I’ve told you before that being home most days can be a funny, strange thing. I’ve been slipping from my hot-red lipstick routine a bit (I blame an abnormally warm summer for this), but I’ll never stop getting a kick out of Jack’s peanut butter eating, lip-smacking silliness. Yes, I love being my own boss…
  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - August 10, 2012 - 8:18 AM

    Well, I can’t see the video because my company likes to block any and all streaming (and social media and anything related to wine). So maybe you can count that as another perk of your solo gig: internet freedom ;)
    Also, I’m sure you have lots of us “virtual coworkers” who peek in and say “hi!”
    I hope you’re having a great day. Yay Friday!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 10, 2012 - 8:55 AM

      Heather, you couldn’t be more right – my virtual co-workers are awesome, and your “hellos” really, really make my every day!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - August 10, 2012 - 9:06 AM

    I love doing this to/for my little pup as well! Dog’s tongues are seriously bizarre to me! Don’t let working at home get you down… every job, every where, has a slump but you’ll get through it with new routines :)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - August 10, 2012 - 9:45 AM

    THAT VIDEO IS FREAKING HILARIOUS! hahahahahaha. And Jack’s big ol’ tireless tongue scares me. YIKES! hahahaReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 10, 2012 - 9:50 AM

    Jillian, ha, I love you!ReplyCancel

  • emily @ the happy home - August 10, 2012 - 12:10 PM

    he is sooo cuuuuuuute. my fiance is the “work from home” half of our tag team, and his co-workers are a pitty and a chow chow. sometimes, i get really jealous of the fact that if he hits a block in his work, he can just get up and throw the tennis ball for the dogs for 20 minutes to loosen up the nuts & bolts! i love your idea of running errands in off-peak, midday hours. might start doing that myself in the office!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 10, 2012 - 5:49 PM

    Dog + PB is some of the best entertainment, ever. Dante trying to wrap himself in a blanket is something I never get tired of (and should really film one of these days!). My photog friends that do it full time feel the same way you do, and have created kind of a network so that they have someone to go to lunch with or grab coffee during the week, so they get out of the house too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - August 11, 2012 - 12:15 AM

    I can completely relate!! There are days when I realize that I’ve gone 10 hours without speaking to a single human being (but have had a few intense conversations with Zoe).

    P.S. I LOVE Jack!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - August 11, 2012 - 8:31 AM

    To those bosses that nix streaming videos, limit social media, etc., I say “iPad!” Seriously, is there anything more fun than watching cutie Jack slurp peanut butter? What a fabulous way to start out the weekend! Thanks for sharing the smile, Kim.ReplyCancel


After asking for your input on our totally teal console and then waiting months before putting our plan into action, we promised ourselves that the same would not happen to our 2-dollar chair. We mentioned that we were leaning towards the clean, crisp look of black + white, and we even confirmed our leanings when…
  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - August 8, 2012 - 7:49 AM

    Aweeeeesome =) I love how it turned out! That wood grain is stellar with the new stain…ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - August 8, 2012 - 8:12 AM

    Kim! It looks amazing! Wow. I’m floored and in love. You two are definitely rubbing off on us as we decided to almost sell everything in our living room in our upcoming yard sale this Saturday. The only hesitation are our chairs. They are big armchairs, which are comfy and still like-new, but they are TOO big and bulky for our living room. They have to go. But when it comes time to get replacements, Chris is having a hard time swallowing the fact that not every chair has to be so comfortable you could fall asleep in it.

    Oh dear. hahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 8, 2012 - 9:09 AM

    Thanks, ladies!

    Julia, really, what is it with men and their need for over-stuffed furniture? (Kidding, kinda!) When I first moved in with Scott – back when we were in Cincinnati – he had the largest, poofiest sofa known to man. Luckily, since then, he’s realized that furniture can be much more sleek but still be comfortable. (i.e., our current couch, which he loooves!)ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - August 8, 2012 - 11:43 AM

    Kim I am curious about how smelly the Back to Nature remover is. Could it be used in the house?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 8, 2012 - 12:03 PM

    Hi Tonya, we actually did use the stripper in our home. It claims to be “odor free,” although, there IS an odor – just not the kind that requires you to cover your nose/mouth. It’s more foul smelling than anything, but nothing that pierces through you.

    We’ve used strippers in the past that are much more toxic (outdoors!), but this one is just as good and environmentally safe!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - August 8, 2012 - 12:23 PM

    Wow! That chair looks great. I have a chair similar to “the lovely chair” and reupholstered it myself. It made such a difference. I recommend adding piping the corner seams as it adds a nice structure to the pillows. I also put a zipper on my “pillow covers” (inside is a block of foam wrapped in batting) so I can wash them. I chose a cream textured fabric. Your upholstery quotes shouldn’t be too high because your job is much easier than the typical upholstery job. Good luck with the rest of the living room remodel!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin @ Desert Domicile - August 8, 2012 - 4:15 PM

    Your chair turned out so great and I love the party in the front/business in the back backrest. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the room comes together!ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - August 8, 2012 - 5:46 PM

    Looks good! I actually really like the woodgrain pattern, it makes it look fancy somehow.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - August 8, 2012 - 6:47 PM

    “happy home”? Now that’s pressure if I ever heard it. I hope to not disappoint…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 8, 2012 - 7:17 PM

    Jessie, we know they’ll look awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 9, 2012 - 6:25 PM

    It turned out awesome! Love the clean lines, and the kitty pillow makes it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - August 10, 2012 - 9:31 AM

    We have honeycomb shades in our living room (behind the linen curtains) and it’s amazing how much cozier and warmer they make the room in the winter (and also cooler in the summer, you know me and my sweat ‘staches)! They also look nice and airy! Good choice. Any idea yet for your blank wall?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 10, 2012 - 9:38 AM

    Jill, good to hear! A few of our neighbors have honeycomb shades, and we like them a lot, so now we just have to sift through a metric ton of samples we had mailed to us – but we’re so excited for the change!

    As for the blank wall, we’ve been collecting some new artwork, and we’re pretty sure we’re going to DIY a picture rail – a loooong one. We both loved the idea of a mirror, but it would just reflect our kitchen – which we think might look messy and cluttered. If it was opposite a window, we would have been on board with a huge mirror though! (Did you get that one you showed me?)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - August 10, 2012 - 10:05 AM

    Oooh, good point! I wouldn’t want our bookshelves reflected in our living room either. I do like the mirror we have in our dining room, but it does face the window. So nope, didn’t buy! Maybe for our next place someday!ReplyCancel

  • wyatt @ funky home store - August 15, 2012 - 5:18 AM

    Well worth the effort for the end result. I love doing furniture makeovers not only is it good economy but highly rewarding.ReplyCancel

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  • InativeSpeaker - June 30, 2013 - 5:10 AM

    I am planning to replace cushion & rexine for my computer table and these tips are really helpful. In fact, i thought of buying a new one but not any more after seeing this blog.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Z - May 11, 2016 - 9:16 PM

    I’m JUST discovering your blog now thanks to a coworker and totally in love with this chair. You guys have inspired me to do some diy-ing of my own. I love how simple a lot of your projects are and currently obsessed over the live slab bench with pink hairpins!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 12, 2016 - 9:41 AM

      So happy you’ve found us! xoxoReplyCancel


Is it possible that we’re still recovering from Saturday’s yard sale – and it’s already mid-morning on Monday? The sale was a success, and we’re happy to report that we made just enough to cover the expense for new living room shades; hooray! Or a new upholstery job on the lovely chair. Or a few…
  • Amanda - August 6, 2012 - 11:59 AM

    I don’t see Otto there! Does that mean you didn’t sell him? I sure hope not.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2012 - 12:17 PM

      Hey Amanda, good catch! Otto was out for the taking, but no one scooped her up. Right as we were leaving, the owner of a hostel in the neighborhood stopped by for any last minute deals to furnish her business. We donated Otto for the hostel!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Limestone - August 6, 2012 - 3:02 PM

    Looks like you had a great turnout despite the heat. I know its completely weird but Im so jealous of people who can do yard sales. (We can do stoop sales but its not the same thing)ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - August 6, 2012 - 3:09 PM

    Thanks for including us! I really liked seeing our stuff go to ‘good homes’ and how excited people were about things we had packed away and never used. Our pooches had a good time too. Notice how Miss M doesn’t even have her grumpy face…I think it’s from all of those smooches Jack gave her.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 6, 2012 - 4:43 PM

    Hooray for purging! Glad you guys did so well!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - August 10, 2012 - 9:37 AM

    Well thank goodness you took out the “fuck the dumb shit”! I hope you have better plans for the saying or I’ll cry. jk.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 10, 2012 - 9:40 AM

    Haha, you crack me up!! We actually do have bigger plans – it’s going to be on a bigger, better display! Trust us! We freaking love that cross stitch.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 10, 2012 - 9:41 AM

    Oh, also, that frame is glassless (it broke once when it took a tumble), so the new frame will do it much better justice.ReplyCancel

  • The Boys Room » Two Pitties in the City - August 27, 2012 - 10:18 PM

    […] couple of weekends ago, we participated in our friends’, a Yellow Brickhome, yard sale. That lead to us donating many of our belongings, multiple trips to Ikea and the paint store and […]ReplyCancel


Just as we’ve done every year that we’ve lived in this yellow brick casa, our building is hosting its annual summer yard sale tomorrow! Scott and I have been curating a chalkboard list of “to-go”s, checking it twice (and thrice), and hauling loads from our basement storage to our hallway – gathering our sell-ables to…

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…
  • 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 fabric.com too! That free shipping thing totally gets me every time. Love your fabric choices!ReplyCancel