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I have to laugh at the photo above, taken on our way out of Albuquerque during our recent cross country road trip. I was two seconds from falling off that rock, and Scott had a death grip on my hand. My flailing arm wasn’t so much of a grand statement as it was a finesse (if you can call it that!) to my tumble!

We’ve been documenting our travels and everyday adventures in our little virtual corner for years, and when we do, we’re often asked if we can share photography tips. I’m always hesitant to get technical, because I harbor an irrational fear of sounding more preachy, less helpful. I promise you that you will get better on manual mode with practice (read your camera manual, really!). I use my camera every single day – like, my actual camera; my smartphone seems to be dedicated to all things Jack and CC – and Scott has consistently said that I’m happiest when I’m shooting. I encourage you to do the same.

So while I very rarely divulge on all things aperture and ISO, I do love sharing the simple things anyone can do right now to instantly change the way they capture anything. Things from the way you look through your viewfinder to the way you see your surroundings. I’m sharing my favorite tips + tricks that I practice every single time I hold my camera over on Pinhole Press, and I wanted to tell you here for anyone who might be interested. See the full article on the Pinhole blog, and happy shooting!

PS: This teeny tripod helped us snag some favorite snapshots, but let’s just say that it wasn’t exactly made to balance a 5-lb camera lens in a compromising position, despite its claim to do so. While it came in so, so handy on numerous occasions, it’s better suited – perfectly, really – for lightweight lenses.

  • Sheila - November 11, 2015 - 2:37 PM

    I like your photo recommendations!
    While not photography advice, I also suggest trying to carve out a few minutes each day to write up a little travel diary entry. It could be detailed or just a few words. I usually do it in the form of an email to someone back home as that gives me a nudge to do it every day of the trip. Having those little notes can really help put some context around the photos when you are sorting through hundreds of them back home.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 11, 2015 - 2:43 PM

      YES. That’s definitely something I wish we would remember to do – and it would be really fun to put some of those entries into a book alongside the photos!ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - November 11, 2015 - 3:52 PM

    DEFINITELY checking these out. I’m self taught on everything in this world, so I always love to see advice from folks that I admire.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    • Kim - November 11, 2015 - 4:00 PM

      That’s so nice. Thank you, Josh!ReplyCancel

  • […] itching to get out on the open road for one last trip of the year, and after Kim and Scott’s tips + tricks to documenting travel I’m more than ready to bite the […]ReplyCancel

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome - November 12, 2015 - 9:06 PM

    Love it! Your photography is so stunning – thanks for the tips! I’m always the one who’s shy to lug out the camera and “make a scene” but I’ll work on my game :DReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 13, 2015 - 11:47 AM

      You can do it, Brynne!ReplyCancel


To see the bed + bath + laundry renovation party unfold, make sure to check out part I (the bathroom) and part II (the bedroom)!

A laundry room was one of those weird things that was on my wish list when we were house hunting. The idea of having a space to lay our sweaters, fold towels and pull out an ironing board (without a fight) feels oddly exciting to me, so when we could make it possible, I was thrilled! Like, really, really weirdly over the moon. As you saw last week, we turned a tiny bedroom off our master into just that. But right now? Not so dreamy:

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A quick question for you: How often do you see a litter box on a blog? We know, we know, contain those pinning fingers, please!

Like all the other teeny rooms in this old house, this used to be a bedroom. To this point, we took down a plastic-y bi-fold door and pulled up worn carpet, exposing ooold subfloor. The room may be small, but it’s a great – no, perfect! – space for a compact laundry room. It’s absolutely flooded with natural light all day long, since the only window isn’t blocked by a neighboring tall building (a true rarity in the city!).

Right now, the washing and drying machines are against the shared bathroom wall. To make way for the extended bathroom, we’ll need to move them – and in turn, the plumbing and venting – to the opposite wall, over here:


The drywall was boxed in at one point to make a sectioned off closet, but that will be coming down, giving us a blank slate. Aside from the plumbing for the washing machine, the contractors will make way for a tiny sink, and they’ll also re-center the ceiling fixture. All said and done, the space will be roughed in for us to finish installing the appliances, hang any cabinetry and/or shelving and lay down flooring.

Speaking of which, we’re thinking of continuing the same hardwood floors from the bedroom so that the spaces will flow nicely into one another. And, of course, just like every other room in our home, you know we’ll be replacing the baseboards, too!

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The room is barely 6′ wide, and it’s really important for us to create a safe zone for our kitties, Maddie and Libby, to happily chow down and do their business. In addition to being our laundry room, this room has always pulled double duty as Cat Central, and to keep our nosy pups at bay, we’ve been using a baby gate as a partition. (Ugh, that gate!) Needless to say, we have a pocket door leading from the bed-to-laundry on the agenda, so three cheers for a real, live slab of wood!

As much as we love the look of a side-by-side washer and dryer (Julia’s laundry room, I swoon), it would leave us with virtually no lower cabinet space, and we need that space to make a kitty haven impossible. The base cabinets will became the safe zone for the litter box, so we’re planning on a stacked unit instead, and we’d love to add this cathole to the cabinet and pocket doors. The plans are still loose, but here’s where we are now:


And then we went salvage shopping a couple weeks ago (it’s our weakness, clearly!) and found this gorgeous beast:

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We have 42″ of space to the left of the washer and dryer unit, and wouldn’t you know, this sink is 42″ wide! We did the math about 10 times, confirmed with Jen it would work and then we very excitedly purchased it. Yes, it needs to be reglazed, but we got it for a steal, and a handful of quick quotes on the spot from local businesses has us giddy; it was surprisingly affordable, and all said and done, we’d have the sink, faucet and countertop in one – and all for under $250. Plus, that vintage charm!

Now, we’re starting to second guess our decision. The sink is only 22″ deep, and it’s typically seen wall-mounted. We’ve been of the mindset that we could build or modify a base cabinet to fit our specific needs (you know, for the whole kitty-adventure-land), but the depth of a washer/dryer is easily 32-34″. Even with a side panel along the machines, that’s quite a difference, and it could end up looking silly – or maybe not?

What do you think? Are we missing a simple solution? Can we make this work? (Oh, please!)

To wrap up, here’s what’s next: We have an estimated date of December 1st-ish for the contractors to begin, and in the meantime, we start making tough decisions on a tub, toilet and fixtures. We have a list of need-to-haves before the contractors begin, and if we’re being honest, it’s a tall order to squeeze into a couple of weeks – especially with a Thanksgiving break in the middle. But my goodness, we couldn’t be more motivated now that this ball is rolling.

  • Kelcey m - November 9, 2015 - 6:54 AM

    How about building out the back of the cabinet the foot or so you need up to the height of the sink backsplash, and then mounting the sink to that? I’m not sure how that would work structurally, but it would leave you with a ledge for loose change jars, display, etc. and then you could still have full length drawers and cabinets below.ReplyCancel

    • Staci - November 13, 2015 - 2:07 PM

      This is exactly what I thought at first, too :)ReplyCancel

  • Lucas - November 9, 2015 - 8:12 AM

    You could fur out the wall and create a niche for the washer/dryer to sit back in. This can also allow you to pull the plumbing into the furred space and add more insulation. I’m not sure what’s currently there but planing on the exterior wall is always a concern here in Chicago.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - November 9, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    So funny, I was about to make the same suggestion as the above commenter: bring the sink out flush to the depth of the washer dryer, then install some kind of shelf behind the sink, maybe something nicely tiled? Then you could tile the backsplash as well and create a uniform look. That shelf would be very handy for storing soaps, etc.
    Very exciting!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 8:25 AM

      You guys are definitely right! Scott and I started discussing this as an option just in the last day, but now we’re so on the fence if it’s something that we’d want to mess with! Go this totally custom route (what else is new?!), or choose a more standard sink and not have to mess with custom cabinetry.

      Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves!

      Thank you all for the suggestions, we are loving it.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - November 9, 2015 - 8:22 AM

    From the floor plan in the bathroom post, it looks like you have plenty of room to wall-mount the sink on the bathroom side of the room! It wouldn’t matter that it would stick out in front of the window since it doesn’t require cabinetry!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 8:23 AM

      Well, once we push back that wall to make the bathroom larger, there won’t be enough room for the sink, so we’ll be keeping everything on the opposite wall. :)ReplyCancel

    • Claire - November 9, 2015 - 12:27 PM

      This got me thinking (I might be way off on my dimensions)- what if you stack the W/D where it is, but turn them so they face the bedroom. Run a shallow counter from there across under the window. Mount the sink backing up the tub. It would likely mean that the pocket door would need to open facing the W/D, rather than the window, which might not be ideal? Basically a bitty L-shape laundry. Sort of like this, but with the window where the uppers are, and the sink where the floor to ceiling cabinet is?

      (Space planning is like Tetris to me!).ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 12:37 PM

        I like that look, too! Sadly, there won’t be space. Once we push back the wall for a larger bathroom, there’s less than a foot depth to the right of the window / the wall that backs up to the bathroom. I think the photos of this room might make it look larger than it is, but the space is pretty small!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 8:44 AM

    Same as what everyone else said – built-in shelf above the sink to make it flush with the washer/dryer. I can see a small plant, cute soap and even cheeky framed art on the ledge!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 9:10 AM

      I like this idea, and think it could be cute! I wonder though: Would it cause too many distractions on the wall? The sink and under cabs being flush with the front of the washer/dryer, a ledge above the sink (due to the wall being bumped out for the sink), and then upper cabinet storage that might seem a bit too recessed? I suppose the uppers would need bumped out as well.


      You guys are giving us lots to think about, that is, unless we nix this altogether and go a more traditional route. Decisions, I tell you what!ReplyCancel

  • verymom - November 9, 2015 - 9:36 AM

    The ledge behind the sink is not my favorite idea. I think it messes with the aesthetic of the sink. You just picture a sink like that to be flush with the wall, no weird ledges behind it. I’m sure that if you decided to go that route you’d pull it off with amazing style and it’d be fine. I just think it’s a little too busy.

    Having had a laundry room somewhat similar to your design, I think you might really miss the counter space next to a standard sink. I loved my tiny laundry room sink – it was the perfect size and having counter space next to it was really handy.

    In our current house, the laundry room had a huge, free standing basin sink with no counter and I really miss it. The sink was too large for the space, we just didn’t need a sink in the laundry room of that size for soaking the occasional stain, so we pulled it out. I know yours has that sloped area to the right of the sink, but I’m not sure it’s a counter top replacement.

    tl;dr version: I think the sink is absolutely adorable. You might be sacrificing function for cuteness though.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 9:43 AM

      You’re nailing our thoughts exactly right now! Thank you so so much for chiming in.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ onesuchlife - November 9, 2015 - 9:58 AM

    I agree with some other posters, I think building out the wall could be cute. But I’m a visual person and would probably need to draw it out to see what it would look like before making that commitment.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - November 9, 2015 - 10:25 AM

    I am going to go against the grain on this one and say that I don’t think the two sections need to face-flush at all. The foot or so difference in depth would be unremarkable with the W/D against the rt wall in the corner. Personally, I wouldn’t want cabinets 32″ deep. They just become a junk graveyard in the back. For ease of cleaning and changing the litter, I think that just enough space is a much better option than loads of space. I am sure whatever you decide to do will come out beautifully! I do love that sink….ReplyCancel

  • amy - November 9, 2015 - 11:12 AM

    No new ideas, just a question. How the heck are you holding up the sink in that picture?! It looks super heavy!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 11:14 AM

      Ha, totally valid! It IS super crazy heavy. Do you see at the bottom of the photo that vertical 2×4? It’s holding up the bottom of the sink towards the front so that Scott could balance it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - November 9, 2015 - 3:41 PM

    Ok, we literally just did this SAME exact thing to our laundry room (cat cabinet/mouse hole and all) except our washer/dryer were side by side. We had the same problem where our washer/dryer depth was ~10-12″ more than our sink cabinet depth. We ended up making the sink cabinet and apron sink flush with the front of the washer/dryer and building a “support” from the cabinet to the back wall so we could have maximum cat box space

    The space has been completed for nearly two weeks and our cats had no problem finding the new home for their box and our dog can’t get into the box!! It’s easily the best decision we made! I hope you can see this picture but if not, I can email it to you since I think it’s exactly what you’re trying to do.

    Picture here:

    • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 3:50 PM

      Did you also have upper cabinets? I’d be curious to see how this sit with the lowers sitting much further out!

      I can’t access the photo, but I would LOVE if you could email it our way!

      Thank you a thousand times. I love that you included a cat hole and everything. :)ReplyCancel

  • Judi - November 9, 2015 - 4:33 PM

    We are living with a side by side W/D in our basement, and if I had a sink next to them I’d be ecstatic…but I sadly have to agree you’re gonna want a counter next to, also. Just think about stain sticking the dog things. Here’s a thought. What about using the big IKEA farmhouse sink here in a cabinet config, and using the AMAZING sink you thrifted in the bathroom? I would love this as a bathroom sink. Quirky and roomy. (Forgive me if you already have the bathroom all sussed out. Also forgive me if you aren’t reno’ing the bathroom too. Sometimes I lose my mind and project my own reno fantasies onto other people’s homes.)ReplyCancel

    • Judi - November 9, 2015 - 4:35 PM

      Really, forgive me for not being able to read. Bathroom link right at top of post. Silly me.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 4:39 PM

        Haha, no worries, Judi! We’re still finalizing some bathroom details, but you’re right, it would be cool in a bathroom!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - November 9, 2015 - 5:25 PM

    Absolutely love your new sink and I have a few ideas…

    Depending upon the washer & dryer you select, you may need up to a 36″ depth in order to accommodate the plumbing, exhaust vent and possible gas line (for the dryer). So worse case scenario, the washer & dryer sit in a 36″ deep cubby with a finished panel installed on the left side to prevent socks from getting lost behind the machines. The wall behind the sink would be built out approximately 8″ – 12″ and end at the bottom of the wall cabinets. The shorter wall let’s you take advantage of standard deep wall cabinets for additional storage. (Just be careful sometimes cabinets are too deep!)

    Consider wall mounting the new sink. You could then utilize two standard 21″ wide base depth wall cabinets below the sink with a site built platform/toe kick box supporting the base cabinets. The drain & water shutoffs would be contained in the left side and the litter box would have a home on the right. A custom cabinet shop could build a cabinet that includes a drawer or drawers on the right side if you want to go that route.

    Or you could keep your original design and use the sink on your back porch. It would make a great bar & serving area or a potting bench for plants!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2015 - 5:33 PM

      You’re awesome. Thank you for giving us a lot to think about! This is surely the beginning of a lot more conversation…ReplyCancel

  • melbajo - November 9, 2015 - 5:54 PM

    i love that sink! that’s exactly what i wanted for my bathroom renovation, but couldn’t find one that was affordable (except the one sitting in my neighbor’s backyard, but she wouldn’t part with it!). you have to use it somehow – if you decide against it for the laundry room, could you put it in the backyard as a gardening clean-up sink? or in the garage? or in your workroom behind the kitchen? please don’t give up on it!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - November 9, 2015 - 10:33 PM

    THANK YOU for showing the freaking litter box. We have three cats and three dogs (all rescues!) and we too live that baby gate life.

    I’m so excited to see what you guys do in here!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie H - November 10, 2015 - 12:22 PM

    You can make it work! Consider adding a shallow inset shelf/wall bump out behind the lower cabinets maybe. Like this:

  • Nicole M. - November 10, 2015 - 6:08 PM

    I don’t think having the sink sit back farther and not flush with the appliance would look bad. I would just make sure that you do a side panel around the stacked washer and dryer so you don’t see the side of the appliances!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 10, 2015 - 6:24 PM

      We’re definitely doing a side panel, no doubt!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 10, 2015 - 10:19 PM

    It’s a gorgeous sink. I do architectural salvage in the Seattle area so I have a soft spot for vintage charm. However, I usually see this style sink installed by itself or on a very open wall. It demands visual space and might look cramped fitting so snug by your W/D. It seems like you already know this and just want to quiet your doubts because you love it. Think about what you love about the sink, and if those things will shine in your setting, and if not, consider how you can use a different sink and still incorporate what you love about the original. Art (and laundry rooms) require inspiration, so maybe this sink is just that.

    If you do install it, I would put it on a base cabinet flush with the w/d, then build the wall forward for a regular backsplash (no shelf) and so your uppers aren’t too far back. That way you don’t lose any of the storage on the bottom. I’ve also seen these with curtains around the base, which I’m sure the kitties would like. If you did that, I would install straight on wall and go with open shelving above.
    Sorry for the super long comment! Whatever you choose, I’m positive it will look awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - November 12, 2015 - 2:53 PM

    I just don’t understand the need for a sink in the laundry room. I’ve never used a sink on my clothing — if there’s a stain you just use the stain spray. Am I missing something? I would rather have the counter space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 12, 2015 - 3:35 PM

      I suppose a sink is one of those personal preferences! We’d especially love to have it with the kitties, so we can fill their water bowl too – and it would be nice to use this sink for my pet paintings (rather than going down to the kitchen to wash up). :)ReplyCancel

      • Amy - November 16, 2015 - 11:26 AM

        Well now it makes perfect sense!ReplyCancel

  • jannike - November 18, 2015 - 8:18 AM

    we have side-by-side WD in our bathroom with cabinets and shelves above. Due to the depth of the WD and my shortness, I can only reach the first shelf. If I want anything on a higher shelf I have to pull out my stepladder. Just something for you to consider. I love having the storage, but I wish we had space in the bathroom for my stepladder.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 18, 2015 - 9:48 AM

      We fear this, too. I’m not a very tall person, and it’s so frustrating if I can only reach the bottom shelf. I think we’re nixing this gorgeous sink for the laundry room just due to all the restrictions it puts on us! We’ll find other ways to funk it up though. :DReplyCancel


Make sure to check out part I (bath) and part III (laundry) of this renovation party!

At first, we thought we wouldn’t bother with getting our bedroom up to snuff – yet. We figured we’d get the bath and laundry rooms just so since they share a wall, but when it really came down to it, it actually makes All the Sense to throw the bedroom makeover onto the renovation pile! Might as well!

Because, you see, the bedroom also shares a wall with both the bath and laundry rooms, and like we did in the kitchen, we want to add a pocket door to the laundry room. If we’re going to add a pocket door, we might as well consider closing up that back door, too, and if we’re going to close up the back door, shouldn’t we get a quote on removing that non-functioning chimney? I mean, if you give a mouse a cookie, for goodness’ sake, am I right?

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Our bedroom is literally that – a room with a bed in it – but it’s really ridiculous how little time we’ve put into making it a place we want to be. Let me rephrase that; we’ve put no time into making it a place we want to be! We actively avoid this room, staying up as late as we like in every other room in the house (well, okay, besides that bathroom!). It’s a mish-mash of dressers and tall boys, clothing rails and dust bunnies.

For our sanity (and a really, really good night’s sleep), we needed to get moving on this room. We’re very moody about this whole trio of rooms, but I will say that as grumbly as we’ve (I’ve?) been known to get about the state of things, we can see the light! There’s potential here! Just never mind the carabiner that’s holding up the light fixture. We’ll get to you, Carabiner Light.


Because this room used to be the kitchen in a second floor apartment, the only thing we’ve done is rip out the cabinets and cap off the gas and plumbing. So with our contractor being here to work out plumbing and electrical needs in the other two rooms, it really did make sense for his team to get our bedroom to a starting point at the very least! Let’s jump right into the punch list:

WE NEED A CLOSET. Those racks are on their last legs, and our dressers are stuffed full of forgotten wrinkled tees. We don’t have an over abundance of clothes, but we do need some organization in our life.


Originally, we thought we would build a closet where the racks are, and that was our plan all along – until we finally took out a tape measure and realized it isn’t possible! There is barely 2′ of space to the left of the door, and a standard closet needs at least that much depth. Even if we squeezed in an IKEA PAX system, there’d be no room for trim around the door, and it would make the entrance into the room feel too narrow.

Instead, we’ll be putting a closet along the wall where our dresser currently lives. If we play our cards right, we’ll build a wardrobe that will eliminate the need for dressers at all! The only thing the contractor needs to do is extend the drywall for the depth of a closet (giving the illusion of a built-in), and we’ll take care of the rest – likely with the PAX system.


THE CHIMNEY HAS TO GO. It’s non-functioning, it’s a space hog, and it isn’t anywhere as pretty as the one in the studio. At one point, we opened the drywall near the ceiling to see what it looked like underneath (you can sort of see the quick spackle repair job in the photos below), and it was a horrible jumble of messy mortar and crumbling, flaky bricks. This is one of the larger jobs in the bedroom, as it will need to be removed through the attic and involve roof repair, too. While they’re at it, the randomly placed window – 2′ from the side of our neighbor’s house! – will be removed and drywalled over, because…

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… WE’RE ADDING A WALL OF WINDOWS! Does the view below look familiar? When our house was separated into a first and second floor apartment, they closely mimicked each other. At the time, this door was used as a back entrance, but it’s no longer necessary. Similar to our kitchen, we’ll be replacing this window and door with, we think, three larger windows to let in as much natural light as possible. We still need to go window shopping (literally, ha!) and quick. With a view that will look onto our back yard, this will be much nicer than sneaking a peek into our neighbor’s living room – and them into our bedroom.


WE NEED TO REPAIR THE FLOORS AND DRYWALL. Look! Old plumbing! Sticky vinyl! Missing floor boards! Back when we took down the severely crooked wall in the studio, we used flooring from here to replace flooring out there. This must sound ridiculous, but at the time, we were so sure we were putting a closet along this wall, and the flooring wouldn’t be missed. Well, now it’s time to address that mess-up. (And you know what they say about hindsight.)


ELECTRIC, ELECTRIC, ELECTRIC. Where do we begin? All the outlets are well above counter height – you know, because of that whole kitchen thing – and the main light switch is by the back door. The outlets will all move down, the switch will be relocated and our overhead fixture will be re-centered in the room. As it stands, it’s not centered to… anything. Weird, but in this house, also very not weird.


Only after all these things have been done can we move forward with painting, closet building and, my favorite, baseboards! (Ha.) We’re still deciding if we want to go dark and cozy or bright and cheery in here, so time will tell.


And just beyond that doorway? The laundry room! Coming soon.

  • Christin - November 5, 2015 - 7:56 AM

    Wow! I feel tired just reading what all work you guys are planning on doing in these rooms. I love your idea of creating a wall of windows. I am a sun lover and would do the same if given the chance. (my husband on the other hand could live in a cave and be fine)
    Can’t wait to see the progress you guys make!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - November 5, 2015 - 8:07 AM

    Can’t wait to see how all of this comes out! Great idea on the PAX – will you do like Jenny Komenda and add antiqued mirrors to the doors? I do so love the rug you have in there, as well as the mirror. LOVE that mirror. It’s no Kingdom mirror (you’ve read that blog post, right?) but it’s cool. The dresser is so nice – even though you won’t be using it in your bedroom, I hope you find a nice spot for it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 8:48 AM

      No mirrors on the doors, but we’re still really early in that stage! I’m not sure what you mean by the Kingdom mirror? And all the furniture in this room is up in the air! It’s just a big mish mash of everything we’ve ever had or found, haha.ReplyCancel

      • AnnMarie - November 5, 2015 - 10:03 AM

        Kim, she’s talking about this post: I can’t believe you haven’t read it! It went viral of sorts a few years back. Victoria is hilarious, and she and her husband totally understand your living-in-an-old-house-while-renovating-it pain.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 10:50 AM

          HOW HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS?! Simply amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - November 5, 2015 - 8:13 AM

    Thanks for showing what you have been living with. It’s so easy to check out DIY/Decorating blogs and feel down about the state of your own home (the drywall that has needed to be patched for 6 years and the floor that needs repaired). Seeing your real life and real home helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel – which is probably when I’m prepping the house to put it on the market.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin - November 5, 2015 - 8:24 AM

    LOL at “window shopping!”ReplyCancel

  • Katie - November 5, 2015 - 8:30 AM

    I’m so excited for these changes! Bedroom/bathrooms are some of my favorites to see in blog-land, because they’re so much more personal than common living spaces. Isn’t there a deck outside that door? Will you be getting rid of it? If so, how did you come to that decision?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 8:47 AM

      Hi Katie – yup, there’s a deck out there, but it’s really more of a fire escape from when this house used to be two apartments. It’s a BEAST of an old wooden structure that feels like it’s going to collapse at any moment, ugh! We have plans to get rid of it this coming summer, we hope!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (LK Art) - November 5, 2015 - 8:54 AM

    Great ideas! I had a small PAX wardrobe back in the day when I lived in Ravenswood and had a bedroom with no closet. It was great and kept everything super organized. Will you move flooring from the new closet area to where it’s missing now?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 10:40 AM

      We actually have enough extra flooring from when we had to re-do the landing, so all we’ll need to do is patch everything in – no more shuffling around what we already have!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - November 5, 2015 - 9:46 AM

    Oh wow, that’s gonna be a ton of work. But I can easily visualize how awesome it’s gonna be when it’s done. I was half-expecting you to do a sliding door combo like you did in the kitchen on that back wall, but I guess you don’t really need the access from outside. I think I just like the idea of double balconies!

    BTW, what kind of hardwood flooring do you have? I need to replace my floors and am having a hard time deciding between engineered hardwood or traditional hardwood that would need to be glued down (slab foundation). I really like the look of your floors, and judging from these pictures, it doesn’t seem to be glued.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 10:41 AM

      We thought about a balcony, but it just seemed very unlike us. How often would we really use it? A bunch of windows seemed like a better fit. :)

      We just have tongue and groove hardwood flooring. It was installed by the previous owner, and everyone assumes it’s original, which it’s most definitely not! But we like it fine, and it fits the style of this home nicely.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ onesuchlife - November 5, 2015 - 9:53 AM

    Oh, the snowball effect. Can’t wait to see how this all turns out!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - November 5, 2015 - 10:53 AM

    I love the idea of having the laundry room connected to the bedroom! So efficient! Mine is in the basement and I definitely get my steps in going from our second floor bedroom to the basement to do laundry. I think the only thing that I could foresee as an issue is that I something throw a load in the dryer before I go to bed, are you guys able to sleep through the noise or have you just become very organized and thoughtful about when you do your laundry? Anyway, can’t wait to see how it turns out!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 10:54 AM

      We actually need noise to sleep, haha! Leaving Chicago and going home to visit family, it’s almost impossible to sleep in the STILLNESS of the night! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauryn - November 5, 2015 - 11:11 AM

    Maybe I missed this in the previous post? Im curious why you decided to do an entrance into the laundry room from your bedroom and didnt include an entrance into the bathroom. Does that make sense? Like instead of making it a master?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 11:17 AM

      This is the only bathroom on this floor, but there’s still another bedroom. If we ever decide to have a (human!) child, we didn’t want the only bathroom access through our bedroom. The laundry room USED to be an old bedroom, and we’ve loved having it there!ReplyCancel

      • Amy - November 5, 2015 - 10:51 PM

        But what if you had TWO doors to the bathroom: One that opens into the bedroom and another that opens into the common area. Could that be the best of both worlds?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 11:21 PM

          It really would! But the wall space isn’t there. It’s something we considered!ReplyCancel

  • Alberta - November 5, 2015 - 12:38 PM

    I can see at least one person is really enjoying the room. Or the bed in it, at least ;)

    By the way, that chandelier is totally awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole M. - November 5, 2015 - 5:36 PM

    So exciting! So, I am curious if you ever threw around the idea of putting the laundry room downstairs where your “workshop” is off the kitchen … and then using the existing laundry room as a walk-in closet or master bath. It obviously would cost a lot of money, but could definitely add value to the house.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 5, 2015 - 6:51 PM

      We did… But because we have an income unit in our basement, we needed and wanted a room that could act as our ‘basement’, and the workshop was born!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome - November 6, 2015 - 7:48 AM

    Wow! You guys have a lot of work ahead of you, but I know it’s going to be an incredible journey to follow! I’m so excited! :DReplyCancel

  • Carrie - November 6, 2015 - 8:01 AM

    I am excited to read about the chimney removal… I have a similar issue where it runs through our already tiny upstairs bathroom then through the kitchen. Oh what I could do with that space if it was gone… but I am afraid of the demo processReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 6, 2015 - 8:49 AM

      The chimney demo is not something we’re taking care of ourselves – due to time and, honestly, safety! That’s a hefty job for us to start messing with the roof without a pro around! I’ll be taking as many photos as I can of the process though!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - November 8, 2015 - 4:20 AM

    I am so looking forward to seeing your progression on this Let’s hope its smoother going than the kitchen! have a question about window dressing! I have noticed that on a lot of US based blogs I read that the windows rarely have either curtains (drapes?) or blinds. In the UK (where I’m from) its usual to have at least curtains, and quite often blinds or net curtains.
    As someone who has blackout curtains and blinds and stills wears an eye mask as I like being in the dark this seems very odd to me! Are there blinds built into the top of the window structure so when they are up you can’t see them? Or does the light stream In anyway and that’s just how it is? Random question I know!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 8, 2015 - 3:13 PM

      Hi Jane – we don’t have any window coverings in the bedroom at all, which I know is ridiculous! This room is SO BRIGHT too, and we plan on adding more windows, so we will definitely be putting in window treatments with blackout blinds as well. We’re still deciding on that. We just haven’t put so much as a penny into this room since we knew we would be changing so much, and that included blinds or shades in the interim. We can’t wait to get going on everything!ReplyCancel