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This past October, Delta® Faucet invited us to the Food52 test kitchen in New York, where we were encouraged to eat our weight in pinwheels, coconut bars and chocolate. (Needless to say, I was more than happy to oblige!) Sadly, Scott was unable to attend, but I sent him countless texts throughout the day with photos from the gorgeous place Food52 calls work. Their test kitchen, aside from, well, a kitchen, is also a creative gathering hub for their team, completed with the most thoughtful design execution. Think: deep sofas for recharging, built-in banquettes and the sweetest mudroom cubbies for bags, umbrellas and coats.

Every detail from lighting to color palette felt effortless, casual and inviting, but it should come as no surprise that these decisions were intended…


bed | basket | table | lamp | velvet pillows | shams | bedding We squeezed out every last ounce of energy we could muster before the end of …
  • Roselyne - January 11, 2018 - 6:03 AM

    I love that pale blush pink – we used a similar color for our living space, and it doesn’t read as pink, more as a super warm neutral almosy-white.

    Help – WHAT is that plant?? I have one and haven’t been able to find out what it’s called! It looks so lovely in your space!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 8:35 AM

      It’s a ZZ! I linked to it in the post, but it’s so hearty and does really well under a lot of neglect, haha.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - January 11, 2018 - 6:16 AM

    That paint color is beautiful!

    Do you have a preference between the standard Leesa and the Sapira? I’m in the market for a new mattress and my SO has a Leesa that I like but don’t love. But I like the IDEA of this type of mattress, so I’m still considering it. Any thoughts that might help?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 8:38 AM

      We’ve only had a handful of nights on the Sapira, but we do love it. (We also love our Leesa like crazy though!) The Sapira feels a teeny bit softer on the top, but at the same time, it feels really supportive just underneath the top soft layer. We’re really happy with it, but we could also do an update a few months down the road once we’ve had more nights sleeping on it! For anyone curious on how the Leesa feels, most West Elm stores have a Leesa in store that you can try out.ReplyCancel

      • Stacy - January 13, 2018 - 10:33 AM

        That would be really helpful! I like the standard Leesa but I sleep pretty hot on my own so I feel like the full foam mattress isn’t ideal. The Sapira being a hybrid might be a good middle ground for me, so I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve had some more time with it.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - January 11, 2018 - 7:15 AM

    Love the blush color and decision to paint the ceiling and duct work. I have been toying with painting pur duct work instead of going through the cost and time of building a bulkhead for it. What sort of paint did you use to prime the surface? Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 9:33 AM

      We used Zinsser 1-2-3 and it worked great! It wasn’t as difficult to paint as we thought it would be either. Go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - January 11, 2018 - 7:16 AM

    The color is beautiful – it looks so simple and clean.
    Please reply to Stacy – I’m curious as well.ReplyCancel

  • Shasta - January 11, 2018 - 8:01 AM

    After reading along with how much demo it took in your current house to get ready for the design elements, it’s kind of like the Tree House is on fast forward in comparison! You’re already making the beds?!? Wowza! So exciting!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 9:34 AM

      Haha, well not trying to fool anyone – there’s still a gutted kitchen and mudroom, and the bathroom is quite icky, but we really needed something to make us feel more comfortable up there! Making the beds was a huge step in the right direction.ReplyCancel

  • mkcubed - January 11, 2018 - 9:02 AM

    That marble doorstop is everything.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 9:43 AM

      We had been eyeing that guy for far too long and knew it would be so sweet in Tree House. It’s the little things.ReplyCancel

  • susan - January 11, 2018 - 12:32 PM

    Is that spiral in the duct work actually lining up with the grooves of the tongue and groove knotty pine? I mean, come on…
    give that contractor an A+ for attention to details!! Bravo!

    Looks fabulous! Good luck and enjoy the arrival of your little one!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 1:07 PM

      Ha! It really is! Thank you, Susan!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - January 11, 2018 - 12:44 PM

    Fan question: How high are the ceilings in the bedroom? It looks like that fan requires a downrod, correct? I’d like something more modern in my bedroom but the ceilings are only 8′.

    Everything looks lovely! I love the bed and bedding.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 1:08 PM

      The ceilings are almost 9′ tall, and yes, there’s about a 6″ downrod. Check out Wayfair and Lamps Plus, and you’ll be surprised by the flush mount options, I bet!ReplyCancel

      • Jen - January 11, 2018 - 4:39 PM

        Hi Kim, It looks so good and how satisfying to complete that list! Quick q along these same lines…how big is the room? Continually struggling with appropriate fan width for room size details…best to you guys as you await the baby’s arrival!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - January 11, 2018 - 4:47 PM

          Hi, Jen! The room is about 16′ wide x 12′ deep, and the ceilings are approximately 8.5′ high. We found the 54″ fan width to be perfect. Hopefully that helps you out!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - January 11, 2018 - 1:13 PM

    Everything is already looking so cute and cozy! I can’t wait to follow along with the rest of your updates. Also, best wishes as you welcome your baby girl to the world!ReplyCancel

  • Callie - January 13, 2018 - 2:59 PM

    Everything looks so so gorgeous. I love your style so much. I’m sure you already know this but those ZZ plants are super poisonous. Obviously it will be a long time before your little is toddling around but just an FYI. I’ve purchased plants before without realizing how poisonous they were and my ZZ lives high out of reach now.ReplyCancel

  • run 3 - January 16, 2018 - 9:19 PM

    Thanks you! Everything looks lovely! I love the bed and bedding.ReplyCancel


This post is in partnership with Modsy. Use promo code YBH20 for 20% off a Modsy design package! Our biggest challenge when coming up with a design, a feel, a mood for our nursery was this question on repeat: Will it fit? The room is a typical size for a Chicago home of its old age; …
  • Tina - January 9, 2018 - 8:20 AM

    This is the most serene and beautiful nursery ever. So peacefully minimal and yet also warmly sweet with love and comfort and cosyness. A lifetime of magical memories.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - January 9, 2018 - 2:03 PM

    This nursery is beautiful! I love all the neutral details!


  • Erin - January 9, 2018 - 3:56 PM

    Kim – the room is lovely! What a sweet space to welcome your little one into the world. I also noticed that you have “On the Night You Were Born” on the bookshelf – I still can’t make it through reading that one to my daughter without shedding a few tears :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2018 - 10:07 AM

      Aw, love hearing that! We’re starting our book collection from scratch (aside from a few of our childhood favorites), so we’re happy to take more recommendations!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design - January 10, 2018 - 6:07 AM

    Such a pretty nursery and those renderings are spot on and amazing. I’m flooredReplyCancel


sectional | knit throw | pouf | pendant light | electric hoist Without a doubt, one of the most charming details in our Tree House is the sweet little loft, or maybe …
  • Stacy G. - January 5, 2018 - 7:32 AM

    I am all about creative solutions, and this one is a winner. There is something so satisfying about troubleshooting a problem and coming up with a proper fix.

    I love the Tree House.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - January 5, 2018 - 8:30 AM


    I know it’s kind of a paranoid thing, but I wonder whether wrapping the cord to make it look vintage and essentially leaving it “free” would be a better choice. I know plenty of older kids/teens who would think it was hilarious to lock a friend in the loft by raising the ladder. If the cord/remote were free, the trapped person would be able to pull the remote up to the loft to free himself.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 9:01 AM

      We hear you on that! It’s one of the reasons why we’ll be taking the electric ladder seriously in terms of safety, but yes, when we DO have the ladder down, we actually release the wire/cord so it’s not in the way or connected to the ladder. We hoist it up out of the way!ReplyCancel

    • Crystal Beck - January 5, 2018 - 9:09 AM

      I would want a way to operate it from the loft as well. I’m too paranoid about getting stuck up there with no way to lower the ladder. Even just someone accidentally forgetting that someone else was in the loft, raising the ladder, and leaving, could strand someone up there. Probably would only happen once in fifty years, but still.ReplyCancel

  • Mara - January 5, 2018 - 9:34 AM

    I’m not sure if “code” would allow it, but could you put the cord behind the drywall so that you could just push the button in the wall (recessed and flush like a light switch)? Maybe ask an electrician if he could do that and while he was at it, add/extend a switch to the upstairs as well?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 9:38 AM

      Hmm, interesting! Wouldn’t that be nice if it really was just a switch on the wall? Might be worth looking into, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - January 5, 2018 - 9:39 AM

    That’s a great solution! Do you have any plans to hide the winch machinery so it’s less of an eyesore?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 10:16 AM

      We actually like the look of the winch, especially after painting it matte black. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait - January 5, 2018 - 9:59 AM

    This is a great solution!

    As far as the remote, I’m not sure this would even be possible, but could you hardwire the winch and then use two momentary wall switches (similar to ones that control a garbage disposal; you have to hold the switch on, like with your remote), one in the loft and one below?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 10:16 AM

      Interesting! Thank you for the idea!ReplyCancel

      • Cait - January 5, 2018 - 10:46 AM

        You’re welcome! I’m sure you guys will land on a great solution! I’m loving your progress on the Tree House. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - January 5, 2018 - 10:55 AM

    You two are always so creative and resourceful! I would love to hear more details about why you nixed the spiral staircase idea. I am picturing the tiny one from Mindy’s apartment in The Mindy Project, and it works well in my mind, haha, but of course how things work in the mind can be pretty different from reality. Was it the combined footprint of the staircase and the position of the doorways that made you stick with the ladder?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 11:14 AM

      You hit the nail on the head! We had about a 36-38″ diameter of space to play with to be able to comfortably open the doors, etc. Maybe it’s a standard, but the smallest size spiral staircase we could find was 42″! In the end, we’re glad we were forced to come up with a different solution, because the ladder is just too adorable.ReplyCancel

      • Elizabeth - January 5, 2018 - 11:36 AM

        It *is* adorable! Thanks for explaining more. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristy B - January 5, 2018 - 12:19 PM

    I second the notion of running it to a switch. My father rigged up switches in our cottage (off the grid – generator for power) to use as kill switches for turning off the generator. He went with garburator / disposal switches because they are on a spring – you have to hold them down to make the connection and then it springs back to the off position when you let go.

    The same idea could apply in this situation and the best part is that you could have the wires run to a switch in the loft and run a second switch to the main floor (standard cabling in the wall).

    Spring switches would mean no one switch was ever “stuck” in the ON position impeding the operation of the winch and you’ve got a switch on each floor.

    Sorry for the long ramble – lol.

    Am loving the stories of your Tree House unfolding :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 12:24 PM

      Definitely something worth looking into! Thank you all for your great ideas and suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey brook - January 5, 2018 - 12:32 PM

    I love the ladder idea but I’m wondering if you considered adding handrails to the existing ladder. If you google handrail loft ladders there’s some neat diy with pipes or wood!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 12:39 PM

      We are 100% adding low handrails, hopefully sooner than later!ReplyCancel

  • susan - January 5, 2018 - 12:37 PM

    I love the winch!
    If the mounting bracket legs had been a bit longer could the ladder have been pulled up flat, completely parallel to the beams?

    Anyway, looks great. That ladder has so much charm; it’s nice you figured a way to keep it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 12:42 PM

      If the mounting bracket legs were maybe 2″ higher, yes, the ladder could have been completely flush. We did SO MUCH MATH to figure out that bracket (one leg is slightly longer than the other, since the loft floor is higher than the ceiling beam), but we feel pretty good with how close we got! Ha! If it ever really bothers us, we could potentially add some height with a stack of washers or some metal plates cut down to size… there are a few options should we go that route!ReplyCancel

  • Susie G - January 5, 2018 - 12:43 PM

    That video is really satisfying! I love this solution and it sounds like some other commenters have good ideas about maybe making this system more “built in”. Are you able to make the bathroom door a pocket door? I assume it opens in, but man a pocket door would be nice there.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 3:14 PM

      The bathroom door definitely has the capability to become a pocket door down the road! It would be a great space saving solution, for sure. Right now it does open in, but we also have plans to completely reconfigure the bathroom layout – down the road. Love this suggestion! (And love a good pocket door!)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - January 5, 2018 - 2:13 PM

    Baffle box! Working for a company that builds custom winches for Broadway, my initial thought when watching the video is a baffle box. It’s so loud! However, if you don’t mind the noise, and you like the look – it’s a great solution. Nice work!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 2:18 PM

      Do you have a link to a baffle box? Not sure what that is!ReplyCancel

  • AnnaLynne - January 5, 2018 - 2:48 PM

    I love all of this! 🏡 I do have one, somewhat silly, question– What happens if the ladder gets put up while someone is up in the loft? Is there a way to release it from up above? I can see a mischievous child trapping a sibling/cousin/grownup up there, haha. 😂💛ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 3:11 PM

      Not a silly question – this seems to be everyone’s worry. :) There wouldn’t be a safe way to release it from above, but our whole goal is to nip that problem before it ever begins – essentially, the loft ladder is NOT a toy, which is why we plan on teaching all the little ones in our life ladder safety! Also, no young children will be allowed anywhere near the loft without adults present. Period. Tree House is small enough that any mischief won’t last long before being squashed!ReplyCancel

      • Kelly - January 5, 2018 - 3:57 PM

        I don’t think it’s small children most people are worried about. If it’s an Airbnb, you’re going to get 12 year old boys staying there whose parents go out to dinner and one of them thinks it would be hilarious to trap the other one up there and take a walk. And then the stuck kid would pee his pants waiting for someone to help him or (worse yet) try to jump down from the loft. Yes, that’s bad behavior, but it’s pretty typical older kid stuff, and I think it would be good to provide a solution.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 4:41 PM

          We appreciate your concern, Kelly, and definitely see the point. No matter what, the scenario you’ve presented could happen whether we kept the ladder on ropes or a winch. Regardless, we’re at least a couple years out before even considering AirBnb, and this is simply where we are at this very early stage. We still have a few safety measures to put into place before we would consider renting the home. Thank you for your input!ReplyCancel

          • Kelly - January 5, 2018 - 5:14 PM

            Makes perfect sense! You guys are always super thorough!

            Also, reading my comment back, I can see that I came off super jerky, and I’m sorry. That wasn’t my intention at all. I was trying to be that funny matter-of-fact know-it-all great aunt, but it didn’t land. Please accept my apologies!

          • Kim - January 5, 2018 - 5:19 PM

            Please don’t worry! We value all the feedback from you guys. :)

  • gigi - January 5, 2018 - 4:12 PM

    that’s nice, but could you have used attic stairs that pull down from the ceiling. It stays closed until you need the stairsReplyCancel

  • Laura - January 5, 2018 - 9:32 PM

    I’m so intrigued by your pendant light! Is that just like a nice hook you wrapped the cord around? Genius!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 6, 2018 - 8:49 AM

      Yup! We used a wall hook. I plan on sharing more about our easy off-centered light solution soon!ReplyCancel

  • 'col - January 6, 2018 - 6:21 AM

    Hey, Kim and Scott–I love seeing what you come up with. This is a neat solution! I’m glad you were able to make it so much easier to use.
    Also, can I say–it’s funny/sweet/a bit of a relief to see the beautiful couch and pouf, and then the purple drywall peeking out from behind the primer over in the former stove corner! Making my space into what I want it to be is a slooooooooow process and just that little reminder that no matter how different our circumstances, no one is working with a magic wand, made me feel better about it.
    Thinking about you and your little family lots and sending good wishes!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 6, 2018 - 8:52 AM

      Love this comment. Thank you, ‘col! And opposite the couch is still an open and empty drywalled kitchen and a mudroom waiting to be hooked up to a washer and dryer. Renovation when mixed with DIY is rarely speedy, but we sure are having fun daydreaming about all the possibilities – in due time. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Asya - January 6, 2018 - 6:27 AM

    How do you guys like the article couch? Is it comfortable and seems like it’ll wear well?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 6, 2018 - 8:54 AM

      We love it, and the leather feels like it will wear really well – we actually can’t wait for it to start breaking in and aging! We want to live with it for a couple more months before we write about it, but we’ll definitely dive into those details on the blog once we can give a more thorough review.ReplyCancel

  • RT Boyce - January 10, 2018 - 3:25 PM

    Here’s my suggestion: shift the winch all the way over to the side closest to the spindle where the cable wraps, then attach the hook and loop arrangement to that side of the ladder about mid-way, or as close to mid-way as you can get and a person can still unclip standing on the ground floor. This way the cable will be out of the way while climbing the stairs and could be left attached for quick trips up and down for changing bed linens or a forgotten item. And when you add in a hand rail, you may find that the cable can be left attached always.ReplyCancel

  • KG - January 10, 2018 - 10:19 PM

    Very creative! But surely turning/building the staircase is a better long term solution?ReplyCancel

Happy New Year! | Doggie Photoshoot

table | rug | coasters | throw | planter | sconce Hi, hello! How were your holidays? We're feeling settled and giddy and excited for the big change
  • Esther - January 2, 2018 - 1:17 PM

    Happy New Year!

    My daughter came op January 8 (2015). So I can totally relate! Enjoy your downtime while you can. The rollercoaster is about to start! Loved almost every minute of it ;-)


  • Kaitlyn - January 3, 2018 - 3:03 PM

    Curious when your due date is! I was due December 28th, 2017 and I am still going. Have been following alongside you with your nursery and tree house! Only difference is our Christmas tree is still up! Oops!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 3, 2018 - 3:23 PM

      I’m almost 39 weeks! Wishing you a safe delivery! All the good vibes your way, Kaitlyn. :DReplyCancel

      • Kaitlyn - January 3, 2018 - 8:18 PM

        The very same to you!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - January 6, 2018 - 4:39 PM

    Such an exciting year for you both! Can’t wait to see how the Tree House comes along too!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen from Ask Away Blog - January 10, 2018 - 7:36 AM

    I love that garden apartment <3ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 10, 2018 - 10:06 AM

      Thank you! We started that during my first trimester, and I think for parts of that renovation, I must have blocked it out of my memory. I often times can’t believe we did that this summer!ReplyCancel