Scott and I have always been in the habit of taking our Instax Mini camera with us when we travel, always making sure to leave enough room in our backpack for extra film. (One of our favorite ways to get photos with both of us in it is to ask a group of passersby to snag…
  • Kathy - September 23, 2016 - 8:10 AM

    Now that you’ve hung that little photo display, I kind of like the light switch there?? Like if you had people over and were like oh hey, can you hit that light switch, they would HAVE to go over there and look at the photos! But then again, they’d see it on the way up the stairs anyway haha. Also, I think the best part of that last photo is Chunk inching her way into the frame.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 8:26 AM

      Let’s be honest, we’ll probably never get around to moving that switch anyway, ha! Especially now that it found a BFF.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin M. - September 23, 2016 - 9:24 AM

    Elephant watering jug?!?!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - September 23, 2016 - 9:51 AM

    I love this project! What a cute way to display sweet memories. I have the camera on my wish list, fingers crossed Santa brings it for me! :)ReplyCancel

  • Allison H - September 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

    love this! we have a bowl full of instax! this is a great way to display! i also love that you wrote on them! we haven’t done that in the 8 years we have had ours and i kind of regret it! I have to do this asap!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 3:06 PM

      We tried to get into the habit of writing on them the minute we unpack them after a trip, and it stuck! I make Scott do it since he has better handwriting than me.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - September 23, 2016 - 4:24 PM

    That white + wood plant stand *insert heart-eyed emoji* !!!Gorgeous!! How does water drain out??ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 4:43 PM

      It doesn’t drain, but we only water this guy about once a month! He’s been going strong for almost 2 years now.ReplyCancel

    • Kim B. - September 24, 2016 - 5:57 AM

      Agreed, it is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - September 23, 2016 - 9:41 PM

    This is such a great idea! How fun to grab a handful of instax from a party or event and make one of these as a thank you gift for your hosts or the guest of honor – love it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 24, 2016 - 3:46 PM

      I LOVE that idea! How sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Tereza - September 24, 2016 - 2:07 AM

    How simple & neat! Love it❤️​

    Cityscape Bliss // Notes on The White CompanyReplyCancel


We’ve come so far on our back patio this summer, but it was still missing one of the most important things – a table! From the very beginning, when we thought about how we want our backyard to function, we get all smiley imagining our friends gathered around a large table late into the evening. No one cares about…
  • Ellen from Ask Away - September 20, 2016 - 7:22 AM

    That’s really nice! I also love the lounging pooch in all these photos lol!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - September 20, 2016 - 8:10 AM

    This is SO GOOD! I love it! Definitely giving me inspiration to build something similar for our patio area that we’re hoping to re-vamp this fall, while the weather is cooler. I vote that you slap a clear coat on the base and let it be natural, while painting the top something moody.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - September 20, 2016 - 8:29 AM

    That last picture warmed my heart and made me laugh and I can’t wait to come see you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

      Counting down already!ReplyCancel

  • abby - September 20, 2016 - 9:10 AM

    wow, the table looks great! just out of curiosity, why don’t you want to stain the wood instead of paint it? i think a stain would look great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:29 AM

      We considered stain, but with our dark wood planters, cedar fence and gray stain we use on our stairs (which we hope to do before it gets too chilly), we thought a subtle hint of color would be nice to break that all up. And outdoors, I think you can get away with being a little more risky! I do think that this would be a beautiful stained table in a dining room though!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - September 20, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    I can’t wait to try this in the future. We heard about the kreg jig on the YHL podcast yesterday. what is the tool that holds it down that you use?ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - September 20, 2016 - 9:46 AM

    I’m thinking a light sage green would be so pretty with your red brick and dark wood. You could add in some bright cobalt blue accent pillows and that would still look great with the Sage. Either way…I love this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 9:50 AM

      We fell down a green-paint-chip-rabbit-hole last night, so you’re not far off! I put the paint decks away so we wouldn’t overthink things, but they’re taunting me from behind the cabinet doors… decisions, decisions.ReplyCancel

      • Janet - September 20, 2016 - 11:14 AM

        I agree with the sage!ReplyCancel

  • Erika @ EP - - September 20, 2016 - 11:05 AM

    Was looking for a discounted table for outdoor since it’s the end of the season and usually it’s on sale this time of the year… Everything was either STILL so expensive or nor what I wanted/ugly AF.
    And then you post this. I guess my problem is solved and I’m building this next spring ! Ah!
    Thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 11:10 AM

      Right!? It’s hard to find a handsome table for under a thousand (or so it seems!). You can do this, Erika!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - September 20, 2016 - 5:01 PM

    The table looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see what color you decide on :)ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - September 20, 2016 - 5:09 PM

    Colored opaque stain for the table might be a happier choice in the long run. Eventually the paint will start cracking and chipping and you’ll have to scrape and paint again and you’ll see all the chipped spots and be sad…

    From what I hear, the colored stains will give you the pop of color but won’t be so high maintenance.

    And the table looks way fancy and hard to build but when watching your progress photos I could see that it’s totally doable. I might need one, or maybe my sister needs one (after we build her a patio).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2016 - 5:14 PM

      We considered opaque stain (like what we use on our deck!), but in the end, we sort of can’t wait until the paint gets a little chipped and worn-in. I love the idea of it looking well-used over time.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole M - September 29, 2016 - 5:41 PM

    I’m wondering where you purchased the rubber feet for the table legs. I built a table very similar to this for out outdoor patio last summer, and have been stumped on what to put on the bottom of the 4×4’s, since moving the benches around is scraping up the edges. Your post was perfectly timed, since I’m just now staining it! Procrastinator. Or, I just really didn’t know what to use. Until I saw that you guys used Cabot on your planter boxes! I just finished staining today and I love it! So thank you for helping me out!! I have looked in a couple of hardware stores for the feet, and googled them, with no luck. All that I have found are indoor felt pads.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 30, 2016 - 9:13 AM

      Happy to hear about the Cabot! What color did you choose?

      Those little feet were picked up at Home Depot. I couldn’t find them after searching online, but they had a LOT of options in the store (more than Lowe’s, if that’s where you initially went – we went to Lowe’s last week to get more for a different project, and they weren’t carried there).ReplyCancel

      • Nicole M - September 30, 2016 - 12:14 PM

        Thanks for replying so quickly! I went with Cabot Gold in Sunlit Walnut. It has a little more orange than I was hoping for, but I still love it.

        I checked out our local Ace Hardware and there they were! And yes, Lowe’s did not have them. Thanks for sharing all the updates and projects that you do. Reading your blog inspires me to keep moving along on all my projects at our home. :)ReplyCancel


A few months ago, I realized that while we absolutely love our in-wall surround sound system in our main living room space, it was less than ideal music placement if we were, say, cooking in the kitchen or entertaining in our quickly progressing backyard. Schlepping a bluetooth speaker of some sort to wherever we were…
  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - September 15, 2016 - 11:16 AM

    Wow! This is impressive and I’m sure sounds great. Here I was patting myself for finally getting the TV on the wall ;)
    Sound equipment and all that is so baffling to me. We’re still trying to pick a new receiver for our Sony turntable. Which reminds me… any recommendations?ReplyCancel

    • Scott - September 15, 2016 - 1:03 PM

      Hi Staci! We’ve been really happy with our Yamaha rx-v377. The sound is great and it has a ton of features for the money. Newer models have 3D and 4K capabilities if that’s something that is necessary for your setup. For turntable connectivity, you’ll need a small pre-amp for power, though. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

      • Staci - September 17, 2016 - 2:04 PM

        Thank you so much! Yamaha is what we were looking at and I’m very happy the brand has your endorsement.ReplyCancel

  • julie - September 15, 2016 - 1:22 PM

    Great way to get the home sound feel without having to wire the whole house (or have someone out to do it). Brilliant idea and execution to boot!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - September 15, 2016 - 1:29 PM

    I saw a couple of years ago on Jenna Sue’s design blog that she had recessed speakers put in the ceilings. We rent right now but we are definitely going to do that when we buy a house. For a while, I was thinking about doing a whole house system with a dock for my phone or whatever but then I realized that you have to, you know, leave the phone there, which sounds obvious but yeah. The wireless system sounds like a much better idea!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 15, 2016 - 1:33 PM

      The living room is the one place in our home where we DO have ceiling speakers. When we first renovated that room, we had to tear down the WHOLE ceiling, so we made sure to incorporate it before everything was drywalled back up! More photos on that whole renovation craziness here:

  • spiffi - September 15, 2016 - 10:28 PM

    I’ve spent the last few years saving up my credit card cash back dividends, amazon gift cards from birthday gifts and any extra cash I could find, to buy Sonos speakers for my house.

    They aren’t built in – but I don’t mind that – but I have speakers both bedrooms, the office, kitchen and living room. The Sonos system lets me control everything from any computer, my tablet or phone. I can play music files from a hard drive attached to a computer, any streaming source (Pandora, Spotify and a ton of others), or using line in from my cd stereo system if I wanted.

    I can group different rooms together and play the same song everywhere, or separate the rooms and play different things.

    The next big feature will be working with Amazon’s Echo – voice control to play my music anywhere throughout the house – coming early next year!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - September 16, 2016 - 1:59 AM

    I went with Sonos as well. My house had existing built-in speakers in the living room and family room and wiring in place for patio speakers so I started with just those 3 zones when I moved in 6 years ago. I’ve expanded the system when I could afford to pick up another speaker or 2 and now have the whole house covered. I love having music in the kitchen and my master bathroom! And the garage and….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 16, 2016 - 9:27 AM

      Nice! Having bluetooth music in the garage sounds like heaven. And the master bathroom! I’ll have to get Scott on those two areas next!ReplyCancel

      • Scott - September 16, 2016 - 10:22 AM

        Say no more. I’m on it!ReplyCancel

  • Meg D - September 17, 2016 - 10:08 PM

    I CANNOT get enough Jack photos; what a dignified gent he is.ReplyCancel


We’re in the home stretch of what we plan to complete this year for our backyard patio; with summer winding down, we’re calling this round one. After last week’s heatwave, the nights have started to cool off (good sleeping weather, as Scott would say), and I hate to admit that I craved my first pumpkin drink of…
  • Amy - September 13, 2016 - 6:52 AM

    These look great, especially with the new cushions. Be thankful you have dogs. I have wicker chairs in my backyard, and the squirrels love sharpening their teeth on the chairs and chewing up all the wicker. Sigh…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 10:05 AM

      Oh, no! We have crazy city squirrels that’ll do anything for a bite to eat. We’ll keep an eye out!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - September 13, 2016 - 10:14 AM

      Oh no! Squirrels eat wicker?! It’s my dream to have these chairs!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 10:39 AM

        We haven’t had any issues at all, but it’s good to know, I guess?! These chairs have a protective coating, so maybe that helps.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - September 13, 2016 - 11:51 AM

    I am totally jelly. :D I love the chairs but you are right what makes them a stand out are those cushions. Black and white was my original plan for our lanai but I bought something that I could have right away. That whole immediate gratification thing. I spent enough that I am going to have to live with my brown and cream pieces but I am having fun switching up the throw pillows with pops of color that can change with the seasons. Still, I like yours better. Congrats on a great look at a great price.

    • Kim - September 13, 2016 - 11:54 AM

      Thanks, Pam! Swapping out pillows is just as fun. :DReplyCancel

  • Kari - September 13, 2016 - 3:11 PM

    That lounge chair *swoon*
    Loving the progress on your backyard. Looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - September 13, 2016 - 4:27 PM

    In your research did you learn the difference between wicker and rattan? I don’t know the difference and wondered if you knew. Also, I love the black fireplace (I assume you will be posting on the change from orange to black soon)?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 14, 2016 - 5:29 PM

      Haha, I love that you asked this. I DID wonder what the difference was! I looked it up a few weeks ago when I fell down the rabbit hole. Basically, rattan is the material, and wicker is the actual weaving process.

      And yes, we’ll be sharing details on the fireplace soon! We are still working on a few things to get it functioning perfectly, and we want to be able to test it thoroughly beforehand.ReplyCancel

  • Hillary - September 17, 2016 - 10:59 AM

    I saw your chiminea last night in Can’t Buy Me Love! It was the original orangey red color, in the house where Cindy Mancini goes to a party at the beginning (in her mom’s white suede outfit) and again at the end of the movie. It was just a quick glimpse but I thought you’d be tickled.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - September 20, 2016 - 12:18 PM

    I love that foot stool/pouf… where is that little gem from? This space is truly so fun to see come together, step by step. Thank you again for showing us all the details and steps to make it happen!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Peg Coble - September 22, 2016 - 10:01 PM

    Learned about you in Better Homes and Gardens.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2016 - 9:42 AM

      So happy you found us, Peg! :)ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - October 18, 2016 - 1:57 PM

    Would you mind sharing what size you ordered for the cushions? I already have these chairs and would love to swap them out for something more fun but when I measured it seemed like they are in between sizes. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 2:17 PM

      You’re right – it is ever-so-slightly between sizes. I went with the 18″, and it fits perfectly side to side. However, there is a small gap in the back (maybe an inch?). It’s hardly noticeable, and the Sunbrella cushions are SO much nicer and more durable than the Target ones!ReplyCancel