Author Archives: Kim

10

Our Back Patio Makeover!

stacking chairs | gooseneck light It’s December, but I was determined to not let our back patio slip away before the end of this year! This ‘room’ in our home has seen a massive transformation over the course of the last 6-7 months, so much so, that we sometimes forget about the monstrous deck that used to (barely) hang on ourKEEP READING >

8

Our Simple Holiday Home Tour

Turn on your JavaScript to view content When we decorate for the holidays, we keep it relatively simple. One year, as my mother-in-law was handing me a decor-related gift, she joked, Kim, I know you don’t like a lot ofKEEP READING >

6

The Case for Not Doing It All: Hiring Out the Deck’s Paint Job

Earlier this summer, we tore down a massive, scary and unsafe 3-story deck on the back of our home. It was replaced with an extra wide set of pressure-treated wood stairs, which has been everything we hoped it would be – a warm welcome to the backyard, inside to outside flow and, maybe our favorite part, a great perch for stadium-likeKEEP READING >

20

How We Measured, Cut and Installed Our Butcher Block Countertop

cabinets | drawer pulls | wallpaper We’re still talking about the laundry room, but we’re in the home stretch! After installing our cabinets, we could move on to the countertop, which we actually started working on over the summer. But in Chicago, with nice weather comes outdoor projects, and so the countertop took a back burner whileKEEP READING >

138

Going Cordless with Bali Blinds + a Giveaway!

This post is in partnership with Bali Blinds. Soon after moving into this house, we had to replace both of our large picture windows – one in the first floor living room, one in the second floor studio. It was scary and costly at the time, but due to the poor condition they were in, it was ultimately worth it. Afterwards, we outfitted themKEEP READING >

14

Vlog: 10 Things We Love About You, Chicago

There was a time when we thought, We won’t live in Chicago for the long haul. We told ourselves, This is temporary! Just for fun. For now. But here we are, 10 years later, and we truly can’t imagine living anywhere else in the world. We moved here from Cincinnati in the fall of 2006, rented the cutest (and somehow, roomiest!)KEEP READING >