lunch date so I could check out the subject, and before I knew it, I was committing to making her one using our usual go-to method, if only because framing something of this size would cost little more than a good down payment on a new car. Friends don’t let friends do that!

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She got this pretty jungle blanket from BFGF  as a super sweet Mother’s Day gift, but she was hoping to display it on the wall. After a brainstorm session over a bowl of pasta – Should we just, like, tack it up? Can we sandwich it between glass? Maybe we could wrap it around a canvas and call it a day? – I realized that a few small tweaks to our DIY frames would work just fine and really make it more of a showstopper! We’ve used this method on our dinos, the tool print and even our entryway mirror, but in this case, we’d need to make it semi-permanent (in the off chance they’d like to use it in the more traditional sense down the road) and, most importantly, lightweight. Because of its large size (coming in at 4′ x 6′), anything too heavy would not only be a burden to hang, but it would be too stressful on the longer lengths of wood.

Liz loves the look of our salvaged wood shelves, so we opted for a similar theme by using mid-century lumber from our favorite building supply warehouse, Rebuilding Exchange. We picked up old 2x6s and used our table saw to square the edges and rip down the four sides with a 2.5″ front face. From there, our router sort of helped to notch out a recessed lip for the blanket to sit in, although we did run into an issue with this dense wood. In the end, Scott ultimately rigged up a system with a steady hand and our circular saw –  my hero!

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Everything got a really good sanding (starting with 80 grit and working our way down to 150 grit), and I got to work staining. I used one coat of Special Walnut, but to tone down the redness, I applied two additional coats of Weathered Oak. Once that was dry, I brushed on a thin coat of water-based Polycrylic on the front and back. The poly will act as a barrier on any part of the frame that will touch the blanket, preventing future discoloration or bleed through.

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We used the miter saw to cut down the proper lengths, which were measured from the inside cut, about 4″ smaller overall than the size of the blanket. Using wood glue first, we secured the mitered edges with our nail gun and 3″ corner braces:

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We had to work on the floor – the only space big enough to accommodate this large frame! – and once the actual frame was complete, we laid it down face first and put the blanket over that, upside-down. In keeping with the lightweight theme, we used a sheet of 1/2″ acid free foam core cut to the exact opening size and slowly pushed it into place.

At this point, we were honestly sort of winging it, but our plan was (surprisingly?) working!

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The blanket was snug, but not so snug that we couldn’t move it around. Working opposite each other, Scott and I very (very, very) gently tugged on the blanket from the back, firming it up against the front face of the foam core while keeping things as even as possible. Once it was no longer loose, Scott held it up while I looked from the front, and we worked together to stretch it over the board without stressing the fabric.

For added security and to keep the blanket from sagging over time, we used male velcro only on the back of the foam core. The part of the blanket that wrapped to the back easily caught onto the velcro, but it wasn’t so much that it caused the fibers to snag. We then sandwiched another sheet of foam core onto that, and I used my staple gun to keep everything in place. If Liz ever wants to take the blanket out of the frame, the blanket will still be in tact and – after a good dry cleaning, most likely – good to go! Note: Glass was nixed to allow the texture of the blanket to shine through, but it also drastically decreases the overall weight.

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Finally, we added a large D-ring to each side of the frame, purposely installing them vertically so each one could get its own 50 lb. anchor. Because of the large size of the artwork, we decided to ditch hanging wire altogether.

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That said, we succeeded at keeping it incredibly lightweight! If it wasn’t for the awkward size, it can easily be held upright by one person, but I would go one step further and say that it’s much lighter than any of our other DIY frames, mostly attributed to the lack of glass.

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Even in photos, it’s really tough to tell the scale of the frame, but it looks so striking hanging just to the right of their front door. This photo shows an itty bitty Liz beneath the frame, which is probably the best representation of how massive this thing is!

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Going the DIY frame route was a bit more labor intensive overall, sure, but it was absolutely worth it! (And for other ways to display textiles, I did find this link to be helpful, too.)

PS… Debating navy shades on the Bali Blinds blog today – and convincing Scott it’ll be worth it! You can never have too much navy, really.

  • Haley - May 19, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    This looks great! I have a large african wall hanging that I just have pushpinned to the wall. I definitely need to try this for a more grown up look.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - May 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

    I was really skeptical, but this looks incredible! Great work, guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 19, 2015 - 9:46 AM

      Girl, we were skeptical the whole way through, but you never know until you try! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - May 19, 2015 - 11:07 AM

    i was skeptical too! thinking no, this is not what i would have done! but wow…i’ve been looking for a large scale art piece (at least 5 feet wide), and now i want a blanket. A framed blanket!

    where did she get the blanket?ReplyCancel

  • Laura - May 19, 2015 - 2:33 PM

    That looks great! Good idea to keep in mind should I have a pretty rug to display in the future… :)ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - May 19, 2015 - 3:07 PM

    You guys.. make the best looking frames/wood work pieces. Seriously.

    And I NEVER in a million years would have guessed that was a blanket. It looks gorgeous.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

  • Amanda - May 20, 2015 - 7:12 AM

    Wow! I didn’t really care for the blanket in the first picture, but that last picture makes it look fantastic! Great job! Who’d a thunk about hanging a blanket?! The possibilities! :)ReplyCancel

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Right after we planted Round Two of our baby garden, it started to rain – and rain and rain and rain. Our garden is going nuts (yeah!), but with the rain came cold weather, and so we find ourselves wishing and hoping that one day – someday soon! – we can enjoy our front porch for the season. Oh, Chicago, didn’t you know that it’s May?

Despite this turn of events, we moved forward with a mini makeover for the front porch – more of a sprucing up, really – in the off chance we might have one warm evening (we’re still waiting). Last summer we laid the groundwork, focusing on bright! and cheery!, but this year, we wanted to give it a more relaxed feel on a minimal budget:

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The more subtle color palette was completely inspired by our friends at Ace Hardware and the recent release of their new OPI paint colors by Clark+Kensington. Last year, we were turned onto our favorite black, Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine, having painted our porch swing in the popular nail hue (and our end tables and kitchen island), and this year, the deep greens and muted shades of pink from The Creative Genius collection had my heart. Below, top to bottom: Barefoot in Barcelona (OPI), Jade is the New Black (OPI), Bubble Bath (OPI) and Swiss Coffee, all by Clark+Kensington.

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We picked up a handful of Ikea pots, and I just free-handed the colors using a small foam brush along the bottom third of each. Each planter got three thin coats of paint using samples of Clark+Kensington paint in a satin enamel finish before I filled them up with succulents!

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We bought a 7″ plank of aspen, cut it to a 2′ length and after a quick stain job, Scott attached handles we already had on hand (from this dresser, which is still waiting on its makeover!). While our little centerpiece is cute to look at, we know we’ll need to move it to the side when the drinks are flowing (the whole point of a front porch, right?), so this will make it easy to shift it to one side or the other.

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In keeping with The Creative Genius color palette, I swapped out last year’s pillow cases for new, re-using all the pillow forms but choosing softer shades of pink, purple and green for the covers, all for around $5 at H&M. The banana leaf pillow was the only splurge (worth it), with the polka dot pillow being the lucky one that made the cut. That said, and with the exception of a new swing cushion and fern by our front door, all the larger items on our porch has remained the same!

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Other sources: Lulu & Georgia rug (unavailable, similar here), flea market chairs, Strathwood Rhodes coffee table (unavailable, similar here), DIY porch swing, fern planter from IKEA.

To help with your front porch sprucing (or any-of-the-things sprucing!), together with our friends at Ace, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. Giveaway runs through Monday, May 18th until 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. Good luck and happy entering!

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We’re excited 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.

 

  • Danielle - May 13, 2015 - 6:38 AM

    Your porch looks so beautiful! I’m always so envious of houses that have great porches — or any porch, really, since our house doesn’t have one!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 13, 2015 - 9:36 AM

      The porch was a HUGE selling point for us! We use it endlessly during the summer months.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - May 13, 2015 - 6:41 AM

    I love the colors! I just recently bought a new place that needs completely repainted (the owners looooved sage green) and our small town luckily has an ace hardware!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - May 13, 2015 - 6:46 AM

    Ahhh so excited! Love the OPI colors! We have a home at is over 130 years old with a screened in porch. We can’t wait to spruce it up a bit!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Brown - May 13, 2015 - 6:47 AM

    On my mind today…dealing with the gardening and changes I need to make to conserve more water.ReplyCancel

  • Kyley - May 13, 2015 - 7:07 AM

    Im so glad spring is finally here in PA. Hoping it gets to you soon too so you can enjoy that lovely porch!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - May 13, 2015 - 7:08 AM

    We are in desperate need of a back porch makeover!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - May 13, 2015 - 7:46 AM

    The OPI colors are great. Part of the fun of treating myself to a mani or pedi is picking out a polish color usually just cause I like the name! Love your porch. Looks so cozy for a cocktail on a warm summer evening!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - May 13, 2015 - 7:46 AM

    Love the mixture of color and pattern! It looks so welcoming.ReplyCancel

  • Mami2jcn - May 13, 2015 - 7:58 AM

    We just moved 5 minutes away from an Ace Hardware Store and I’d love to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - May 13, 2015 - 7:59 AM

    It’s still chilly here in MN too! Can’t wait to do more outside…could use some updates.ReplyCancel

  • Christy - May 13, 2015 - 8:02 AM

    I love having a cute outdoor space! Your’s is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Misty - May 13, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    We have a really small outdoor space/deck…but your totally making me wanna update that tiny little space into something cozy and colourful!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 13, 2015 - 9:37 AM

      No matter the size, it will be worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - May 13, 2015 - 8:23 AM

    I feel like I am at my local Ace at least 3 times a week so this would definitely come in handy!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - May 13, 2015 - 8:28 AM

    I really want to hang out on your front porch. The swing is my favorite. I wish I could have a front porch swing. Heck, I wish I had a front porch. We just have a deck.ReplyCancel

  • Nathan - May 13, 2015 - 8:30 AM

    We need to add color like this to our outside space!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Allmen - May 13, 2015 - 8:40 AM

    I love the bands of color!ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - May 13, 2015 - 8:53 AM

    This is inspiring me to get moving on my front porch. I inherited an awesome porch swing that my uncle built. I need to get it refurbished and start using it!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitie - May 13, 2015 - 8:53 AM

    Your porch looks awesome! Just the kick in the pants I need to get mine in shape. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Ariella - May 13, 2015 - 9:04 AM

    Seeing as we’ve just purchased a new table and chairs from Ikea (seriously – best deal ever – six chairs and a table for $350!), we could use a little paint to spruce up the area around the new stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - May 13, 2015 - 9:07 AM

    This just reaffirms the feeling I’ve had lately that I need more succulents in my life.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - May 13, 2015 - 9:11 AM

    Bubblebath has been my favourite polish for ever, I super love it on the pots or maybe on my bathroom wall…. hmmmm….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 13, 2015 - 9:38 AM

      A bathroom wall would be GORGEOUS. Or a laundry room? Or little girl’s bedroom? It’s so soft and subtle, and I just love that color so much.ReplyCancel

  • susan - May 13, 2015 - 9:12 AM

    That’s an eye catching porch! The colors look great.ReplyCancel

  • meridith - May 13, 2015 - 9:15 AM

    hope to have a porch someday xoReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 13, 2015 - 9:27 AM

    I have been on the lookout for some good front porch inspiration and I love the painted stripes on the planters.ReplyCancel

  • Thom - May 13, 2015 - 9:32 AM

    Planter tray is a nice touch. I think I might make one like that but for our useless outdoor ottoman/table that’s spongy in the middle.ReplyCancel

  • Amy S - May 13, 2015 - 9:36 AM

    Very pretty! We don’t have a front porch, but we do have a mudroom which, when cleaned up, can *almost* pass for a sunroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - May 13, 2015 - 9:40 AM

    Love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - May 13, 2015 - 9:40 AM

    Love the tray underneath the planters! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C - May 13, 2015 - 9:44 AM

    Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Trilby C - May 13, 2015 - 9:53 AM

    It’s May here too in the mountains of Utah – which means that while we’d LOVE to get out on our porch more, the weather is just too unpredictable to get out there as often as we’d like. I know come August, we’ll be DYING of the heat – but for now, I’d just love a little sunshine & warmth to get us started!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - May 13, 2015 - 10:02 AM

    Can’t wait to do some of our own yard renovations!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - May 13, 2015 - 10:11 AM

    Anything on my mind huh? At the moment I’m contemplating how well one of my single guy friends would mesh with one of my single girl pals…maybe play a little cupid <3ReplyCancel

  • Lucas - May 13, 2015 - 10:12 AM

    I have been staring out at my deck waiting for Chicago to wake up and realize its May not March. I love the palate you used!ReplyCancel

  • Nate - May 13, 2015 - 10:18 AM

    So good! Ikea always has some gems hidden up their sleeves…ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - May 13, 2015 - 10:31 AM

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - May 13, 2015 - 10:41 AM

    So I’ve been wondering…do you have power receptacles outdoors? Our house doesn’t have any and I want to change that so we can work on our computers outdoors (I work from home, and it would just be lovely to be able to enjoy spring weather while I’m busy with work).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 13, 2015 - 11:59 AM

      Not in the front – at least, not yet. We do in the back, but it’s a horrible, ugly space! For now, the front porch will simply be the safe haven from any work! :)ReplyCancel

  • kara - May 13, 2015 - 10:47 AM

    porch looks great! i’m dorkily excited because my neighborhood is getting an Ace – again! our ace closed last year to make way for a dollar store (?!) but is reopening a few doors down. an unexpected surprise and welcome in our age of home depot and amazon.ReplyCancel

  • stephanie m - May 13, 2015 - 10:47 AM

    so cute! such a great set up for the summer, when that warmer weather finally arrives.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - May 13, 2015 - 10:48 AM

    LOVING those succulents and your pot diy. Such a cheap, fun, and easy idea.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - May 13, 2015 - 10:52 AM

    Love the new spring colors, and am going to steal your pretty planter ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle V. - May 13, 2015 - 10:54 AM

    So cute! I’ve been trying to spruce up our outdoor spaces this year, too. It’s hard to keep up with! Thanks for the giveaway. :)ReplyCancel

  • allison h - May 13, 2015 - 11:08 AM
  • Maria S - May 13, 2015 - 11:11 AM

    Oh, those colors are just lovely! Everything is coming together to well, you’ve definitely inspired me to do some work on my own outdoor space! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - May 13, 2015 - 11:12 AM

    Great idea, now I’m going to drag out my spare paint and spruce up my terra cotta planters.ReplyCancel

    • Amy - May 13, 2015 - 11:15 AM

      I also have to add that I am so jealous of your front porch. We have a stoop which we sit on but isn’t great for dining. An outdoor living room is so nice.ReplyCancel

  • Molly W - May 13, 2015 - 11:14 AM

    As a fellow midwesterner I can share your hopes for as many nice days as possible to enjoy the outdoors! Looks like you have a lovely space ready to enjoy when the opportunity strikes!ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - May 13, 2015 - 11:31 AM

    What a cute porch! i would live out there!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - May 13, 2015 - 11:36 AM

    Yep, I’ve been fighting with myself about what pattern to do on my outdoor seat cushions but this just sealed the deal. banana leaf print!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 13, 2015 - 11:47 AM

    The porch looks so inviting. Thanks for reminding me that a painting update is needed on my pots!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - May 13, 2015 - 11:49 AM

    I need to spruce up my ba ck deck sooo badly it is starting to look very tiredReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - May 13, 2015 - 11:57 AM

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to pot a new plant that I got, and by how to pot I mean how to make a plain terra-cotta pot not look so plain jane. Think I just found out how!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

  • cassie @ primitive & proper - May 13, 2015 - 12:13 PM

    love how this turned out, kim, and i saw the same thing you did with that palette and used it as my inspiration, too- succulents!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - May 13, 2015 - 12:53 PM

    So adorable!
    I’m excited to be flying into Chicago tomorrow thru the weekend, I can’t wait to go exploring. I’m hoping the weather will be nice too!ReplyCancel

  • kathyg - May 13, 2015 - 1:07 PM

    I love Ace Hardware! I love to paint, anything and everything.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer C - May 13, 2015 - 1:33 PM

    I love your porch. I need to get my porch usable before it gets too hot to enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - May 13, 2015 - 1:34 PM

    I never knew OPI had paint colors. This is amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Chaney - May 13, 2015 - 1:37 PM

    love those little pots! The whole porch looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Missy - May 13, 2015 - 2:01 PM

    Love that new green paint color!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - May 13, 2015 - 2:06 PM

    Love these! I am going to make these this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - May 13, 2015 - 2:10 PM

    LOVE the pink green combo.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn C - May 13, 2015 - 3:02 PM

    I too have those pots and they’ve been sitting in my garage. Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - May 13, 2015 - 3:11 PM

    Great Giveaway! I like the painted plants. I recently rub n buffed the bottom of a little planter just like yours – just need to add something inside!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - May 13, 2015 - 3:31 PM

    Looks great! Love the paint colors and the pillows!ReplyCancel

  • Anna J - May 13, 2015 - 3:33 PM

    Love the new colors you incorporated! I’ve got some pots I need to spruce up with some bright colors!ReplyCancel

  • Ro Osborn - May 13, 2015 - 3:41 PM

    Your porch is looking great!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - May 13, 2015 - 3:41 PM

    I’ve been trying to find somewhere to incorporate “Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine” in my apartment – still haven’t nailed down where yet!ReplyCancel

  • Chelly - May 13, 2015 - 3:43 PM

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - May 13, 2015 - 3:50 PM

    I love the succulents!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary G - May 13, 2015 - 4:21 PM

    you can never have too many succulents can you? i love the colors, but especially the Barefoot in Barcelona (OPI). it would be so fun to do this project and pick some of these bright colors to liven up my own home.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 13, 2015 - 4:29 PM

      Right?! It’s the perfect dusty pink. I wish I could just buy a whole bunch of velvet in that exact color and upholster everything in sight!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - May 13, 2015 - 4:32 PM

    Sigh. I’m so in love with your porch. That swing. Those plants. The colors. All of it. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - May 13, 2015 - 5:12 PM

    Love the porch!! Seeing it is getting me inspired to start working on mine, since this weather hasn’t done any motivating, has it? What gives, Chicago?
    Also, how is it that I never knew that H&M sells housewares?? Those pillows are great, even better is you guys and your ability to mix and match colors and patterns so darn perfectly!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 13, 2015 - 6:19 PM

      Almost all of our pillow cases are from H&M! So inexpensive, so I don’t feel terrible if I want to change it up!ReplyCancel

      • Katherine - May 14, 2015 - 2:15 PM

        Can you shop for them in their location in the city rather than online only?
        I haven’t been in to H&M in ages… seems like a return trip is in order.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - May 14, 2015 - 2:20 PM

          We don’t have a H&M home store here (I don’t think), but I just do it online – their shipping is super low!ReplyCancel

  • tammigirl - May 13, 2015 - 5:45 PM

    Today I’m thinking about my daughter’s upcoming wedding. She graduated from college on Sunday and now we are ready to go into planning mode!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - May 13, 2015 - 5:54 PM

    Agreed, the leaves pillow was a great choice. Such a cute punch of bright and cheery!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - May 13, 2015 - 7:34 PM

    This is a nice giveaway. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - May 13, 2015 - 8:16 PM

    I have a few of those same pots from IKEA, though I have the giant size. I am totally going to spruce them up with some paint!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly D - May 13, 2015 - 8:26 PM

    Spring cleaning is on my mind. I am trying to get my house organized.ReplyCancel

  • […] Yellow Brick Home always makes me wish I had more of a DIY thumb, but their latest post made me wish I had a front porch that I could enjoy. Click through to see why + enter a little giveaway they’ve got going on! […]ReplyCancel

  • Susan C - May 14, 2015 - 12:22 AM

    I painted my flower pots as well this week! We are currently working on adding a wooden countertop over our washer/dryer–our first wood project. Next will be floating shelves in the WC of the master bath. Love yours in your tool room. Gotta be the nicest tool room ever!ReplyCancel

  • spiffikins - May 14, 2015 - 12:44 AM

    Love your succulents! It’s been colder than normal here as well – I’m ready for warmer weather any time now!ReplyCancel

  • Britt C - May 14, 2015 - 6:56 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - May 14, 2015 - 9:07 AM

    I can’t believe there are OPI wall paint colors available… last year I needed to pick out carpet for a stair runner, so I painted my nails the same color as my walls and went to the flooring store. I thought I was a genius! haha But it looks like other people had the same idea. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - May 14, 2015 - 9:23 AM

    I have an ACE right by me, I could definitely use some cash to spend there!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - May 14, 2015 - 9:39 AM

    Love the subtle pops of color on the planters but love those side chairs even more! We’ve been fortunate enough in southern Kentucky to be able to enjoy our porch most every night. Fingers crossed the weather will soon begin to cooperate in Chicago too!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - May 14, 2015 - 9:45 AM

    love your porch! We just bought some Craigslist table and chairs for our deck. I can’t wait for a break in the rain so we can use it.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine M - May 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM

    This is an awesome giveaway! Ace Hardware is like a second home for us. We too bought an old house that needed ever room gutted!ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - May 14, 2015 - 12:21 PM

    I would give anything for a porch!ReplyCancel

  • alex - May 14, 2015 - 12:37 PM

    having some serious garden envy my yard and garden looks horrible right now and is need of some serious love!ReplyCancel

  • Prissy - May 14, 2015 - 12:41 PM

    Love everything about this space.Those chairs are to die for. I love clean simple lines. I’m in the process of making over my patio as well.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - May 14, 2015 - 1:07 PM

    I love the pots! They look awesome. That banana leaf pillow is killer!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - May 14, 2015 - 1:52 PM

    Love the mini-makeover. Makes me want to get my rear in gear and make my porch a place I actually want to hang out on!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - May 14, 2015 - 1:53 PM

    I’m working on updating my porch right now, too. I’ve started with a dark stain on the decking and rails, and haven’t a clue where I’ll go from there! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Nudelberg - May 14, 2015 - 2:06 PM

    The porch looks awesome and I love the relaxed color palette!!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny - May 14, 2015 - 2:40 PM

    Our porch needs a major upgrade! From the dying wood to the crappy furniture, it’s my dream to make our “alley patio” a nice space, despite the location. Love yours!!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 14, 2015 - 3:51 PM

    Love the pops of color! And the plants on a plank is a great idea. :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - May 14, 2015 - 4:39 PM

    Just discovered you all not so long ago, and am enjoying the blog a lot! thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Ellis - May 14, 2015 - 5:14 PM

    Yay! It’s raining!!!! (Says a So California drought girl).
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • KathleenC - May 14, 2015 - 7:22 PM

    Such a nice front porch! And I love the succulent centerpiece… I would love all the different textured, shaped and colorful plants that are out there.ReplyCancel

  • David - May 14, 2015 - 7:33 PM

    I love Ace. They have a location within walking distance of my house.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - May 14, 2015 - 8:56 PM

    I’m waiting for it to be nice again so we can go outside and enjoy the sun :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)comReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - May 15, 2015 - 1:56 AM

    I need to make a little bench for my stoop…great outdoor space!ReplyCancel

  • nicole dziedzic - May 15, 2015 - 5:14 AM

    Something on my mind today is i can’t wait to get outside and plant some flowers.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - May 15, 2015 - 7:32 AM

    We also can’t wait for good weather to hang on your porch with you guys! ;) Looks good!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Wood - May 15, 2015 - 7:36 AM

    Your porch looks so cute! I need to get going on updating my outdoor space and get it ready for Summer!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - May 15, 2015 - 7:42 AM

    Isn’t it the best to get ready for warm weather fun and relaxation?!?! I’ve been filling pots with flowers, sprucing up patio furniture all with the hope of enjoying them with family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - May 15, 2015 - 7:58 AM

    I love that it is getting warmer outside and I cannot wait to go for runs outside.ReplyCancel

  • Kat - May 15, 2015 - 8:36 AM

    The OPI colors look really great on your pots. I’ll go to ACE this weekend to check out the full spectrum. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Carley - May 15, 2015 - 9:49 AM

    I love those colors on the pots!ReplyCancel

  • emily j - May 15, 2015 - 11:35 AM

    Love it! Such beautiful colors!ReplyCancel

  • David Holder - May 15, 2015 - 2:17 PM

    Love the pots & plants!ReplyCancel

  • Chessie - May 15, 2015 - 6:35 PM

    We live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so ace is my FAVORITE store. I have been wanting to check out the OPI colors, they look great!ReplyCancel

  • annalynne km - May 15, 2015 - 8:50 PM

    Beautiful color pallet, especially in that last image! I’m excited to start on more outdoor projects like this. Love your hanging porch swing. :)ReplyCancel

  • iamalighthouse - May 15, 2015 - 10:23 PM

    Love the blue green color you used and that you painted pots. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Karrie - May 15, 2015 - 11:03 PM

    This post makes me want to paint the bathroom :)ReplyCancel

  • Minta Boggs - May 15, 2015 - 11:06 PM

    I absolutely love my roses in my garden they are pink and magenta colors.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - May 16, 2015 - 5:13 AM

    Love the way your porch came together. Those OPI paint colors are so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Grantham - May 16, 2015 - 8:04 AM

    I have never owned succulents, unless aloe plants count. They are so lovely that I think I will give some a try. Love the paint colors.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Madrigal - May 16, 2015 - 10:57 AM

    It needs to stop raining so I can work on my garden.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie - May 16, 2015 - 3:06 PM

    Ace just bought a hardware store near me, and I would be soo excited to use a gift card there!ReplyCancel

  • Elle - May 16, 2015 - 4:40 PM

    I just spend about 2 hours in the backyard planting flowers and seeds.ReplyCancel

  • Dani P. - May 17, 2015 - 11:14 AM

    I love the board you made for the centerpiece! I really just love $0 projects :)ReplyCancel

  • Trinitee - May 17, 2015 - 11:44 PM

    Your porch looks so inviting! I love the paint colors you used on the pots. Its a good thing our local Ace is just down the street. I see cute pots like yours on our porch in the near future!ReplyCancel

  • Christin - theauburnfox.blogspot.com - May 18, 2015 - 10:47 AM

    Great job! I love the colors and have been loving succulents. I have such a brown thumb when it comes to plants but I’ve had some luck with these . Just wish I had a cute porch to decorate!ReplyCancel

  • Marybeth - May 18, 2015 - 10:51 AM

    Your porch looks amazing! I love all the pillows and plants. That will be such a cozy place during the summer. :)ReplyCancel

  • charlotte m. - May 18, 2015 - 2:48 PM

    I love the stripe of color on the pots. What a great idea.ReplyCancel

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