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Do you ever buy an item online and proceed to checkout, only to find that if you just added $5 to your cart, you’d get free shipping? Then you realize that if shipping costs $7, of course(!) it makes sense to scrounge around for a low priced item. It’s a fun game, right? But by doing so, you find so many things(!) and end up doubling your total – which you knew very well would happen.

On the up-side, you’ve easily earned that free shipping.

This happened to us (edit: me) as I spent a ridiculous amount of time on, with the goal being to purchase 1 yard of white vinyl for our $2 chair. We agreed that we liked the charm in the “patina” metal legs, so we nixed any ideas of painting the black frame. Rather, we’d keep it clean and simple, giving it a white seat (we got this one) with a refinished, dark wood back.

But after learning upon checkout that I could get free shipping with a $25 purchase (my own fault, after finding a promo code on Retail Me Not), I decided to browse punchy fabrics for new pillow covers; in the end, we landed on this one. After all, since we want to feel things like light and airy with our living room tweaks, we know ourselves well enough to know that we’ll want a little kick in the room. (We’re thinking the standouts will be fun, fresh art and playful textiles.)

And when that still didn’t come close to the $25 minimum, I asked Scott if we should just move forward with upholstering our lovely chair, you know, for down the road. It’s been years since we picked it up on Craigslist, and man, it needs work. So, I added 4 yards of a thick, grey canvas to the basket.

The total? $35. Shipping’s on them, but we know they really won the game.

Of course now we’re not completely sold on the grey we’ve chosen – it’s super strong, but the soft cotton is just waiting for the first wine spill – so we have a few more samples on the way (like this rhino canvas or this self-healing velvet, perfect for kitty claws). Ah, well.

You play this game too, right?

  • Julia @ Chris Loves Julia - August 2, 2012 - 8:51 AM

    Do I EVER play that game! “Free shipping” is my kryptonite. I love the Ikat!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo{ - August 2, 2012 - 9:40 AM

    Of course! I basically won’t order anything online unless I can get free shipping. It’s ridiculous.

    I love your “lovely chair”!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 2, 2012 - 10:05 AM

    Shopping on Amazon, I’m always $5 short of free shipping with items I need, but then end up spending $20-30 more with things I’ve always wanted but never got around to buying… I just can’t bring myself to pay for shipping though when I can just spend a liiitttle bit more for something I can actually hold.ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - August 2, 2012 - 1:35 PM

    Oh God, I fall into that Amazon trap too, every time. Offering free shipping is a huge sway for me – I’ve spent thousands at one of the jewelry supply companies I order from, in large part because they offer free shipping on absolutely ANY ORDER, even if your order is for a single 10 cent bead.

    The strange thing is, every time I do a sale in my Etsy shop where I offer free shipping (as long as people input a code upon checkout), hardly any customers bother to use the code, most of them ignore it and go ahead and pay for shipping. That showed me that for every careful shopper out there who comparison shops and hunts for coupon codes, there are 2-3 who don’t bother to read anything you tell them, even though it’s to their benefit.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - August 2, 2012 - 2:20 PM

    Great choices! I totally do that, too. Very clever, marketing department. But I like to think we all win then. But that’s one really great thing about Overstock. I can buy anything and ship it for 3 bucks. I think more companies should adopt this way of thinking. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - August 2, 2012 - 10:10 PM

    We joined Amazon Prime a while back, which gets you free shipping on most items. We got a free membership through the Amazon Mom program for new parents, and when it expired we just kept it going. We shop online way too much to worry about shipping. It definitely works out in our favor.ReplyCancel

  • Tosha - August 6, 2012 - 5:29 PM

    This is so funny! This was basically me all weekend! I just ordered a bunch of fabric from too! That free shipping thing totally gets me every time. Love your fabric choices!ReplyCancel


Over the last weekend and the better half of the week prior, Scott and I dodged town and headed north. Together with our Chicago family, we spent our days on the northern tip of Michigan’s mitten in Burt Lake – taking over Grandma’s cabin with our bottles of sunscreen, jars of local jams and chocolate bars for nightly smores. (We say Grandma with love, as she’s not really our momma’s mom at all; see more about our Chicago clan right here.)

What started out as a chilly first few days, ultimately turned into sunny, blue blue skies. Fake almost, as if we were vacationing in a postcard. We shopped around Petoskey, caught the Olympic opening ceremonies at the local bowling alley, spent countless hours on a boat and ended every day with a bonfire.

As summer enters August (and our thoughts seem to naturally turn to the looming fall), it felt so good to have no agenda. We have a full month ahead as we simultaneously gear up for the Shop‘s busy season (yes, we’re already thinking of the holidays!) and wind down as we soak up and enjoy these dog days – and we have a few more travels on the agenda, too.

We’re still playing catch up this week – here’s hoping we’ll feel a bit caught up by the afternoon – but those missed days of work were well worth it. Are there any last minute getaways on your calendar? What have you been up to?

You can also check out our first visit to Burt Lake right here!

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - July 31, 2012 - 10:57 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, Kim!

    Is it just me or in the photos of Scott in the boat and the dog also in the boat – do they almost have the same expressions on their faces? Made me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 31, 2012 - 11:12 AM

    Susan, thank you! And it’s not just you – we all had those looks on our faces every time we got on the boat! In Scott’s defense, he was singing along to our jam box, but he just looked so happy and cute, I couldn’t resist posting the photo.ReplyCancel

  • Kati @ so happy home - July 31, 2012 - 6:43 PM

    Those photos took my breath away. I’m a silent reader (and instagram stalker), big fan, and now insanely jealous of your lovely vacation. Also, can you tell us more about that amazing pink brick building? And pink trash cans to boot! I feel relaxed just peeking at your holiday. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 31, 2012 - 7:15 PM

    Hi Kati, thank you! I recognize your name from Instagram, so, hello! The colorful buildings and pink trash cans are located in downtown Petoskey, about a 20 minute drive from the lake. We spent an afternoon there on one of the rainy days, shopping and stashing up on fudge and buckeyes. Aah, wish we could go back right now…ReplyCancel

  • Jen - August 1, 2012 - 2:24 PM

    Gorgeous & Jealous. Yep. That about sums it up!ReplyCancel

  • hazel @ sensational house - August 2, 2012 - 6:03 AM

    Some stunning shots there, makes me so jealous being stuck in the rainy UK. At least I can live vicariously through blogs like yours ha!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 3, 2012 - 9:56 AM

    Wow, it really does look like a postcard! Absolutely beautiful. I’m so jealous! Next weekend we’re heading up to the mountains for an overnight so we can actually see the Perseid meteor shower, but that’s about all I have planned! Although I’ll probably be forced to get away sometime in September…extended heat does that to a person. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 3, 2012 - 1:15 PM

    Trude, a night in the mountains sounds wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • caroline - August 5, 2012 - 4:43 AM

    I love those pastel buildings. And the lake looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • rachael - August 6, 2012 - 11:59 AM

    Stunning pictures Kim! You’ve captured up north perfectly. Thinking we need a whole week next year!ReplyCancel


Along with our living room tweaks will come some fresh, new art for the walls. We’ve had the same portraits and prints leaning on our shelves for the last few years, and (surprise, surprise) we’re itching for a shake up. We fell for these fun, quirky donuts at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, made with love by hometown artist, Jennifer Keats, at The Donut Shop.

But ooh! Decisions!

We’re leaning towards the perfectly imperfect maple (my favorite; Scott begs to differ) or the cheery strawberry sprinkles. Maybe both. Either way, we know it’ll inject some playfulness into this nuthouse.

Which would you choose? See them all and grab a dozen (why not?) at The Donut Shop.

All images via The Donut Shop.

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - July 30, 2012 - 9:24 AM

    My favorite is the sprinkles…YUM! Now I know what I’ll be craving for the rest of the day =)ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - July 30, 2012 - 10:13 AM

    At first, I thought striped all the way! But then when you mentioned the maple one, I fell for its warmth. Everything about it is comforting. Can’t wait to see where you end up!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - July 30, 2012 - 12:06 PM


  • Caitlin @ Desert Domicile - July 30, 2012 - 1:20 PM

    Team Strawberry Sprinkles!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 30, 2012 - 1:59 PM

      Jillian and Julia, I’ve been trying to convince Scott of the maple, but he’s just not going for it!

      Carrie and Caitlin, those sprinkles are great, aren’t they? They look like a Simpsons donut!

      We’ve finally made our choice though, and you’ll see soon enough…ReplyCancel

  • Kyley - July 31, 2012 - 5:44 PM

    omg you have no idea how bad I want a donut right now! :)ReplyCancel