Last week, we shared our home studio, the room that has seen countless transitions in the three-plus years since we’ve moved in. Although I can almost promise you it will continue to evolve and change, one thing remains a constant: Our goal will always be to ensure this room has the same inviting vibe as any…
  • Allie - February 7, 2017 - 8:40 AM

    I was just looking the other day at that bedside caddy on Amazon but did not even think about its use for a couch. My couch is also grey so this would work perfect! Does it stay put very well?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 7, 2017 - 9:08 AM

      Our couch has skinny arms, maybe 3-4″ across, and yes, it stays put great!ReplyCancel

      • Allie - February 7, 2017 - 10:12 AM

        Thanks Kim! My couches arms is also pretty skinny (jealous haha) but is slightly rounded. I am assuming the insert part is malleable which is how you got it to fit. Am I correct in that assumption?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 8, 2017 - 10:07 AM

          You’d be right! You can bend it into any shape. Hooray for skinny couch arms, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Paige - February 7, 2017 - 9:21 AM

    This space looks amazing! You did an incredible job!


  • Megan - February 7, 2017 - 1:09 PM

    The Varde is gorgeous! I was heartbroken when I saw that Ikea doesn’t make it anymore! Do you happen to remember whether what part of the store it was sold in (kitchen, living etc?). I’m hoping I can find something similar!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 7, 2017 - 1:15 PM

      I know, SO sad, right?! It was meant to be a kitchen island.ReplyCancel

      • Megan - February 8, 2017 - 11:38 AM

        Thank you so much! I’m thinking something similar would make a cute changing table. :)ReplyCancel

  • southern gal - February 7, 2017 - 1:44 PM

    that couch caddy … ordering now. thank you for saving me a search!

    love all the organizing tricks (am like that too!)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Smith - February 7, 2017 - 1:53 PM

    I am so glad I stopped by today! We are in a push to finish our office for the beginning of March and desperately need filing cabinets that are far from the old school medical office look. Digging the Martha Stewart console :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - February 7, 2017 - 2:49 PM

    Ok, but where did the dinosaur magnets come from?!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 10, 2017 - 10:17 AM

    Where is your simple globe pendant light from?ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Keller - February 10, 2017 - 5:42 PM

    I have to say you got my interest not only with your superb organizing skills but I have my eye set on that bedside caddy we so…so need. That will change the way some things lie on our couch! Thanks so much for the useful tips!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - February 14, 2017 - 7:51 PM

    Where can I find the carpet under your rug? Love it!ReplyCancel


Our home studio is where I work during the day, and if I’m lucky, Scott, too. At the start of last summer, Scott took on a new role in his job that would allow him the flexibility to work from home every now and then, and aside from this being the most exciting thing ever to…
  • Oksana | - February 2, 2017 - 8:13 AM

    What a gorgeous place to get work done! Don’t you just love it when you finally arrive at a point in the design process where you think to yourself, “This just may be it!” My favorite features are the gallery wall, the Martha Steward cabinet (with the simple but striking hardware update!) and, of course, the doggies and the cat – so sweet!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 2, 2017 - 8:53 AM

      Right! I think the tipping point was when we landed on the desk and sofa combo. We could finally start to see where it was headed!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - February 2, 2017 - 8:24 AM

    I must know what kind of cactus that tiny guy is; I just love him!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - February 2, 2017 - 8:25 AM

    It turned out beautifully! Congrats on the new “co-worker.” :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 2, 2017 - 8:52 AM

      Thanks! The bonus perk is some of my work from home friends have started working from here, too!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - February 2, 2017 - 11:04 AM

    I think the photo of Libby sums it up perfectly: a comfortable place to land.ReplyCancel

  • patricia - February 2, 2017 - 11:24 AM

    no source for the furbaby? he is so cute… and matches your room perfectly. :-)ReplyCancel

    • pat - February 2, 2017 - 11:27 AM

      your gray furbaby that is… didn’t want to leave out the golden furbabies but I love cats and he/she is perfect!!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - February 2, 2017 - 11:30 AM

        Haha, she’s Libby, and she IS perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - February 2, 2017 - 11:40 AM

    such a beautiful space! although if it were me, i would destroy it with a general explosion of work paraphernalia in a hot second. i may have missed it, but have you ever done a “day in the life” post? i have a creative sidegig in photography that i dream about doing full-time and wonder what other work from home creative types’ days look like. part of me wonders if i’d bomb out without office structureReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 2, 2017 - 12:12 PM

    I’ve never done a day in the life, because to be honest, it would be pretty boring!! I will say that I’m pretty disciplined, and I work a pretty true 9-5 or 9-6 day. It’s a lot of sitting at this desk typing, editing photos, and SOMETIMES getting a head start on the weekend’s projects! Also a lot of talking and singing to Jack, CC and Libby. :DReplyCancel

  • Sophia - February 2, 2017 - 3:02 PM

    This is beautiful! It is cozy without being cluttered, and so light and bright! Wouldn’t mind working in that green corner :) For anyone else who wants to renovate there is a great free tool for homeowners to estimate the cost of a renovation:

  • Kate - February 2, 2017 - 7:54 PM

    Is the hairpin leg and wood bench in the landing from a store or a DIY? I am interested in something similar for the foot our our bed.ReplyCancel

  • ten - February 3, 2017 - 9:49 AM

    I just love seeing your dogs cuddle. :) Looks like a cozy place to work every day. Did you guys scrap that awesome vintage desk/table you had before?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 3, 2017 - 10:09 AM

      We had to scrap both of them! So sad. I kept putting up a fight, but in the end, we knew it wasn’t right for all day comfort.ReplyCancel

  • BB - February 3, 2017 - 12:14 PM

    Beautiful home but who am I kidding, I just come here to look at pictures of your sweet doggies!ReplyCancel

  • southern gal - February 3, 2017 - 2:12 PM

    FINALLY info about that sofa!!!

    i was just ready to send you an email about it… had spied it and a few of the other new things for awhile…

    i would be sprawling on that chaise and working there all day ! haha.. no i know it would be counterproductive.

    so gorgeous as usual!

    is there a source for the wall lamp?

    also love the look of the Avenue C table but it may be too small for my 15″ chromebook and a mug… i am using something i ordered on amazon but not loving it and need to spray paint the top black… had used an ikea (the triangle one) but somehow one of the pin screws that holds the table top to the base worked its way out and then it was wobbly and of course the hardware store had no replacements (its a double end screw with a nut) still have it in hopes of finding the right screw.

    another smash hit – you must be excited with the scary room on the way in its reno … what WILL you do next? start on the attic?


    as usual inspiring and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Cate - February 4, 2017 - 6:11 AM

    Your home is inspiring. I’m interested in creating a gallery wall of family photos and I equally like the geometric one and the tv wall one. Geometric seems easier to get right. Lol. Where are the frames from?ReplyCancel

  • katie - February 7, 2017 - 8:05 AM

    Comfortably stunning!!
    Question: does the hanging wall planter damage the wall or paint at all? I read that in some of the reviews, but I still want one- very cool :)

    • Kim - February 7, 2017 - 9:15 AM

      Nope, no damage here! It has some sort of waterproof lining so the moisture never touches the wall. We’re several years strong!ReplyCancel

  • Abby Femino - February 8, 2017 - 9:52 AM

    Do you have a post about painting walls and ceilings, and what supplies you use? I saw your IG story a few days ago where you were painting a ceiling and you made it look so easy! I’m totally overwhelmed thinking about tackling ceiling painting, so any tips or advice would be so great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 8, 2017 - 10:06 AM

      We don’t have a post that rounds up all those supplies (although we really should!), but when we paint ceilings, we use this extension pole! (This one also gets great reviews.) I will admit that Scott makes it look REALLY easy though. I can’t do it as effortlessly as him!ReplyCancel


Before we jump into Scary Room progress, we’ve been bursting to share with you that Chris and Julia have asked us and Daniel to help them give a reader kitchen or bathroom a big before and after moment as a part of the Lowe’s Spring Makeover! Applications to submit your space are open right now…
  • Stacy G. - January 26, 2017 - 6:57 AM

    It’s coming along! Our kitchen cabinets are shimmed a sloping 1-1/4″ over 8 feet. If anyone drops a bag of marbles in our kitchen, we will just wait a minute until they all roll over to the low spot by the entry door. They will be easy to collect then. :DReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 26, 2017 - 7:45 AM

      We hear that! This floor was sloped by about 3/4″, which isn’t as bad as the studio – even after the floor joists were raised! Still, you gotta love that old house charm.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Matthews - January 26, 2017 - 8:03 AM

    This is so exciting! My home projects are stalled until summer when my husband gets a break from nursing school but watching others make such significant progress is helping me make it till May!ReplyCancel

  • Shauna Mooney - January 26, 2017 - 8:48 AM

    Silly question, if we have multiple baths AND a kitchen that could all use a makeover…can we enter multiple times for each space?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 26, 2017 - 8:54 AM

      Not a silly question! Because we can only do one room, choose the one you think your family needs the most right now. I think it would be better to focus on one space than have too many photos of different spaces, and I don’t believe the application will allow you to apply twice. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - January 26, 2017 - 9:24 AM

    Looking good! That’s a pretty amazing amount of progress in a short period of time, and I can totally visualize how the room will look finished. One question about the shims– do you need to nail the new flooring right to the shims? I was concerned at first that there’d be flex in the floor because the new stuff would be flush to the subfloor, but then I remembered you were doing tongue in groove solid hardwood and not a crappy product like Pergo.

    I am SO excited about your project with CLJ and Daniel! Do you know if something like replacing a bathtub is too big of a job? Trying to decide between kitchen and bathroom. Though honestly, I don’t think five people could even fit in one of my bathrooms, so maybe that makes the question a no-brainer! LOLReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 26, 2017 - 9:41 AM

      Hi, Lori! Yup, the hardwood flooring will get nailed into the shims, and we’ll have to try to have the ends stop/start on a shim, too. Otherwise, we’ll just need to add more shims at a stop/start and level along the way. It’ll make the job a little trickier, but fingers crossed, still doable!

      And we’re just as excited! I don’t think replacing a tub would be a big deal at all, if that helps with your decision. :)ReplyCancel

  • Paige - January 26, 2017 - 9:44 AM

    This room is coming together fast. It’s looking amazing already!

    Paige Flamm
    The Happy Flammily

    • Kim - January 26, 2017 - 9:50 AM

      Thank you for being able to squint through the process and see the potential with us :DReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 26, 2017 - 11:01 AM

    This already looks SO. MUCH. BETTER! I’m so excited to see that closet come to life. You have done some serious problem-solving with that space and it’s going to look so much better, too!ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - January 26, 2017 - 12:01 PM

    What a difference already! I’m excited to see how this room turns out. (I’m also super excited to submit my guest bathroom for the Lowe’s Makeover!)ReplyCancel

  • Daria - January 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM

    Oh, dang. This looks SO GREAT. You guys are seriously making awesome progress.

    Also, thanks for the link for the giveaway- I forwarded to my parents. They’ve been living in this house for almost 15 years and haven’t been able to do much of the work they wanted to, and this could be such a good treat for them.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - January 26, 2017 - 12:27 PM

    If you can cut into the wall above the closet to add cupboards why can’t you raise the ceiling?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 26, 2017 - 12:30 PM

      The inside of the closet has a height of 108″, and once we added the support for the cabinets, we were able to juuuuuust fit in within that 108″ allowance. We maxed out every last inch we could!ReplyCancel

  • Sajida - January 26, 2017 - 5:46 PM

    This looks like it’s coming along beautifully. Can’t wait to see it finished! Just wondering… Why aren’t you doing thinner shims and adding a new subfloor on top to be able to nail your hardwood in easily? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 26, 2017 - 5:49 PM

      Good question, I asked our GC the same thing! Because one side of the room needs NO shimming, if we add a layer of plywood subfloor, that will automatically create our hardwood flooring to be taller than the flooring on the other side of the door, unfortunately. The side of the room with almost zero shim still has the original subfloor underneath that we can work with.ReplyCancel

      • Sajida - January 26, 2017 - 11:29 PM

        Can’t stump you. You guys think of everything! Which is why you always have s beautiful finished product!!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - January 27, 2017 - 12:24 PM

    I love it already! The shims are such a good idea I never thought of that. when I stand in our second bedroom it is noticeably slanted (wish we had done this!)ReplyCancel

  • Madeline - January 27, 2017 - 3:51 PM

    OMG all 3 of you teaming up for one project!? be still my little design heart! I submitted my kitchen this morning and can’t wait to find out who gets chosen. No matter who it is, it is going to be fun to see the transformation!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - January 29, 2017 - 11:53 AM

    I, too, am intrigued by flooring going directly on top of shims! No concern of “bounce” or bowing over time in between, especially where 12″ apart? (I suspect close enough there is no such issue?)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 29, 2017 - 4:54 PM

      Normally, the shims could be spaced 16″ apart. However, to fully ensure there wouldn’t be any bowing, they’re 8″ apart in the center of the room (where it will get the most traffic), and 12″ max inside the closet and along the wall where a bed would be. I was worried about this as well, but our contractor assured us that this was completely normal in older homes! I even asked our friend Daniel who’s an old-house-master. :) Our flooring is 3/4″ thick, which will help as well, so we feel confident moving forward.ReplyCancel

  • Alison - February 1, 2017 - 12:36 PM

    What kind of replacement windows do you guys use?ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - February 1, 2017 - 5:04 PM

    Knowing someone else’s house is just as slanted as mine makes me feel so much better, and I will be following along on this project to learn how to fix my own place! Will there be a step down to the studio from raising the floor in the bedroom?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 1, 2017 - 5:10 PM

      There will be the most minimal transition from the studio to the bedroom, hopefully! The high side should meet up to the studio nicely, due to the shims. Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Semantics Geek - February 22, 2017 - 3:33 PM

    I hate hate hate to be that nitpicky person, but you’re using “Punch List” wrong and it’s driving me batty! Punch List is created at the close-out of a project, it’s the list of items that were not completed to contract and need to be addressed before the entire project is considered complete. Things like paint touch-ups, caulking, aligning cabinet doors. What you’re talking about is the Scope of Work.

    Sorry to be “that person,” but… you know.

    Love your blog, love your work! Things like this just get under my skin!ReplyCancel


Since we installed these salvaged wood shelves in the studio, we’ve been thinking of an effective way to illuminate that little corner. I’ve always loved the FADO table lamp from IKEA, and the simple globe shape and smaller scale seemed like it would be a good fit. The only downside? Because the lamp would ultimately…
  • susan - January 24, 2017 - 7:46 AM

    Thanks for this tutorial. Also, thanks for the links to the lighting stuff! That cloth cord is so much nicer looking than the plastic.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 24, 2017 - 8:14 AM

      And there are so many color options!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Hinterman - January 24, 2017 - 8:03 AM

    Am I correct that the lamp comes with a candelabra bulb socket? So when you swapped the socket, is it now for a regular bulb?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 24, 2017 - 8:13 AM

      The original socket fits a regular bulb, which is why the swap to the porcelain socket is so easy!ReplyCancel

  • Katy DeBardelaben - January 24, 2017 - 9:11 AM

    Literally this came at the exact perfect time. I have been thinking about this light for a similar shelf and had the same concern – seeing the ugly wire. This is brilliant and I am definitely totally 100% doing this. Thanks for posting such thorough instructions!ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - January 24, 2017 - 9:44 AM

    Cute! I love little lamps like these. Also, what kind of plant do you have on the shelf? I’m trying so hard to find a good plant for our fireplace that cascades more than grows vertically.


    • Kim - January 24, 2017 - 9:50 AM

      I THINK it’s nicknamed a ‘donkey tail.’ That thing just keeps growing and growing! You can see it originally in this post:

      We bring it inside after the summer, and then once it warms up, it goes back out on the front porch. I’m thinking it might stay put this year though, because she’s so sweet on our shelves!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - January 24, 2017 - 10:42 AM

    Black is HOT and white is NEUTRAL.
    You’ve written it the other way around.ReplyCancel

  • Nadia Kaplan - January 25, 2017 - 12:18 AM

    What a nice thing to do and now it matches the globe :)

    Have a lovely day :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - January 26, 2017 - 9:48 AM

    That turned out super cute.ReplyCancel


Earlier this week, we introduced The Scary Room. Hands down, it was (and still is) the most neglected space in our house since the day we moved in. It will ultimately be our home’s third bedroom, but because of the room’s disrepair, there’s a rather large punch list to bring this room to a presentable starting…
  • Jen - January 20, 2017 - 7:11 AM

    Exciting progress guys!! What will you use this room for?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 20, 2017 - 8:44 AM

      Thanks! It’s our home’s third bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - January 20, 2017 - 10:03 AM
    • Kim - January 20, 2017 - 10:08 AM

      We’re soaking up all the tutorials! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Renee - January 20, 2017 - 11:09 AM

    If the room is just going to be storage you should consider installing a window on the entry door to maximize those perfect windows! I love how you guys are salvaging the existing wood work!! This is going to turn out beautiful!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 20, 2017 - 2:57 PM

      I love that idea, but it’s going to be a bedroom ultimately. That’s always something we can change down the road though – thank you for the suggestion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - January 20, 2017 - 1:52 PM

    Ahh I can’t wait to see this little room come together! We have some mismatched trim throughout the first floor of our house from water damage and I hate how it doesn’t match the original stuff so I’m looking forward to your posts about that!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 20, 2017 - 2:56 PM

      Eek! We’re gonna start figuring it out soon…ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - January 20, 2017 - 4:09 PM

    Have you ever been to the Rebuilding Warehouse in Evanston? They have TONS of baseboards from old remodeled houses, you might be able to find pieces that match exactly what you need!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 20, 2017 - 4:14 PM

      We have, and it’s magical! We may need to go back to check that out. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - January 20, 2017 - 4:27 PM

    In your sketch there is only one handle per bi-fold door. Although it would only be decorative, a second handle on the outside panel would give the illusion that you have two sets of french doors instead of bi-fold doors.

    And since you have the depth that it’s almost a mini walk in closet, what about installing a built in dresser on one of the side walls with shelving above it? It would provide closed storage for non hanging clothes.

    I love the look of the built in closet.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 20, 2017 - 5:23 PM

      Excellent idea on both counts. The dresser on the side might be a little trucker due to the available width, but the dummy handle could work perfectly! Can’t wait to start figuring this out.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - January 24, 2017 - 12:28 PM

    Question, and I’m sure you’ve probably already considered this:

    1- Why wouldn’t you just do a hybrid of your drawing and the pax system? Meaning enlarge the opening width/height to fit a pair of pax units (since you’re going to need to modify the opening and install a header based on your current plan as well) and then case it out as you have shown in your sketch. This would give you the best of both worlds as you’ll get the adjust-ability of the pax interiors and storage with more of the cased in look. (I’d suggest doing a consistent 1 1/2″ filler on 3 sides and then you put the casing on top of that- with the filler being flush to the cabinet doors. It will make it look like a built in cabinet)

    2- If you go the traditional reach in closet route, check out the easy track closet system. It’s essentially a DIY version of California closets. They have tons of great accessories and the deluxe starter set is pretty affordable and gives you tons of options.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 24, 2017 - 12:36 PM

      You’re the best, thanks for the rec for the easy track system!

      To answer #1, we did consider that. The problem was the set widths for the PAX. Two of the 30″ widths wouldn’t allow us to maximize the space on the sides, and two of the 40″ widths wouldn’t allow us room for trim on the sides. We sort of needed something right in the middle, and sadly, those options just weren’t there. You’re definitely on to something though – I crunched those PAX numbers for a long while before sadly realizing it wouldn’t work.ReplyCancel

      • MelissaB - January 24, 2017 - 5:23 PM

        Why not do a 30″ and a 40″ then do a custom hack to the doors?ReplyCancel