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One of the long term goals we had for this house – we’re going back to 2013 now – was to add interior attic access. At the time, we only had a horrific exterior staircase to gain entrance, but now? Attic Access! Inside!

The attic, aside from housing the new furnace for our second floor, is mostly empty. Scary, but empty. We have a few bins for our holiday decor, some college-day art projects (I was into big art back in the day; nothing could ever be simple for me – what else is new?), my wedding dress(!) and old yearbooks. We purchased this aluminum attic ladder, and although we toyed with the idea of installing it ourselves, our contractors (who would be demolishing the exterior stairs – more on that in a minute!) cut us a deal that would save us the time and energy. Done.

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Installed at the top of our second floor landing, we decided it was the least offensive spot in our home. It leads to the front half of the attic, which is the most open for our stuff, and eventually, we’d like to add shelving up there for a bit of organization. The problem? Once our contractor was complete with his part of the job, it wasn’t very pretty.

We remedied that pretty quickly with thin pine lattice, caulk, spackle and paint! Scott made simple mitered corners with the lattice, using our nail gun to secure it around the perimeter of the door. I followed that up with a line of caulk, spackle for the nail holes, two thin coats of primer (this water-based Zinsser is our favorite) and two coats of regular ol’ ceiling paint.

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For the finishing step, we replaced the cloth cord for a simple white pull:

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Two days a year – you know, taking down the Christmas tree and then putting it back – the pull will make it a little less easy to open the attic door (we’ll need to get a step stool to pull it down), but for the other 363 days a year, it’s practically invisible! Worth it. The ladder can safely extend with enough room at the bottom to maneuver our bins, but that said, we agreed that attic duty will always be a two person job. One of us on the ladder, the other to spot.

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So, let’s go back to why we needed interior access in the first place! There’s a reason why our backyard never, ever makes an appearance on the blog. For one, we’ve paid it absolutely no attention since the day we moved in – three years ago. More or less, it has acted as a giant puppy potty. And two, there is – um, was? – an unsafe behemoth of a staircase. Because our home was initially separated into two apartments, the stairs acted as a back fire escape from the first and second floor apartments, and all the way at the top was the scary attic door:

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If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we’ve slowly been turning our two-flat into a single family home. We nixed the second floor back door for a wall of windows (what was once a kitchen is now our master bedroom!), and with our freshly installed interior attic access, it was finally time to take down the deteriorating staircase! On a related side note, afterwards, we picked up this safety ladder.

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We had been waiting for Operation-Tear-Down-the-Stairs for so, so long, and a small team of three men had it down and hauled away in 4 hours. 4 hours! Despite the backside of our house going from horrible to slightly-less-horrible, we are enjoying the massive amount of light streaming through our windows. The backyard is still very far from pretty, but we’ve completed a massive first step in the right direction. We’ve been working with a local steel fabricator on a new staircase that will lead into our yard, and we have countless paper scraps and napkins with makeshift plans-to-be. We’re in the early stages, but every day brings new challenges – siding repair and/or replacement, for one! – and new ideas. We are excited, overwhelmed and hopeful. Right now, we’re taking this one day at a time.

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We’ve been pinning our backyard ideas on this board, although it’s too soon to tell how far we’ll get this year. In our minds, we’ll be done with everything by October. Reality will likely have a different idea, so we’re promising each other to take it in stride. (I say with hesitation!)

  • Stacy@BlakeHillHouse - May 18, 2016 - 6:29 AM

    Exciting! That was quite a staircase. I can only imagine how much more light you have. We took some large trees out last fall, and I still cannot believe how much sunlight pours into the house. We just thought it was always dark on that side of the house. :D

    Looking forward to seeing how the yard shapes up.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 8:49 AM

      The back of our house has always been the brightest (where our kitchen and bedroom is), but now it’s on turbo power!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - May 18, 2016 - 7:05 AM

    How amazing! The back of your house looks just insanely better now. I’m sure it’s just a ton of weight off your shoulders. When it comes time for siding repair or replacement, what are your plans? It looks like you have vinyl – do you have any leads on a match for repair? Is your original clapboard underneath? My husband and I recently removed all of the vinyl off our 110 year old home to reveal gorgeous old growth cedar siding. It was one of the most thrilling experiences of our lives to see it there!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 8:52 AM

      Kari, color us jealous. Wow! Our house has been through a ton of transitions (even before us), so we’ve gotten peeks of what lies beneath… And it’s not very awesome. We’re still meeting with contractors and going over options, but I’ll tell you this much, we’ve never liked our vinyl. We have talked about residing the whoooooole house someday, but this project is sort of kick starting the back side at the very least! Updates to come as we figure it out ourselves…ReplyCancel

  • Meg - May 18, 2016 - 7:16 AM

    Wow! You two are RELENTLESS. We’d be taking a couple of years off to recuperate if we’d completely redone a bathroom, a laundry room and a bedroom all in one fell swoop! Kudos to you. I’m very impressed with your zeal.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Dreger - May 18, 2016 - 8:18 AM

    Oh how exciting! It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes not having 3 floors of staircases! So does that final picture mean that you removed the deck off the kitchen and outside access for the time being? Will you put a deck back on the backside of the house for this summer?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 8:53 AM

      Yup, for now, we have no backyard access, haha. We’re still figuring out exactly what we’ll do, but we’re in talks with some local makers. The good news is that our front porch (swing!) is The Spot to be in the summer until we can get this sorted!ReplyCancel

  • jannike - May 18, 2016 - 8:54 AM

    I hope you keep a balcony off the kitchen doors. It’s always nice to have space for the bbq close to the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - May 18, 2016 - 9:03 AM

    Um – we’ve ignored our backyard for fifteen years! (Hanging head.) Actually, it’s not horrible, but it’s not great. We did take our outside access stairs off during our initial demolition when we also converted our home from a two-family to a single-family – it was really rickety and dangerous, although we did manage to get a 400lb cast iron tub up those stairs without losing anyone.

    We’re trying to finalize the next phase of our work, which will finally address our back yard. It’s exciting – and expensive! Maybe we’ll be on the same timeline with this project! Best of luck.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 9:08 AM

      Ahhh, good luck to you too! Our cast iron tub was carried up our scary stairs too, but our contractor had to repair a few stairs as they went (one cracked in half completely). We are so happy to see this safety hazard GONE.ReplyCancel

  • Katy - May 18, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    That gif is mesmerizing. I’ve watched it about ten times already.

    I can’t wait to see what you guys do!ReplyCancel

  • Tina slocum - May 18, 2016 - 2:24 PM

    Hi Kim and Scott, I want you to know that I’ve been following you for years. You two are the most talented home “fixer uppers?” and designers and so precise in your work. Everything you do is so asthetically pleasing, clean and so gorgeous. Just a note of appreciation and thanks! TinaReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 7:11 PM

      You are incredibly kind. Thank you SO much, and thank you for following along and chiming in!ReplyCancel

  • Chance - May 18, 2016 - 7:06 PM

    We had a similar situation with our attic access. We got a dowel rod, added a little hook on the end and that enabled us to pull the stairs down easily. When not in use, the rod hangs on a little eye circle hook thing inside a nearby closet and its out of the way.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 7:12 PM

      Genius. We also have hockey sticks nearby that we can use, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - May 19, 2016 - 11:49 AM

    Oh my gosh, I can’t get over how much better it looks with all those stairs gone!!! Wow!!! I am looking forward to what you do with that side of the house.

    Do you guys plan on adding some insulation to the new attic drop down door?? We live in San Diego and even with our super mild winters, I notice a huge difference when we pull down our door to the attic and its that little bit of insulation attached to the door (beneath the ladder) that helps keep that cold air from creeping down into our house (and keeps the warm air in!) I can imagine its even more significant where you guys live since you have REAL winters! Ha!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 19, 2016 - 12:57 PM

      Thanks for the tip! We hadn’t thought to do so, but I suppose this coming winter will help to steer us in that direction if needed. And you’re right – our winters are REAL real. Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Cair - May 20, 2016 - 4:55 PM

    Da–, this is huuuuge! Congrats on it finally happening. Looking forward to seeing your back yard unfold.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne - May 23, 2016 - 12:48 AM

    How exciting with the yard. It looks so different.

    My parents have an attic ladder just like that. They have a long pole with a hook on the end (I think they bought it with the ladder) that they use to pull it down. Saves the step ladder and any potential incidents. Plus much easier to store!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - May 23, 2016 - 1:11 PM

    I bet your renter is happy having the deck removed from over that window, so much more light probably! Have you two done anything with the garden unit? I don’t remember there being much, but I’ve always been curious!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 23, 2016 - 1:20 PM

      Aside from a MASSIVE cleaning, fresh paint and some new lighting, the garden unit didn’t receive much. It was the ‘best’ part of our house when we bought it! Our long term plan would be to replace all the 12″ square tile down there with wood-look tile (to cozy it up), but for now, our renters are happy, so we’re happy. We don’t like to share too much about it for their privacy. :)ReplyCancel

    • Alison - May 23, 2016 - 4:55 PM

      That is what I was thinking too looking at that gif – So much more light for the basement windows! Just curious, do your renters use your backyard for entertainment at all (e.g. grilling or hanging out) or will they in the future when the backyard is renovated? Do you need two functional hangout spots in the backyard with some privacy in between?ReplyCancel

      • Kim - May 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

        There is so much more light for alllll the windows, really! The renters will be more than welcome to use the backyard when we’re done. Right now, no one uses it (except the pups), but we hope it will be one large communal and happy space. For the most part, our renters keep to themselves though.ReplyCancel

  • Allie - May 23, 2016 - 1:35 PM

    I looks so great! A nice blank canvas to work with! This reminds me of Manhattan Nest and all that Daniel has done to change the back of his house!

    Is your new staircase just going to be from the kitchen and you will completely patch the attic door? Or maybe even more windows will be making an appearance? So exciting for you guys! Also noticed you no longer have the nice blue windowed door to the garden unit. Bummer, I loved that color. Was it clashing with the sliding door? It must be so much brighter in there without the deck!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 23, 2016 - 1:47 PM

      Thanks, Allie! Yup, the staircase will only come off of the kitchen, and the attic door will be patched. The blue door you’re thinking of is still there – but it’s only in the front of the house. We have, however, talked about painting the garden unit’s back door once we whip this yard into shape!ReplyCancel

  • Kira - June 17, 2016 - 1:49 PM

    Eeeek I just listened and am so excited for this podcast (and to basically binge-read your entire blog!!!)ReplyCancel

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Have you listened to the Chris Loves Julia podcast yet?

When Julia told me they were about to launch a podcast, my immediate thought was yes! Give me all the podcasts! As my go-to girlfriend for all things home (and my texting confidante when torn with design indecision), I told her we’d be the first to subscribe. So when she followed up by asking if Scott and I wouldn’t mind joining in on a low key conversation about our own renovations – and how in the world we handle the snowball effect! – I was all yes, yes! Then we immediately began practicing our least screechy on-air voice.

The first 3 episodes kicked off this week, and I listened to them as I edited photos and painted pets. Hosted by their friend Preston, the podcast feels as if you’re actually sitting in the room with old friends, chatting about your own paint dilemmas and why is it so hard to choose a white paint? The trio feels effortless and upbeat, because they are friends, but they have a way of bringing you into the conversation, too. Personally, I love that Chris and Julia give us a fun peek behind the blogging curtain, but I have just one request – bring on Charly!

You can catch all the episodes on iTunes or Stitcher, and we catch up with them in the third episode! (Bonus points for anyone who picks up on Jack’s cameo.) New episodes air every Monday, so go ahead and get hooked.

  • VerbalGoldBlog - May 16, 2016 - 11:27 AM

    I can’t wait to check out the podcast! Sounds fantasticReplyCancel

  • Carol - May 17, 2016 - 9:41 AM

    Love it! Hope you are guests again – it’s fun to have some of my favorite bloggers collaborate!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 17, 2016 - 9:48 AM

      Thank you! We love hanging with those guys. :DReplyCancel

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The Lowe’s spring makeover wrapped up not that long ago, and today, we’re excited to share the entire story with you! From start to finish, the experience was exciting, exhausting, challenging and celebratory all at once, but isn’t that always the case when something is worth it? We landed late on a Friday evening at the Orange County airport, began our Saturday before the sun was up and called it a wrap with just enough time to watch it set on Sunday evening. We might have slept for a couple of hours in-between.

Our goal was to create a welcoming, relaxing and enjoyable family room for a newly-multi-generational household. Akiyo and her family – husband Brandon, son Bruce and teeny pup Katsu – recently moved in with her dad, back into the home she grew up in. This room is truly the backdrop to their lives; it’s where they sing songs, practice their dance moves and snuggle to a Netflix marathon. It’s where 5-year-old Bruce crafts and colors, and it’s where the family gathers after long work days and equally long commutes. After a quick tour (and coffee and doughnuts!), we wasted no time divvying up the paint cans and brushes, ripping open bags of potting soil, photo framing, spray painting, wood staining and furniture assembling. We had an impressive crew of Lowe’s volunteers, and Akiyo’s friends and sisters popped over to help, too!

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  • Stacy - May 10, 2016 - 6:28 AM

    Fantastic! You guys did a great job with Lowe’s. I’m sure the family will be thrilled for a long time.ReplyCancel

  • B&C @ DIY Playbook - May 10, 2016 - 7:39 AM

    This space is absolutely G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!! As always, you guys totally knocked this out of the park! xo, Bridget & CaseyReplyCancel

  • Carrie - May 10, 2016 - 7:57 AM

    GOR-geous!!!! Love how this space turned out. I’m still bug-eyed thinking about how quickly it came together, too!! WELL DONE!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 9:06 AM

      I’m still bug-eyed thinking about the exact same thing, haha. Worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Matthews - May 10, 2016 - 8:13 AM

    So heartwarming! This came out beautifully and I love everything in the room, especially those planters and the couch. And permaheart eyes for the Timber Wall!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 9:05 AM

      The planters at Lowe’s are great right now! Love all the clean lined options they have right now, too.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - May 10, 2016 - 8:29 AM

    Wow!!! You two knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s gorgeous and completely functional as the family wanted/needed. Love everything about this room.ReplyCancel

  • Treana B - May 10, 2016 - 8:41 AM

    Where oh where, are those gorgeous blue/gray chairs from!?ReplyCancel

  • Carol - May 10, 2016 - 8:49 AM

    LOVE IT! You guys are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Teri - May 10, 2016 - 8:52 AM

    I am in love with this room! SO good!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - May 10, 2016 - 9:15 AM

    Wow! This is an awesome fransformation!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - May 10, 2016 - 9:16 AM

    I could live here forever so happily. You guys did an amazing job. Those curtains look so, so expensive. And that rug! What a happy, happy place to live.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - May 10, 2016 - 9:17 AM

    Love everything!! Where are the side chairs from?ReplyCancel

    • Steph M. - May 10, 2016 - 9:19 AM

      Oh. Maybe I should read comments before asking..haha!!! Just saw!! My friend has that same chair. So excited to see they have a darker color!!ReplyCancel

  • E B - May 10, 2016 - 9:50 AM

    This is my favorite Lowes Spring Makeover reveal ever (including past years)!! The before and afters are stunning! You guys did such a great job.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Heart Tree Home - May 10, 2016 - 9:52 AM

    I so wish this rug was more affordable! You guys did an amazing job!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - May 10, 2016 - 10:13 AM

    Gorgeous! I’d love to pick up the whole room and plop it in my living room! Since that isn’t possible, where is that gorgeous coffee table from?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 10:17 AM

      We often wish the same thing – wouldn’t that be so much easier?! The coffee table is from Target!ReplyCancel

      • Amanda - May 10, 2016 - 10:22 AM

        Wow Target? You guys are such pro’s at scoping out treasures from all over! I was sad to see the black lamps linked are already sold out from Lowes!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 10:35 AM

          Oh, no, what a bummer! We loved those so much, we were thinking of getting them for ourselves, too. And yes – that coffee table! It’s VERY affordable, and we found it hidden in the wrong spot behind other boxes in the final seconds of the makeover. It was meant to be.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - May 10, 2016 - 10:23 AM

    This is an amazing makeover!! I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this reveal, and your timing is impeccable. We had submitted an application for our kitchen, and writing it made us realize we didn’t want to relegate the space to the bottom of our (lengthy) project list – we just finished painting the ceiling/walls/trim this weekend. I’m tired and sore and we still have a long ways to go, but this post was just what I needed to remember it’s worth it! Thanks for the double inspiration – to start our own spring makeover project AND to finish it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 10:36 AM

      You got this! It can always feel so overwhelming, but try to enjoy the ride and remember to take your time. It will always be so worth it, especially knowing you did it yourself. :DReplyCancel

  • Ann - May 10, 2016 - 10:42 AM

    Fabulous! And your heart must have skipped a beat when you saw the penguins.
    What a rewarding weekend it was.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - May 10, 2016 - 10:52 AM

    So gorgeous! That looks like the perfect place to spend time in. Comfortable, yet so good looking. And could their family be any cuter?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 10:56 AM

      Right?! Bruce was the best little helper.ReplyCancel

  • Missy G. - May 10, 2016 - 12:48 PM

    The whole run looks so good, but I am mega crushing on that rug!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - May 10, 2016 - 1:23 PM

    This is so motivating! I am looking to install some new shelves soon – what type of wood did you use for the 2x10s? I always end up spending so much on wood and I wonder if pine is just a solid best bet (at least some of the shelves will hold books/records, so kind of heavy stuff). Any thoughts appreciated!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 1:37 PM

      We used just regular pine 2x10s! The thickness of a 2×10 (1.5″) would be super sturdy for records and books. Sometimes the wood isn’t always the prettiest, so be sure to dig through the pile and find a piece that isn’t warped or too knotty!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - May 10, 2016 - 3:08 PM

    Love, love, LOVE! Such a great transformation. I am sure they will be enjoying their new room for many days and nights to come! Happy to see that you painted the stone fireplace — I just did the same thing to a similar on in my den because I couldn’t take looking at the 70s (?) stone anymore. Happy to know I wasn’t alone in my choice. I was surprised how much paint the stone sucked up.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 3:23 PM

      Before we started painting, we held a group meeting and I confirmed that EVERYONE was on board with the painting. It can be such a polarizing topic! It seems that a fireplace like that was pretty commonplace where they’re from, even if to us, we rarely see that. As it turned out, all was on board, and we’re happy that we pushed through on it!ReplyCancel

      • Jillian - May 11, 2016 - 9:59 PM

        Wow, gorgeous room! I never thought about painting our stone fireplace but now I want to! The white looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne @ The Gathered Home - May 10, 2016 - 3:10 PM

    Wonderful job, you guys!!! Oh my word, what a transformation! And they look absolutely thrilled – so much joy radiating from those photos!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger Shank - May 10, 2016 - 3:16 PM

    Beautiful! The rug is lovely. Would you please comment on its softness?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 3:24 PM

      It’s soft! It’s also really thick. We laid a rug pad underneath, but it has a nice weight and feels great on bare toes.ReplyCancel

  • Angee - May 10, 2016 - 4:00 PM

    What a beautiful room! So inspired. I do have a question. Where did you get that doggie door? It looks like it’s built in to the sliding glass door.ReplyCancel

  • Staci - May 10, 2016 - 4:03 PM

    You guys never cease to amaze and inspire. I love this so much! The rug, especially. You really captured the easy, breezy SoCal style for this family. I love the family pictures. You can really see the joy that’s there.ReplyCancel

  • Wilma - May 10, 2016 - 5:10 PM

    I love this makeover. What I especially love is the attention to detail (doggy door for katsu, touching up screw heads with paint, cable management, etc.). It’s always a bit disheartening to hear about persons who go on an hgtv show for a makeover and then come to find out after that the work was poorly done (such as allegations against love it or list it that have recently come out). this seems to have been done properly (and it looks fabulous!!!)

    a couple of quick questions: why did you choose not to hide the cable directly under the black sconces? and also, did you consider painting/staining the white mantle, or painting the tile hearth?

    I really, really love this makeover.

    ps–sorry for the poor capitalization–typing too quick, and it’s a bad habit :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 10, 2016 - 5:20 PM

      All great questions, and I love YOUR attention to detail!

      We went back and forth on the cable directly beneath the sconces for a good 10 minutes. It’s not actually cable – it’s an oil rubbed bronze rod that covers the cable, and it’s pretty nice looking. At first, I was adamant about taking off the ORB rod and covering it up with a cable cover (painted the wall color), but once the boys held it up, we all started to like the contrast it gave! So, it stayed.

      We did consider painting the tile hearth, but after the new tile floors were installed, it practically blended right in, which we ended up liking!

      We also considered taking off the mantle completely and adding something else, but sadly, that was one thing that got nixed due to time constraints.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - May 10, 2016 - 7:10 PM

    The snake plants with the stained wood shelves are so YOU GUYS. It reminds me of back in the day when you guys first put together your studio workroom, and that pairing is always going to make me think of you guys. Haha is that strange? Anyways, really loved this makeover and it’s given me PLENTY of ideas for how we’re going to be putting our house together in the future.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 11, 2016 - 8:58 AM

      Aw, that’s awesome! You just can’t go wrong with a snake plant. We very recently moved that snake plant out of the studio because it wouldn’t STOP growing, and that room is very, very small! We re-potted it into something larger and tucked it into a corner in our bedroom.ReplyCancel

      • Kathy - May 12, 2016 - 6:06 PM

        Yes, I saw! I was totally loving the way it was juuuust brushing that huge mirror.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - May 11, 2016 - 1:47 AM

    So incredibly beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - May 11, 2016 - 9:42 AM

    WOWWW!!! I’ve been waiting to see the reveal…and it’s 1000x better than I even anticipated. I can’t believe you all did this is 24 hours!! I’m amazed. It’s perfect, and I’m sure the family LOVES it. I know I would. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 11, 2016 - 10:56 AM

      We sort of can’t either! It really was a true 24 working hours with a little sleep mixed in. :)ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - May 11, 2016 - 8:17 PM

    Well done everyone! And I am so glad to see the fireplace painted out of the picture, as it were. That is such an improvement.ReplyCancel

  • Moira - May 11, 2016 - 10:39 PM

    This is GORGEOUS!!! Where is the black frame with the map in from? I have the same map (or very similar), and I am having a hard time framing it, since I’ll want to take it in and out to scratch out the countries!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 12, 2016 - 9:41 AM

      We had a tough time framing that! I believe the frame came from Target, but we picked up a piece of black art paper to put behind the map, which helped to fill in the gaps that would have shown on the sides.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - May 12, 2016 - 5:37 AM

    So so good! You outdid yourself. I always get a little jealous when I see a couple working together so well. My husband and I just simply don’t. We could never tackle this together. Love everything that you did and it looks like it was a for a truly special family.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 12, 2016 - 9:40 AM

      To be fair, we don’t ALWAYS agree on everything though! But I do consider myself lucky that he’s so willing to dive right in, usually coming up with clever solutions I didn’t think of!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel @ Manhattan Nest - May 12, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    Jesus Lord to thee I pray, send Film Crew guy from photo #3 to my makeover too. Amen.

    You guys, this looks GREAT! I’m so proud of you!! That family must be thrilled to death. Job. Well. Done!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 12, 2016 - 11:52 AM

      Thank you, Daniel! We can’t wait to see how yours turns out. Can. Not. Wait.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - May 16, 2016 - 2:24 PM

    It’s so gorgeous!!!

    And that rug! ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - May 17, 2016 - 9:58 AM

    Truly a beautiful room. That herringbone wall is to die for. I personally would not have painted the stone, but I don’t live with it everyday! Loved all the beautiful details.ReplyCancel

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