Oh, boy. This has been a long time coming, and there’s a good chance you already have a good feel for what the infamous stu-stu-studio looks like. You’ve seen one side when we finished grandma’s chair, and you’ve seen the other when we finished the shelves. Gah, you’ve even seen the third, lesser photographed wall…
  • Michael - July 6, 2012 - 7:41 AM

    This is just beyond fantastic. Honestly white never looked so go. Fantastic! That gallery wall is probably my favorite. It’s perfect. And by perfect I mean PERFECT. I’m seriously obsessed.

    What an awesome space you’ve created for yourself. Just amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - July 6, 2012 - 7:41 AM

    The studio looks amazing! I love it!

    PS – I love those yellow ball flowers – Daniel refers to them as “Bob Barker Microphones.”ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - July 6, 2012 - 8:13 AM

    Gorgeous =) It’s incredible what you two were able to accomplish in such a small space. Looks like a million bucks!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 6, 2012 - 8:50 AM

      Thank you so much!

      Emily, I will now be referring to them as Bob Barker microphones. Awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - July 6, 2012 - 8:56 AM

    It’s amazing! I’m in love with her, too. :) Every little detail is fantastic and I love how bright and airy the whole space is. Great work!!ReplyCancel

  • katie - July 6, 2012 - 9:04 AM

    looks so nice! it’s amazing how much you were able to fit in the small space! love the white.ReplyCancel

  • Liliana - July 6, 2012 - 9:17 AM

    Its fantastic! Planning and imagination go a long way!

    ~ L.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - July 6, 2012 - 10:02 AM

    Hey Kim, I love the sign on your wall that says “Work Hard & Be Nice to People”! May I ask where you got it from? Thanks, KellyReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 6, 2012 - 10:12 AM

    Hi Kelly! You can find that print right here: http://www.anthonyburrill.com/purchase/work-hard.htmlReplyCancel

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - July 6, 2012 - 10:37 AM

    The space is gorgeous! It looks the perfect place to spend your days and paint pets. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Adventures in Dressmaking - July 6, 2012 - 10:54 AM

    WOW, what an amazing space!! I love the bright white and pretty blue and other pops of contrast color. Looks like such a great workspace! Must pin!!ReplyCancel

  • kirsten - July 6, 2012 - 11:14 AM

    Hooray for the PERFECT studio! I LOVE how this came together, and can’t even mention my favorite thing because I love SO many things about this little room:).ReplyCancel

  • LC - July 6, 2012 - 11:33 AM

    I would love to see a post on how you convert the studio to a “cozy” guestroom sometime!

    Beautiful work. I especially like the gold touches.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - July 6, 2012 - 11:46 AM

    Talk about eye candy! Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - July 6, 2012 - 11:54 AM

    This turned out so incredible! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 6, 2012 - 12:38 PM

    Thanks, everyone!

    LC, we’ll have to document that once we have our first brave visitors…ReplyCancel

  • emily - July 6, 2012 - 1:36 PM

    oh, my gosh, it is beautiful! i love all the gold accents and your awesome DIY dino.

    i have a random question– how on earth do you keep your house so free of dirt & pet hair? it always looks studio-ready and gorgeous. we have 2 pups and our house always looks… furry.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 6, 2012 - 1:54 PM

    Hi Emily, we HAVE hair, believe us! Here are the things we do to keep things tidy (but also know that we “slip” from time to time, just like everyone else!):


  • Andrea B - July 6, 2012 - 2:45 PM

    She’s darling. Practically perfect in every way (to quote Mary Poppins, I think?).

    I think I missed the gold-dipped table info. I’ll catch up on that. I love the rug. It’s been on my own wish list for quite some time now.

    What is in the glass lidded container/dispensers? Paint chips?ReplyCancel

  • Jen - July 6, 2012 - 2:51 PM

    SO RAD!!! My fav is the rug. Makes the space! Congrats on a great room.ReplyCancel

  • jean - July 6, 2012 - 7:23 PM

    Looks wonderful and it is crying for you to start and create… Do you sell your items… can’t wait to see the first item done out to the new room…ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wilcox - July 6, 2012 - 7:27 PM

    I LOVE this & I especially love that print Work Hard…I saw that you can buy it on that site (thanks, Kim)…but the payment isn’t in $’s… Anyone know how that would work?

    • Kim - July 7, 2012 - 8:53 AM

      Aw, thanks so much everyone! Glad you love the room as much as we do!

      Andrea, if it’s the containers I think you’re talking about, it’s holding little stickers. I use them to seal up paintings and note cards! And if you’re talking about the little Ball jars, it’s holding a bunch of mini Moo cards (business cards).

      Jean, you can see our work in The Pet Shop! We create custom pet portraits: http://shop.yellowbrickhome.com

      Lisa, he ships to the US, and it converts to dollars when you check out. I think it came to around $70 – it’s made to order and hand signed by the artist!ReplyCancel

  • kaylan - July 6, 2012 - 8:57 PM

    i love everything about this room. every last thing.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - July 7, 2012 - 8:52 AM

    Swoon. It looks truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Holyoke Home - July 9, 2012 - 7:51 AM

    Wow. My favorite photo is the ‘I love you’ next to the T-Rex. When I looked at the picture, my brain put this together: “I love you something fierce, GRRRRR!”ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 9, 2012 - 9:37 AM

    Holyoke, that is awesome and definitely appropriate!ReplyCancel

  • Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund - July 10, 2012 - 1:21 PM

    I love it! Such a fun space to paint in – and I love how bright it is!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey @ thirfty little blog - July 11, 2012 - 10:44 AM

    Wow, it’s so perfect! It looked great before, but I’m loving the new color scheme and the wall of shelves!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jill - July 13, 2012 - 5:55 PM

    How did I miss this debut?! I’m scratching my head! The finished space looks beautiful, classy, modern and romantic all at once. And the shot of the mirror w/in the mirror is sweet! And Bob Barker’s microphones never looked prettier. HahaReplyCancel

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    […] I drive Scott crazy, but I’d like to think he finds it endearing… BLOGGING ABOUT // The Studio! Scott and I poured ourselves into that room, and I couldn’t be happier to work within those […]ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ A Fabulous Challenge - October 25, 2012 - 1:45 PM

    Just saw this today on Glitter Guide and I’m so bummed that the Flor tiles are no longer available! I have a navy entryway and those would have worked great for the size of the space (It’s been difficult to find a rug/runner). Do you have any ideas where to find something similar? Thanks!

    Bianca from A Fabulous ChallengeReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 25, 2012 - 4:29 PM

      Hi Bianca,

      I know that FLOR has a bunch of new styles that debuted for the fall, but if you don’t have luck with that, you could always try Rugsusa.com or Overstock.com – both are places we check for a great deal and quality rugs. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - January 14, 2013 - 2:08 PM

    The studio has come such a long way from the blue office! I love the whiteness of the new studio, and all of the little details everywhere. I love the artwork collage on the wall and the pop of blue from the rug. When can I move in?


  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 2:53 PM

    Thank you, Monica :)ReplyCancel

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We’ll be braving today’s heat at the beach, where we’ll likely spend all our time in the water (!). We may sneak a peek at our pin boards to find something tasty to bring to an afternoon barbecue, and we’ll end the day with a late night walk to the lake shore to watch the…
  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - July 4, 2012 - 12:16 PM

    ZOMG….I lurve Tastee-Freez! Their peanut butter and chocolate shake is insane! It’s one of my faves when I go to Chicago (well, that and 90 Miles Cuban Cafe)!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 4, 2012 - 3:29 PM

      Ooh, I always get the chocolate malt, but next time I’ll have to add peanut butter! And we also love 90 Miles. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - July 4, 2012 - 3:39 PM

    Cute Jacko photos. I’m sure it’s too late to plan for this today, but you guys need to make the potato salad recipe (in my FB “mmm food” album) sometime this summer. So good and healthier than mayo-filled recipes. Happy 4th!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 5, 2012 - 10:01 AM

      Kalli, thanks! I’ll have to check it out! We ended up bringing a dessert dish.

      Ann, we wondered if you guys thought it might have been too hot – and you know that’s a lot, coming from me!ReplyCancel

  • ann vargo - July 4, 2012 - 8:09 PM

    These Cincinnati folks wish we had been to the beach with you and hope it was a great day!ReplyCancel


When I was contacted by Amy to commission sleepy-time portraits of her two kitties Itchy and Leroy, I was all in. Considering most of our feline friends prefer to sleep all day (and all night), it only made sense to create a napping series – of course! But when I saw how Itchy preferred her…
  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - July 3, 2012 - 7:48 AM

    I love Itchy’s face plant! Hilarious! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - July 3, 2012 - 8:09 AM

    That’s hysterical…I love this – Thanks for sharing =)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - July 3, 2012 - 9:24 AM

    I cannot express how much we love this portrait as well as the one of Leroy. That you for capturing our precious, sleepy kitties so perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Mike - July 3, 2012 - 9:45 AM

    I just had to leave a note saying thank you so much for the portraits. Leroy and Itchy have been part of my life for 18 years and now they will be with me forever. You captured who they really are and I can see it every time I look at the portraits. Thanks again

  • Kim - July 3, 2012 - 10:03 AM

    Thanks, everyone!

    Mike, I’m so happy to hear this! It always makes my month to hear from the person who was gifted the portrait(s). Itchy and Leroy were so fun to paint!ReplyCancel

  • Shanna - July 3, 2012 - 1:31 PM

    Super adorable! My kitty (a Leroy as well!) sleeps just like Itchy sometimes and it’s the cutest thing.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 3, 2012 - 1:41 PM

    Shanna, I thought of you when I received Amy’s order. Their Leroy looks a lot like your Leroy; both are orange-stripey-cuties!ReplyCancel

  • Katie B. - July 3, 2012 - 5:45 PM

    So cute! I love it. Reminds me of my mom’s cat, Mick. He would fall asleep face first in his food bowl after eating. :)ReplyCancel


I was recently interviewed by Amanda Genther for her Creative Spotlight series, focusing on small businesses. If you’ve ever wondered how I shape my days at home or how we fell into a career of mini pet portraits (a result of Scott’s plea for a pup – which as you know, he totally won), we…
  • Liliana - July 2, 2012 - 5:47 PM

    I loved your interview, and the Dr. Seuss quote is one of my favorites.

    As soon as I am able, I will order pet portraits of my pack;; hopefully a large one of all five = )

    ~ LilianaReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2012 - 5:54 PM

    Thanks, Liliana! I hope I get the chance to work with you!ReplyCancel


When I began college almost 12 years ago, I was pretty sure that I’d come out of the other side as a painter with a degree. The degree, yes, but the painter? Technically, no. After going through the grueling initiation of foundation art classes the first year (a required stepping stone, after which you had…
  • Tina - June 29, 2012 - 9:08 AM

    Those words couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m in my junior year of college (at age 30–let’s say I never found the right path until now) and yesterday I was struggling with where my life was right now. Those words are just the inspiration I need to continue on, finding out where I want to go and what I want to do.

    BTW, I still think you should add to your career by including your photography into your sales. They are stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 29, 2012 - 12:12 PM

    Tina, I’m happy to hear this!

    And PS: I’m 99% sure I will. Thank you for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - June 29, 2012 - 5:04 PM

    Now is a great time for the autodidactic. The internet makes self-teaching super accessible. iTunesU and other services puts expensive college courses in anyone’s living room. More than this, I’ve found that the ability to research and find the best, most respected books and resources on a subject to be a huge advantage today. No longer do you have to buy blind. Instead, you can just do a little googling skip right to the stuff that’s actually worth your time and has stood up to scrutiny.

    Not to totally thread-jump, but a few years ago I got really into civil war history. I don’t know where it came from, but it happened, and now I’m a total nerd about it (visiting battle fields and such – it’s gotten out of control). Anyway, there has been a book published on the subject for every single day since the war ended 150 years ago. That’s a lot of literature, and sifting through it to find what’s actually worth reading would be a full time job without access to the crowd-sourcing you can get on the web.

    Anyway, as you can see I’m a huge proponent of continued learning and self-education. This post is right on. Good on your professor for pushing it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 30, 2012 - 9:49 AM

      Thank you, Jimmy! Wow, that is amazing – and no joke, a LOT of literature! Pretty incredible.

      Lauren, that’s great, and thank you! Jess is inspirational, isn’t she? Love that girl! As for our tiny home, we often joke that we can’t imagine living anywhere larger – too much to clean. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren L. - June 29, 2012 - 5:58 PM

    I love this post so much! I get a lot of inspiration from Jess at Makeunder My Life. I found her at a time when I really needed “her and her blog” I soaked it up and realized that I needed to make a change. I am one of those weird people that has known what I wanted to do since high school: be a teacher. Two years ago I thought that I might not want that anymore but after taking the break to go to graduate school I realized that I missed the classroom and my students. And that teaching is truly my passion. I also get a lot of inspiration from your blog! I love how you and Scott are working with what you have. You never complain about your little condo. You just make it work. So thank you for sharing this story with us! Have a wonderful weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - June 30, 2012 - 9:10 PM

    I too turn to teachers who have really made a difference in my life. I recently made a complete 180 into a non-art career but I know they all support me in my decision. Graphic Design didn’t seem to be a good fit for me but I hope to open my etsy paint shop next month!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2012 - 12:31 AM

      Ooh, good luck, Adrienne! Let us know about your shop once it opens – we’d love to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - March 6, 2013 - 2:18 PM

    BEAUTIFUL! I must’ve accidentally missed this and unfortunately probably more of your entries because I was in newborn, no sleep hazy blissdom. Oh, and wonderful postpartum feelings too! haha! I love this blog entry, Kim!ReplyCancel