Over dinner on Saturday night, our friend Jess told us that she imagined our weekends played to the soundtrack of Flight of the Bumblebee. I almost choked on my wine, and we were still laughing at that thought on Sunday night, because you guys, the last couple of days really felt that way.

We spent the first real money towards the new home (you know, not counting the actual mortgage!), picking up tools and supplies at the hardware store: dust masks, new safety goggles, fancy pantsy bright yellow workers gloves, and a sledgehammer! We continued the packing of our still-current home, chiseling away at the studio (sniff, sniff) and filling our donation box to the brim. By Sunday, our home felt unraveled; boxes are piled high in the kitchen, and we’re doing our best to pack every single thing that we don’t use on a daily basis. It’s so tempting to keep going while the momentum is high, but we still have to eat here. And wear clothes. And watch House Hunters marathons – even as those couples infuriate us with every episode.

But Sunday. Sunday! Scott did the a final walk through with each of the (now former) tenants, and we spent the afternoon at the new house, dreaming up ideas and making decisions with our friend, Nancy, architect/therapist/motivator extraordinaire. Our heads are spinning in every direction, and this week, we’ll start tearing into drywall, leveling floors and repairing windows – gah! With so much on our list of to-dos, please bear with us as we begin to fully document each room and take care of all those things that start piling up (utility swapping, room scrubbing and running our 10th trip to the Depot in a single day).

It’s happening! It’s hard to believe that Scott and I have been discussing our “someday” home for years (since the beginning of our time together!), and it’s here. The time is now. We promise more photos and a tour as soon as possible; it seems as though every day is moving faster than the one before. But, soon.

  • Marie (from France) - July 1, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    I haven’t said congratulations yet to you guys but I’m really happy for you. Hope you’ll keep the chandelier on the 3rd picture ;-) And good luck for your home improvement! I don’t often comment but I read each and every word you’re publishing here and I really enjoy following your adventures.

    PS: please, feel free to correct my English. It would really be nice of you (email me if needed). See you.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - July 1, 2013 - 8:56 AM

    Teasers!!! I see tons of great light!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 9:00 AM

      Marie, from Chicago to France, thank you!

      Jackie, the light is really out of control. Eek!ReplyCancel

  • zandi - July 1, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    haha i always talk about how much i hate every. single. couple on house hunters (especially the ones that say “man cave” a lot), but yet here i am, having seen nearly every episode ever aired.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 10:31 AM

      Zandi, not to mention how awful a home is based on wall colors. Because we all know – that’s impossible to change! ;)ReplyCancel

  • dervla - July 1, 2013 - 10:52 AM

    can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 1, 2013 - 12:09 PM

    Wow the natural light is gorgeous! And those floors! I hope they are in good shape, they’re amazing! I seriously love it already! So, so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 12:13 PM

    Cait, the floors are okay – but the floor itself is SO lopsided! Photos can be deceiving… but yes, the natural light is a game changer!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 1, 2013 - 2:41 PM

    Im so excited to see this process! The light does look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ sunnysideshlee.com - July 1, 2013 - 2:53 PM

    Awesome! I’m excited to see your new casa!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - July 1, 2013 - 3:12 PM

    Can’t wait to see more!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma - July 1, 2013 - 10:08 PM

    Congratulations! The sneak peeks look so lovely! It’s HD time – oh how I remember the initial HD days. You’ll go from multiple trips a weekend down to just one trip, and then progress to the occasional weekend *gasp* without a HD trip. But all in good time. It’s a fun journey so bon voyage!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - July 2, 2013 - 12:42 AM

    Ohhh House Hunters! There’s always an “obstacle” in every episode!
    Love the sneak peak, and those lights from the 80’s… :-OReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - July 2, 2013 - 1:15 AM

    Omg!!! How amazing is that 1908s-ish sconce(?) in photo #4!! Please find a way to incorporate it somehow. I know you can make it work with your tongue-in-cheek style!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Good luck! Remember to stay hydrated and to give yourself enough time (and permission) to stop when you need to. (Maybe you don’t have that problem?)

    Hahaha! House Hunters is SO addictive. It’s such a great way to peer into other people’s homes. Have you ever looked up the drinking game? There are a lot of versions, but most of them award drinks based on common phrases – wall color complaints, references to the closet being big enough for her but where will HE put his stuff?, lack of stainless steel appliances/granite (you know things that are impossible to go to a store and purchase).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    The light fixtures are not as awesome as they appear! Promise.

    Heather, that sounds like our kind of drinking game! Where will he put HIS stuff – and then everyone chuckles. Good times.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 2, 2013 - 9:00 AM

    That’s sad about the floors! Hopefully leveling them isn’t too tough.ReplyCancel


Okay, technically, this October it will be 6 years in our current home. (So, really, it’s more like a 5 1/2+ year evolution, but who’s counting?) We started this little virtual home well into our home’s evolution (we’d been living here for not quite 2 years), but as we became more in synch with our merging tastes and style, rooms went from bold orange to soft green, from navy blue to barely pink. Remember the video tour we took after 4 years here? Whoa.

Next week, we’ll be starting demo on the new home (and there are still so many what ifs and what happens when…), so while we’ll still be living here while we begin work over there, we have begun our packing. Art is down, boxes are being stacked, and our media wall is (sadly) empty. It’s surprisingly thrilling to fill those cardboard boxes – I realize this is purely the organizer in me – but it’s just downright sad, too. Bittersweet. Our new adventure gives us the chills (we could just scream; we’re so excited), but it wouldn’t be right to leave this home without a proper tribute. A look back.

THE LIVING ROOM. Our home started as a recently rehabbed beige box; if you’ve been here from way back, you’ll know we were the first owners to take occupancy in our unit since the building was gutted. After moving in, we painted the walls bright – including that kelly green accent wall. From there, we toned it down by continuing the soft minty-blue, swapped furniture, installed The Wall and finally, removed the floating shelves for a more streamlined photo ledge.

THE ENTRYWAY. That kelly green wall (Behr’s Chlorophyll) also continued into the entryway. Ultimately, we nixed it for a chalkboard wall – the perfect spot for our weekend to-dos and notes to each other. (And you’ve watched that small art continue to grow and grow…)

THE BEDROOM. After moving the placement of our bed from under the window and against the wall (giving us juuust enough space to get a dresser), we broke up the orange with a stripe of soft green. It didn’t stay a stripe for too long, a decision that was made while Scott was out of town. On a whim, I had to paint.

THE STUDIO. More so than our main living area, the studio has been tweaked more times than any other room in our home. What started as our “afterthought” room turned into a navy office with bike storage. But when The Pet Shop picked up, Scott suggested we make it my room – and he gave me free reign to design it as I wished (lucky, lucky girl). Thus, the studio was born. (I’m going to miss this room the most.)

THE PATIO. In the warm summer months, we like to think of our patio as an extension of our home – a bonus room! The more colorful, the better, we think. Every year, we’re amazed at just how big of a difference planting a few flowers can make – that bold rug and (many, many) throw pillows help, too.

For almost 6 years, we’ve poured love into this home. We experimented with colors, patterns, and too many furniture makeovers to count; some hits, some misses. We used wallpaper for the first time. We expanded our family of 3 to a family of 4. And silly us, we thought of leaving Chicago altogether, but through a blurry haze of wanderlust, we finally realized that this is where we should be. We’ve laid our roots here.

But as my work-from-home business grows (as indicated by the piles of shipping supplies that have since spilled into the hallway over the last 6 months), as our desire grows (and grows!) to foster friends for Jack and a future full of possibilities and unknowns lie ahead of us, now was our time. It was right for us.

Next big step, here we come.

  • Nina - June 27, 2013 - 8:06 AM

    So inspirational in your petite space. I can’t wait to see what you can accomplish with more room! Also to see Jack in his new yard! Good luck with the move.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - June 27, 2013 - 8:59 AM

    What an awesome tour, it probably does feel a little bittersweet moving on but look what you’ve done with the place! I can’t wait to see what you do in the new house, best of luck packing and moving!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - June 27, 2013 - 9:27 AM

    *tear*… is your wallpaper in the hallway still there? I can’t see it in your most recent entryway photo.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 27, 2013 - 9:49 AM

    Thank you, ladies!

    Jillian, yup, it’s still there. The new tenants moving in were happy with it, so it stays!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - June 27, 2013 - 10:44 AM

    Please tell me where that bed is from! I’ve been hunting one similar and with the trend of upholstered headboards, wood bed frames are few and far between.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - June 27, 2013 - 10:50 AM

    This is so weird, since I’ve read this blog for a long time, but I really recognize that patio set up….and it just hit me that I think we live (well lived) in the same building!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 27, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Carolyn, we purchased it YEARS ago on Overstock – it’s called the Vermont: http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Vermont-Queen-size-Bed/1440346/product.html

    Brittany, small world! You don’t live in the building anymore?ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - June 27, 2013 - 11:05 AM

    What an awesome look back! You guys did so much in 6 short years. I will be fun to see how you mold your new space!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - June 27, 2013 - 11:06 AM

    Well I still do, but you guys won’t for much longer. We’re technically not the exact same building, more like neighbors (we’re directly over the bike shop). Unless I’m completely wrong and my neighbors just happen to have that same rug/patio set up, which is also possible.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 27, 2013 - 11:12 AM

      Brittany, gotcha! We are neighbors then – but only for a teensy bit longer!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - June 27, 2013 - 11:16 AM

    Cool, well if I see you on the patio I’ll wave hello!ReplyCancel

  • Zandi - June 27, 2013 - 11:48 AM

    i LOVE this post. seeing the evolution of spaces is my absolute favorite thing in the world / helps calm me down when i’m frustrated with why my space isn’t perfect right away. i cannot wait to see what you guys do with the new place/ all your new space!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - June 27, 2013 - 2:14 PM

    This as fun to see!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - June 28, 2013 - 1:49 AM

    I got emotional reading this. I have never felt so happy for someone I have never met. Can’t wait to see your next phase with your little family.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 28, 2013 - 9:02 AM

    Thank you all so much!

    Zandi, I agree – nothing happens overnight! I get frustrated at times too, so I enjoy a good side-by-side as well!

    Helen, such a sweet comment. Made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Tina S. - June 29, 2013 - 9:06 AM

    The kelly green wall is what drew me in from AT in the first place. I’ve loved the evolution of the place over the years too. I cannot wait to see the new evolution in your home!ReplyCancel

  • InativeSpeaker - June 30, 2013 - 4:49 AM

    I felt very emotional reading this, 6 yrs struggle really pays off well. Best of luck for further activities.ReplyCancel


It seems as though, in the last week, we’ve started every single post with a thank you! for taking our very first (and you know by now, very official) reader survey. You guys rock. You’re the bees knees! The cat’s pajamas! Your thoughts on what works, what could be better and why you keep coming back (those responses were too much – really, the bees knees, we tell you!) were not only a blast to dig through, but they were helpful, too.

Our favorite part? Learning about you. It was oddly fun and satisfying snooping on the other side of our laptop screen, and of the survey respondents, here’s what we learned, numbers-wise:

We also asked, hey, who’re you living with? In addition to your spouses, partners and fiancés (congrats!), here are your other honorable roomie mentions:

My shark in a bottle
Rescued pittie!
A massive collection of (so far) unused project supplies
My Pyrex collection!
Stuffed unicorn
My roommate and her dumb boyfriend – who doesn’t pay anything, but stays here every night.

(Regarding that last one, we’ve all been there, right?)

And while we’ve worked internationally on Pet Shop orders, it was pretty exciting to see readers from around the globe – from our hometown of Chicago and across the United States, to France, Portugal, Australia and even South America – to name a few! (If you’re viewing this in a Reader, you may need to click over to see the interactive map!)

But! Hands down, reading your own words really made us smile (like that goofy, omg can we be friends? kind of smile). You all are just as silly, funny and adventurous as we’d hoped; your responses warrant a bound book for our anytime-reading-pleasure (really). We asked, what makes you, YOU?

What makes me, ME is that I try to chase my happiness in everything I do.

I am an Architect in Puerto Rico, in my 30’s and have been married to my best friend since 1995. I used to be a black dressed, stainless steel minimalism lover until I had my baby girl (who is now 6) and we decided to buy and remodel an apartment and create the “place” where she would live. Then the world turned into a rainbow and I fell in love with the rest of the stuff in it.

i have an extra bone in only one of my feet. doctors think I’m a freak.

 I tend to make plans and not always carry them through! Eek! I’m especially horrible with DIY and art projects. I have lots of “ingredients” to finish projects, I just don’t always find the time to finish them! Does this make me a hoarder?

My dazzling personality and sparkling charm. Oh, and I’m punny too.

I’m still searching…

I came to live in this country 4 years ago and I had certain ideas about decoration, so it has been very interesting to me to see other types of decor – [aka] not everything matchy-matchy. I have explored new ways of doing things, but I am going back to how I was – and feeling great making that combination.

I just crave for pillows & blankets and could spend hours doing nothing just enjoying a sunbeam from an armchair or a bed… I guess I’ve turned into a cat!

I’m over excitable, like a puppy.

I’m nice, but not friendly. Never perky, but not in a bad mood. […] My husband thinks I’m funny but i usually don’t. […] I’m a little nicer than this bio makes me sound. I love Jesus, but I have a potty mouth.

I’m a Cancer who likes to run and likes Belgian wit beers best. I also like good grammar. This sounds like a dating profile. Awkward. I should probably go now…

One time I ate dog ice cream. It was awful.

I’m me because I’m fabulous!

Thank you again – one thousand times over – for taking a few moments to let us know who you are. Now, when we sit down to write about x,y and z, we can think, this one’s for you, inquiring mind from Wichita!

PS: In case you missed it, here’s what you wanted to know about us, parts 1 and 2.

  • Cait @ Hernando House - June 26, 2013 - 10:59 AM

    Such fun answers!! Also – yay it’s like I’m famous (regarding other honorable roomie mentions)!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - June 26, 2013 - 1:23 PM

    Uh, reading YOUR posts really made ME smile (like that goofy, omg can we be friends? kind of smile).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 26, 2013 - 1:42 PM

    Hannah, ha! Okay, let’s be friends!ReplyCancel

  • Giuli - June 26, 2013 - 4:07 PM

    Darn it. I missed the reader survey but it was sure fun reading “us”. You guys make my day!! So witty, funny and SUPER NICE!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 26, 2013 - 5:47 PM

    Giuli, aw, thank you!ReplyCancel