This post is in partnership with Modsy. Use promo code YBH20 for 20% off a Modsy design package! When I told my friend Shannon that our little family would be expanding, aside from squeezing me in a hug and making me tear up for the tenth time that day,…
  • Jennie - October 3, 2017 - 6:20 AM

    Love the beautiful rooms!! However, I want to offer a cautionary tale. Our first child spit up all over the nursery room rug multiple times. I would consider saving one these gorgeous rugs for when she is past the spit up stage, and getting carpet tiles or some sort of placeholder. Our nursery room rug, frankly, looked disgusting after about 6 months and we ended up throwing it out when we moved to a new house at one year. Also, make sure that you sit it any rocker or glider before you buy it – you’ll be spending a lot of time there!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:59 AM

      Thanks, Jennie! It’s definitely why we’re choosing a high quality rug, as they’re extremely durable and typically stand up to the test of time – plus, we’ve got our wool rug cleaning game DOWN (thanks to the dogs, ha!). We also plan on using play mats and blankets on the floor a lot.ReplyCancel

      • Kimberlee Majdoch - October 3, 2017 - 11:43 AM

        ohhhh please share how you clean your wool rug! I cannot get the dog hair out of mine to save my life. We have a nice Dyson too, but since we can’t have the brush spinning on the rug it doesn’t seem to pick up the hair.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 11:49 AM

          Well, we definitely use the spinning brush. I know wool rugs say not to, but honestly, we’ve been using the spinning brush for years, and our nice wool rugs are still in excellent shape! For tough stains, we use Oxiclean Pets, otherwise, we use a spray bottle with water and a couple drops of dish soap for almost everything else. Dish soap is a miracle worker! Then we’ll prop the wet rug up using any nearby object (a cup, etc), so that it can dry thoroughly. Once dry, vacuuming helps to agitate the spot so that the fibers fluff back into place. We’ve yet to come across a stain we couldn’t get up!ReplyCancel

  • Mara - October 3, 2017 - 7:03 AM

    I can’t tell you how much I love design #2. So happy for you both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Those pink curtains, right?! Thank you, Mara!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - October 3, 2017 - 8:46 AM

    Love the neutral soft palette! One question though – are you putting a changing table/station anywhere?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Yup, in the closet! I mentioned it briefly in the end there. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia - October 3, 2017 - 9:03 AM

    My son also spit up on the nursery rug twice. And by spit up I mean full on throw up. Both instances I had to rinse it out with cool water, then use the steam cleaner, then Lysol, then let it sit in the sun for a bit. Luckily the rug is only 6×8 and wool with a cotton backing, so it survived and is still usable. So maybe just make sure it is sturdy enough and natural materials that can take water. I also highly recommend buying a small steam carpet cleaner for various spit up and spill uses.

    Also, regarding the curtains – many sleep consultants and books urge parents to put in blackout shades. I thought this was silly until I tried it and my 8 month old’s napping and night sleeping improved DRAMATICALLY. Sleeping is basically the holy grail of every parent ever, so I recommend you make plans to have some discreet and sleek blackout roller blinds or Roman shades installed underneath your lovely sheer curtains but outside the frames of your windows so they actually can do their job.

    Any nursery has to be beautiful but supremely functional – and I agree that your chair needs to be sat in in advance. At the beginning you could spend 6 hours a day in that chair and I’m not joking. The reason those gliders are ugly as sin is because they have the function you need – a high back where you can rest your head at 3am when your daughter wants to nurse for 45 minutes, a gliding footstool so you can elevate your feet and glide with a minimum of effort, and very cushy seats so that your poor postpartum toosh can roost with at least a modicum of comfort.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:10 AM

      Thanks for all the tips, Julia! We are 100% putting blackout shades in here, and we have sat in a LOT of gliders (we spent an entire day going from store to store just sitting and criticizing every last chair). In our case, we’re also dealing with a huge space constraint, so it’s a bit of a give and take as well. We feel comfortable with where we’ve landed. :)ReplyCancel

  • kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:12 AM

    I love 3, and where is the changing table?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:18 AM

      It’s going in the closet! :) I mentioned it briefly in the closing paragraph.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 3, 2017 - 9:14 AM

    Those pom-pom curtains are TOO cute! I adore them. They add a bit of fun to an upscale nursery, and of course, I’m very excited to see the colorful closet plans.ReplyCancel

  • Cathie Streator - October 3, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    Beautiful Kim! My first memory of you is in a bright pink shirt with a bright orange shirt under. I had never before seen those two colors together and somehow they have always reminded me of you since. Maybe a little orange giraffe might show up as a baby gift…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:39 AM

      And pink and orange remain my two favorite colors! Great to hear from you! :DReplyCancel

  • Kate - October 3, 2017 - 9:40 AM

    Congratulations – love room #1! One thought – if you’re going to extend the room into the closet, perhaps think about a narrow dresser and use the top of it as a changing station. Much more functional than a changing table, and possibly able to be moved out into the room afterwards.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:49 AM

      100%! You’re reading our minds. Sharing more on our closet plans next week.ReplyCancel

      • Stephanie Reiner - October 3, 2017 - 3:42 PM

        We did a changing pad on a dresser for our first. Now with #3 I change her on our bed, the couch, the floor, haven’t used the changing pad once! 😆ReplyCancel

        • Kate - October 4, 2017 - 11:46 AM

          Oh totally. We have a three floor rowhouse in Philadelphia, and there was a changing area on every single floor of the house – even if it was a travel changing pad and a small basket of cream/wipes/dipes.

          Also? another tip – hang a bag that you can sling over your shoulder or a basket with handles at the bottom of the stairs so that you can grab/tote stuff up & down while holding the baby. Lifesaver.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - October 3, 2017 - 9:43 AM

    I love the direction this room is taking! So beautiful and yes, those pom-pom curtains are swoon-worthy. I LOVE the sconce, but would make sure it’s adjustable (It may very well be) in that you can point it AWAY from the rocker, if necessary. Your sweet baby girl will be looking up and you don’t want the sconce shining right into her little eyes….just my first thought when I saw these renderings. BEAUTIFUL room and thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      Definitely something we thought of (I also have the most sensitive eyes EVER), and yup, it swivels!ReplyCancel

  • Brianne Franklin - October 3, 2017 - 10:02 AM

    Cute design! I second the black out shades/curtains. LIFESAVER. also, I think that bookshelf will feel dwarfed in the room–doesn’t it have tall ceilings? It’s only 5′ on the LON website.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:14 AM

      Ceilings are almost 10′ tall, but we have a big piece of art we’re looking to put above it!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - October 3, 2017 - 10:27 AM

    Modsy designed some beautiful nurseries for you. But I noticed that their window treatments didn’t reach the floor. Please don’t follow their lead. Take your panels to the floor. Or else it will look like you cheaped out.

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:31 AM

      Haha, you totally know we’re bringing those curtains all the way to the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Davis - October 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM

    TOTALLy agree with the comments on blackout shades and spitting up. Ivory Velvet for a chair sounds lovely, but not very baby-proof :{ Also, don’t worry about not being able to fit a huge glider. I had a plain old wooden rocking chair and foot stool for nursing my two children. If you can rock and put your feet up, you’ll be fine! I vote for the rug from #2 and the pom-pom drapes!ReplyCancel

    • Alison Davis - October 3, 2017 - 10:34 AM

      But being able to lean your head back against something is KEY!! Really, give it some thought :)ReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:40 AM

        We hear ya, but taller chairs are just too deep. (We’ve discussed it to death on our end!) It’s okay, I promise, we’re used to smaller scale city living!ReplyCancel

        • Jennie - October 5, 2017 - 9:25 AM

          Have you looked at Dutailier for a glider? Not the wooden ones, but the upholstered ones? Knowing you guys and research, I’m sure you have. But they do make some smaller scale gliders with tall backs, such as the Pico, which is 34′ deep (though a few inches wider than the one linked here). I can vouch for it, because we have it and its been great. It’s a slightly different look than what you have, but they also have some other options.ReplyCancel

          • Claire - October 6, 2017 - 4:22 PM

            I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but being able to sleep in the glider is great if there is any way to make it work. My daughter is 2 1/2, and due her having a bad cold I spent part of several nights last week sleeping upright with her in my lap. We have the Monte Luca glider- it is slim and narrow. She also slept in a mini crib (PB has them) until she was well over 2, if you are pushed for space, it is worth considering! Oh, and I never got a changing table- changing pad on the floor always did the job, she was a wiggly baby!

  • Paige Flamm - October 3, 2017 - 11:06 AM

    I LOVE MODSY! They have the best design rendering of any other company!


  • Ann - October 3, 2017 - 11:41 AM

    I like all the ideas for your baby girl’s nursery, but! I think the mirror about a foot above the floor so baby can crawl up to it and discover herself would work out great for this room.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - October 3, 2017 - 12:28 PM

    I always love the way you put a room together! So beautiful and classic and comfortable. Quick thought, from a mama of six – my littlest is a year and a half old, and the climbing is crazy. SO crazy. Which is what I thought of when I saw that bookshelf. I’m sure you’ve considered that, but because preventing the crazy indoor climbing is our daily, minute-to-minute reality right now (which I always manage to forget about between babies), I thought it was worth mentioning. I’m excited to see how your beautiful nursery turns out!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 12:39 PM

      Thanks, Nicole! Funny, because that’s something that I mentioned to Scott when we were looking at bookshelves. But… the storage is invaluable! When we get to that point, it’s going to be one of those things that we’ll need to focus on. Any tips from other parents to discourage all the climbing?ReplyCancel

      • Laurel - October 3, 2017 - 2:49 PM

        Remember that every kiddo is different, too. My almost-2-year old son loves to run and jump but isn’t that much of a climber. One suggestion might be to limit that amount of time your daughter spends alone in her room, especially around the climbing age. Want to climb? Let’s go do stairs! Or go to the park! You can always close the door to at least put an obstacle between her and the shelves. And, you can also rig up something that will anchor the shelves to the wall so IF she climbs, the shelves won’t tumble on top of her.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 2:53 PM

          Thank you so much, Laurel! And so true, we plan on strapping the bookcase to the wall regardless.ReplyCancel

      • Kelly - October 3, 2017 - 4:06 PM

        I can’t tell from the renderings, but will she be able to reach items on the shelf from the crib when she’s older?ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - October 3, 2017 - 12:52 PM

    Our rocker (the Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker) doesn’t have a super high back, and it’s fine to fall asleep in. I was stubborn about wanting one that I liked aesthetically, and paired with a good ottoman, you can definitely get comfortable in it. Instead of a pouf, though, you might want to consider something with more surface area. Our nursery is pretty small, too, so it serves as extra seating when my husband wants to sit with me, is a convenient spot to set the baby if you just need to lay him down for a minute or change his clothes, and serves as a good surface to fold clothes, etc. We have this one from Target (looks like they are super limited on colors right now), and it’s very very functional in the small space:

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 1:04 PM

      Such a good suggestion, and one we considered, for sure. When we really thought about it though, if we all want to hang out together, our home is set up in such a way that there’s a big, cozy couch about 4 feet from the nursery door. :)ReplyCancel

  • doorot - October 3, 2017 - 1:33 PM

    This is going to look beautiful, no matter which option you choose.

    You know, I bought all the fancy things for my first born and ended up nursing him (and his brother and sister) out of the comfort of my own bed :) Much comfier, lots of space.
    Of course the crib was in our room in the beginning, which also made it more convenient.
    That rocker looks perfectly comfy!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine MacLennan - October 3, 2017 - 2:28 PM

    First, these 3-d mock-ups are UNBELIEVABLE. So realistic!! And of course the design is beautiful.
    Second, re: changing table location: I have a weird-sounding suggestion. Would you be able to fit a changing table in the bathroom?!? I saw this set up once in an open house and I can’t get it out of my head! It makes perfect sense; all diaper mess (and particularly the smells) contained, close to faucet for any spills, no rugs to be pooped/peed on accidentally for whatever reason. Also, if you’re cloth diapering and you could set it up to put the table near the toilet, you could just plop the poop right in!! (Sorry if that’s tmi- you don’t have to worry about it until baby starts eating solid food!) Unfortunately my bathroom doesn’t accommodate the width of a changing table otherwise I’d be all over it. I think all home bathrooms should have space for a baby changing table!!ReplyCancel

  • martina - October 3, 2017 - 3:40 PM

    Have you noticed yet that as soon as a baby is in the picture people have OPINIONS! I can’t believe someone didn’t warn you to make sure the mirror is affixed to the wall so it won’t fall during one of those, all too common, Chicago earthquakes! ;)
    I ignored a lot of, very well meant, advice when I had my kids. I didn’t use a diaper genie, despite a friend yelling (!) at me that I was insane not to have one. I preferred to breastfeed on the couch than a rocker, etc. And… we all survived! Listen to your instincts and don’t get caught up in all of the advice. You know how to be a mom in your heart and your gut, trust that! I read a long time ago a quote from someone whom I’ve forgotten. The gist is that every kid who walks in the Olympic opening ceremony was raised in a different way, but they all turned out pretty well anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Phoua - October 3, 2017 - 4:05 PM

    It looks SO good Kim! I love a more neutral look for nurseries just like you! My fav is number 1 but with the rug from #2 and the pom pom curtains from #3.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 3, 2017 - 7:17 PM

    Not only am I thrilled you finally get to make this a nursery, I’m also thrilled that you shared Modsy, because they apparently do what I am SO terrible at doing in my head. I can design an awesome inspiration mood board, but it never works quite as well in real life. Probably because I have a terrible sense of space.
    I’m totally going to use this for an upcoming project!

    Second, though I’m basically your polar opposite when it comes to nursery design (hello primary colors galore!) I have a few images I wanted to share with you –
    In case you’re not sold on one exact crib, I got an amazing solid wood crib from Kalon Studios, and they are a really cool small business worth checking out.

    Second, I wanted shelves for stuff and I put them in the closet (Doors removed) with hanging clothes below them. This solved the issue of my baby girl climbing them, and also made the changing table/dresser easier to access or so I felt.

    Finally, I reupholstered my grandma’s rocker and added an ottoman and it was super comfy, even though it didn’t provide head support. It was just right for me to rest my head back against the top of it, so I bet you’ll be fine with the rocker you have in the photos!

    Haven’t shared these on the blog yet, so I threw them into a photo album and the link is below if you want to see how I did the shelves in the closet and the awesome crib.

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 7:50 PM

      Jane, that nursery is amazing!! Closet organization for days, I couldn’t love it more! We have plans for the closet that would make a similar set up virtually impossible, but I am taking notes over here. Thank you for all the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 4, 2017 - 12:30 AM

    I love the ideas and know you will pull it together nicely. Lots of good tips/opinions…people just like to share what they have learned. There are chronic helpers among us that sadly can’t help ourselves ;) And on that note, my brother had 22 stitches on his forehead from climbing the bookshelf in my room. It obviously scarred me too as it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the cool free-standing shelf.

    Good luck, enjoy, and thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - October 4, 2017 - 9:11 AM

    Oh my gosh I love your final choice so much it’s going to be gorgeous!! Those Pom Pom curtains are for sure a must! When we had our first, we still lived in a one and one so his nursery was basically a corner of our bedroom. I beat myself up before we came with all of the “recommendations” that I “had to have” but ultimately we just went with what worked for us and we adjusted as we went! You just gotta do what feels best for you guys!

    Also, vinegar water has worked wonders for me for cleaning our little mans spit up off of our new carpet (as long as it’s done right away)

    So SO excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherB - October 4, 2017 - 10:30 AM

    I love it! I think first is my favorite, too.

    One thought to consider is whether the back on your chair is high enough. I had a lower backed rocker that I LOVED…until I was feeding baby while completely exhausted to the point I couldn’t even hold up my head and there was no headrest :/ Just a thought…

    Can’t wait to see how nursery turns out! Such a fun time.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - October 4, 2017 - 11:23 PM

    I love all three designs and I’m excited to see which one you pick. I painted my daughter’s nursery yellow and used hot pink accessories 😂 It took me a year to paint over the yellow and nix the hot pink after I realized I wanted the space to feel calm and relaxing. Now my daughter is 5, and of course she’s requesting a hot pink room! For what it’s worth, I never used a glider and my kids never spit up! Kids are so different that although everyone means well with their input, you won’t really know until your baby girl gets here. My son has yet to climb his bookcase but yesterday he climbed the dinning table and stood on it proudly shaking the chandelier back and fourth. So there’s that! After having my first child I told all expecting mothers that they absolutely had to have a baby swing because it was a lifesaver. My second child cried hysterically every time I put him in that stupid swing! I stopped giving advice to expecting mothers.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 8:36 AM

      Haha, I figured that’s why it’s best to do calming now – no doubt she’ll take after me as a little girl and want everything to be BRIGHT PINK! So I’ll take the soothing nursery while I can get it. :)

      I hear ya – I’m a LOT older than my siblings (to the point where I was babysitting them as a high schooler when they were still babies), and my youngest brother would never spit up. EVER. Then one day, as I was getting ready to go out on a date, I picked him up to say goodbye, and he projectile vomited ALL over me! The whole family sat there in stunned silence before bursting out laughing. So, never say never either, ha!ReplyCancel


This past weekend, we went to the last Elkhorn Flea Market of the season, also known as our first flea trip of the season. (That garden unit took everything out of us!) Elkhorn is one of our very favorites – worth the hour and a half drive from Chicago…
  • Stacy G. - September 28, 2017 - 6:46 AM

    The globe and the book are my favorites. <3 So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • - September 28, 2017 - 7:12 AM

    I love old big lamps too! But I struggle with finding shades that use spider fitters and that modernize them. I currently have two tall amazing lamp bases, but their shades are dingy, dated, and beige. Where do you look?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 28, 2017 - 7:50 AM

      We’re worried about that too! But I think had a lot of options, and make sure to check any local fix it shops in your area. We actually have a small lamp/fix it store not far from us if we can’t find something else… Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • susan - September 28, 2017 - 7:32 AM

    Don’t be surprised if your daughter doesn’t end up liking that book most of all. It’s a marvelous find.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - September 28, 2017 - 10:56 AM

    And those red tools would, of course, be Milwaukee tools.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - September 28, 2017 - 1:56 PM

    I love that lamp! Great find. Where did you get that “I have always known it was you” print? I tried your shop our home page, but the internet doesn’t love me today :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 28, 2017 - 2:03 PM

      We got it several years ago from a shop that our friend owned – Row Boat Press – but he’s sadly closed up!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - September 28, 2017 - 2:28 PM

    The globe! Be still my heart.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 2, 2017 - 2:26 PM

    That. Glooooobe! Oh my goodness, it’s so perfect. (Also, I cannot wait to hear stirrings of a nursery.)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - October 5, 2017 - 9:57 AM

    That leather lamp is amazing and I am IN LOVE with the globe. It’s perfect.ReplyCancel


Last week, we posted a photo tour of our Tree House, and today, we’re looking forward taking you on an actual walk through with Jack and CC in tow! Our little home is a half mile walk from the beaches of Lake Michigan in the small town of Lakeside, a painless hour and…
  • rebecca - September 26, 2017 - 10:08 AM

    What a precious cottage! Are your plans to air bnb it?
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2017 - 11:50 AM

      Eventually! The main purpose is a getaway for us, our family and friends, but we’re also considering Air bnb for a bit farther down the road. We’ll be sure to keep you all updated on how that goes!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - September 26, 2017 - 10:28 AM

    You do have a cute little baby bump! I love it :)
    Curious to know where working on this will fall along with the remaining items for your full time house (although it doesn’t seem like there’s much left! downstairs bath maybe?). Would love to get a big picture post on the to do list for the main house and the lake house.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2017 - 11:49 AM

      There’s a lot of little (and some not so little) things on our home’s exterior, but yes, the downstairs bath is the main project ahead for our home! Well, that and the upcoming nursery. :D Thank you for the suggestion, we’ll be sharing a bit of a to do list for the lake house soon!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - September 26, 2017 - 3:15 PM

    This is such a great space!


  • Nina - September 26, 2017 - 10:38 PM

    Gah! Your cutest lil baby bump & Scott’s loving tone of voice when he pointed it out. Also, CC’s woe is me face at the end made me laugh out loud. The tree house is going to be tres magnifique!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 27, 2017 - 9:53 AM

      Haha, CC can really milk that face – she’s an expert frowner (while she wags her little nub of a tail at the same time)!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - September 27, 2017 - 1:43 PM

    LOVE the lake house!!! And so convenient from Chicago for you. That’s a bonus. We have our beach condo investment property but it’s just a little too far away for regular use (and it’s rented a LOT), so I would love to convince my husband of a lake/mountain/ski house but we haven’t found the right area yet! Maybe some day. And HVAC should absolutely be your first investment. We just replaced ours in our beach condo and I feel like it’s going to pay for itself really fast. So much A/C in florida!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 27, 2017 - 1:54 PM

      And on the opposite spectrum, a good gas heating system is going to come in SO handy for chilly Michigan winters! We’ll share how things go as we get that going!ReplyCancel

  • Olga - September 28, 2017 - 9:47 AM

    Love your new house and look forward to seeing what you’ll do with it. I live in a 1935 bungalow in Edinburgh, Scotland and it still has the original internal doors and two cute fireplaces in both of the bedrooms, original floors and front door. The fireplaces no longer work as we had to demolish the chimneys are they were rotten but couldn’t bring myself to remove the fireplaces.ReplyCancel

  • yooying - October 10, 2017 - 6:25 AM

    How beautiful!! I look forward to seeing how you decorate the house. I also love the loft space!

  • Lindsey - October 15, 2017 - 12:25 PM

    Love it! Just curious, as I was trying to look at the reflection in the side door– what type of camera mount are you using? 🎥🤳🏻😬ReplyCancel


lounge chair | floor cushion |outdoor rug | fireplace | planter beds This post is in partnership with A few weekends ago, we spent a handful of hours adding landscape lighting…
  • Ashley - September 21, 2017 - 12:58 PM

    Hi Kim! I too live in Chicago and am always interested to know how you guys care for your out door furniture and rugs with two large dogs and weather. Do you leave your jute rug out all season long? What if it rains? Does it smell like a dog?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 1:33 PM

      Yup, we leave everything out for warmer months! If we see rain coming, we’ll sort of flip all the cushions up to help them dry out quicker, but if we don’t catch it in time, we flip them up the next day to dry. We have furniture covers that we’ll put on the chairs, table and umbrella in the winter, and we’ll roll up the rug and put all the pillows in the garage until next spring! As far as smelling like a dog… nope, but it’s all open air back here, so maybe that helps? The rug is also outdoor, it just looks like jute. We love it!ReplyCancel

  • Asya - September 21, 2017 - 2:11 PM

    Hi! Do you do anything for mosquito prevention? I.e. special plants or anything? Apologize if you covered this somewhere else. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 2:23 PM

      To be honest, we don’t get a lot of mosquitos! Mosquitos LOVE me, and I very very rarely have issues where we live. (The lake house is going to be a different story!) When we have gatherings, we’ll have citronella candles in the corners, but it’s not a huge necessity, luckily.ReplyCancel

  • melbajo - September 21, 2017 - 3:48 PM

    thank you so much for this post! i’ve been saying “this is the year i get over my fear of setting up landscape lighting!” and i still haven’t done it, but your post gives me hope that it’s not that hard or scary. one question though – you described how you buried the wire into the gravel, but what about between and up and into each bed? does the wire just go up the side of the bed and into it, or did you somehow pull the wire through from underneath? your photos don’t show the wires going up and over each raised bed wall, so just curious how you pulled it off!
    thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 4:02 PM

      You can do it! I’m usually so pumped to start a new project that I’ve never done before, but this has always scared me. I couldn’t believe how simple it was.

      Between the garden beds, the wire was just run behind the boxes and pulled tightly (with a little slack), since we would never, ever see them. Burying them felt completely unnecessary. This is going to be different for everyone, but my advice is that if you can’t see the wire, hiding them out of sight will suffice. :) Good luck!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 4:04 PM

        Oh, and I meant to add, the wire runs back into the box from behind, but the plants hide the wire completely.ReplyCancel


We couldn’t be more excited to share with you our newest addition, which we lovingly call our Tree House! If you follow us on Instagram, many of you know (and saw the tiniest of sneak peeks!) that we recently became the giddy, proud owners of an adorable home in Lakeside, Michigan.…
  • Stacy G. - September 19, 2017 - 6:17 AM

    Oh yes! What a cute house. I can see why you chose it. It is a treasure wrapped in vinyl siding. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - September 19, 2017 - 7:02 AM

    Yay! So excited to have you as neighbors :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia | Chris Loves Julia - September 19, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    It’s perfect. You found her! Even though we’re still on a frustrating hunt ourselves, this makes me so excited for the possibilities. And for you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:21 AM

      Yours is coming. I can feel it. xxReplyCancel

  • katie - September 19, 2017 - 8:49 AM

    Sooo cute! It looks larger in the photos, maybe it’s the loft? Big enough for a cozy weekends with friends or family, but small enough that it’s manageable – sounds perfect to me!

    We’ve been half looking ourselves, also in the Michigan area. We are in Columbus though so more of a drive for us. I’m jealous that it’s under 2 hours for you – I think we’re looking at 5-6! My husband’s family had a lake house when he was growing up, so we would like to have something similar for our own kids. Many things would need to work out for us, but still, fun to dream.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with it :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:05 AM

      How exciting, Katie! Always fun to dream.

      The loft isn’t included in the square footage, and that extra sleeping space and all around adorableness definitely helped in a huge way!ReplyCancel

  • Jordy Sirkin - September 19, 2017 - 9:13 AM

    This is adorable! I cannot wait to see what you two do with it.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - The Gold HIve - September 19, 2017 - 9:14 AM

    This is so thrilling. I have dreams of owning a cabin in the woods, but until then, I’ll live vicariously through you. There’s so much potential here and I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Is there a nearby lake you can hit golf balls into from your front yard – a la your La Jolla retirement goals?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:17 AM

      HAHA! the beaches of Lake Michigan are 1/2 mile away. Do you think we could make it that far?! (La Jolla, you’re next! In… 30 years.)ReplyCancel

      • Ashley - September 20, 2017 - 11:03 PM

        I haven’t seen your swing and I don’t know much about golf, but I wouldn’t put it past you!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 10:16 AM

          We’re terrible, but that wouldn’t stop us from trying!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - September 19, 2017 - 9:16 AM

    That area of Michigan is my favorite place in the world (my parents have a place in New Buffalo that I go to any chance I get). There is so much to do but also just a great place for relaxing and enjoying nature. I love it during all times of the year and I’m sure you will too! Looking forward to watching your renovation!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:58 AM

      We love hearing this! After sharing a mini tour on our InstaStories, we received so much feedback from others that have a special place in their heart for this part of Michigan. We are over the moon.ReplyCancel

  • Cait - September 19, 2017 - 9:27 AM

    This is so exciting! I can definitely see why you chose it! Looking forward to following along with the transformation :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - September 19, 2017 - 9:48 AM

    Wow! So much potential. It’s going to be amazing. :D I’m looking forward to watching this project progress!

    Just curious if you’ll get the kitchen floor tested for asbestos?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:53 AM

      Good question! We think that the 80s/90s vinyl is laid on top of the original flooring, which might be hardwood, in which case, we should be safe. However, it’s a great point to bring up that we could get a professional opinion on.ReplyCancel

  • gigi - September 19, 2017 - 9:49 AM

    How exciting and fortunate. A great spot for a family.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - September 19, 2017 - 9:50 AM

    OMG I’m in love. The inside vs. outside of this place is truly magical! I grew up going to a cabin my grandpa built in western Wisconsin that had a sleeping loft, so this brings back SO many wonderful memories. How exciting for you guys!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:55 AM

      Right?! The outside is so unassuming, and then walking in, we were like, whoooaa. And I love that memory, how special!ReplyCancel

  • Daria - September 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

    This is SO exciting!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - September 19, 2017 - 11:34 AM

    Congratulations! Mazel tov! It always amazes me when people find a new house. What they think they like never turns out to be the one, and it’s always for the best. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place and what you decide to tackle first!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 12:43 PM

      Thanks! And right?? On our wish list was at least 3 beds and 2 baths with a bonus space, and what we got was 2 beds and 1 bath – but we DID get that bonus space! Plus, it’s even closer to the beaches along the lake than a lot of the homes we were looking at. We are still pinching ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - September 19, 2017 - 11:34 AM

    SO CUTE! And those beds??!! Adorable. I love the Sawyer area. I spent a lot of my teen years at Warren Dunes. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 12:44 PM

      Those dunes are the dreamiest! We’re only a few miles down the road. :DReplyCancel

      • Jodi - October 5, 2017 - 9:50 AM

        Be sure to find the clay mud creek at the southern end of the beach next time you are there in summer. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - September 19, 2017 - 2:05 PM

    So excited for you guys! This house is so cute and I can’t wait to see how you make it your own!


  • Andrew Angell - September 19, 2017 - 2:21 PM

    Love that you have a Lakeside cottage. We too have a Lakeside cottage. Our was built in 1883 and is located in Lakeside, OH. Welcome to the cottage owning family!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Hayward - September 19, 2017 - 2:43 PM

    I’m so excited for you all!! and I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this place!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - September 19, 2017 - 6:03 PM

    So many wonderful things happening for you! So much to look forward to – exciting! Do you follow JennaSue’s blog? House #4 has SO many wonderful ideas, perfect for your new little treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - September 19, 2017 - 9:53 PM

    Oh my gosh! It’s so much cuter on this inside! So much potential! Can’t wait to follow the progress!ReplyCancel

  • Nicolette - September 19, 2017 - 10:00 PM

    OMG!! All the heart eyes. I can’t handle how cute this place is! So many things. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!ReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - September 20, 2017 - 7:40 AM

    So many fabulous details in there to love: the living room floors, the bathroom medicine cabinet (please say you’re keeping that!) the beds in the loft (refinishing the wood?) and those built-in end table/cubbies for those beds! Congrats on a great investment!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2017 - 9:17 AM

      I had to double check the photo of the bathroom medicine cabinet… and I promise you, it’s not as nice as it looks! (It’s also not a true vintage piece by any stretch!) We’ll be reconfiguring that whole room as well, but anything that doesn’t make the cut and can be salvaged, will (or be donated).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - September 20, 2017 - 3:36 PM

    I can’t begin to explain my excitement!! We just bought a lake house (we live in PA). It has the same ceilings as yours and I’m dying to copy you! The walls of our house are currently painted dark colors and I’m a bit overwhelmed with what to do. So know that we will going through this together!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2017 - 3:44 PM

      How fun! Congrats, Tracy!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - September 20, 2017 - 5:01 PM

    Oh my goodness… that place is adorable! I love it, and I can’t wait to see you guys work your magic!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - September 21, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    I cannot wait to watch you transform it! We bought our own lake house last summer, just across the border in Indiana! It was built in the 50s and was definitely someone’s hobby house. We spent a lot of time and money initially just fixing up important stuff like foundation, etc but have also since ripped the 10×12 bathroom down to the studs and created a smaller 6×10 bathroom and created a laundry space. We too have no A/C or furnace, and you might be surprised how much the shade of the trees and cross breezes can keep the house cool on even the warmest days. Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jannike - September 26, 2017 - 11:18 PM

    Adorable lake house. I think 1bath 2 bedrooms is the perfect size for a country house. Our Shacklet (shack that wants to be a chalet) is the same size plus a small camper in the driveway for visiting kids. We’ve never had a problem with only 1 bath. We have all electric heaters and no AC. But this is standard in Quebec and our place is north of Montreal so it rarely gets crazy hot. Looking forward to seeing how you make things pretty. Would love a tour of the garden/exterior as well.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - October 9, 2017 - 8:37 AM

    I LOVE this!!! I love how it has some rustic charm, but will also look amazing with some upgrades. I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this.ReplyCancel