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There was no back wall demolition this weekend, only a text from our contractor confirming that the door and transom are officially on back order – which is especially confusing, because wasn’t that the case last week and the week before then? We have a lot of questions, like, how does a standard size in the most popular model become a back order? I’m glossing over this quite a bit, but, just, UGH.

We could dwell (we’ve been dwelling), but for the sake of positivity and moving forward – always a good thing! – let’s just skip ahead. Let’s talk about the workshop!

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The workshop is the DIY heart of this home, and it is a mess. A mess!

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When we first bought our home and shared how everything in our home connects, there was a time when we weren’t sure what this room would be. Maybe we it would become part of the kitchen? Maybe it would be a huge pantry? It’s obvious that didn’t happen, but what has made the most sense for us over these last couple of years is utilizing the space as an indoor garage – a workshop of sorts.

It’s no secret that Chicago winters are notoriously cold, and as our garden/basement unit is now a rental, we needed this storage for non-freeze supplies such as paints, glues and caulks. At the same time, a rotating to-do of home projects had us wishing for a dedicated space to get fussed up, a space where, in the midst of January, we can have everything at our fingertips to complete a project without pulling on our coat (and hat and gloves and boots).

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The walls were navy blue upon move in, and slowly, we’ve been wading through our mess to spackle here and there – because, why not? The blue tape was never stripped from the ceiling by the previous owners, and add that to our pocket door installation, we had a lot of repair work on our hands.

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Despite its title of a workshop, we still want it to be a room that we love. We will, after all, spend a lot of time in here – whether it’s picking out sandpaper or making cuts on the miter saw. I’ve been holding up paint swatches for the last few weeks, asking Scott his thoughts on this versus that, and we’ve finally landed on a really pretty gray-green-blue, Stratton Blue, by Ben Moore.

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We’ve only painted test patches around the room, because first, we have to prep! After emptying the space (all of our stuff is living in the garage and guest room for now), Scott and I spent the weekend finishing up the drywall mudding, sanding (and sanding and sanding) and pulling up the previous baseboards. We installed and continued our 6.5″ baseboards throughout this room, giving it the same attention we would as the main areas of our home. The window got its very own sill, and the ceiling received coat after coat of fresh paint, too.

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The workshop goals are to have a place for everything and everything in its place, with the garage being the home for oversized tools, outdoor equipment and much larger project-ing. We see it as the space where we make quick cuts and lay out smaller painting projects, a space where we can access the sandpaper and wood glue without sacrificing kitchen drawers. It’s a smaller room – coming in at 6′ wide by 10′ long – but its pint size build is truly like a little gem, tucked away.

The prep is often times (okay, all the times) the most tedious and least fun, but what a difference it makes! I still need to caulk and spackle the trim, but the groundwork has been laid. When you walk in and turn right, you’ll see our flea-find work bench. We imagine a long shelf above the table and art above that (because, pretty!), with ample room to spread out and, you know, tinker:

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To the left, we’ll have wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelving! The shelves will be loaded up with large and small bins, with everything contained, wrangled and beautifully, gorgeously in order:

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It will be a simple room, but a room that I think will quickly become a favorite. I’ve been dreaming of the day I can walk in and find the wood glue without cursing, and because the kitchen sludge is in full effect, we just might get there sooner than I would’ve thought.

There’s always a bright side.

  • susan - April 7, 2015 - 7:30 AM

    what a great space; i would have been hard pressed not to make it a walk in pantry… heaven! it’s going to be a great workshop with such quick and easy access, and it can’t be said enough, Love.That.Door!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - April 7, 2015 - 8:41 AM

    You guys are just DIY machines!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ RatherSquare.com - April 7, 2015 - 8:50 AM

    How nice to have a dedicated space in your home that’s easily accessible for DIY projects! It’s just begging to be used, can’t wait to see the shelving/bins you set up in there.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - April 7, 2015 - 9:14 AM

    I can’t wait to see this come together!!!! I am infinitely jealous of this space, btw. Here’s hoping we come across a similar bonus room in our next house!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 7, 2015 - 10:32 AM

      “Bonus Room” was 10000% on our list – preferably a space for the home office/studio. We lucked out big time that this house is full of little nooks! Gotta love old house charm for that, at the very least!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - April 7, 2015 - 9:14 AM

    You guys are impressive — working on your work room! I guess it has to be done. I can’t wait to see this. Our basement is the perfect spot for a work room because it’s unfinished — we have only a few shelving units, no work surface, and zero organization. In fact, we have negative organization (that’s my new way of saying it’s a mess). It’s tough to work on the upstairs rooms when you can’t find the caulk. When you’re finished I plan to show my boyfriend and maybe he’ll finally understand my desire to organize tools!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 7, 2015 - 10:33 AM

      Who knew? A boyfriend who doesn’t want organized tools?! He’s a unicorn, apparently.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - April 7, 2015 - 9:49 AM

    I love that color, how does it look next to your minty door? Is it like a darker version of that color? Can’t wait to see it come together!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 10, 2015 - 9:19 PM

      Oops, how did I miss this question? It’s about 3 shades darker than the minty door. A good contrast!ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - April 7, 2015 - 9:49 AM

    I would love an indoor workshop, anytime I have to work on a project It involves moving this, that + the other thing to make room for a project, then my room/house/whatever is in various degrees of shambles until I’m able to finish project + put the space back together again.

    Can’t wait to see how you finish off the space!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 7, 2015 - 10:34 AM

      You are most definitely NOT alone, I can promise you that! We still have secret rooms full of shambles in this home. It’ll get there… one day.ReplyCancel

  • Kris - April 7, 2015 - 12:15 PM

    I love the expression on your dog’s face! LOL He’s either thinking “really, another picture?” or “really, this is quite messy in here” LOL

    We have tools in our laundry room, garage and basement. We’ve been here 11 years and I’ve given up on all of them being in one spot. I can never find what I need.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - April 7, 2015 - 12:32 PM

    YAY for moving toward “having a space for everything.” I want that SO bad. I don’t think our workshop will be as pretty as yours, but if I can walk in and find a hammer (or anything for that matter) without rifling through boxes and cursing then I’ll be a happy camper. Our plans got a little setback (water in the basement – insert “WHY?!?” emoji – that needs a professional fix. In the grand scheme it’s only a few weeks and less $ than we expected, but ugh. Clearly a blog post will be forthcoming) so I’m just going to live vicariously through you ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kat - April 16, 2015 - 10:38 AM

    Enjoy your new workshop!ReplyCancel

BACK TO TOP

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We’re still in the kitchen sludge. It’s just… well, there’s no other way to describe it. We’re at a point where we can’t move too far forward as we wait on the back-door-debacle, and we feel stuck, at a standstill. I want to roll out the rug so badly, but, um, we’re still not done with kitchen demolition! The wall-of-windows was and is half of the plans, and so, we wait. More on that in a minute.

But! Let’s talk about progress and real life. Let’s talk about trim! Trim ALL weekend! Although we’re unable to install baseboards along the back wall (I’m a broken record, sorry), we didn’t want that to hold us up on the rest of the room. While it’s such a seemingly small task (HA!), a few feet of trim – that finishing touch that changes everything – is really a two day job. In our case, here’s how that breaks down:

  • DAY ONE. Measuring // purchasing // painting (while uninstalled)
  • DAY TWO. Cutting // nailing // spackling // caulking // touch-up painting the trim // touch-up painting the walls

To be fair, this wasn’t a cut-and-dry baseboard job. We were put to the test in several instances, starting with that hole in the floor from the gas line we removed:

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Scott removed two floorboards and used extra flooring (leftover from this) to properly patch the hole, and we were sort of able to keep the transition of baseboards seamless. We still need to put a floor reducer where the kitchen floor meets the dining room, but below, you can see that the trim under the cabinets is different – and much shorter – than that on the right.

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Rather than our usual 6.5″ baseboards we have throughout the house, we needed something that would fit under the cabinetry. We chose a 4″ baseboard that had a similar look, and it was notched from the dining room to the kitchen to allow the height to match up at the corner. This is something that could have played out a couple ways. On one hand, we could have requested that the cabinetry be shifted to the left, allowing the depth of our usual 6.5″ baseboard to fit. On the other hand, what we did works, and for such a small area, we’re happy with it.

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Our furnace was replaced not too long before we moved in, and of course we wish its resting place wasn’t in the corner of the kitchen at all. Challenges aside, we needed to use louvered doors to act as a vent, but we ditched the old for new, and we purchased solid wood this time around. You can see that I attempted to paint it by hand at first, then realizing how much of a time suck that was, I ultimately used our paint sprayer to get a perfect even coat:

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The furnace opening is really close to the wall, so Scott ripped down the trim along the left side, including nipping the corner across the top. Also not ideal, but not that noticeable either, especially as we chose such a light wall color. We hadn’t realized how much that bare, half painted wood was dampening the overall mood of the space, but whew. White paint and trim helps – a lot! We shouldn’t be so surprised after our many Adventures In Trim, and yet, every time we’re all whaaat?

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But then there’s still this: THE BACK WALL. Oh, this wall! As far as we’ve come, we can’t help but curse this ugly wall, in all its ugly glory. Behold, our primer-white door and drafty, dirty window!

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Every part of our being wants to finish this room and move on to the next (work shop, we’re looking at you!), but if all goes well, we should have a new door this weekend. Maybe. We honestly don’t know. For fun, let’s do another breakdown!

  • We had a glass paneled door that we wanted to use. The week before Christmas, we gave our contractor the green light to order the transom window and two sidelights as planned.
  • The hope was to receive the window order by end of January, but as luck would have it, our windows became back ordered.
  • They came in several weeks past due (mid-end of February), and our contractor came to our house to pick up the door we already had. His plan was to then go back to this shop, build the proper frame, and return to install everything in a few days.
  • When he arrived for the pick up, however, he asked us what side did we want the sidelight to go on? To which I nervously laughed and said, um, both? This is when we realized that only one sidelight was ordered, and as a result, the transom window above was also made too short.
  • It was so infuriating, that it actually became funny. Like, seriously, we all had a good laugh. (Renovation will make you delirious.)
  • Sidenote: I’m putting this laughable moment lightly, but what was done was done. We felt like we were in the pinnacle moment of the story arc in a HGTV show.
  • BUT! The thing is, despite our anger(?, confusion?), we think it was meant to happen. Hear me out. With all the bones in place in the kitchen, we realized that we didn’t necessarily want a swinging door anymore. In the summer, what if we wanted to keep the door open? Would it swing to the left or the right? Towards the inside or outside? Upon further discussion with our contractor, we talked about the possibility of a french door style sliding patio door, complete with a transom above. In this scenario, we’d actually have more natural light on that back wall.
  • He ordered the parts with his distributor the next day, with the goal of a 3-week turnaround.
  • Then, that fell into back order, too. This is the part where I’d like to say April Fools! (Not the case.)
  • Frustration.
  • And, scene.

All of our fingers and paws are crossed that we’ll have good news by the weekend! In the meantime, we have started choosing paint colors for the adjoining work shop, and we’ve begun measuring for shelving. My dreams of organized sandpaper-by-grit and caulk-by-silicone-vs-latex and a-place-for-everything and everything-in-its-place will come true – eventually.

We’re (kind of) getting there!

  • Kim - April 1, 2015 - 9:25 AM

    LOVE the idea of a sliding door there – you’re going to have so much natural light, it’ll be amazing! Is it weird that I can picture its trim so that it matches your island? Maybe I just read too many Scandinavian blogs. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2015 - 9:40 AM

      We’ll definitely be painting the frame of the door black so that it adds a big dose of contrast to that wall – yes! Then we’ll be adding the same door/window trim that we did on our front door, so it will have the same effect.ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - April 1, 2015 - 10:41 AM

    Oh my goodness, how frustrating for you guys! FOUR months of this? I would have chucked a rock through someone’s window by now (…in my mind). I sure hope it all comes together soon!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - April 1, 2015 - 11:24 AM

    I think the sliding door is a great idea! As for all the hiccups/delays, I’m sending virtual hugs. So frustrating, but the final result will be worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Seng - April 1, 2015 - 1:36 PM

    I’ve always been afraid of removing my baseboards. Any tips and tricks you can share to make it easier and a little less overwhelming?

    xo,
    Seng
    http://www.sengerson.comReplyCancel

  • Ashley Bee - April 1, 2015 - 1:50 PM

    I think that sounds like a good choice for your layout! I see so many people in the blogosphere rip out nice sliding doors to put in French doors and I’m like whyyyyyy? Don’t you want to open it occasionally (and keep out the bugs with the handy-dandy screen)? Do you have room for the door swing? Whyyyyyyy?? Clearly I’m a BIG sliding door fan. :) Plus, like you said, they come in lots of nice/fancy styles these days. Can’t wait to see it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2015 - 2:35 PM

      At first, I was like, no way, no how. I was only thinking of sliding doors from my childhood (and the time my sister ran into the freshly cleaned glass – classic!). But when we started looking at the styles available today, they’ve come SO far! The style we chose has a wider frame, so it mimics the look of french doors. Now if only they would get here…ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - April 1, 2015 - 3:59 PM

    This is totally the arc line of every HGTV show ever, cause you know on the show they’d be all like “and we don’t have room in the budget or time for this issue because we hadn’t envisioned it happening.” Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2015 - 4:03 PM

      Totally. And then after the commercial break, they’re all “we found it in the budget to make it work after all. We better get to it!”ReplyCancel

  • Oh geez! Renovations are so frustrating sometimes. Even when you think you’ve planned for everything and extended your timeline because you learned from the last time, something you never expected goes wrong. On the plus side, the trim looks great! And you can at least cross that mostly off the list. I’m glad you have the work shop to distract you while you keep waiting for the back wall/door situation to be done. Hang in there :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - April 2, 2015 - 1:54 PM

    What is wrong with you? When they have these hiccups on HGTV, they are always able to resolve them immediately. I mean it only takes 30 minutes on television, and the impression they give is that in real life it only takes a few more than that. What do you mean that is not how it happens in the real world? You are destroying my reality!

    All kidding aside, I hope that the back wall situation is resolved soon. For your sake, not ours, because the problems make for good reading if not a good living situation.ReplyCancel

  • courtney - April 2, 2015 - 2:36 PM

    I AM DYING TO SEE THE REVEAL! …i can only imagine how you all must feel :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait - April 6, 2015 - 9:19 AM

    The kitchen is looking great!

    That’s SO frustrating about your door, though! I hope it is resolved soon. :( We have a similarly frustrating saga with our mater bathroom, with no end in sight, so I completely understand wanting to finish and move on to the next project.ReplyCancel

BACK TO TOP

As we wait for the final steps in our kitchen (ahem, the whole back door thing), we poured a little effort into the living room this past weekend! FOUR small changes, but kind of big, too.

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ONE. I mentioned that when we chose the wall color for our kitchen, our goal was to eventually paint the adjacent main dining and living space the same, Intense White by Ben Moore. It’s not that we didn’t like the current color – Pensive Sky, Behr – but, well… okay, no, I simply despised it.

At first, we did like it! We loved it! It was a far leap from the orange walls and patchy drywall, and it felt so refreshing to have at least one room in the house that was one, clean color. But as months went by and we slowly began layering in our furniture, it felt too cold, too modern. Our home’s first floor receives very cool light to begin with, and it only highlighted the blue undertones in our paint choice. It was to the point that the blue-ish gray on the walls was making me angry (hi, I’m crazy), and when I finally admitted to Scott that I can’t take these blue walls any longer!, he agreed that if we could find a color that worked for both the kitchen and living areas, we could just knock it out.

And so, we did what any sane couple would do, and we repainted the living room a shade so similar on paper, yet so different once complete! Below, you can see how blue the Pensive Sky was in comparison to Intense White – a super (super) soft warm gray that still contrasts against our trim work but feels so bright and welcoming at the same time. We had it color matched to Valspar Optimus in a dog-friendly eggshell finish.

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Yes, it was absolutely a pain to admit our mistake and disassemble the entire room to get it right, but it just feels so. Much. Better. The warmth in the paint feels right for this house, and although it took a couple of tries, it was 100% worth the effort.

TWO. Since we knew we were going to be stirring up that big room, we finally hunkered down on another tough decision and purchased a dining room rug! To balance the intense color of our couch, we were in search of something that had a natural look (think: jute or sisal), but preferably less taupe and more gray. Could it also be square? And, if possible, cat friendly?

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We found the winner at a place called Sisal Rugs Direct, and after ordering a handful of samples, we landed on this style in Belize Pewter. It’s a four-season rug that can be hosed down should we ever need to go to that extreme, but the best part is that it’s polypropylene (with a real sisal look), meaning, the cats don’t care.

Upon ordering, I realized that we had the power to make the size completely custom, and so we opted for a very specific 6.5′ x 7′. (A little blue tape around the dining table nudged us in the right direction.) This would allow us to pull the dining chairs out fully without tripping over the carpet edge and still allow a proper walkway through the main areas of our home. Now, the dining area is no longer a sea of wood! A subtle addition, but room-changing.

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THREE. In other (riveting!) room-changing news, we finally replaced our placeholder end table with one that we love! After our kitchen counters were installed, we had a slab remnant from the same quartzite cut to a 2′ circle; the plan was to use it as a tabletop for an end table in the living room. What started as a Craigslist ( slash Krrb, slash Ebay, slash Chairish) search for a pedestal base turned into finding this adorable guy (below). It was a steal on Craigslist, and the photo online gave us the impression that the marble top was in terrible shape, hence the low price. But upon pick up, we found it to be so sweet and perfectly aged; a spritz of mild cleaner and a microfiber cloth buffed it up nicely. I did, however, scrub off a bit of rust to the base with steel wool, and I finished it with a coat of Clark+Kensington’s Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine – our favorite blue-black.

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It’s tall enough to meet up with those high couch arms, similar to the table on the opposite side. It’s slightly smaller with a different, more petite base than our other table, and it’s a nice balance that doesn’t feel overly matched. The leftover quartzite will find a home eventually – maybe the bedroom? Or studio? Time will tell.

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FOUR. Finally, for kicks (and since all our art had to come down to paint), we flip-flopped the placement of our dinos. Big stuff, you guys!

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Since it’s been a while since we’ve tweaked anything in this room, I can’t help but to take a look back; it’s the most gratifying part of this house journey! Here we are, two paint colors, a rotating crew of dining room tables and two big, bold purchases (you know, plus months of tearing down to build back up) from where we started:

There are still a handful of things we want to do in here – we’re looking at roman shades for the dining room windows to add contrast to that wall, a large plant, and we’re on the hunt for a pair of sconces that don’t take themselves too seriously. With all the bones in place, we’re happy to allow those items to fall into place slowly; probably.

  • susan - March 26, 2015 - 6:57 AM

    Love the Intense White in the living/dining areas. It is so much warmer. And that dining room rug! You had me at ‘completely custom’!ReplyCancel

  • Kevin - March 26, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    Just wanted to take a moment to compliment your editorial style. Always such a pleasure to read.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - March 26, 2015 - 8:17 AM

    Love the new color. Everything looks amazing. And that rug is perfect too. I tend to buy outdoor rugs because of the cats too. Maddie on the couch is the best photo ever by the way. Sitting pretty ;)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 9:23 AM

      She’s a prissy lady, that’s for sure. Wanting to be the center of attention – but don’t touch… (Love that girl.)ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ RatherSquare.com - March 26, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    That is the cutest table! Perfect for the space. And I hear you about living with a wall color and just not loving it over time – we’re planning to repaint the nursery (a little more drastic color change than yours) because even though the current color is okay, I feel like there are better options out there that will balance the room and its furnishings better. A pain to do it all over again, but I’m encouraged by your successful second try!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 9:23 AM

      It will be so worth it. I’m so much more calm now, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. - March 26, 2015 - 9:06 AM

    I’m chiming in with a suggestion for the extra quartzite… Turn it into a lazy susan! We used one in the corner of our kitchen to spin the flour/sugar jars. You just need one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Shepherd-Lazy-Susan-1000-Capacity/dp/B00004YOKA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427378775&sr=8-1&keywords=lazy+susan+baseReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 9:22 AM

      Oh man, that’s a great idea! Actually, a friend of ours has a lazy susan-esque round coffee table, and it’s too fun. The slab we had cut would be too big for the kitchen, but I’ll have to remember this when we ultimately turn it into a table. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Cait - March 26, 2015 - 9:20 AM

    While I’m a sucker for blue paint colors (my art room is blue, and we painted the bathrooms, kitchen, dining room & library with Valspar’s Glass Tile), I can see why you repainted! Your navy sofa stands out even more now! (As it should!)

    We’ve actually repainted our living room twice, the kitchen three times, and the dining room three times (above and below the chair rail, so I guess six colors in total?).

    Love the new end table, and thanks for sharing the rug source! Something similar might be perfect for our backporch/sunroom.ReplyCancel

  • Meg - March 26, 2015 - 9:30 AM

    This looks incredible! We were almost convinced to paint our living room Pensive Sky, but now that we see this contrast – I think we’re sold on Intense White. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 9:36 AM

      Yeah!! Definitely paint some swatches on the wall to be sure. Even though we did that with Pensive Sky, I think it was still tough to tell with all that orange and patchy drywall. The Intense White is our new favorite gray, absolutely.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - March 26, 2015 - 9:37 AM

    Please…I must know! Where did you get those awesome armchairs in your living room? They are amazing and just what I’ve been hoping existed!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - March 26, 2015 - 10:39 AM

    The names of paint colors crack me up! I feel like we should write a haiku or a poem incorporating all of these silly names.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 12:48 PM

      Our walls made us blue
      The pensive sky was too sad
      Ah, yes, intense whiteReplyCancel

  • Nicole - March 26, 2015 - 11:13 AM

    Am I right in assuming that the sconces will flank the couch? I have been looking (for what feels like) forever for some sconces to anchor my couch. I’d love to see a round-up. I need some inspiration! That, plus I can’t get the Cedar & Moss sconces out of my head. They’re beautiful, but I don’t know if the style (and, ahem, price) are right.

    I’m loving your living room. The evolution makes it so much better. What a cozy place — you can practically feel it through the screen.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 1:07 PM

      Yeah, we’re thinking they’d flank the couch, although at one point, we toyed with the idea of illuminating the dino art! We don’t want them to be a show piece, necessarily, but something super understated… we THINK.ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - March 26, 2015 - 11:39 AM

    It’s definitely a small change, but a HUGE difference. And I’m exactly the same way, if one thing is off with something I’ll never be happy with it and it’s the first thing I’ll notice every time I walk into a room.

    I helped my dad replace the trim on their glass panel in their back door, and I press one of the screw covers in a little too far. So of course I had to figure out how to pop it out so that I could place it at the same depth as the others.

    Best,
    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 1:07 PM

      We’re tea peas in a pod!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - March 26, 2015 - 11:47 AM

    It looks so good! I’m amazed how fast you got it painted, such a subtle improvement!ReplyCancel

  • Sajida - March 26, 2015 - 12:39 PM

    Looks fantastic! I understand how you can dislike a shade of white. I had to get a new paint colour for my walls as well. I started painting and could not believe how pink the wall looked!
    What colour is your trim paint? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 12:48 PM

      We’ve been using Behr’s Ultra Pure White (semi-gloss) straight from the shelves throughout the whole house!ReplyCancel

  • Clever Girl Reviews - March 26, 2015 - 2:30 PM

    Love the new color!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - March 26, 2015 - 4:37 PM

    Love it all! I want to go to there. That wall color really pulls both rooms together, and how awesome was that table find?ReplyCancel

  • Bridget - March 26, 2015 - 4:48 PM

    Nice touch to the walls.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 26, 2015 - 5:07 PM

    I’ve been looking everywhere for a custom rug/runner that will hold up well to a very muddy dog, cat, & boyfriend. How does the Four Seasons style feel to your feet? I’m only allowed to get a runner that is “unscratchy.” :)

    Love seeing these small updates! Crazy what a few little changes can do to make everything feel better.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 26, 2015 - 5:13 PM

    It’s NOT scratchy! I mean, it’s definitely not cushy, but it’s not scratchy at all – something Scott wouldn’t have liked either. The place we ordered from has free samples, so I would be sure to grab a few of your favorites and feel in person before purchasing.ReplyCancel

  • Nate - March 27, 2015 - 9:19 AM

    I like the color in the living room! It looks great! Question: do you have any thoughts on white curtains on white walls? Obviously, you have done it (well, an almost white, I suppose) and it looks fantastic! I ask because some West Elm folks have told us that it is a no no. Did you guys wrestle with that at all, or was it a nonissue? :)

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 27, 2015 - 9:45 AM

      Interesting! I wouldn’t call anything a no-no, as long as you love it. That’s the most important, right? In our case, the white curtains in a living room that’s heavily saturated with navy and red felt good for us. A bit of a “relief” in the room. We go through ups and downs where we want to embrace ALL THE COLOR, and there are times when we just want things to feel soft and serene. For now, this is it!

      In the dining area though, we’re going over navy swatches for some roman blinds to balance everything out!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - March 28, 2015 - 10:58 AM

    Hmm, I may have to consider this paint color for our next project! I wanted something light and airy with a gray tint, and this might be a good fit. It really made a big difference in your room. I had no idea how blue your old paint was lol. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 28, 2015 - 4:23 PM

      I don’t think we even realized how blue it was! It feels so soft and sophisticated now.ReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh - March 28, 2015 - 9:24 PM

    Wow!! I absolutely love reading your blog. It’s truly inspiring, and I love how REAL you are! You admit when you make a mistake. You try and try again! Love it! You have come a long way and I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 30, 2015 - 9:44 AM

      Well, sheesh, you sure know how to make these two happy. And my goodness, do we make mistakes! Without that, how would we find out what we really, really love?ReplyCancel

  • Josh - March 30, 2015 - 1:20 PM

    This is looking soooooo nice! I’m in LOVE with the new wall color.

    I think Intense White may be my new favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca G. - March 30, 2015 - 4:50 PM

    With the dino print switch it now looks like they aren’t totally ignoring each other and are sizing each other up for a battle royale!ReplyCancel

  • Tina Slocum - April 1, 2015 - 12:00 PM

    The difference in the paint is amazing! The room such a perfect feel. I can see now what you mean by how cool it read before. Photo 3 of the dining room wall, light and mirror is pure perfection. It is so great watching these steps and learning how subtle changes can make such a huge impact.ReplyCancel

  • Alex - April 16, 2015 - 2:50 PM

    I really love this post, because it demonstrates (in gorgeously-shot photos of one of my favorite blogger living rooms!)how what appears to be a really subtle change in paint-shade can make such a big difference. I have had similar struggles with my own living room and the way light affects the color, tho’ in my case it has more to do with what the room looks like at night. My walls went from yellow to what I thought was a white with just a hint of cream–and that’s how it read during the day–but in lamp-light those walls looked really yellow again, which with my brown couches made for a very dated and not especially attractive color combo. I even tried bright white light bulbs to no avail. My walls are now painted BM Gray Owl lightened 50%, and the cooler tones are making me much happier. Thanks for backing me up–my husband thinks I’m crazy for re-painting 3x in one year, but oh the difference a shade makes!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 16, 2015 - 4:26 PM

      Thank you, Alex! So glad you found your perfect color. We tested Gray Owl before Intense White, and it was waaaaay too cool for our space. Funny how every case is so unique.ReplyCancel

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