1. 2. 3. After pinning a few feasible rug options for the studio earlier this year, my bubble burst when Scott reminded me that my office chair had wheels. While I prefer my someday (much larger) studio to have an ooshy, cushy rug for my bare toes, the boy had a point. How was I…
  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - March 6, 2012 - 9:06 AM

    I like choice #1 the best, as well. For the reasons you mentioned :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - March 6, 2012 - 9:19 AM

    You know, I like number 1, but number 3 is awesome too. The nice thing is, if you change your mind, you can change the pattern. Love Flor for the versatility.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa // thefauxmartha - March 6, 2012 - 9:34 AM

    Gosh, I love every last pattern. Love how the room is turning out!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ DMHB - March 6, 2012 - 9:35 AM

    I personally love the first option. It looks so nice!ReplyCancel

  • Elisa - March 6, 2012 - 9:37 AM

    I dig #3 but it’s off enough that it makes me twitchy. Number 1 for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - March 6, 2012 - 9:59 AM

    Nicely done. That Flor product is great for small spaces – customizable, stylish, etc. I almost always shy away from buying traditional rugs for the reason that I know they will never fit my small apartment spaces the way I’d want.

    Looks good. I need to give this stuff more consideration next time.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Nieman - March 6, 2012 - 10:59 AM

    One is my favorite layout too – love that color! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda @boucksy - March 6, 2012 - 11:11 AM

    I love all of the options, but for the reasons you mentioned, prefer #1 out of them all. I LOVE the blue (reminisce of the wall that once was?) and can definitely tell it elongates the room.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 6, 2012 - 11:17 AM

    Miranda, yup, a tribute to the blue wall that was!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - March 6, 2012 - 1:24 PM

    I love the 3rd version! Your studio is coming together so prettily, good job :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - March 6, 2012 - 1:35 PM

    So cute! I love all versions. Totally cool that you can switch it up when you get tired of one layout.ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - March 6, 2012 - 1:59 PM

    I like them all but your reason for choosing #1 makes a lot of sense. The other two might be also be a little too attention-pulling for the room as a whole.ReplyCancel

  • Sam @ Leave the Nest Up to Me - March 6, 2012 - 2:06 PM

    I like #3 but I think it might have overpowered the small room, so I support your choosing #1 :)ReplyCancel

  • Janet - March 6, 2012 - 3:59 PM

    I love the versitility of what you got. I may choose one layout one month and change it just because I can. I would have started with 3 just for the interest.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - March 8, 2012 - 7:35 PM

    #1 for sure! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Alichia - March 12, 2012 - 10:29 PM

    #3. Such a fun pattern. But you were right, would have been a tough choice — but you can change it every week if you want :)ReplyCancel

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It’s done! The crown molding is officially cut, installed, caulked, and painted. If you were following along back here, you may recall that the crown molding had become a herculean task for this duo. I could count on half a hand the amount of times we’ve brought in outside help for a home project, but…
  • Annie - March 5, 2012 - 9:52 AM

    Seeing this almost finished makes me super excited about the neutral office/playroom space we’re pulling together upstairs! = )ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 5, 2012 - 10:23 AM

    Hey Annie, there are still a few integral pieces of the room that’ll add a punch of color, but we do like how soft and airy it feels right now too!ReplyCancel

  • a Girl Called Kim - March 5, 2012 - 12:47 PM

    I love how the studio is coming together!
    I’m always a little wary when there’s talk about installing crown molding, though I’m not sure why since I’m never disappointed with the end result!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 5, 2012 - 2:28 PM

    Oh that is just so beautiful. Trim-tastic! You’ve added so much value to your home too.ReplyCancel

  • Kyley @ Painting Pony - March 5, 2012 - 5:48 PM

    Oh yay! I can’t wait to see it all done – and then have you paint my happy little guy in your new studio!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - March 6, 2012 - 8:42 AM

    Kim and Scott, the office is looking fabulous! I’m sure you’re all excited to have the crown done. Some things are a total pain in the butt, but it looks great and you won’t have to worry about it again!ReplyCancel

  • blair - March 7, 2012 - 3:30 PM

    We’re thinking of doing a similar photo gallery in our overly long hallway… where did you get all your beautiful frames?ReplyCancel

  • Chris Loves Julia - March 19, 2012 - 1:43 PM

    After we read this post, we were really worried about the idea of tackling our own crown molding for our built ins. We found really great, DIY friendly crown molding from So Simple Crown. Mentioned you guys in todays post!:


  • Kim - March 19, 2012 - 1:58 PM

    Chris Loves Julia,

    AMAZING. So easy! Good gracious!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - March 5, 2015 - 10:26 AM

    Shiver me timbers, them’s some great inriomatfon.ReplyCancel


Last year, we took a freebie cigar box, sprayed it navy blue, and it now houses our gaggle of unsightly remotes. (More on that right here.) We’ve yet to upgrade to that all-in-one remote (of Scott’s dreams), but it’s hardly an issue when they tuck away so nice; out of sight, out of mind: And…
  • meg - March 2, 2012 - 8:39 AM

    where in chicago did you go to get those? were they just selling them or did you ask? they look great!ReplyCancel

  • Cathie - March 2, 2012 - 9:06 AM

    I love cigar boxes!! We used to be able to get them years ago, but there are no more stores locally here. And you’re right, containing things is weirdly fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - March 2, 2012 - 9:18 AM

    Very cool. I’ve had a cigar box on my dresser for years. It holds my grandfather’s handkerchiefs, some old watches, and, lately, random junk.

    I never thought about painting it – I like that idea. Those boxes are great for little storage items – especially in a crafting space. This has also got me to thinking about cigar-box-as-shadow-box, sort of like people have been doing with wine crates for a while now.

    Thanks for waking me up to these.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 2, 2012 - 9:41 AM

      Hi Meg, we got ours at the Binny’s just off of North Avenue. They were sitting outside the humidor with a little sign that tells you how much they cost!

      Jimmy – a shadow box! That could be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - March 2, 2012 - 2:30 PM

    Ooh, I love cigar boxes too. They’re beautiful, especially actual wooden ones rather than cardboard, and I love the little fasteners.ReplyCancel

  • Tina - March 3, 2012 - 11:44 AM

    How do you plan to get any work done in there?? Everything looks so nice and clean and neat, I’d want to just sit in the middle of the room and look around all day! I’m that way with a blank canvas. I just want to touch the canvas and stare at it, imagining all the possibilities!

    And those cigar boxes are too divine for words!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 3, 2012 - 11:53 AM

    Tina, thank you! Hopefully the items I’m surrounding myself with will inspire me to work, work, work!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda @boucksy - March 3, 2012 - 3:30 PM

    I love these so so so much, I wish we had something like this around here. All the ones that I find are the cardboardy kind that fall apart really easily. What’s the likelihood of working out some sort of deal to maybe have you ship me some? LOLReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 4, 2012 - 3:04 PM

    Miranda, we could work something out! I’ll email you :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly C. - March 10, 2012 - 10:23 AM

    Thank you so much for this idea! My husband wanted to try a new place for breakfast and next door to it was a cigar shop. He was curious & I wanted to see if they had any boxes. OMGosh, I got the cutest little box ever! The guy gives them to people that buy cigars. I never would have thought of that w/o reading your post about!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 10, 2012 - 10:26 AM

      Kelly, that’s awesome! You can never have too many cute boxes!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly C. - March 10, 2012 - 2:13 PM

    It’s really neat, smaller but deeper. It also smells amazing inside. He told me that this certain brand of cigar maker hangs up herbs all around the cigars so that when they get packed inside the box it takes on the smell of the herbs. It smells so good inside! You can bet I’ll be going back for more. The owner said that a lot of ladies used to come in and buy them from him to make purses out of them. And, I still LOVE my Anna Belle (Boston Terrier) picture!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 10, 2012 - 4:00 PM

      Aw, I loved Miss Anna Belle! Such a cool attitude on such a tiny canvas!ReplyCancel

  • LibbyR - June 23, 2012 - 10:23 PM

    The purse idea is terrific! I’ve always had an addiction to little boxes, containers, and duffle/tote/sport bags.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannemara - September 5, 2012 - 8:16 AM

    As Miranda said, is there any way we could arrange a shipment?
    I love cigar boxes.ReplyCancel


After landing on the perfect placement for our frames, measuring mats (and glass and backing) and gathering art, our studio gallery wall is complete! I think we both grossly underestimated how long it would take, but the outcome is better than we’d originally hoped for. Now, I know you might think the Frog tape is…
  • miranda - March 1, 2012 - 7:29 AM

    Kim, I LOVE it! It is absolutely perfect and I love all of the art. my milk toof pieces are sooooo great. I’ve pinned a few to hopefully put on my own office walls….soon enough, I say…soon enough.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B - March 1, 2012 - 9:45 AM

    It’s beautiful! I especially love the antique photos in huge mats and frames. I love how special it makes them. One day I’d like to do this with the antique postcards I collect.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - March 1, 2012 - 11:05 AM

    It is looking sooooo good!!! What a transformation :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 1, 2012 - 11:20 AM

    Thank you!

    Miranda, Ickle and Lardee have my heart. I encourage you to have them in your office, too!

    Andrea, eventually, I’d like to have even larger mats and larger frames! I have so many old photos…ReplyCancel

  • Katharine (Two Kitties One Pittie) - March 1, 2012 - 12:31 PM

    LOVEEE this. Can you come to my apartment and make it beautiful?!? :)ReplyCancel

  • Kyley at Painting Pony - March 1, 2012 - 2:15 PM

    I love it! They look so great!ReplyCancel

  • Evelisa - March 16, 2012 - 12:58 PM

    Nice job, this inspires me to get my home office together.ReplyCancel

  • […] a professional to install crown molding. (You may also notice Kirsten’s dining room print on our gallery wall! After spotting it in her house tour, I knew it was the perfect motto for my place of […]ReplyCancel


I’m home again, and while I (really) miss the California sunshine, I couldn’t have been happier to spend the last half of the weekend with Scott. Please, don’t get me wrong; my time crashing Kalli’s couch in LA was an invigorating welcome break from the daily grind (and in the dead of the Chicago winter…
  • Jimmy - February 28, 2012 - 8:29 AM

    Love that chalkboard backsplash. We’ve been debating what to do in our kitchen, and I think that might win out for its looks and sheer ease of installation. Just pinned it.

    California pics were great. We’re planning a potential 2013 return trip to Napa. Such a pretty place – always wonder why I don’t live out there.ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - February 28, 2012 - 9:11 AM

    Just voted for you, Bunny – or does only Scott get to call you that? Too cute!

    Your and Kalli’s CA photos are amazing! Have so loved seeing your trip through them. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - February 28, 2012 - 9:47 AM

    Welcome back! The studio is looking fantastic….that pink paint is so serene…I think you may have convinced me to try that out in our next house!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 28, 2012 - 9:54 AM

    Thank you guys!

    Susan, you literally made me laugh out loud with the “Bunny” reference. I suppose only Scott calls me that, but it made me happy that you did, too!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 28, 2012 - 3:53 PM

    Since I am living in a dorm room this year (ugh!) I’ve been missing out on all the crafting and painting and decorating ( … I sung that in my head as I typed it by the way).

    BUT! (this is a good but) I’ve been apartment searching over the last week (on the internet) and tomorrow I’m going apartment viewing! I can’t wait to get in there in April and go go go. My first mission? Painting my bedroom the loveliest pink ever (yep, that’s right … the one you have on your walls) and I think I’m going to start a blog (for the … ohh? 4th time — but I’m going to stick to it) on my 2nd apartment decorating adventures (because I think we need another one of those out in the blog-o-sphere. HAHA!)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 28, 2012 - 4:06 PM

    Amanda, good luck on your apartment hunting! How exciting!

    My little piece of advice: We weren’t the biggest fans of the Olympic brand paint. Take a swatch of Diana from Lowe’s, and see if you can color match it with another brand. Our favorite affordable brand is Behr. We’re kicking ourselves that we didn’t do that in the first place! The flat enamel finish in Behr is awesome – one step up from plain, old flat, but still sophisticated and easy to clean!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - February 29, 2012 - 2:24 PM

    Web and TV free sounds amazing! Nothing big on my end. Except… I sewed my first thing ever! One pillow with two more to go. Haven’t posted it yet. I’m waiting for some pretty light and a clean, dog free bed. Welcome back!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 29, 2012 - 5:53 PM

    Thanks, Jen! I’m not a sewer, so I’m impressed!ReplyCancel