Our little virtual home turns four today!

To be honest, we can never quite remember the actual day – it’s not like we have our very first blog entry marked on the calendar (although, it’d be funny if we did!) – but every June, we remember to do a quick search, find that first entry, and celebrate with a little… something. (After all, the blog did birth our shops – all thanks to a very enthusiastic, very loved readership!) Last year we shared a slice of pie, and this year, we filled our bellies with biscuits. And gravy. (Which, as it turns out, makes for a not-so-pretty photo, and the four cats have graciously subbed in.)

The timing of our blog birthday couldn’t be more perfect; aside from being on Friday (the best day, we think), it falls right in line with our new home adventure. It’s really amazing to think of our yearly, traditional travels as the starting point to our question: Where will we end up?

And in the end, it was here all along! Chicago, we love you. Here is our home.

This year, we’d like to do something a little different and have our very first, very official Reader Survey! In 15 quick questions, we want to know – who are you? (You know, really.) What do you like/dislike and everything in-between when it comes to this virtual home of ours? Your feedback would really mean the world to us; as we grow, we want to improve. Our survey ends with a good ol’ open forum; ask us anything. We’ll round up a reader Q&A and share in the coming days. Just click below to get started!

If you take nothing else from our over-rambled birthday speech, hear this: thank you. For stopping by, leaving your advice, suggestions and inspiration, and for being our cheerleaders. It may seem we say that a lot for every Shop milestone, birthday and anniversary (in our minds, not enough), but we mean it more than you will ever, ever know.

Cat photo via.

  • Hannah K - June 14, 2013 - 8:40 AM

    WOOT! Congrats! I am so happy to have found your blog this year and look forward to following for many more to come!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - June 14, 2013 - 10:01 AM

    Happy blogiversary! Here’s to more adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - June 14, 2013 - 11:48 AM

    Four years is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! I know that blogging can be a tiring and sometimes thankless job/activity, but you really have created something beautiful here. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 14, 2013 - 12:31 PM

    Thank you! And thank you so much for the survey responders – wow!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - June 14, 2013 - 12:51 PM

    Yay!! Happy Blogiversary! Looking forward to following along for the next 4!ReplyCancel


Last week, I kissed the studio goodbye for a cool 24 hours and hopped aboard a brightly colored car with 3 other (very awesome) ladies, Nicole, Jess and Heidi. We took a mid-week overnight trip to Camp Wandawega – a 2 hour drive from Chicago in Elkhorn, Wisconsin – a gorgeous gem full of cabins, teepees and tents on, get this, Wandawega Lake. (Fair warning: their website plays music, so you might want to turn down the volume before clicking over.)

Nicole invited us along for the too-short trip (I’m still pinching myself; if only we had the time to stay longer!), and while we did all those things that girls do when they get together – you know, eat, drink and talk, talk, talk! – we also took a moment to sneak in an archery lesson, swing on the trees and, of course, take way, way too many photos. It rained constantly, but it didn’t matter.

I woke up the following morning on a top bunk – making my heart so happy – after spending the evening over a bottle of wine and a fire in the lodge. The Camp, I’m telling you, is magical.

See Nicole’s recap right here.

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - June 12, 2013 - 7:23 AM

    Gorgeous photos!! Looks like it was a blast =)ReplyCancel

  • Michael Wurm, Jr - June 12, 2013 - 7:29 AM

    These are some of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. I’m sure your gals had a blast!

    xo MichaelReplyCancel

  • Ashley - June 12, 2013 - 7:51 AM

    Major blogger envy! I’ve been wanting to head up there – it looks so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - June 12, 2013 - 8:47 AM

    Looks super fun. I will camp if shelter other than a tent is involved. Now what about the fashion? Am I missing something here? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 12, 2013 - 8:50 AM

    Thank you! Ashley, it was the CUTEST. You should go! And Jill, luckily, no tents involved for us – just a cozy cabin. As for the fashion, Nicole covered that. It was completely impractical for a camp trip (Jess called it “glamping”), but it just made it that much more fun!ReplyCancel

  • OhMelvin - June 12, 2013 - 10:47 AM

    Wow, so stunning and remarkably sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - June 12, 2013 - 11:01 AM

    Oh my gosh! Elkhorn is so close to me! I’ve never heard of this place. I will definitely be planning a trip up there. I love that they have dog-friendly cabins. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - June 12, 2013 - 11:43 AM

    what an amazing little gem of a camp! looks like a nice relaxing trip, and of course, your pics are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey @ Likes to Smile - June 12, 2013 - 1:05 PM

    I can’t believe you got to go there!! The photos are so stunning and so fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 12, 2013 - 2:04 PM

    Everything was so ridiculously cute, it was hard not to photograph EVERYTHING! Thanks, guys!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - June 12, 2013 - 7:24 PM

    Great photos! This place became what it is after I’d moved away from home, but I did a photoshoot for a family on that t-shaped pier a few years ago – so beautiful! Glad it was such a great time. =) WI pride!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - June 12, 2013 - 8:41 PM

    what a gorgeous place!! glad you got a little r&r :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful Wandawega – Hands Occupied - June 13, 2013 - 12:06 AM

    […]  Other write-ups from our adventure: Nicole / Kim […]ReplyCancel

  • tereasa - June 13, 2013 - 5:54 AM

    thanks so much for visiting! your photos are so lovely. you really have a beautiful eye. please come back and visit us soon! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 13, 2013 - 8:32 AM

      Tereasa, you’ve done the most beautiful job! It was so amazing to be there – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Dave - June 13, 2013 - 7:11 PM

    Ann and I want a print of the canoe paddles. All the photos were awesome.

  • Trude - June 14, 2013 - 12:56 PM

    Oh man. As if I didn’t want to take a summer vacation before…just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - June 15, 2013 - 1:49 AM

    lovely photos! I’ve been wanting to go there! which place did you stay in there?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 15, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    Hi Lindsey, we stayed in a 3 room cabin on the lake – Jess and I bunked in the room with the bunk bed! It felt so fun, like Girl Scout camp or something ;)ReplyCancel

  • Victoria | Oh So Pretty - June 17, 2013 - 12:57 PM

    These photos are absolutely GORGEOUOS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 17, 2013 - 1:44 PM

    Thanks, Victoria!ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - June 17, 2013 - 5:15 PM

    The FUN was def captured in the photos … all beautiful! I wanna go to camp too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah C - June 18, 2014 - 11:58 AM

    Looks like you guys had a great weekend getaway :)ReplyCancel


This past weekend was a weird one. An exciting one, no doubt (new adventures!), but we’ll fully admit to losing all track of time, wondering, wait, did we already have brunch today? Or was that yesterday? We watched our beloved Penguins get swept right out of the Playoffs (be kind; our egos haven’t yet recovered), toasted our Closing Day with patio drinks at Parsons (go there! Go now!), showed our home to potential renters (cleaning, dusting and Swiff-ing before each one), celebrated the birthday boy, and somehow, came home with two new pieces of furniture. And if we’re being honest, with the closing behind us, we shouldn’t be so surprised.

ONE. After Scott spotted the dresser in a nearby alley, we slept on it before scooping it. Because, remember, we aren’t supposed to bring any new items in that we’ll have to move? But it was still there 2 days later, and a quick social media poll told us to stop being silly! We picked it up, and for now, it’s living in the back of the wagon. (Where else will it go?)

TWO. As if one new item wasn’t enough (although yes, it was free!), we treated ourselves to an afternoon at Humboldt House – a new vintage shop that we want to move into. Every price point is hit throughout the store, and you guys! They have a shop Pittie! The seemingly innocent trip turned dangerous when I spotted that velvet chair – and after pleading my case for a solid 30 minutes to Scott, we picked that up, too. I have big plans for that one; big plans.

New house, get here! We have things to put in you!

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - June 11, 2013 - 8:08 AM

    You did a good deed with the dresser, and it is going to look great. I like that the handles are at an angle, very unique. I too have a hard time passing up furniture, especially if I know it might end up in a landfill. My house is full, and just yesterday my husband asked in horror, “What are you doing on Craigslist again?!”ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 12, 2013 - 2:03 PM

      Jessica, we think it’s a good deed, too ;) We’re a little unsure of the angled handles… so we’ll see what happens to that!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - June 11, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    Fun! I love that the dresser is living in the car. Ha!

    I can’t wait to see how both of these get tweaked. The velvet chair already looks like you, so I’m very intrigued by your plans.

    I totally feel your pain. As soon as we closed on the firehouse, we had to remind ourselves not to buy more things to move. Since we’re (somewhat) settled more purchases are creeping in, but we’re trying to keep it to a minimum since we’re approaching one space at a time. That didn’t keep us buying a vintage fireplace a few weeks ago. Yes… a fireplace. Lol! Tell Scott he can be thankful he’s not moving a fireplace around ;)ReplyCancel

  • Erin || Sewbon.com - June 11, 2013 - 10:35 AM

    Great finds! I can’t wait to see what you do to the dresser and I adore the chair!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - June 11, 2013 - 1:51 PM

    Excellent finds! They both have such great shapes!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 11, 2013 - 1:58 PM

    Heather, no kidding! If Scott didn’t love that dresser, there’s no way it’d be living in our car for a month. And you’re right – that velvet chair had my name all over it! It was fate.

    Thanks, guys!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 12, 2013 - 12:10 PM

    Congratulations on your new adventure, can not wait to see your new house and all the inspiring projects that will be coming.

  • Sarah - January 1, 2015 - 12:58 PM

    OMG! I WANT that chair! That is a dream chair for me. Now I will be on the hunt!ReplyCancel