I was starting to get worried that our Tree House to do list was absolutely nuts. But what's even crazier is that we've since added to it - if only because our first demolition weekend was such a huge success! Not only did we crush everything on our list of 'hope to …
  • Esther - November 16, 2017 - 7:20 AM

    Wow. So much lighter already! Can’t wait to see the ‘afters’. 😄ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 8:14 AM

      We joked that Tree House lost at least 1000 lbs in one day!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - November 16, 2017 - 8:11 AM

    OMG your babies (ok, I guess I should say pups now that there is a baby coming) behind the pocket door watching melted my heart! Very exciting!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 8:13 AM

      They are still very much our babies, haha, always wanting to help with everything.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - November 16, 2017 - 9:18 AM

    This is so fun! So eager to see the progress. I’m amazed at you guys. We started a half bath project about a month ago, and between moving my parents out of our house into a travel trailer and my in laws visiting from Germany, we have made very little progress. Maybe I’ll rip up some tile this evening…ReplyCancel

  • Mara - November 16, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    Kim, your baby belly brings tears of joy! You’re so cute. Love what you guys are doing so far. I vote a pretty sage or olive for the cabinets!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      Thanks, Mara! So sweet. We’re kind of leaning that way, but keep going back and forth! In the meantime, we’ve been gathering inspiration images…ReplyCancel

      • Kerri - November 16, 2017 - 1:39 PM

        I just painted some cabinetry “Rosemary” by Sherwin Williams and it is a beautiful green. :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 16, 2017 - 9:27 AM

    As this is your little getaway, I vote you do something fun in the kitchen! It’s going to be cute pretty much no matter what.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - November 16, 2017 - 9:39 AM

    Colorful cabinets! Weekend houses are a chance to do something fun!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - November 16, 2017 - 11:17 AM

    Your little get away is so cute and the progress is really exciting! Just an idea; You could go for a really open floor plan by ripping out the walls framing the mud room! Just make a small closet for the stacked washer & dryer. It would totally open up the living/kitchen/dining space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2017 - 11:24 AM

      So interesting! That could be a really cool concept, but with Michigan winters and the summer beaches, we just LOVE a mudroom. I see how your idea could work, but we’re definitely excited about the possibility of a built-in banquette for the dining room.ReplyCancel

  • Val - November 16, 2017 - 7:11 PM

    I love the vlog post and this is so exciting to watch it all come down in preparation for new ideas! I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. 😊ReplyCancel

  • the lady - November 17, 2017 - 8:23 AM

    Very excited to see where the cabin design takes you! (and us!!) :) One thing I have learned from my parents having second homes–there are always critter problems! Between mice and skunk and the random armadillo, it’s always something. They have done a lot of work to seal off the underside of the cabins and little garage they have to make sure nothing gets under there or worse, gets under there and dies :/ just a thought as you plan! have funReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2017 - 8:36 AM

      Such a great tip! We do have a few areas we know we need to address. It’s definitely something we hope to get to soon!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - November 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

    Loved watching along on instagram! Do you have any plans for the outside? I remember from the original tour that it was a bit of an awkward curb appeal because of the addition, but it sounds like you are staying with the front-door actually being a side-door configuration?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

      Yup, it’s going to stay a side-door-front-door. The inside flow makes so much sense, we don’t want to mess with that! BUT we’ll definitely be making changes to the outside – the deck, the landscaping, etc. Hopefully this summer?ReplyCancel

      • Janet - November 17, 2017 - 11:17 AM

        Can’t wait to see it! I find it’s hard to create an inviting street view if you can’t see the entrance, so I’m excited to see your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Régine from The 256 Project - November 17, 2017 - 9:39 PM

    Is that vinyl flooring covering up some of that hardwood? If so, how are you planning on removing it?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2017 - 6:17 PM

      From bottom to top: It’s hardwood flooring, then a thin plywood subfloor, then vinyl. Our floor refinishers are going to remove it for us – but it can be done with prybars and patience. The plywood subfloor was nailed down, so all those nails need to be pried up!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - November 18, 2017 - 2:57 PM

    Oh, I love this stage! Can I vote for sage too?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2017 - 6:16 PM

      Haha, time will tell! So many possibilities. :)ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 18, 2017 - 4:24 PM

    It’s so exciting to see all of this fun progress!


  • marie - November 19, 2017 - 8:48 PM

    How did you keep the demo areas safe for puppy feet? I’m always concerned that our puppers will step on something sharp (so far that has only happened to the humans around here!). The space looks great! can’t wait to see what happens.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 20, 2017 - 8:26 AM

      During the more intense parts of demo, we set up the dogs with beds and blankets in one of the bedrooms. After we were able to sweep everything up, they could come out. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - The Gold Hive - November 19, 2017 - 10:07 PM

    I could watch you gut those rooms all day long. Why isn’t that the premise of an HGTV show??!ReplyCancel


dresser + hardware | door knob | mirror | changing pad | pail | baskets (natural, white) This post is in partnership with
  • jane - November 14, 2017 - 8:19 AM

    Wow! This looks great! Very happy and excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - November 14, 2017 - 9:16 AM

    you got the peanut changing pad! Good call! we’ve loved ours for the multitude of diaper changing accidents

    loving your closet spaceReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 9:19 AM

      Yay, glad to hear it! Once we considered the cost of a topper and a pad and several covers, this felt so much easier (and cleaner looking!).ReplyCancel

      • Alli - November 14, 2017 - 9:25 AM

        We have this too, love it! How did you attach yours to the dresser without damaging the wood?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 9:31 AM

          The velcro that comes with it definitely makes us nervous about ruining the dresser top, so instead, we plan on picking up heavy duty sticky command strips to keep it from slipping around. We like that it has a nice weight to it as well!ReplyCancel

          • Nicole - November 14, 2017 - 10:23 AM

            FYI – we never attached the peanut to our dresser. It doesn’t scoot much and our guy never really tried a full body roll and he was never on there for an extended period of time. It’s the best pad. We started with a super fancy hand me down but were washing covers constantly!

  • Tina Slocum - November 14, 2017 - 9:22 AM

    This is the prettiest closet (and most functional) I’ve ever seen. The color! The dresser and mirror! What a delight! Love that the fur babies are warming up the room for your precious baby girl. Lovely post!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 9:32 AM

      Not captured: CC’s favorite activity of using the rug as her personal back scratcher. Constantly. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa A MacGregor - November 14, 2017 - 10:46 AM

    It’s a beautiful closet for any age person! I can totally see a cute toy hanging from that hanging bar to keep your squirmy little one entertained while you change a diaper. Also, don’t forget a bin for too SMALL clothing. That comes quickly and having a basket to toss those items when you try them on her and realize she is too long!! So excited for you both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2017 - 10:56 AM

      Oh, such a good point! Almost all the baskets you see in the closet are currently empty, so we’ll have to dedicate one to that purpose.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 14, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    This closet is so darling! You did an awesome job!


  • Brittany - November 14, 2017 - 4:29 PM

    It looks great and love all the storage! Where is that beautiful white tassel blanket from?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 14, 2017 - 4:30 PM

    This is SO gorgeous, and such a great use of space! Your little babe is so lucky to have such a beautiful room. Genius!!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Rice - November 14, 2017 - 8:25 PM

    If that was my room, I would be a really good sleeper and never cry! Here’s hoping baby Vargo agrees. Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Julie P - November 15, 2017 - 11:08 AM

    Omg I’m in love with the birch dresser!!!! Love it with the reddish floors and pale pink.

    Just a heads up, your daughter will probably want to see if she can push or pull or tip or lift the mirror. Have you secured it extremely well to the wall?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 15, 2017 - 11:29 AM

      Absolutely! It’s not going anywhere.ReplyCancel

      • Julie P - November 17, 2017 - 2:38 PM


  • averil - November 21, 2017 - 3:41 AM

    I just imagined all those nice toys, books and clothes getting projectile pooped on. My newborn niece did exactly that multiple times while we were changing her and we soon shifted everything around so that nothing was in the line of fire…ReplyCancel


Talking about Tree House's new HVAC system might not scream exciting!, but it is (very, very) exciting to rip off that expensive bandaid and allow this home to be warm and cozy year round! As a refresher, Tree House was considered a three season home when we purchased it, with very hot-to-the-touch baseboard heaters to get us through …
  • Deb - November 9, 2017 - 6:07 AM

    I rather like the exposed ductwork. It does give an urban look but, gosh, I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!ReplyCancel

    • Eric - November 10, 2017 - 8:10 AM

      I agree with the sentiments on the exposed ductowrk – It fits with
      your style and Looks great! Good decision. Should I go on and on? Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - November 9, 2017 - 9:09 AM

    So, we havea second home, and would love to convert to a tankless, but it seems like it is going to require and upgrade to our breaker panel to a higher amperage (which also entails a higher base electric bill each month). Since you guys did both the tankless and the HVAC, did you have to upgrade your panel? If so, do you mind sharing the cost and considerations?


    • Kim - November 9, 2017 - 10:10 AM

      Oh, that’s such a great question! We had to do quite a few electrical upgrades to the panel to accommodate all the new additions. It’s tough to break down that cost, since we lumped it into a handful of other issues – new outlets, moving things around, problem solving existing switches – and it’s going to vary greatly depending on location as well. We ended up paying an hourly rate to a local contractor, which was somewhere around $65/hour + materials.ReplyCancel

    • Ryan - November 9, 2017 - 5:08 PM

      If you have natural gas you can do a tankless gas water heater. We’re going to be replacing our aging electric tank heater with a gas tankless heater in the next year. We’re also building a small studio apartment over a garage and I’m trying to decide between gas or electric for the water heater in that unit.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - November 9, 2017 - 9:29 AM

    I definitely think that ductwork can blend in once paint is applied. A Firepole in the Dining Room painted their ductwork (http://afirepoleinthediningroom.com/2017/05/14/firehouse-for-sale/) and while they wanted a more loft-inspired look you can look at their photos to see how their ductwork really does blend in thanks to paint + finding better things to attract the eye. I can’t wait to see how you make it work in a space like this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2017 - 10:12 AM

      That’s so true! We love those guys. They did such a great job with paint throughout their whole home. Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Marti - November 9, 2017 - 10:38 AM

    Love those circular vents! And I agree that the exposed ductwork looks a-ok: cabins should be all about function. Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • LmIA - November 9, 2017 - 11:41 AM

    One of my biggest pet peeves in our house is the giant “vertical soffit” previous owners installed to run central air, so your solution is great! Every now and then our circular vents unscrew themselves.. either that or we have ghosts?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2017 - 11:51 AM

      Ooh, spooky! I have no idea how they could unscrew UNLESS it was ghosts! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - November 9, 2017 - 12:38 PM

    It is super smart to get the big things off the list first, and everything looks great – plus it’s up and running as a year round house. Awesome! Honestly, I’m just impressed you’re doing all this in your last trimester!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2017 - 2:55 PM

      We’re both just so excited about getting as much done before baby! But I go to bed very, very early. :)ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - November 9, 2017 - 2:50 PM

    What a smart first step to the updating at the cabin! Now you can build an Ikea kitchen or tile away all through the winter without freezing your butts off.

    Also – in case you were curious, vertical soffits are usually referred to as a ‘chase’. Chase walls typically enclose ductwork, plumbing, or any other utility-related products. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2017 - 2:54 PM

      I was having a hard time figuring out what to call the vertical soffit! So does that mean we won’t be adding any soffits at all? Hooray! HahaReplyCancel

  • Lana - November 9, 2017 - 5:14 PM

    Hi there,

    Asking because we too have a second home in a cold climate – will you be keeping the place heated all winter, or shutting off the water main and draining the pipes every time you leave?


    • Kim - November 9, 2017 - 5:19 PM

      We’ll be keeping the nest set to around mid-50s and shutting off the water every time we leave for now!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - November 10, 2017 - 6:21 AM

    Hooray for warm houses! I have a feeling that, after time, the exposed ductwork will just recede into the background of your cozy, comfortable days. Form follows function, right? I know that you will make the surrounding room look terrific. Ductwork? What ductwork? :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

      Haha, thanks, Stacy! We sure hope so.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez - November 10, 2017 - 3:12 PM

    I might be the only one, but I love posts of this content.
    So since gas is new to your home, what is the hook up fee from the utility company?
    Did you look at ductless heat pumps? For the size of your space I would imagine that it would be a good option and they run on electric and provide heating and cooling in one!
    I know you don’t have a lot of floor space, but you could build a thickened wall to cover that duct work in the master. Do they make thin, oval ducts?
    Also, we have a tankless hot water heater, and I love it, except it takes a long time to get hot water. I’d suggest a little on-demand one at the kitchen sink for when you need a quick hot rinse. And instant hot tea!
    It’s looking so good!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 10, 2017 - 4:40 PM

      Hi Julie! We did consider ductless, but we wanted to have gas run to the house regardless (for the stove, dryer, etc), plus we personally just didn’t love the look (and would have had to find a way to incorporate that into the main space. And yes, that is a downside of the tankless – taking longer for the hot water to reach you – but the cost savings in the end felt well worth it to us (plus the space savings!).

      Oh, and the cost was noted above in the bullet points – $200 to run the line plus $10 for every foot over 100′. We needed an extra 19′, unfortunately, but we’re just so glad these costs are behind us now, and we can have a year round retreat!ReplyCancel


I'm 30 weeks (!) along as of today - what! - and we were determined to book a little getaway before I was too far along into the third trimester, too deep into our Tree House renovation and too close to the holidays. We're also celebrating our 9 year wedding …
  • Molly W - November 7, 2017 - 8:57 AM

    This post brought a smile to my face. I grew up about 30 minutes away from Palm Springs and enjoyed seeing pictures of these familiar places. My experiences there as an adult have not been as frequent, so this post gave me some ideas for the next time we are in town visiting my family. Growing up we enjoyed riding the tram and going to the living desert, though those are both more “touristy” and a little out of the way from downtown. The hiking, as you experienced, is great too. Hiking a small stretch of the PCT that runs near Palm Springs is fun.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 7, 2017 - 10:08 AM

      The tram always seems to be closed while we’re in town, but we’d like to try it out – touristy or not! (Some of our fave things to do in Chicago are touristy, too, haha.)ReplyCancel

  • Bailey - November 7, 2017 - 9:51 AM

    I just knew from the photo of you and the mountains that you were in Palm Springs……you. never. forget. that. view!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 7, 2017 - 10:11 AM

      It’s so stunning! We just don’t see that around here, that’s for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - November 7, 2017 - 3:14 PM

    This looks like such an awesome trip, and you look fantastic! Sending all the good vibes as you continue your countdown. As a mama of a now six-month-old baby girl, it’s so fun to follow along on your journey towards parenthood. I’m loving and looking forward to all the tiny human DIY inspo! :DReplyCancel

  • Kris - November 8, 2017 - 11:01 AM

    Love Palm Springs and am possibly going back next year. Last year I hiked the entire Skyline Trail (otherwise known as Cactus to Clouds or C2C) and want to do it again. I would love to take my husband but he hates heat so I’m thinking it’s perfect for a girls’ getaway.
    These pictures make me really miss it!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 8, 2017 - 5:34 PM

    Loooks like such a fun trip!


  • Kate Bu - November 8, 2017 - 11:23 PM

    Great photos and great recommendations – I’m doing a mini honeymoon and we’re planning to go to Palm Springs, so we will definitely take some of your recommendations! Also, curious where you got those silver slide shoes Kim – they are so cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - November 10, 2017 - 7:56 AM

    I love Palm Springs – such a great town! I know you probably won’t get another trip before the LO arrives, but next time you guys should think about Marfa, TX. I had never been, but then after I went I fell in love! I think it would be just your style.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 10, 2017 - 10:02 AM

      Marfa does look SO cute! We were doing our best to avoid Texas only because they’ve had reports of zika in the past, and our doc told us it’s best not to take any chances. Definitely another time though!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 12, 2017 - 4:02 PM

    Looks like so much fun! Random question, how do you get your polaroids to come out so bright? Mine always come out too dark for my taste and it doesn’t seem to matter what time of day.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 13, 2017 - 10:59 AM

      Thank you! Hmmm… Not sure. I know these mini polaroids aren’t really meant to be ‘picture perfect,’ but we use the flash when in doubt! There are several different models, and we use this one in case that might help!ReplyCancel


tiered pendant | cabinet latches | door hardware Now that we've painted the inside of the closet the sweetest, softest blush, the nursery is officially ready for furniture and organization! Although the large pieces in the room will be mostly neutral, …
  • Carol - November 1, 2017 - 7:45 AM

    So exciting! It looks great so far!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - November 1, 2017 - 11:11 AM

    Your experience with colour matching is interesting, we had the complete opposite happen to us where the scan off the chip was WAY off and the computer system was spot on (it was a Behr paint colour at a non-Behr home store.) In our case we were able to take the tin back and they were able to correct it. Phew!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 1, 2017 - 11:16 AM

      Oh, interesting! Yeah, the guy at the paint counter was so patient and didn’t make me feel like a crazy person. He corrected it using the sample I had painted, and I was on my merry way!ReplyCancel

  • JoniB - November 1, 2017 - 12:17 PM

    I love that you painted the closet a special color, especially since you’ll be using your changing table in there. And what a great idea to paint the ceiling to match. It’s a nice little surprise in there!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - November 1, 2017 - 1:38 PM

    I love the shade of pink you chose! It is so beautiful!


  • Lyndsey - November 1, 2017 - 3:21 PM

    Motherhood and crying seem to go hand in hand! It’s the happy crying that is the best– it’s just overwhelming all the feelings :) The nursery looks so lovely, she’s going to be one very special little girl!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 1, 2017 - 3:37 PM

      I keep surprising myself with the times that I cry! I’ve always been a pretty sentimental person, but this has been quite the roller coaster, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 1, 2017 - 3:39 PM

    I keep surprising myself with the times that I cry! I’ve always been a pretty sentimental person, but this has been quite the roller coaster, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Eric - November 1, 2017 - 5:07 PM

    It’s a beautiful shade of pink. Now, are you going to name her Molly? 😀ReplyCancel

  • Ann Tubbs - November 1, 2017 - 9:12 PM

    love the pink!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine - November 2, 2017 - 5:21 PM

    I have had terrible luck with the home improvement stores mixing Benjamin Moore colors for me! They were ALWAYS off. It’s great to know that color matching the card worked instead–maybe I’ll give that a go next time!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - November 2, 2017 - 6:52 PM

    It’s lovely! I agree 100% about baby girl clothes, I’ve been known to buy baby girls clothes even when no baby is on the way.ReplyCancel

  • sarah - November 2, 2017 - 9:20 PM

    That shade of pink is amazing!! I’m pretty sure you found the perfect option. I love how muted and desaturated it is. Something your girl can grow into! PS. also loving everything about that closet situation.ReplyCancel

  • Dee - November 2, 2017 - 11:04 PM

    When you said you painted the ceiling as well I got so excited — I thought you meant the ceiling of the whole room! Would you ever consider that? I think it would be so dreamy in this space. Subtle, barely-there, just a special something extra.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2017 - 8:49 AM

      That would be really sweet as well, especially since the ceiling is so high, it wouldn’t feel overwhelming. Definitely something to consider… Hmmm…ReplyCancel

      • Dee - November 4, 2017 - 3:04 AM

        Exactly my thought. It would just bounce light around in a nice warm way.ReplyCancel

  • Isadora Guidoni - November 8, 2017 - 12:51 PM

    I love how it looks so far! Even more with the lights turned on, beautiful shade of pink!ReplyCancel