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  • jen - January 24, 2010 - 1:49 AM

    love that pillow and print. where did you get them? your place looks great btwReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 24, 2010 - 10:58 AM

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks! The pillow came from CB2 a few summers ago, and although they may not have the same one in stock, they continue to sell similar styles. As for the print, it came from a booth at the Chicago Renegade Craft Fair. Unfortunately, we forgot to grab a business card and we can’t read the signature. Shoot, we’d love to give the artist a shout out. Perhaps we’ll do a little more digging to find the source.ReplyCancel

  • [...] my delight at creatively using small spaces to meet your needs. I stumbled upon this blog called Yellow Brick Home and really fell in love. They really know how to work 650 square feet, and with plenty of color to [...]ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 26, 2010 - 10:45 AM

      To Hiphousegirl: Thanks for the so-kind words! Less to clean, heat, and cool. Nothin’ wrong with that.ReplyCancel

  • mary kaufman - February 5, 2010 - 10:26 PM

    I just picked up a copy of mindful metropolis at the Wishbone on Lincoln. I was drawn to the magazine when I saw what I believe is the same table that I have on the cover. Does the top turn like a lazy Susan?? The table belonged to my aunt and I think it is probably from the 30′s or early 40′s. Can you provide any details? Where did the one in the photo come from? Mine has beautiful wood, I really like it and was so surprised to see it on the magazine cover. It made my day on this cold and snowy evening.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 6, 2010 - 4:21 PM

      Hi Mary,

      Wow! We are surprised to hear that the table could be from the 30′s or 40′s. That’s pretty neat, and we can’t wait to tell Renee; that is her living room on the cover that we helped makeover.

      What we do know is that before the makeover, we discussed the items in her living room that could stay or go, and Renee was dead set on keeping that table because the top turns like a lazy Susan, just like yours! It really is too neat. As for any other details, the table is unmarked, was found from a Chicago thrift store, and is a light, blonde wood. We sanded down the top and stained it a dark java bean color using Minwax Polyshades, but decided to keep the base as it was to add some fun and interest.

      More details on that project can be found here: http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/renees-living-room-redo-reveal/.

      We hope this information helps, and a happy snowy evening to you!
      Kim (& Scott)ReplyCancel

  • susanna - February 11, 2010 - 4:27 PM

    i love the picture frames you have in your bathroom. where did you get them? or what would a frame like that be called?
    thxReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 11, 2010 - 4:54 PM

    Hi Susanna,

    The photo frames in the bathroom were bought from the JoAnn Fabrics in our neighborhood, but I’m sure any craft store would carry them. More specifically, they’re called “Floating Frames.”

    You can find where we got most things in our home here:
    http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/source-list/

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Howard - February 23, 2010 - 11:49 AM

    Hi Kim,

    I was wondering where you got the curtains that divide your kitchen and living room. We are looking for something similar to divide up our spaces.

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 23, 2010 - 11:54 AM

      Hi Howard,

      All our curtains that we use on the tracks come from Ikea. We love that their lengths are upwards of 115″, which saves us a bundle on custom made panels. If hemming is required, we’ve used their no-stitch-required iron on hemming solution, and everything has held up fine – even after a year. Can’t beat that.

      Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • Howard - February 23, 2010 - 4:00 PM

    Thanks so much Kim. We’ll be sure to check Ikea out.ReplyCancel

  • Kat - March 1, 2010 - 1:04 PM

    I love your home tour and I love all the colors you have used. It makes me feel better about the fact that I feel like I live in a crayon box. I go back and forth sometimes wondering if I’ve overdone it on color and patters (when is it too much ya know?)My husband would be totally jealous of the fish tank.ReplyCancel

  • [...] other design fodder news, I’ve been enjoying the blog Yellow Brick Home. Perhaps more palatable than the above home, this couple makes fun and creative choices decorating [...]ReplyCancel

  • I’m a guest! A spicy one « Hip House Girl - November 15, 2010 - 9:04 AM

    [...] colorful home and after (AFTER- ME FIRST) you read the post I wrote, you should check out their tour. F’rills, it’s one of my [...]ReplyCancel

  • Cher - December 23, 2010 - 9:39 AM

    I love you cute condo. But I really love your ceiling fixture in your kitchen. Where did you get it! Thanks for adding color too. This world can be a little flat, and I just love to see color.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 24, 2010 - 8:01 AM

    Hi Cher, thank you! The light fixture came from Overstock.com. You can find more on that story, here:

    http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2010/03/26/a-lighting-love-story/

    Or, to see where everything came from in our home, we have a source list, here:

    http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/source-list/ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 28, 2010 - 6:04 AM

    You have made some amazing use of 650 square feet! I have five times that much space and haven’t used it nearly as well. Oddly, I think you have more closets than I do. Love your bold color choices and the accessories you’ve used. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Hector - January 13, 2011 - 2:14 AM

    Love your table in the Foyer and the orange horse. Where did you get them?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 13, 2011 - 9:11 AM

      Hi Hector, the table was purchased while Bombay Co was going out of business, and the horse came from an antique market in Cincinnati. You can see a room by room source list right here, too:

      http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/source-list

      Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • Hector - January 14, 2011 - 3:42 AM

    Thanks Kim.ReplyCancel

  • Janey - January 25, 2011 - 3:31 PM

    Hi: Love the photos of your home. I like the heart “cutout” over the door and the green wall in the living room. Why did you decide to tilt the TV? I am not sure is your yellow brick home an apartment or a single-family home? No matter what…it is tastefully decorated!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 25, 2011 - 6:29 PM

    Hi Janey, thank you! The television is tilted down for easier viewing, and we live on the second floor of a walk up building. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • TUESDAY INSPIRATION | Mommy Needs a Minute - February 1, 2011 - 6:08 PM

    [...] vibrant spaces that are as stimulating as they are practical. (For more great examples of this, see here, here, and [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] in Chicago, so for now, I keep up with her via her wonderfully creative blog. And did I mention her home is fabulous as [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jena @ Involving Color - April 29, 2011 - 10:26 PM

    Your home is amazing! I love all of the color. I would love to add a few of your room images to the inspiration galleries on my site and include you in a feature post. Let me know if you’re interested!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 1, 2011 - 7:26 PM

      Thank you, Jena! We, too, love a girl that loves her color.ReplyCancel

  • Huddle Blakefield - September 19, 2011 - 2:58 PM

    I want to know where you got your dog’s collar! Love the green leather. Also is your dog a boxer/pit mix? Our dog Ollie looks very similar!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2011 - 3:22 PM

      Hi Huddle, Jack’s collar came from a site called collarmania.com. Just a bit of warning though – we purchased a colored leather, which is actually just a thin veneer over really sturdy leather. The collar is SO strong; it holds up really well. However, the part at the back of his neck has worn, and there’s no more green left. If you purchase a natural leather collar, I can’t imagine the problem would still happen. Other than the chipped color, we really love it!

      And yes, Jack is a pit bull mix! Our handsome, handsome boy. I’d love to see photos of Ollie!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - September 30, 2011 - 4:04 PM

    You’re house is amazing. I love how you incorporated a lot of color but it doesn’t feel crazy or overwhelming. I need more color in my house and I’m taking inspiration from yours. Great job!! PS: Your dog is making my heart melt!! Super sweet!!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - October 12, 2011 - 8:16 PM

    The dog is Gorgeous!!!! oh, and the house, too.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - December 7, 2011 - 9:27 AM

    Hi there, just found your blog! First of all, LOVE your decorating style! Second, LOVE your dog, what a looker! We have a pittie mix too as well as a foster-pittie, I just love those dogs! Third, a question: how high are your ceilings that you can hang your bikes like that? My bike sits in my kitchen (so as not to get stolen in my ghetto-hood) and I have GOT to find something to do with it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 7, 2011 - 10:56 AM

      Hi Laura! Thank you! To answer your question, our ceilings are only a tiny bit taller than a “standard” ceiling height, coming in at 9.5′ tall. Since ours are hung over the sideboard, we don’t have to worry about hitting our heads, but even if the sideboard wasn’t there, we would still be able to walk under them just fine. If you’re a little unsure, I would suggest hanging them in an unused corner of your home. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • [...] more info, you can read an in-depth discussion for our hairy situations, see our house tour or visit our pet portraiture shop. Thank you A and E for having us stop in!  Posted by Two [...]ReplyCancel

  • At the Moment // Yellow Brick Home - July 16, 2012 - 6:05 AM

    [...] and The Pet Shop! I met Kim at Business with Intention, and not only does she have an inspiring home (I LOVE her patio!), she also paints the most adorable pet portraits. Here’s a look at her [...]ReplyCancel

  • how2home - August 30, 2012 - 1:06 PM

    you have a beautiful home!ReplyCancel

  • Ashli - November 24, 2012 - 10:27 AM

    Your home is truly gorgeous, love all the color. I’m always a big fan of color, but it can be overwhelming if done incorrectly, you’ve done a great job at balancing it all out! Love your blog, will be following along from now on :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 24, 2012 - 1:51 PM

      Thank you, Ashli! So happy to have you here!ReplyCancel

  • Redheaded Daybook - January 22, 2013 - 11:34 AM

    I’m sure I’m not the first or last to say this, but WHAT AN INSPIRATION! I adore the colors, style and set-up! Seriously! It just goes to show that you can def do a lot with not a whole lot of space. I just want to redo my entire house now. In fact, I would love you to redo my house lol. I can’t say enough about this. Really impressed.

    Happy Tuesday!

    Redheaded DaybookReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 22, 2013 - 4:55 PM

    Redheaded, you are so nice! Thank you, thank you! Happy Tuesday to you as well. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Yellow Brick Home | Eight Hundred Sq. Ft. - February 4, 2013 - 8:53 AM

    [...] small space pick of the week is the small office studio of The Yellow Brick Home‘s Kim and Scott.  Cincinnati natives, they moved to the Wind City and into their 675 Sq. Ft. [...]ReplyCancel

  • ashley - August 22, 2013 - 9:42 PM

    love your style! Curious where you got your patio chairs and your stools for your bar!?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 23, 2013 - 8:04 AM

    Thanks, Ashley! Both came from Overstock – search for Tabouret, and they’ll pop up!ReplyCancel

  • The Hall | Inspiration | Branch & Twig - January 19, 2014 - 10:23 PM

    [...] Finally, I couldn’t decide what to do about the wall that faces the front door.  I loved the idea of hanging family pictures in the entry but didn’t want to commit to that much visual weight, when they could just as easily hang in the living room.  That’s when I ran across this chalkboard wall. [...]ReplyCancel

  • Cory Patterson - February 20, 2014 - 11:10 AM

    I’m a first time visitor! I’m so glad to have found your blog!ReplyCancel

  • […] (More on the couple here.) I could break down every aspect of their blog that I love (like their first Chicago home and their current home) but I’ll let you browse and make your own opinions instead of […]ReplyCancel

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