There was a time when we thought, We won’t live in Chicago for the long haul. We told ourselves, This is temporary! Just for fun. For now. But here we are, 10 years later, and we truly can’t imagine living anywhere else in the world. We moved here from Cincinnati in the fall of 2006, rented the cutest…
  • Katya - November 22, 2016 - 5:47 AM

    So cute! I’ve only been to Chicago once, and I loved it! People were so nice and the city is really beautiful. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - November 22, 2016 - 9:36 AM

    This is so sweet! My husband has been living in Chicago (Streeterville!) for a construction project he’s managing for the last 4 months and it’s such an amazing city! I’ve been visiting about 1-2 times a month (from NE Ohio) and while we jam-pack each day, there are still so many awesome things I look forward to doing when I come back. If there ever was a city we would move to, it would be Chicago!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 22, 2016 - 10:27 AM

      Lucky him! The list of things to do is never ending! Never, ever bored.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - November 22, 2016 - 10:50 AM

    I remember stumbling upon Lurie Garden during my 3rd visit to Chicago (I live in Des Moines). It felt like a little piece of heaven. I sat soaking my feet for over an hour, just watching people. During my next visit, this time with the whole family, it was again so inviting. Especially after an entire day of walking and exploring (we had to have walked six miles before resting).

    And watching my son play in the water at Crown Fountain will always be one of my favorite memories.

    Chicago feels much more like home to me than my own city. But I’m done with Midwest winters and ready to head to a warmer climate.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 22, 2016 - 11:06 AM

      The Lurie Garden is SO tucked away with only a few (small) entrances, that we only just discovered it maybe 5 years ago! I used to work right across the street at the Art Institute, and I still didn’t know about it then. So funny.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - November 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

    Chicago is one of my favorites, and I love how close it is to Indy! Chuck and I go often for short trips!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - November 22, 2016 - 12:08 PM

    This is so cute, informative, and makes me want to visit so bad! Thanks for sharing <3ReplyCancel

  • misie - November 23, 2016 - 6:34 PM

    Just stop. You guys are too freaking cute. 100. When is the best time of year to visit…cuz…we’re sold.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 23, 2016 - 10:09 PM

      It’s always the best time! But honestly, nothing beats Chicago in the summer.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - November 23, 2016 - 7:59 PM

    I’m from Cincinnati too so you’d think I’d have been more than once but unfortunately, I only went once for a couple days before flying out to South Korea a couple years ago. It was so incredibly cold that I didn’t get to see enough so I can’t wait to head back once I return to Cincinnati in a few months to check out more in some warmer seasons!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 23, 2016 - 10:11 PM

      Maybe it’s my rose colored glasses, but I’ve never really thought Chicago is that much colder than Cincinnati! On the other hand, I’ve never been a fan of summer until we moved here. Cincinnati humidity is NO JOKE! Chicago changed my mind about summer and now I couldn’t love it more.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design - December 1, 2016 - 5:20 PM

    You guys are way too cute. I fell in love with Chicago too the couple of times I got to visit. It’s an amazing city.ReplyCancel


The secret workshop behind our kitchen has been one of the best decisions we’ve made for our home. A long, long time ago, we had kind of sort of toyed with the idea of knocking down the wall that divided this small room from the kitchen. It would have allowed us to create a larger kitchen,…
  • Molly | Awfully Big Adventure - November 18, 2016 - 9:53 AM

    This post makes my tidy-loving heart so happy. I want a lil workshop room!!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy [oh hello sam] - November 18, 2016 - 12:13 PM

    I love it! I wish we had space for a room like this, when we finally buy our single-family home I will have to incorporate something like this!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - November 18, 2016 - 5:08 PM

    Oh i need to organize my tool/work area so bad. We have an awesome vintage work bench in the basement that’s actually too nice to be a workbench (it’s trimmed out and painted even) so I’m planning to re-purpose it for our laundry area. But since we’ve moved in I’ve just dumped paint and other jars/tins under it and all of the tools and project detris on top. The 12″ square peg board held a few tools and my sister made a temporary cardboard screwdriver organizer that was always missing half of my screwdrivers.

    I’m definitely using some of your ideas like a tote for painting stuff and a tote for electrical. I also need some hardware sorting drawers of some sort. We recently packed everything into cardboard boxes when we ripped out the ceiling down there and I refuse to unpack the boxes until I have some sort of system. I can’t find anything but to be honest, I couldn’t find anything before either. I’m so jealous of your work room but i know that I can make mine just as functional and organized. I just need to make it happen.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2016 - 5:11 PM

      That workbench sounds beautiful – perfect for a laundry room! A for sorting drawers, we have these and they are AWESOME. Perfect for all those little items, nuts, bolts, washers, anchors, etc.ReplyCancel

  • gigi - November 19, 2016 - 4:45 PM

    Doesn’t your indoor workshop smell of paint, etc?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2016 - 5:09 PM

      Only if we’re working on something with paint or stain. Otherwise, lids are sealed tight! When we are working on small projects in this room, we leave the window cracked/open, and we close the sliding pocket door.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - November 21, 2016 - 7:01 AM

    Those black and yellow bins are actually pretty cheap! We found the huge size (32 or 64-gallon?) at Costco for $7. At ours, it was by the liquor, so instead of grabbing a box at the end, we…loaded up the entire bin. Zero shame.ReplyCancel

  • Emelia - November 21, 2016 - 2:23 PM

    How do you store your caulk? I haven’t had any luck! It always hardens and then I just open a new tube. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 21, 2016 - 2:32 PM

      Oh, good question! We use these caps, and they are AWESOME. Such a simple little invention, and it works like a charm for caulk, constructive adhesive or any other similar tube. We bought those a few years ago, but before that, Scott would literally screw a short drywall screw into the tip to keep them capped. It worked well, but the screw would get rusty after a few months.ReplyCancel


This post is in partnership with Anolon for A Night In. It was a bad DIY day. We started out on a positive note. We’re going to finally finish the laundry room today!, we said. Early on, we ran into a few road blocks. We roamed the aisles of the hardware store a little too long,…
  • jenn aka the picky girl - November 16, 2016 - 11:35 AM

    We got married in June, and after agonizing over reviews for literally every. thing. we put on our registry, we chose the Anolon 12-piece Advanced Hard Anonized (bronze) pots and pans, and we LOVE them! We cook quite a bit and thought about going the individual route, but we’ve used each piece a lot. I didn’t even realize they had bakeware.

    And yes, as before, I love these nighttime posts!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2016 - 11:39 AM

      Yup, next on our list is replacing all our hand me down pots and pans and getting ourselves ‘grown up’ cookware!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Blanner - November 16, 2016 - 5:34 PM

    Just darling! I love it and I’m always in for a new cookie recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - November 17, 2016 - 2:14 PM

    Noooooooooooooo! Hole cutting mishap with the countertop?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2016 - 2:21 PM

      Cutting the holes went perfectly – they’re perfect! – but we might not have added enough distance between the faucet and the bowl… Figuring out modifications now. Arugh.ReplyCancel

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We love the holiday season for countless reasons – you know, thick blankets on the bed, fuzzy slippers, warm rum-spiked drinks and our Bing Crosby records(!) – but of course the very best reason is the extra time we have with friends and family we may not see as much throughout the year. A thoughtful token that…
  • B&C @ The DIY Playbook - November 14, 2016 - 7:41 AM

    We are so grateful that you’re agreed to be a part of the 2016 Blogger Gift Guide! There’s no one else that makes having a pet look as much fun… or as stylish… as you two!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 11:37 AM

    This was really fun! I had no idea all the cute stuff at PBTeen right now, so thanks for sharing!

    I’m heading out after work to Sephora. I NEED that scent sampler in my life. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 11:39 AM

      Isn’t that scent sampler such a GREAT idea?!ReplyCancel

    • Casey @ The DIY Playbook - November 14, 2016 - 4:51 PM

      I received it as a gift last year, since I’ve never been able to find my “signature scent.” After trying them all out over the course of a few weeks, I chose my favorite, headed to Sephora and got the full bottle…and I’ve been loving it ever since! It’s a genius idea! Hope you enjoy!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 5:01 PM

        Okay, now I have to know what scent you chose!ReplyCancel


Last weekend, Scott and I wore bright blue shirts and strapped on hard hats to lend a helping hand alongside dozens of Lowe’s Heroes and countless Habitat for Humanity volunteers. You know we love Lowe’s, but the people behind the company continue to inspire us with their longtime Habitat partnership to promote safe and stable homes.…
  • LK - November 11, 2016 - 10:12 AM

    This is just lovely! Thank you for putting such good into the world and being great role models of home ownership and community!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 11, 2016 - 10:31 AM

      Thank you, so nice, LK!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - November 11, 2016 - 10:54 AM

    So inspiring! I love this. So many homes just need a little love. It goes a long way to lift up the neighborhood.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design - November 11, 2016 - 7:21 PM

    You guys are amazing! This looks so rewarding and like something I’d love to do in our area.ReplyCancel